The newest painting in my ‘travel-inspired’ series takes us to Cambodia. I had it in my head that the next painting would be something Balinese. But lately, I’ve been sort of obsessed with the ruins of Angkor in Cambodia. It is an ancient capital city containing sprawling complexes of temples.
My fascination with the site began with a recent National Geographic article comparing the state of the city today, compared to its glory days. The article also showcased beautiful images of ruined temples. Despite the fact they are crumbling, you can still see a lot of finite detail in the walls. They are delicate networks of small rooms that are now exposed to the elements. At one time, the reliefs were probably painted in bright colors. The coolest part though, are the ancient Ficus trees. In the United States, these trees are a far cry from their Asian ancestors. You can see some decent sized Ficus in tropical climates like Florida. However, they are miniature compared to the ones you see in a place like Taiwan.
After many, many years of abandonment, the Ficus trees took back the temple walls. In many cases, the root system of the tree has actually become the wall. Just to give you an idea, I found an example on a computer wallpaper website.
Just incredible. So this is the next one in the series. Just like with the India painting, I’ll post updates. I have something really cool in store for this one. But, I won’t ruin the surprise. This series includes paintings of places I’ve been and places I dream of seeing. Out of every place I’d like to capture, Angkor is definitely one of the places I absolutely must see for myself.
I hope you enjoy dreaming about it as much as I do.