The Eagle and Lagoon Nebulas
2009
Acrylic on canvas
Each 16 inches height
20 inches width
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Artist Notes: The Eagle and Lagoon Nebulas are each based on a NASA photo. The Eagle Nebula is shown by NASA as a vertical image, but I see the eagle when I place the image horizontally, and that is how I painted it. I am in love with the motion. The nebula is in the constellation Serpens, a young, open cluster of a few thousand stars that were formed from a giant molecular cloud. They are still loosely bound to each other by gravitation, and active star formation is still going on. The Lagoon Nebula is in the southern constellation Sagittarius; it can be seen with the naked eye or binoculars. It is considered to be among the finest and brightest star-forming regions in the sky. A huge cloud of interstellar matter, it is undergoing active star formation. The central parts are extremely bright; and it is so large that this painting represents only a small part of the nebula. These paintings invoked my love of space, free brush strokes, color, and form; they allowed me the joy of the abstract gesture within a framework of realism.

Each painting is 16 inches high by 20 inches wide; acrylic on stretched canvas, on heavy duty stretchers, with painted sides; frames are not needed. Each work of art is $1,000 sold separately. As a pair, these paintings are $1,900 online at http://www.zibbet.com/Egilpatr/artwork?artworkId=669626