Saturday, July 23, 2016

Blue Agave Supernova

Blue Agave Supernova
25.5 x 19.5
Pastel on Sennelier LaCarte
I've been wanting to paint this particular agave for some time. I couldn't get it off my mind. As I browsed through my agave photo resources, I kept coming back to this one over and over. I really wanted to do a landscape orientation, but this one kept saying "Paint ME!". So I did. I know tomorrow I'm going to see Star Trek Beyond..dine in, recliners, popcorn at the push of a button. Therefore, today needed to be a day filled with art - from wake till sleep. 

When naming this painting, I didn't even consciously realize tomorrow was going to be "space" day. But, as always, my subconscious knew. This is another larger painting for me - two to four times the 'usual' size. Therefore, it needed to be a big name. While I'd like to say a star was born, the truth is that a Super Nova is the end - or is it the beginning of something else. This star went Supernova - a blue agave star. 

Excerpts from "What is a Supernova?"

What Causes a Supernova?
A supernova happens where there is a change in the core, or center, of a star. A change can occur in two different ways, with both resulting in a supernova.

The first type of supernova happens in binary star systems. Binary stars are two stars that orbit the same point. One of the stars, a carbon-oxygen white dwarf, steals matter from its companion star. Eventually, the white dwarf accumulates too much matter. Having too much matter causes the star to explode, resulting in a supernova.

The second type of supernova occurs at the end of a single star’s lifetime. As the star runs out of nuclear fuel, some of its mass flows into its core. Eventually, the core is so heavy that it cannot withstand its own gravitational force. The core collapses, which results in the giant explosion of a supernova. The sun is a single star, but it does not have enough mass to become a supernova.

Why Do Scientists Study Supernovas?

A supernova burns for only a short period of time, but it can tell scientists a lot about the universe.

One kind of supernova has shown scientists that we live in an expanding universe, one that is growing at an ever increasing rate.

Scientists also have determined that supernovas play a key role in distributing elements throughout the universe. When the star explodes, it shoots elements and debris into space. Many of the elements we find here on Earth are made in the core of stars. These elements travel on to form new stars, planets and everything else in the universe.

Here are some shots of the genesis of this "Blue Agave Supernova"

Coffee  - a necessary ingredient
in my cup with a quote from
Alice in Wonderland
"Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality"

The color selection - and my foot


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    1. Thank you Alice! Your support means the world to me since I admire your work so very much.