NASA 17 has begun, in the usual way. I am getting to be quite efficient at producing NASA paintings, especially after completing sixteen so far. This one is entitled ‘NASA as a Focus of Terror’. I would have to say that the titles sometimes seem to have very little to do with the art works themselves. But the titles have come first, then a quick sketch, and finally the work on canvas, which really shows a process. The titles really act as a springboard, to come up with images and a loose narrative – did I say narrative – I hope that’s not a dirty word – it’s so hard to know where I fit into the art world at any one time – I would hate to be unfashionable, it’s hard enough being close to fifty (the disappearing age).
Above is the beginning sketch for NASA 17. Sometimes I make a few notes, as ideas begin to form, just so I don’t forget anything important. One note here is about having seven leaves on each tree – seven being symbolic – there is also a flaming tree in this work. Also, this is the first time the boat has had a motor – maybe a comment on technology in the wrong hands. One astronaut is holding a hose, but no water is flowing – maybe a comment on impotence of a sort.