Unforeseen . 16x20 . 2010

1. natural lighting (near a sunny window)
2. artificial lighting (regular interior lighting)
3. combined uv and artificial lighting
4. uv lighting only (with a black light)
5. no light (glow in the dark for hours!)

Inspired by sunsets seen along the Kona coast of the Big Island of Hawaii in January 2010. Heavy vog colored the skies in smokey hues of pink and orange. Vog from the Kilauea Volcano on the island has increased over the last 2 years. There's no telling how long it might last. Since volcanoes exist in geological time, even 10,000 years would make this phenomenon a short one.

It was one of the eeriest, most beautiful things I've experienced.

The sun would descend from a clear blue sky slowly into a foggy haze of warm colors, almost backlighting the thick layer of clouds. This would allow you to gaze directly at the sun, who's brightness diminished as it moved closer to the horizon. Even the horizon itself became blurred. The ocean reflected the colors of the sky, turning the sea to pink and orange.

Honestly, it felt like we were on Mars. Totally awesome.

This is my first full sized painting using a brand new technique of sunken lines instead of raised ones. :o)

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