After yesterday’s post, one that featured a NASA photo of Rhea, a moon of Saturn, I was asked by Clint from the Principle Gallery if perhaps I might be doing some outer space themed paintings in the future. I really hadn’t given it much thought , to be honest, but I suddenly remembered a few pieces I had painted many years ago, long before I ever thought of showing my work in public. They were experiments, the sort of thing I often worked on then when I was working out color and form. Abstractions, really. Most were pretty bad. But there was one that I always really enjoy when I stumble across it when browsing through a bin of old work.
Shown here at the top, this piece from 1994 has Third Stone From the Sun written on a corner. It’s a watercolor that was purely an exploration of color and shape. When I was done it struck me that it had the feel of some sort of galactic apocalypse, as though our Earth had suddenly decided to linejump Mercury and Venus to get closer to the Sun and this was the result.
It’s not a great piece but it makes me happy despite the obvious downside to the situation it depicts. At the time, I remember that it made me consider following this abstracted path but I opted to follow the one that has led me here. I often wonder what I would be doing at this moment had I chosen that path. Probably not writing this. But you can’t linger too long over such questions because you will never know. The paths through time fade quickly behind us.
Here’s the song that inspired the title, Third Stone From the Sun. It’s classic Jimi Hendrix in a mellow form.