A trio of night sky panels, my biggest paintings yet (center panel is 72 by 42 inches), just set off cross-country to it’s new home. Exciting day! Orion on the left, Pleiades in the center, and Cassiopeia to the right. I loved the challenge and experience this commissioned project presented. Heart felt thanks to my patrons!
Gallery 1070 – I’ll have oil paintings and linoleum prints in a group exhibition at Gallery 1070 from February 2-25. Opening for the show is Friday night, February 2.
Youth Art Fair – I co-chair this fun event for young artists, and the 29th annual fair is coming up on February 17! Free and open to high-schools all the way down to preschoolers. Register online by February 3.
Glenview Public Library – I’ll have a solo show in the library’s foyer from March 13 to mid-May. An artist talk and painting workshop will be held in April. More details coming soon.
I woke early to catch the sunrise, setting up my easel and oil paints in almost full darkness. A crescent moon with one bright and one dimmer star (Venus and Regulus, I think?) hung over a pale horizon, reflected in the lake.
Oil on a Raymar linen canvas panel, 8 by 10 inches, ready for framing. Click here to see it in my Etsy store.
Here is a little map of the sky I looked up on skyandtelescope.com after I got home, to figure out what I was seeing.
Not a great photo, I’ll try to get a better one soon. This is part of a 4-painting group marking the the autumnal equinox. They are on display in the Bookmarket through December.
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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And here is another stellar bird in flight: Cygnus this time.
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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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.
Orion is a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world. It is one of the most conspicuous and recognizable constellations in the night sky. It was named after Orion, a hunter in Greek mythology. Its brightest stars are Rigel (Beta Orionis) and Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis), a blue-white and a red supergiant respectively. Many of the other brighter stars in the constellation are hot, blue supergiant stars. The three stars in the middle of the constellation form an unique asterism known as Orion’s belt. The Orion Nebula is located south of Orion’s belt.
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