Helix Nebula – acrylic painting

Helix nebula
Helix nebula, 40×50 cm

The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.

Sermons of Meister Eckhart

Third piece from series of painting  Nebulae. This  nebula, known also as God’s eye nebula is maybe one of the most popular occurrences in the space.

It seems appropriate to show this painting trough these coming  days: Day of the Dead, Halloween, All saints,  All souls day, Samhain… Days when we remember our dead, think about our mortality and higher purpose in life. Days when we look above us to reach out to our God, Creator, Universe and HE looks upon us. Days when we transcend eerie sense of prescence to holy union of souls.

About the painting:

This painting was made with dry brush technique, as described in article about painting the Seahorse Nebula  and  Eagle Nebula.

I’ve panted the canvas black and added circles of blue shades – grading from lighter in the middle to darker to the end of circle. Than, while still wet, I’ve pulled the brush firmly over the circle to create rays. I kept adding other colors (white, yellow, orange, red)  with circular movements of brush to create hazy look of gases. Finally I splashed white color with wide flat wet brush, to create stars.

 

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Seahorse Nebula – acrylic painting

Seahorse nebula
Seahorse nebula, 40×50 cm

It may look like a grazing seahorse, but the dark object toward the image right is actually a pillar of smoky dust about 20 light years long.

Source: NASA

Second piece from series of painting  Nebulae.

This painting was made with dry brush technique, as desribed in article about painting the Eagle Nebula.

Finished painting and details:

Eagle nebula – acrylic painting

Eagle nebula
Eagle nebula, 40×50 cm

The Eagle Nebula is 6,500 light-years away in the constellation of Serpens. It contains a young hot star cluster, NGC6611, which is visible with modest back-yard telescopes. This cluster is sculpting and illuminating the surrounding gas and dust, resulting in a huge hollowed-out cavity and pillars, each several light-years long.

Source: www.universetoday.com

It was really fun to paint this series of painting  Nebulae. I love the play of light and colors and space fascinate me.

This painting was made with dry brush technique. Firstly, I made black background. Than I gradually added layers of paint. When dry I splashed white paint with large flat brush to paint stars.

 

Finished painting and details:

 

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Sun is hiding (solar eclipse) – acrylic painting

Solar eclipse
Sun is hiding (Solar eclipse), 30×40 cm

O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon,

Irrecoverably dark, total eclipse

Without all hope of day!

-John Milton, Samson Agonistes

Music theme: Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler

This is the sixth of six canvases in „Natural phenomena” paintings series (Volcano eruption, Sea storm, Meteor impact, Blue moon, Aurora borealis, Solar eclipse).

I imagined this painting without many details, just the play of lights when sun is almost completely hidden. I wanted to catch that moment just before the total dark.

Love the symbolism and message that eclipse brings: sun is here, although we can’t see it. It is only hidden, not completely gone and it will soon be shining bright. Like in life, no dark is forever.

Technically, it was simple. I attached cardboard circle with scotch tape on black painted canvas. I have  gradually  built the image around that black circle. As shown on pics below.

 

Finished painting and details:

Univers strikes (meteor impact) – acrylic painting

Meteor impact
Univers strikes (Meteor impact), 30×40 cm

An asteroid impact would be a natural disaster on a scale that is hard to imagine. Unlike catastrophic volcanic eruptions or earthquakes, an asteroid impact is preventable. Humankind’s first step is finding the devil’s in the dark. Let’s get going.  –Bill Nye

Music theme: Asteroid – Kyuss

 

This is the fifth of six canvases in „Natural phenomena” paintings series (Volcano eruption, Sea storm, Meteor impact, Blue moon, Aurora borealis, Solar eclipse).

I had very clear vision about this painting. I imagined it with warm and bright colours, with bold, thick and somewhat messy brush strokes in the front plane. Background supposed to be cooler, more subtle and a bit hazy as to emphasize the strength and atrocity of the meteor impact.

Technically, this was simple. Black under paint, blue Earth and with the semi-dry brush and small amount of paint I’ve painted the nebulae and space. With wet brush and white paint I made splashes as stars. When dry, several thick layers of paint made fire, flames and sparks. Finally, when this was dry,  I added rock with palette knife.

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