Saturday, June 25, 2005

Starbirth: Lagoon Nebula piece--Painted!


Well, in a fit of creativity, I sat on my front stoop "painting" with the wax pastels for #2 of the "Starbirth" series. I'm understanding the medium a little more. It had been a long time since I've sat outside painting--which is always interesting in an urban neighborhood because everyone's passing by looking at you like "What the heck is she doing?"

This one is called "Lagoon Nebula" for the Hubble telescope photo below. Emari, my 5-year old cousin, came outside and sat with me while I painted. "You do art? I didn't know you did art," she said. "I like it!" We had a great discussion about drawing and painting and space and stars and how she was so sleepy in the car that she wouldn't get up and missed out on the fabric store! She giggled and said that her daycare had a party and she had fun dancing and that's why she was tired.

I'm going to stitch this up and post it when it's done. They're only about 13" x 17". I'm having so much fun with this.

10 comments:

Deb R said...

Am I "getting it" that the bottom photo is a picture of the actual nebula and the top one is your painted interpretation of it? If so, that is SO cool!

Elle said...

Yes! Thanks!

Gerrie said...

You are gettin' darned good at this!! Love it...

Scrapmaker said...

Wow Elle! Beautiful, and very exciting. Love to see what you're branching out into. Jen

:-D eirdre said...

You Really seem to be getting the hang of the pastels. You said your first one was pretty light - well this one has huge color and feeling pouring out of it!

Both the original photograph and your image are inspiring! I'm looking forward to seeing how the series progresses!

Sonji Hunt said...

Your impression is beautiful. Can't wait to see what you do with it. Where's my tree? Hmmm?

Frances said...

these are both beautiful, love them,
I love hearing your conversation with your wee cousin too,

Elle using the wax pastels, we had them in college first term and I 'couldn't do it' so I tried at home and really got into them but I was working on paper, do you have to have a special type for fabric or could I use the ones I have, I am wondering if the fabric will be ok

Elle said...

I use Caran d'Ache Neocolor II water soluble...

Debra Spincic said...

Thanks for the welcome to the Artring! I can see by your pastel work that you are very good! great interpretation--very real looking.

jenclair said...

Wow! This is lovely and the Hubble photos are a great inspiration--even the title, "Lagoon Nebula," is beautiful.

And thanks for the comment on my piece!