My favorite thing to paint - and typically the main ‘focus’ in my Wildlife Art oil paintings is: (ding ding ding - you guessed it) the animals eyes - windows into their often helpless yet dangerously wild souls! Lions are a special fascination of mine - their soulful golden brown eyes as well as their tawny coats & the interactions within their amazing prides.
So for my title, Seeing Through Stars: My first thought was of a large hyper-realistic (maybe B&W) human eye - with the light reflections in the eye of the ‘stars’ - perfect right?
But which ‘Stars’:
celebs or celestial? or both?
Big dipper? Milky Way?
or the Hollywood sign / night LA skyline with stars?
And which ‘Seeing’:
the literal act of seeing or the technical astronomical term Seeing?
(Perfect for my engineer brain right? *I spared you all a spreadsheet! You’re welcome!)
In Astronomy/ Physics: seeing = a measurement of clarity of stars - specifically the measure of atmospheric turbulence measured in arcseconds.
Explore Seeing vs Transparency? Could take a while..
Possibly simplify: incorporate Sophia Loren’s iconic eye shape & makeup = seeing something through a star’s eyes?
I have sketched on my ipad a few basic ideas - envisioning positioning & focus of various eye shapes - still deciding on canvas size .. the sketch on canvas & hopefully the painting process begins this weekend!! *at least my first attempt... do we get 2 tries with our painting like we did with the Fortune Cookies?
What a Fun Challenge for us all!!
Thoughts or suggestions?