Oil Painting: the Constellation Aquila Soaring in the Night Sky

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8 inches square, oil on hardboard
8 inches square, oil on hardboard

Here flies the third feathered friend in a recent trio that includes Corvus and Cygnus. Here, Aquila the Eagle soars in the richly hued night sky, above a dark landscape that includes a water tower. I’ve been wanting to paint water towers. The brightest star in Aquila is the prominent Altair – one corner of the summer triangle of stars.

An interesting note from stardate.org:

The Pioneer 11 spacecraft, which was launched in 1973, is heading toward one of the eagle’s stars, Lambda Aquilae, which is 125 light-years away. Pioneer will pass the star in about four million years. Although the spacecraft has already expired, it carries a message from home: a small plaque with information about the craft and its makers — a greeting to the galaxy from the people who made Pioneer 11.

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Oil Painting: African Violet

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6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard.
6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard.

I love the way these tiny flowers rise up from the fuzzy, blue green mat of leaves.

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Oil Painting: Bread and Jam

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BreadAndJam
6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard, ©2015DebAnderson

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Oil Painting: Crocuses

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6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard,
6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard

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Oil Painting: Cygnus, the Swan

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8 inches square, oil on hardboard
8 inches square, oil on hardboard

And here is another stellar bird in flight: Cygnus this time.

From Stardate.org:

The brightest stars of Cygnus form a cross, so the swan is also known as the Northern Cross. Find it soaring high overhead during late summer evenings.

The constellation’s brightest star is Deneb. Although it lies about 1,500 light-years from Earth, Deneb shines brightly in our night sky because it’s a white supergiant — a star that’s much larger, hotter, and brighter than the Sun. Deneb is the northeastern point of a star pattern called the Summer Triangle.

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Oil Painting: Corvus, the Crow

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8 inches square, oil on hardboard
8 inches square, oil on hardboard

Corvus the Crow, soaring over a frozen lake.

Another small, ancient constellation, yet very easy to recognize. Corvus was a bird of the god Apollo, who in different stories upset the god so much that he transformed the crows feathers from silver to black and placed his image in the sky. Corvus can be found sitting on the tail of Hydra, the sea serpent. Another way to find Corvus is to look just below the constellation of Virgo, the maiden.

– Astronomy Facts

North Star Over Glenview

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9 by 12 inches, oil on hardboard, © Deb Anderson
9 by 12 inches, oil on hardboard, © Deb Anderson

This painting is for a local commission. The owners of the house are moving to a warmer climate and want a momento of their home, and of winter weather. About five more inches of snow fell this morning. Meredith and I planted pea seeds in the garden just yesterday. I knew snow was in the forecast, but I didn’t think it would stick.