Constellation Necklace makes a Perfect Gift

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For those that live in the city, spotting the constellations can be a bit of a challenge. I remember the first time I saw Scorpio: we were driving to San Diego down highway 5 through central California. It was about 9 pm; we were driving at night to avoid traffic in LA. I was sitting in the passenger’s seat when suddenly I recognized the configuration of stars just above the horizon. Scorpio is huge! It took up a big portion of the sky and I couldn’t stop looking at it. Just beautiful.

I offer the constellation necklace in the 12 zodiac signs, plus Big Dipper and Orion. I can’t also do a custom constellation, if you’re looking for something else. If you’re looking for a personal gift for a loved one (or youself!), the constellation necklace is perfect!

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Why I love the Mars Rover

When I’m selling my pieces at shows, I can tell the Mars Rover fans: they scan my necklaces, and suddenly, they recognize the Rover, Curiosity. They look to me, then back at the Rover, and ask “Wow, is that the Mars Rover?” It always makes me feel a bit of “squeee!!” inside.

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Why did I decide to paint the Rover? It started back in 2012; the Curiosity landing was broadcast, and generated a lot of excitement about what it might find. I was kind of into the Rover, but it wasn’t until high resolution photographs of the Martian surface were released that I started to realize how awesome Curiosity is. Being a visual person, these high resolution photos for the first time really made me feel I was standing on Mars and experiencing and discovering this alien planet right with the Rover.

Do you love the Rover too? Drop me a line!

Mars Curiosity Rover necklace is available in my shop here!

Original NASA Photos for Sale

If you have a few thousand extra Euros, an art gallery is selling vintage NASA photographs. While originally taken as science and research photos, framing these photos and selling them through a gallery casts them in a different light. It’s interesting that these photos have the look of mid-century photographs, because of the technology available at the time, that reminds me of the look people are trying to achieve with Instagram filters. It shows us what we value: that we value photographs of a certain era because they remind of us something, not necessarily that they are, or were ever intended as, art. And by doing so, these photos reframe the conversation of what is art.

One of my favorites is the close-up of Gemini 6 & 7. The focus is on the spacecraft, but what is more important is what is seen out of focus in the background: the Earth and the surrounding darkness of space. These photos invoke a sense of awe, but also loneliness; the things of man, while seeming so significant on Earth, look so small when put against the backdrop of space.

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