Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Halley Cat

In December of 1985, I prepared a series of about 50 custom made, hand-painted holiday cards to be sent out for the season. I used airbrushed acrylic on colored paper, mainly black or blue, and did a series of astronomical images such as galaxies, nebulae, or comets. Everyone on my mailing list got an original work of art! I had more time back then than I do now.

In this series were also some cards starring Halley's Comet, which was about to appear in 1986. Some had just the comet, but others had a cat silhouetted against the comet, as does the image above. The astronomical perspective could make it appear as though the cat was pawing at the long-tailed comet as if it were a mouse, or perhaps a fuzzy cosmic cat toy. The cat was a stencil that I drew and cut. I airbrushed blue paint around it on black paper. I made a number of cat comets and naturally I called it the "Halley Cat."

"Halley Cat" is 5" x 7", acrylic spray and brushwork on black paper, December 1985.


Tristan Alexander said...

Very effective. While I don't like airbrush, the overall look realy does work here.

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