Monday, March 14, 2011

Main Sequence Irises

This acrylic iris painting was a commission by the same astronomical folks who were behind my "High Frontier" logo design. They enjoyed flowers and stars as much as I did so I combined a galaxy view with some lavender-blue bearded irises. The title "Main Sequence" refers to a well-known classification of stars used by astronomers. The sequence includes not only red giants and white dwarfs but mid-range yellow stars like our Sun. If these flowers were stars, they would be a blue cluster, freshly opened, emitting fragrant radiance into space.

"Main Sequence Irises" is acrylic on illustration board, 7" x 10", June 1991.

1 comment:

Tristan Alexander said...

I love this one and again, on a black shirt this would look amazing!