Tuesday, May 2, 2017


GALAXIES:  We don't KNOW what we don't know

The night sky has always fascinated me. Many of us living in more populated areas never see the Milky Way. Too much ambient light. But, when we get to a dark place and see it, it IS truly breathtaking.  Moving to New Hampshire, and even moving to town, I'm on the look out for our "Milky Way Nights," clear skies with those lights twinkling away.  

Having never seen the Milky Way, if you get yourself away from cities and crowded suburbs, Look Up! You will recognize the Milky Way.

A natural outcome of being a landscape painter is to realize that the night is part of the world we live in. More appropriately called a skyscape, the night sky deserves representation.
Galaxy Paintings, Acrylics  on canvas with black light.  36 x24 ($300) and 10x10 ($75).

Thanks to two major sources of inspiration, my galaxy series has been evolving.  First influence: the Hubble Telescope. Those photos are incredibly beautiful, reminding us that we really don't know what we don't know. With literally trillions of stars and accompanying planets, whatever else is out there, beyond our own little blue marble, is unfathomable. Star Trek, Star Wars and science fiction can only guess. Hubble has given us real life examples of the beauty and immensity.

Thanks also to the art student/sales person at the Allentown PA Dick Blicks (art supply store), who, hearing me say I was painting galaxies, said, "Do you know about phosphorescent paint?" "No," I replied, "hook me up." She hooked me up to the most fun painting series I've ever done!  Thank you Dick Blick for hiring great sales people.

Galaxy Paintings with regular light.

Added Note: Neither photo is accurate relating to the colors, but the effect is captured. Black light and regular light versions are like two separate paintings. If anyone knows a trick to accurately photographing paintings with phosphorescent paint, please e-mail me.

Addendum 2: How do these relate to "Moving to town"? My old house/studio is still for sale, and my "new" barn is not quite open for business or full scale painting yet. I moved my acrylics to town with me because acrylics dry fast and can't freeze. My pastels and oils, which I use for long range projects, remain at my old studio until I have the "new" studio ready for on-going projects. Having two separate spaces is surprisingly convenient.