Lucy Jain's Personal Blog


Artwork by Don Davis

The fellow member of the international Association of Astronomical Artists Don Davis has some of his artwork available to share in the public domain so I thought I would take advantage of sharing some amazing Space art with you. Feel free to share as he has assured me that both images and text are public domain. Don’s artwork is truely inspiring, the attention to detail really makes you feel as though you are looking at actual astronomical images. Please take the time to look through his website! Amazing artwork!!

A planetoid plows onto the primordial Earth, during the eons of time when conditions were ripe for the development of life. It is possible that life of kinds unknown to us appeared repeatedly only to be destroyed in collisions like this one which could ‘rework’ the entire surface. Fortunately the average size of debris declined sharply through geologic time, but the supply of wayward rocks a few kilometers in size is by no means exhausted. Of my hundreds of paintings this is the most widely seen example on the web, a fact aided by the public domain nature of the work!

The Viking Orbiter spacecraft releases the aeroshell clad lander near the ‘high point’ of it’s orbit around Mars. The planet is shown based on Mariner 9 photography, oriented as it should appear during separation. Oil on canvas panel for NASA Headquarters.

The Galileo Probe leaves the Orbiter some 180 days before the encounter. Here is the full 4K file. Digital painting for NASA Ames

On ABC’s ‘Nightline’ I heard a report Pioneer 10 would try to image the Sun among the stars as it crossed the orbit of Neptune. This turned out to be not true, and I resolved to create such a view. The sky is accurately portrayed and the Sun with its brighter planets are placed where they would be in relation to the background. The spacecraft is based on hardware photographs. Acrylic on board for NASA Ames.

A series of paintings were commissioned by Charles Kolhase of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) depicting highlights of each of the 4 Voyager outer planet encounters. Io and it’s volcanoes passes near Jupiter in a view actually seen by the spacecraft. Computer generated line drawings of the planets and stars were supplied to insure accuracy. Io is colored as it appeared in preliminary color balancing attempts, it is actually close to the color of powdered sulfur. Oil on illustration board for JPL

Voyager 2 at the moment of it’s closest approach to Saturn. The ring divisions were drawn on the board with a rapidograph pen before the paint coats were applied! Earth is the blue ‘star’ to the right of the Sun, below the Sun is crescent lit Titan. Oil on illustration board for JPL.

This painting was commissioned by JPL to commemorate the outer planets mission of the successful pair of Voyager spacecraft. Although done in traditional media, computer drawings were generated as an aid to creating perspective rings of the proper scale for each world, which also has one Moon each highlighted. Only distant shots of Neptune were available at the time the work was done, and the hypothetical ‘ring arcs’ are included as modeled from earth based star occultation data. Acrylic on board for NASA, JPL.


A view from Jupiter’s moon Io

RIP Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011

I’m not good with words, which is one of the reasons I had so much respect for ‘The Hitch’, so I’ll keep this short.
Yesterday Christopher Hitchens, one of my Heros, died after suffering with oesophageal cancer he died from pneumonia.
The impact has been so saddning. I have never encountered so many people, grown men included, write how upset they are, how they had had to stop what they are doing to let the tears they had been holding back flow. My facebook homepage had a constant flow of heartfelt obituaries, articles and youtube videos. He was a legend. I dont have to explain who he is here, because if you know who he is you’ll know why I felt the need to put this on my blog. If you didn’t, look him up, read about him, understand his views, read his books and listen to his reasoning because if there was one person in this confusing world who had it all worked out and could express himself like no other it was him. His eloquence and charisma was second to none and I had the utmost respect for him. Goodnight Mr Hitchens, may your atoms be recycled back to the stardust they originated from as you were a shining star, an original hero. RIP.

Atheism, and the related conviction that we have just one life to live, is the only sure way to regard all our fellow creatures as brothers and sisters -Christopher Hitchens

The Moon

This painting was also painted for a friend as a special gift for his loved one! My heart really went into this as I love painting the moon, it has such a romantic feel about it and with it being our nearest neighbour we have a cosmic bond with it! I used a medium to make this peice impasto, so it feels ‘rocky’ and has more of a 3d effect.

Acrylic and sandy thickning medium on boxed canvas approx 50cmx60cm


This was also painted for a friend who asked for me to turn this hubble image into a painting for his house. I’m pretty pleased with th outcome!

Acrylic on box canvas 80cmx30cm

The Sun

A new painting painted on request for a friend..

Acrylic on box canvas approx 50cmx60cm

Cosmic Dust Cloud

Cosmic Dust Cloud

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Acrylic on canvas 61cm x61cm

Helix Nebula

Acrylic on canvas 50cm x 40cm

New Beginnings

Acrylic on canvas approx 80cm x60cm

Scientific American!!!

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!

Alone in the blogiverse: where are all the space-art bloggers?