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#1 rolandlinda3

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 01:37 PM

The facts: Two people observing three objectives on the moon around Mare Cognitum with a C8 equipped with astrovideo; output sent to a monitor/sketch station; 1+ hour study/sketch period with pastels and pencils

Linda's sketch is below (with permission):

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 01:38 PM

Roland's sketch follows:

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 01:40 PM

The Lesson if you care to read it:

John 15:17 This is my command: Love each other.
1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind.

Lessons from observing usually extend much farther than simply becoming more technically proficient. This is especially true for us when we sketch objects together. The observing period on March 6, 2009 reminded us of these famous scriptures, which are often easy to read but much more difficult to apply. In fact, without the grace and love of God, it would be impossible. So walking with Jesus gets personal quickly in a marriage—we have learned to call on Him or rely on Him. We don’t do this perfectly, of course, but our aim is right. Sometimes we call too late (having already been impatient or unkind), which means we begin our call with repentance. This particular late night we seemed to love each other successfully as we observed and sketched.

When we gaze at an astronomical scene together, we see it a bit differently and often choose a different approach. Linda saw the “face” but then first sketched some mountain ridges. I went to the crater Darney then to craters around it. But our areas of sketching were at the extreme edges of the field of view of the telescope. So we were running back and forth to adjust the telescope to keep both scenes in view. Then we were also huddled together in front of one small monitor (the video output from the telescope and video camera). So we frequently got in each other’s way. This requires some patient communication and sometimes a bit of a wait for each other. Each of us frequently disturbed the other to discuss our drawings or what we were seeing.

While it might seem simple to sketch together, it is not. If we don’t love each other through the process, it would be a disaster. In walking with God we have learned to have fewer disasters. This night was a pleasure and was a very good night to give thanks.

Roland and Linda

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 03:47 PM

Roland and Linda,

Excellent observations of the Mare Cognitum region. It is interesting to compare your styles. Each observer brings their impression of the scene which adds to it. May love always get in the way!

Carlos

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 04:39 PM

Roland and Linda,

These are beautiful sketches. They would not have been made as such without the love and respect between both of you.

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 10:13 PM

Roland [and Linda]

Your usual beautiful work! I especially like the colors that you used in the lower image.

Thanks for sharing and the extensive detailed text; (It's all true! Your passion for each other definitely comes through in the art.)

Mark

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 12:54 PM

Most impressing work!

Best regards
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Posted 11 March 2009 - 08:13 PM

Carlos, Rony, Mark, and Torsten,

Glad you enjoyed the sketches and presentations. Have relayed the comments to Linda also. Linda says thanks for appreciating our efforts and that she plans to get more involved in sketching the sky this year.

Roland

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 08:39 PM

Roland and Linda,

You are a team and it is always a pleasure to see your individual takes on the same view. You are both beautifully artistic as if a Devine Force is working as you sketch together. :bow: :cool:

Frank :)

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 10:40 PM

Great example of two versions of the same scene by two very talented sketch artist, thanks for posting.

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 06:37 PM

Thanks Tommy and Frank.

Yes...God is the inspiration; there is no question about it.

Roland






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