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#1 Dee

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:08 PM

Easter Saturday, a text from a friend snaps me out
of my miserable cold and entices me to look at
prominences on the solar limb. An active busy prom on the NW limb about 350 degrees PA ,
was accompanied by a spike like ribbon of plasma.What to use ? ink? pastel? pencil ? what suits my mood.?
Relax your sick an inner voice said, go the easy route have some fun.

Gorgeous Windsor and Newton inks in their individual packages always makes me smile.
Sunshine Yellow , with the Summer Sunburst dolly girl , yep cool plasma in a jar.

My new teeny tiny watercolor brushes, a mother's day gift.

I only managed three sketches in between large dawdling clouds.
Occasionally fast moving grey cumulus spilled into my h alpha view like squid ink
bursting, obscuring , the billions of tons of material in my target.

A relaxing slow afternoon , following the sun around my garden, with Miss Sunshine Yellow on a tiny brush.

PST 40mm/8mm TVP eyepiece

Sketch 1 = 12:50 UT 11/04/09

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:10 PM

Sketch 2 = 16:30 UT 11/04/09

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:12 PM

Sketch 3 = 17:00 UT 11/04/09

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:15 PM

Easter Sunday

The interesting prom dance continues , Sunshine Yellow to begin but I am itching to try new watercolors and the tiniest brush on the planet. Looking at my box of full pans, Scarlet seems the closest block to h alpha realism.

Sketch 4 = 14:20 UT 12/04/09

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:17 PM

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:21 PM

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:22 PM

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:25 PM

Oh the joy of tiny action, tiny brush strokes, tiny imperceptible movement. Time lapsed drawings capturing monumental energy, flinging itself thousands of miles into space. Leaping energy anchored to our star by its massive gravity.

I decide on alternate ink and watercolor sketches as an experiment , why not.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:28 PM

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I shield my eyes from the sunlight in order to see these features erupting outward from our star. My cat helps herself to a drink of scarlet tinted water , she likes to get involved.

16:00 UT my Mimosa tree is getting in the way of my prom. I have to move my whole shebang left twenty feet and backwards to catch the falling disc.

Time to throw dinner in the oven.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:31 PM

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:34 PM

Watercolor tends to dry quickly in the sun, ink stays wet on the brush for longer. Both ink and watercolor work well for prominences, shade works , helps evaporation. The suns heat crystallises the ink on the rim of the bottle.

16:45 UT Tiny leafs swaying in the breeze block ginormous proms. I follow sun beams between trees to watch the distant show.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:36 PM

My tiny 5/0 brush barely exists , just a few strands.

17:00 UT My little block of scarlet sits neatly on my tripod head.
My oven is beeping , time to do the veg.

After finishing the set , I get the urge to super size the last two sketches , one ink, one watercolor.
I watch skinny twigs thirty feet away obscuring my view. They move like window wipers , my prom flickers. Another move backwards a quick view , two quick final sketches.
17:05 UT

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:42 PM

17:20UT
Best to rescue the dinner now. Stuffed chicken , roast honey glazed ham, roast potatoes , york cabbage and carrots. Eaglehawk Cabernet Sauvignon and Ortas Rasteau Cote De Rhone. Chocolate

Dee I got on a roll with this , so continued hope it's not too much stuff. Have not been in here for an age , hello everyone again.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:43 PM

Dee, these are gorgeous watercolor and ink prom sketches! I had to giggle when you mentioned your cat lapping at the scarlet water. :lol: Wishing you a quick recovery from your cold,

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 01:59 PM

Excellent stuff Dee!
Hope you are feeling better.
I like that style - it is a little different.
Interesting how the proms can change over the course of a few hours.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 05:03 PM

Dee,

Wonderful watercolor and inks~I really enjoy the proms you've done. Here's to enjoy more sunshine in the future.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 09:11 PM

very beautiful and nice work. I have never tried the medium. Sure reminds me of the brightness of the spring season, too. Roland

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 10:09 PM

Hi Dee,

Feeling better now? These are beautiful bright and very well done. You have excellent control with those little brushes. Thanks for posting. :bow: :rainbow: :bow:

Frank :)

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 10:29 PM

Dee,

I must say those are impressive sketches. I probably never would have even thought to use Yellow on white or even red on white. Your summary of your experiences has a poetic nature to it, as do your sketches.

I'm almost tempted to combine some of them in an animated gif to watch the changes in a stop-motion animation type of scheme.

Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:46 AM

Thanks Rich, Michael, Jaycin,Roland and Linda, Frank and Varmint.

Jim, do feel free to try an animation if you like, I do not have a notion how to go about that.

Dee feeling better today

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 09:35 AM

Dee,

Thank you for your wonderful sequence of prominence observations. The use of the brilliant sunshine yellow ink and the scarlet watercolor was excellent. You have captured the flow of the prominences very nicely. Thank you for sharing them with us all.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 11:42 AM

Beautiful paintings, Dee! Love the color....

-- Jeff (with the same dang cold).

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 04:52 PM

Dee, those are just the most amazing sketches, full of the heat of the sun! You have really captured the intricacy of the proms, the brightness of the view - the sketches are so alive :jump:

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 12:06 AM

Jim, do feel free to try an animation if you like, I do not have a notion how to go about that.

Dee feeling better today


Glad you're feeling better.

I'm going to try and attach my attempt at animating your first 7 sketches... not sure if it's going to work (and it's likely to be super tiny due to size limitations on CN).

Super Tiny indeed...I did a "full size" version, but it's 3MB and I don't know where to host it for you... BTW, this was my very first attempt at creating an animated GIF. I followed the instructions from this site I found by Googling it (and the fact that I have Photoshop...).

Ok, I found that Flickr won't allow GIFs, but Picasa/Google does. So here's a link to the "full sized" version of the animated GIF.

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 09:44 AM

Jim, thank you very much indeed for your work on this it looks great.

The super tiny version is so cute, almost as tiny as I see the real thing. Thanks also for the link to the photo shop tutorial

Dee






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