I started this abstract painting (which is on a large square box canvas in acrylics) a long time ago and knew it needed a little something extra doing to it but wasnt sure what a few tweaks and I was happy. It represents the fact that everything organic starts out in space, in stars. Every part of us and every living (and non living) thing started out when a star exploded. As the great Carl Sagan said “We are all made of star stuff”. My painting shows stars, dust clouds, the double helix and I have added an organic element which is represented by the purple region of the painting. The purple area can be whatever you see in it, someone saw an elephant for instance but I liked that someone saw what I visualised whilst painting it and that was something of microbial size, something like a Tardigrade (also called a Moss Piglet!). I thought this quite fitting as it can survive extreme conditions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tardigrade Maybe not deep space, but once again it’s very elements started out in an exploded star which brings it full circle to the reasoning behind my painting ( I also love the name Moss Piglets!!). So my painting that wasnt quite finished got a name I feel very fitting. Thanks to 2 friends who helped me decide on the name!
Another, like my Jupiter from Io painting, completed lesson from Michael Carroll’s book Space Art (highly recommended!! I’m loving his lessons!)
Cosmic Dust Cloud
Acrylic on canvas 61cm x61cm
A couple of weeks ago my painting Flame Nebula appeared on The Scientific American art blog Symbiartic, which I was thrilled about! Today again I appeared on Symbiartic alongside Jon Lomberg and Katy Chalmers for an interview about space art and blogging. Glendon Mellow AKA The flying Trilobite who runs Symbiartic with Kalliopi Monoyios, both science artists, interviewed us about why there seems to be less space art bloggers out there compared to artists blogging about Paleontology, which seems to be booming within the science art blogosphere. The article is very interesting.
I was pointed out by a fellow member of the IAAA that many of the members there blog about their space art. There are roughly 150 members of the IAAA and only 14 have a blog. This alone says maybe blogging is not a space artists cup of tea?
I’ll let you have a read and a ponder! And do comment if you are a space artist! Or if you have an idea as to why this style of science art has not yet entered the blogosphere!
The Beauty of space
Quoted from the Website….
“The IAAA is the only organization in the entire world dedicated to creating and promoting the genre of Space Art. Though Space Art has been around for just over a hundred years, there has never been a book that tells the story of the history of Space Art, how it came to be, how it has grown to be perhaps the most influential genre of art ever.
Now there is. The IAAA has written a comprehensive history of Space Art that covers every detail of the movement, from the first works of art that began depicting the objects in the sky to the streams of digital data coming back from space probes in orbit around planets in our solar system. Every facet of Space Art is thoroughly described and displayed, from hardware to cosmic expressionism, from digital art to sculpture, from Earth to the most distant objects in deep space.
Titled “The Beauty of Space”, the book is 10×8 in size with over 200 full color images in 180 pages in 11 chapters written by the members of the IAAA. The Foreword of the book was written by Apollo 12 Astronaut – and the only artist to ever walk on the surface of another world – Alan Bean.
Your donation will help defray the costs of printing and distributing the book. Hopefully, with enough sales, The Beauty of Space will be distributed widely to various venues such as museum and planetarium gift stores nation and world wide.”