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#1 Aquarellia

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 12:28 PM

As a "sailor", I had the idea to draw with pastel the seas of the moon. 
I think there are similarities between the moon seas and some on earth,  sometime for the shape of the seas or sometime because of the designations. 

Ofcourse I will only compare seas that I know, so where I had sailed with my own two mast « S.Y. Aquarellia » on our planet, (but not yet on the moon wink.gif  ).

 

To do this, I bought a French easel (out of the telescope, soft pastels, black paper, 2 or 3 good eyepieces and filters).

 

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The major part of the pastels were made with my new Takahashi Mewlon 250 CRS, without the 1.5 extender (f10), and a 13mm Ethos eyepiece.

 

The idea, as always when I observe, was to sketch directly through the eyepiece, without making any further correction or adding any features back in my workshop after the observation. 
- A complexity was also to stop sketching too much details, if I force to sketch some fine detais somewhere I have to do that everywere, and then the sketching time will exceed the time when the Moon is visible in the sky.  Believe me, this is not always easy to stop sketching at a certain level of details.

- Another problem was to define the moon shore line, on earth it’s easy but on the moon landscape that was not always a piece of cake !

 

The first vision was the full moon as a departure point for this mini-project, that was a 2 hours and a half job.

 

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Thank you to follow me here after...

Michel

As from today, I will add from time to time a new sea on this post.  I have already made 9 of them, but it’s not finish !
 


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Posted 12 May 2019 - 12:33 PM

What a fun project!  Thanks for sharing, Michel.  I look forward to seeing more!

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 12:35 PM

The first sea is Mare Frigoris.

 

The shape make me thinking about the Baltic sea, as the far north position.

The Baltic sea is a nice often calm, tide free sea, however it’s a pitty but the earth sea is quite a lot poluted by us mad.gif , so I give "one point" for the moon sea. 

Today, Mare Frigoris must still be clean frown.gif .

 

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 12:39 PM

Outstanding Michel!
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Posted 12 May 2019 - 02:58 PM

Amazing sketches, I love the full moon sketch enough details and a fine piece of art. Very good . Congratulations to your new Takahashi  Melow 250 .

 

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 03:19 PM

Looking good, Michel.  waytogo.gif   It will be fun waiting for the next installment of the Atlas.


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Posted 12 May 2019 - 04:17 PM

Michel,

 

Very nice sketches of the Moon smile.gif .

 

CS,KLU,

 

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 06:17 PM

Michel,

 

This is a beautiful start.

I look forward to all the installments.

 

Frank :)


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Posted 12 May 2019 - 09:50 PM

Michel, a wonderful idea to look for our parallel seas. I understand what you say about stopping sketching too much details. A difficult task for the perfectionist!

 

I am looking forward to seeing more of these here. Truly beautiful work.

 

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 10:29 AM

What a great project. Can't wait to see the other seas!


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Posted 13 May 2019 - 03:16 PM

Great project Michel, and wonderful sketches. Unfortunately you wouldn't be able to sail around the moon to prove it is round lol.gif

 

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 04:44 AM

Thank you guys for your positive follow-up! 

The next sea will be the North sea, close to the Jef's observation areas...

 

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For me, the comparison between North Sea and Mare Tranquilitatis is that both seas are open to other seas, Irish sea, Baltic sea, Norway sea etc... For the Mare Tranquillitatis it's the same, there are connection with Mare Serenitatis and Mare Fecunditatis.

The North sea is also the first sea that I crossed with S.Y. Aquarellia, however that was not really a small step for me and also I was'nt the first wink.gif

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 05:33 AM

An beautifully ambitious project which I'm sure you will complete with your usual aplomb Michel! Thanks for sharing your voyage!



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Posted 14 May 2019 - 11:59 AM

Michel,

 

A very fine capture of Mare Tranquilitatis. This is going very well.

 

Frank :)



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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:40 AM

I like these sketches. Some kind of project is always valuable, because it holds us sketching often.



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Posted 16 May 2019 - 04:52 AM

Thank you to you all, really, much appreciated!

 

The sea that I want to present you today is the small Mare Nectaris.  Nectare will make me think of wine taste, so to compare one good zone about vineyards is the small Ligurian Sea, a lot of good vineyards are based all around this sea: southeastern France, where I live, Corsica and northwestern Italy. This is also the most important playground of S.Y. Aquarellia.

 

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Don't hesitate to look at the nice sketch made by Cindy from Hawaï (a far away ocean for me), this part of Nectarius sea was done the same day than this one:

https://www.cloudyni...ater/?p=9353780

 

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 06:00 AM

Michel,

 

One of my favorite mares.  And I like hearing about where you and the Aquarellia sail.  cool.gif 


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 01:08 PM

In wonderful work Michel


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 04:03 PM

Michel,

 

Nice sketch of  Mare Nectaris smile.gif .

 

CS,KLU,

 

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 11:18 AM

Today I post Mare Fecunditatis also called Fertilitatis.  I will compare this one with the Ionian sea because of the uncredible culture difference we can have along its coasts.

 

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 11:40 AM

Michel,

 

Mare Nectaris and Mare Fecunditatis sketches look very fine. You are doing an exceptional job on these seas.

Such a great idea to do these.

 

Frank :)


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Posted 22 May 2019 - 03:51 AM

Michel, I really like the way you sketched what seems like canyons on the floor of Mare Fecunditatis  waytogo.gif 

 

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 09:56 AM

Thank you Bernardo

 

The next Mare is the Mare Serinitatis that I like to compare with the Tyrrhenian sea.  The main reason is that this sea was always quite calm with our sailing trips.  

On the earth sea we visit a lot of craters too such as Etna, Salinas, Stromboli and Vulcano etc,... but here all issued from volcanism.

 

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Michel


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Posted 25 May 2019 - 10:27 AM

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 12:49 PM

Michel,

 

Very nice work here.

 

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