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This is my new oil-on-canvas painting, depicting no place in particular but rather a burst of stars, a galaxy exploding into streams of nebulae and stars being flung out into the cosmos in all directions. The yellow is representative of the cores of galaxies, and perhaps also of many stars packed close together, as we see in the Milky Way. The reds and blues are representative of the bright vivid colors of nebulae, and of course the little white dots are stars.

I intended it to be like a galaxy exploding outward, but honestly the finished product looks more like a fountain, a white hole, or even the Big Bang itself. In part I wanted “Starburst” to be evocative of infinite expansion into the cosmos, which not coincidentally is a theme in the science fiction novel I’m currently writing. I might make it into the cover image of the book when I release it!

It also came off a bit more abstract than I wanted it to be, but I’m still very satisfied with the end result. It took me a shorter time than I expected to paint it, and I had a blast doing it! So often it’s easy for me to slack off and not make any visual art for a while, but once I get into the spirit of the thing there’s nothing else quite like it!

One of my goals for 2021 is to release at least one piece of visual art, such as a painting or last month’s graphic, every month. This is the piece for February. So far it’s working out pretty well. I’ve also been trying to get more into drawing recently, including drawing people, which I have virtually no experience with. I might release something along these lines in the near future.

In the meantime, though, enjoy my latest painting, “Starburst”. Art prints, clocks, pillows, and more bearing the image of “Starburst” are available at my Redbubble shop. I hope you enjoy my painting!

Adamas Nemesis – “Starburst” (2021)

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