The final small version of Venus, finished today – just a day before the exhibition!
I felt the earlier version was twee and unconvincing – I was going for a mythical look which veered towards Disney, when I wanted something a bit more primordial – an Eden-like landscape of lushness. So although I’ll never be satisfied with my attemps at a Venusian atmosphere at least this is a little closer.
I enjoyed painting the rougher brushwork too. Here’s a detail …
Exhibition launches tomorrow, with a performance by my friend and collaborator, the excellent Atzi Muramatsu, who’ll be responding to the themes and paintings on cello! All info here Planets Series
According to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). Two billion years ago, the second planet of our Solar System Venus may have a cool atmosphere, had oceans of water and possibly life.
But how Venus went from a habitable planet to a hell?
Thick atmosphere, which increasingly traps heat.