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dried-palms

Delightful guests!  How can one resist those chattering, provocative individuals who spark a room with their wit and knowledge?  So what is the problem?  They bring the pleasure of new information, company, and good cheer. Yet as they wave goodby the energy consumed keeping up with them is the exact same energy which would have been spent on a painting or other creative endeavor.  Balance is needed but how to achieve it?  Social obligations suck up the time available for thinking and the day is fractured.  Now comes the effort to get back in the creative groove.  I loved the visit, and the fresh berry pie and the smiles and hugs. Yes, they were a huge reward.  Yet now I cannot find the thread leading to a resolution of the color dilemma this set of dried palm fans poses as they sit in the corner of my studio. Is this the “right” blue for that yellow?  Perhaps I should change the yellow?  Add a bit of orange or a piercing yellow-green?  Does it really matter so much which blue goes with which yellow?  YES!  YES!  The two together will either sparkle or thud and I am the one responsible for picking the one which will sparkle.  If I hit the magic combination there will be exhilaration and a pleasant feeling of “rightness.”  If I miss that combination there will be deflation and grim determination to try again … and again … and again.  Another chance to get it right.  Thanks the Gods there are always chances.  There is randomness and there is serendipity and we need a fine mixture of the two. Now here is an interesting thing … some artists like to flit between this and that … each project adds something to the other.  If you persist in doing a project when the time is not right it is like walking across a muddy clay field … every step adds a bit of clay to the soles of  your feet until you have a heavy platform shoe and you cannot go forward.  The  lesson the artist learns, over time and trial, is to let it flow and to lessen the tight control which is so tempting.  Serendipity is splendid … let it roll over us in productive waves.

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Freedom! … from fossil fuel! My conception of Fusion is a small sun being squeezed between two giant magnets to produce lots and lots of energy for us to use. Perhaps someday every village and city will have their “own” small sun to supply all the needed electricity and a tiny cost. Think Fusion!

Aliens with Bubble Living Quarters by Mary P Williams

Aliens with Bubble Living Quarters by Mary P Williams

Floating high above their planet are creatures residing in their individual spheres where they live, reproduce, and gaze at the stars.

Greetings by Mary P Williams

Greetings by Mary P Williams

A Human reaches toward some intelligent beings and sends wave-forms to them as their language requires. Can two cultures meet and communicate? How will we modify our own behavior to enable us to exchange information? A fascinating future lies ahead.

I am recommending the two books “The Three Body Problem” and “The Dark Forest” by the Chinese author Cixin Lui which was recently translated.  A mind-boggling revelation of a future talking to OTHERS in the universe. Warning … very technical language and a foreboding view of how meeting another civilization might proceed. Foreboding = fearful apprehension

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New Planet

New Planet by Mary P Williams

Out and about in the universe we see a new planet beginning to cool and tiny green plants pop up to colonize and soften the sere surface.

Eruption

Eruption by Mary P Williams

This is after the eruptions, which form the planet, finish their dynamic processes.

Nanobots

Nanobots by Mary P Williams

Some creative soul mentioned that it might be best not to send massive spaceships out to explore the arms of our galaxy but to send tiny, thimble sized nanobots out in fleets of millions. Scatter them 360 degrees, wait for them to land on various planets, replicate themselves, explore, and send back all the information we need. This captivated my imagination so here is a fleet speeding out to visit the universe.

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Aurora Borealis Seen From Space  Watercolor, 22" x 30"

Aurora Borealis Seen From Space, 22″ x 30″

Were we able to fly out in space and look back on our planet we might see the Aurora Borealis in full glory … this is a sight humankind has only been able to see in the last few decades. Named for the goddess of dawn, Aurora, it is also called the Northern Lights. We live in an exciting era!

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Titan, watercolor, 22" x 30"

Enceladus watercolor, 22″ x 30″

Enceladus is one of the moons of Saturn and has black sands and methane fountains. One of the most volcanically active bodies in our solar system, it spews forth methane and has methane lakes. A spectacle which would be awesome to see!

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Landing on a comet as it rushes around the Sun at 84,000 miles per hour … a miracle of engineering and precision!

Lander Philae, watercolor

Lander Philae, watercolor

Then to the marvel of the photos taken by the Lander Philae which are relayed to the Rosetta Mission and hence on to us on the Internet … truly miraculous!!

Lander Philae, Etching

Lander Philae, Etching

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The Rings of Saturn

Our neighbor in space, Saturn, with its orbiting rings of frozen ice and (?).

The known is small … the unknown is vast … many puzzles to keep humankind occupied.

The Rings of Saturn

The Rings of Saturn

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