.......Roger Dean meets Thomas Kinkade right here, ladies and gentlemen. Sheesh. Such a brilliantine glimpse into a connection between the ether above and the frost below. I can only imagine how breathtaking this would be in a large format print.....or of course, in person.
Got some questions on the brain now that I've taken this picture in...basically about the conception of it. I've done pieces that turn out as a collage, which are usually spontaneous explorations. ...what I want to know is, how did you go about planning this picture? Did you have a layout in mind, or several, and stuck with one you liked? Did you have a list of elements to start with, and then planned how and where to "layer" them in the painting?
Just curious about the "Making Of". It's amazing how everything fits together in this. Clearly you have been working on your craft for a good while.
Thank you! This painting was carefully laid out ahead of time. I only paint nebulae that actually exist for more realism. In the lay-out process I made sketches and looked at numerous photos. I gradually eliminated about half of all the possibilities. I'm left with what I think will look good and will express what I want to express. Some paintings of mine are completely spontaneous with only a vague idea of what I want to do. Most are somewhere in between.
Thanks. I've noticed that nebulae are visually similar in structure to certain kinds of glowing fungus, deep sea creatures, trees covered in vines, unusual rock formations and icebergs. I thought it natural to morph them together at times.
Thank you. Actually I find them relatively easy to do. I look at photos in books and on the internet and make black & white copies to go by. I paint from light to dark. I try to match the colors with the actual nebulae but you don't have to be all that precise. The colors vary somewhat from photo to photo, anyway. Be sure to paint with titanium white. It's very dense and opaque.