The Awakening by Samantha Aplin


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Acrylic on canvas
Painting translated from the beautiful photograph by Val Rose Photography ‘The Gaze’ for the Sojie 12

The Gaze
by ValRose Photography

Acrylic on canvas

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The Awakening
by Samantha Aplin

I had the idea for a ghostly image from reading this myth and the thought that this lake may have many lost souls

There’s a local myth in San Pedro , and it goes back many centuries to the time of the Spanish Conquistadors’ arrival in Guatemala

When the Spanish first arrived in Lake Atitlan they were camping somewhere around what later became Panajachel, when one of the young soldiers set eyes on a local Mayan girl washing clothes in the lake. Transfixed by her beauty, but fearing there was no way she would consider the advances of a Spaniard, he concocted a plan to win her over. He visited a local witch and asked her to cast a spell on a gold ring, which would ensure that she would find him irresistibly attractive.

The spell worked and the young Mayan woman fell in love with the Spanish soldier. However, a short while later, the soldier’s commander found out about the affair, and ordered her execution. Standing over her body, the commander saw the ring, and stole it from the body. A short while later, he started feeling irresistibly attracted to the young soldier, and fearing that the ring had something to do with his developing homosexual tendencies, he took a boat to the middle of Lake Atitlan, and disgusted, hurled the ring in.

The story goes that through the years the ring has passed its powers onto the lake, working its spell on all who venture here


woman, ghosts, robe, maya, gaze, sorrow


  • Valerie Rosen
    Valerie Rosenabout 3 years ago

    Wonderfully evocative work, Sam!! Congrats! :-) val

  • Thank you Val.

    – Samantha Aplin

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaabout 3 years ago

    Well done! You have done a fantastic job on this one! The ghostly faces in the background work really well. I have loved watching all of your WIP pics

  • thank you so much Dianne. Its been a really enjoyable experience.

    – Samantha Aplin

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholabout 3 years ago

    Just breathtaking, beautiful translation.

  • LBarberRiley
    LBarberRileyabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful work, you did a great job Sam!

  • Eddy Aigbe
    Eddy Aigbeabout 3 years ago

    Samantha! This is indeed amazing, Wow!! The contrasts between the face and the robe, the faded background in beautiful greys and the faces. You have truly made this your own – congratulations :D

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroeabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful painting:)

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoabout 3 years ago

    This is just wonderful, I am so glad to see that you did this piece……it glows in the perfect way!! I just love it!!!

  • Elena Oleniuc
    Elena Oleniucabout 3 years ago

    Amazing work !

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  • swaby
    swabyabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful work and talent! Congratulations!

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