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My Pastel Painting of the Eclipse

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#1 knightowl

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Posted 08 May 2024 - 08:15 PM

Took me a month but I finally finished!

 

My goal was to capture what the eclipse actually looked like with the naked eye since cameras "see" things differently than we do.

 

I was inspired by Howard Russell Butler, an early-19th c. artist who was hired by scientists to paint eclipses. He developed a method for recording the necessary information of an eclipse quickly, using shorthand notations and prepared schematics. https://artmuseum.pr...cts/painter-sun

 

During totality, I made notes on two boards: one for the corona and one for the prominences. I also created different value and color scales to reference immediately after totality to home in on an accurate representation.

 

My primary observing tool was my wonderful Zeiss 20x60 binoculars.

 

I used dry pastel pencils on Colourfix "storm blue" paper. Paper is 18"x26". Size of the moon/sun disc is 6". Fun fact: standing 57' away from the painting gives you a true scale view of the eclipse!

 

Now I need to get this thing framed.

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Posted 08 May 2024 - 08:21 PM

Detail.

(wish I could post higher quality better than 500kb)

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Posted 08 May 2024 - 08:24 PM

Recording boards and scales to capture observations during and after totality.

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Posted 12 May 2024 - 04:44 PM

Superb! You captured the light and the detail ever so well. Your dedication is inspiring.



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Posted 18 May 2024 - 07:14 PM

 

 

My goal was to capture what the eclipse actually looked like with the naked eye since cameras "see" things differently than we do.

 

 

So you were able to see the such amazing details of the corona and the prominences with your naked eye?



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Posted 19 May 2024 - 09:20 PM

Love that!  Thanks for sharing.



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Posted 21 May 2024 - 11:08 AM

Love it!  Those details.. Inspiring work bow.gif  

 

Thanks for sharing.

 

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Ray





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