Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Flame Traceries

I like lava. Flaming streams of fire flowing down a volcanic slope is one of the greatest glories of Nature. But in space there is no up or down and no flowing lava. But there is glowing gas, which shapes itself into all sorts of shapes and forms, including these twisted threads and filaments. The name of this piece is "Flame Traceries." This would probably be a supernova remnant, under pressure not only from the original explosion but from nearby new stars. If you are into explosive events and eruptions of cosmic fire, a supernova beats a volcano any day.

"Flame Traceries" is acrylic on illustration board, 10" x 7", November 1991.

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