Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Seasonal Astronomy

I hope you are all having a happy, safe  and Peaceful Christmas.
I have always been fascinated by people who integrate their interests, experiences and ideas into their artwork. If you have the sort of inquiring mind that is fascinated by life then where do you draw the line, everything is interesting. Leonardo is a prime example of this phenomenon.
When I was at school I studies Art and Science, this was considered peculiar. Later in life I married a scientist. Some of my pupils at the time did wonder what we talked about, not understanding the similar approaches we had to our work,  a natural curiosity, a wish to explore, to research, to experiment, etc.
This morning I was listening to Radio National. Alan Bean, the US astronaut who was on the second landing on the moon in 1969, was being interviewed. He now spends his time painting his experiences. He has even incorpotated some moon dust and material that went into space into some of his work, just as  Matt Gauldie embedded brick dust from the Christchurch earthquake in his Earthquake Patrol.  He sounded a lovely, gentle and humble person. Have a look at his work.
Best wishes
Alan Bean

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