Night Sky Calling

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

The night sky draws me in. Especially when I am in nature far away from city lights. It gives one perspective, the tiny little specks that we are, and ignites a universe of dreams and possibilities within.

Celestial events are also superbly fascinating to me and I love the shared awe often experienced worldwide. This year, I eagerly hit the trails in the wee early hours to view the full totality phase during the rare Super Blue Blood Moon. My enthusiasm for last year’s total solar eclipse was itself eclipsed by the heavy fog that engulfed Marin, however a few seconds of cloud clearing later exposing a partial eclipse sliver brought instant adrenaline and definite resolve of traveling to see a future total solar eclipse. And then you may recall back in 2015 a rare Super Blood Moon –yes, yes, not as rare as the Super Blue Blood Moon we just had, but visually even more stunning timing-wise in my neighborhood location as we viewed the huge moon rise in the early evening as the sun went down — you can read my parting thought about it in this NY Times post.


Super Blood Moon, September 27, 2015 (Click on image for bigger view)

Total Solar Eclipse, August 21, 2017

Super Blue Blood Moon, January 31, 2018

So imagine my excitement, when I came down my stairs one morning about a month ago and saw something odd in the dark sky. It didn’t look like the moon, yet I didn’t have my glasses on so couldn’t be sure. Glasses-now-in-place-and-oh-my-goodness-what-is-that-it-looks-like-a-spaceship??!! Quickly reaching for twitter to see if there was any chatter and not seeing immediate results, I put my phone down and watched, mouth agape.

It was pretty cool. Turns out it was SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Typically these launches aren’t visible in the Bay Area but the conditions were just right with a pre-sunrise and high trajectory launch. Just perfect to inspire my next painting.

I painted the sky first and the subsequent color palette and mood of the piece all stem from that one moment I happened to see.

I thought I would blog about all the little abstract areas in this painting that I really like –almost mini sub paintings within the bigger composition. However, my thoughts and words have turned skyward and so I’ll leave you to just visually explore the abstractions instead. (Click on image for bigger view)

And…oh-my-what-is-that-thing-in-the-sky-suppose-to-be? A spacecraft? A UFO? A searchlight? The moon peeking through some odd clouds? Or is it some type of celestial occurrence? I’ll let the viewer decide the narrative.

Night Sky Calling, Acrylic on Canvas, 2018, 48 x 36 inches