Saturday, 19 June 2021

The Final Frontier

When I started learning to paint last year, one of the very first things I wanted to paint was Jupiter. And I was happy with my first attempt. Of course I had to do all the other planets next. (And yes, of course Pluto's in there!)

Later I did the moon, and a galaxy.

There's even a video of the galaxy painting. The original music was the opening theme to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, so imagine that if you want the full experience!


Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Forensic Earth

"No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids, are supposed, by some, to dream."

Perhaps even planets dream.

I've never collected any art before, but I'm starting to see how groups of paintings can have a theme. And I'm sensing one in the pieces that called to me. There's a strange sort of beauty in devastation, and maybe the fascination is unavoidable during this pandemic, itself merely a symptom of the greater looming catastrophe of climate change and the sixth mass extinction. I saw the term "doomdreaming" this morning, and couldn't help but relate.

Are we existing under conditions of absolute reality now? Or are we only just beginning to realise that there's a greater objective reality than our narrow perception suggests? Those of us who trust science and experts know the horror that awaits our species, but who are the sane ones? The ones who accept and face the grim truth? Or the ones who take the blue pill and keep their illusions?

Earth is our home, but now it is haunted. And just like Hill House, it wants us out.