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on: January 29, 2018, 08:53:22 PM
I've had an idea in the back of my head for some time that I've been contemplating and kind of let 'perculate.'  It'll have the Earth towards the upper left corner surrounded by a star field.  I'm considering having a top red and lower green 'borealus' faintly at each pole.

A 'Milky Way' type 'river' will faintly start out coming from the Southern Pole or Hemisphere and curve or lope around growing larger and bolder as it comes closer to the angled astronaut seated in a canoe using a paddle.  The bottom end of the canoe will be above the bottom right corner.

Just as a paddle digging into river slime will expose the river color-the distant starfield will be exposed.  It's a play on the Native American's 'Trail of Tears' in the USA in the 1800's.

The original sketch was done from online Apollo suit and glove photos in April of 2017. 

Photo shows the original sketch over a small piece of vellum taped down and separated by a piece of transfer paper (think de-sensitized typewriter carbon paper).  I then ran a ball-point pen over the lines which then were transferred to the vellum.

Before I did this I took a blank 12 x 16 inch canvas and three different sized product caps to class and wanted to get some feedback as to whether this or a 16 x 20 canvas and which cap would show off what I wanted to do best.

It turns out my thought of the 12 x 16 canvas and using a Coke plastic bottle cap was just right.  It'll be interesting to see what results.

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Reply #1 on: January 29, 2018, 08:54:34 PM
Shows the original drawing (top) and the transferred drawing on vellum on the bottom.

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Reply #2 on: January 29, 2018, 09:09:49 PM
I'm using a 12 x 16 inch visual edge canvas and acrylic paint.  The initial one's are:  Mars Black (D.R) and Deep Violet (Liquitex).  I used more Black on the edges and corners using a large flat bristle brush.

There won't be a solid line across using the Mars Black and a darker Green.  I haven't decided which one would be best.  This is just the initial layer.

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Reply #3 on: January 30, 2018, 01:05:44 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Looks interesting Stoney and I am eager to see it unfold.


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Reply #4 on: January 30, 2018, 06:49:40 AM
Not quite sure where you are headed with this or what the bottle caps are for, but I'm sure it'll come out just fine, Stoney!!  Looks like we are in for quite a ride on this one.

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Reply #5 on: January 30, 2018, 04:27:27 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap:  Looks interesting Stoney and I am eager to see it unfold.


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Thank you.  It's going to be an interesting project.  It's a voyage into the unknown (like every other one).  I'll figure it out as I go (as always).


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Reply #6 on: January 30, 2018, 04:58:10 PM
Not quite sure where you are headed with this or what the bottle caps are for, but I'm sure it'll come out just fine, Stoney!!  Looks like we are in for quite a ride on this one.

aloha

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I'm not quite sure where I'm headed with this, either!  Guess, we'll both find out.  :D

The bottle cap gives me the size of the Earth in this painting.  I'll trace around it.  From a distance the planet will appear circular.

The various sizes were to try to see which gave the best perspective (distance wise) with the work.  The planet's in the background and the astronaut in the canoe is in the foreground.

It'll be awhile before I get there.  Once the base colors are in, I get to put in the star field with them at various distances.  That will be established partially by putting a thinned coat of paint over them.  Could be a few layers.  Won't know until I lay it in.

One cap candidate was the top to a glass bottle of cold coffee drink.  Another was a small round bottle of a type of aspirin.  The third was the Coke plastic bottle top which was the right size for the scale of this work on the canvas.  That's going in size from large to small.


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Reply #7 on: January 30, 2018, 07:50:22 PM
sounds like a fun project :gl: :painting:


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Reply #8 on: January 31, 2018, 09:16:47 PM
sounds like a fun project :gl: :painting:

Thank you.  All experimentation and brand spanking new.

Space is dead black with light spots and the light is 'horizon wide'.  Humans, after a lifetime, are conditioned to see things a certain way in various conditions.  So, I've got to put in hints of that without it being overwhelming.

With distance, red drops out before green.  That's why the foreground will have that in it and green towards the background, with a stretch of 'no man's land', between.  It'll be tricky to get the 'layered' stars in.

The canoe and astronaut will be an entirely different matter based on the 'horizon line' of light, both vertically and horizontally.    I know how the 'Milky Way river of stars' will be done.  I figure to take my cue's from how they and the background reads.

If either I can't figure it out, or miss something, will see what I missed.  That's what's great about the folks here, everyone extends a helping hand.  :)


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Reply #9 on: February 22, 2018, 11:48:10 PM
Did the blank half using Mars Black and Viridian Green.  The light above the canvas allows you to see the tint.  There's no solid or straight line between and I did use a combination of the colors towards the middle.



Next I'll be starting to put in the background star field.  I'll tape off the visual edges for this first part.


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Reply #10 on: February 23, 2018, 02:18:14 PM
Looking forward with great anticipation!!!    :yippee:


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Reply #11 on: February 23, 2018, 04:26:20 PM
Looking forward with great anticipation!!!    :yippee:

I've a photo of deep star field taken by Hubble I'll use for inspiration.  You can see the 'red shifts' and 'blue shifts'.

On the back bottom and top edge of the canvas I've marked with the red and the green.  In a distance view the red drops out first, so that will be at the bottom.  Our eyes are conditioned for that on Earth; so even though it doesn't apply in space I'll utilize it.

As I understand it, even though the change is subtle our eyes will detect it even though we won't realize it.  Without it, a person might see something 'wrong' even though they won't be able to tell someone what that is.

At this point, I'm thinking thinned Mars Black to push the various stars and star field into the distance with the color bases established.  If that doesn't work, I can lightly tint the paint.



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Reply #12 on: February 24, 2018, 02:05:43 PM
.... and to think we once thought all you needed to paint a 'space' sky was black!  :doh: What were we thinking?  ;)       ;D

Best of luck Stoney  :gl2:    Pulling for you   :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:


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Reply #13 on: March 03, 2018, 02:28:59 AM
.... and to think we once thought all you needed to paint a 'space' sky was black!  :doh: What were we thinking?  ;)       ;D

Best of luck Stoney  :gl2:    Pulling for you   :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

The black of space we thought was pre-Hubble.   Then again, you get a very different view at the altitude observatories are at than on the ground.

It will be interesting.  Have to figure it out as I go.

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Reply #14 on: March 03, 2018, 12:43:05 PM
 :heeha: Wow! Just look at that. One of the things I love most about being at sea is a clear night sky. It is the wonder of the universe, sadly few people take the time or will ever see it due to light pollution, or they just never look up.