I've never actually seen an eclipse before, despite my obsessive relationship with the night sky. I guess my love of sleep (and equal hate of lack-thereof) usually wins in that tug of war. Rather than burning the midnight oil with my art projects, I decided to venture out to the beach. My wonderful girlfriend Julia helped with the needed motivation to leave the apartment ;) It's amazing how I can hole myself up in there, for days at a time... not withstanding going to my day job.
Anyways, it was well worth the effort. I think I was more amazed at how many other people were watching this celestial event than the actual eclipsing of the moon! I felt like I was apart of something very special. We sat down among a grouping of large rocks that crept into the sea ever so gently. At about 9:45, there was a bright white light shimmering off the waves. When I looked at the moon, it was just like staring into a 100 watt bulb. (I know because I do that sometimes, I don't recommend it) It was truly brighter than I had ever seen it before. After a half hour it disappeared into the shadow of our Earth. It was white no longer, but a red-orange glow remained. I imagine that's how Mars looks. (At least in all the movies, it does.)
It's just a rock out in space, but it's OUR rock, and that's what makes it special.
P.S. I just did that paint sketch quickly (maybe an hour at most, probably more like 30 minutes though) in the ArtRage program. I am spending most of my time on this planet project lately. I am doing watercolor paintings of all 8 planets and organizing them into a poster for sale at the City Wide Open Studios in New Haven. I have a watecolor of Jupiter in the ArtSpace gallery downtown, the reception is Friday at 5pm. If you're in the area I'd love to see you! I will have all of my paintings on display (as well as works and prints for sale) the weekend of the October 17th and 18th. I'll be at 153 East St. New Haven. Check out the flyer for more information and click here for the City Wide Open Studios website.
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