MindSpace – Oraius V

This week I’ll be going for a more muted color scheme for our weekly space fix. Canadian artist Xiox321 has a big collection of vibrant and fantastical space art which he even offers up in different wallpaper sizes for download. So also with Oraius V planet he’s envisioned here:

Oraius V presentation piece by Xiox321

Oraius V presentation piece by Xiox321

You can get the whole collection of sizes, which go all the way up to 7680×4320, from this link. If you fall in love with his art style they are also up for sale in print format from Curioos!

Oraius V by Xiox321

Oraius V by Xiox321

Mindspace – The Dark Dimension

Inspired by Doctor Strange, today’s smoky dark image is created by American artist Starkiteckt and titled The Dark Dimension.

The Dark Dimension by Starkiteckt

The Dark Dimension by Starkiteckt

I tested this vista on the Samsung tablet and ohmygosh does it look pretty!

It really needs to be as big as possible though. That goes for all the art in this series. If you visit his gallery link, however, he has a 1920×1200 up for free and a 5120×3200 up for sale. That would make an awesome and very different gift!

Speaking of gifts, there’s also a lot of his art up for sale as prints. Visit the Starkiteckt shop to see them.

Dormammu! I have come to bargain!

Mind Space – Northern Gates

Time to change our backgrounds and screen savers to something gorgeous enough to refill a mind wrung out by words and hate and ignorance.

Vladimir Yakimov is my hero this week for his Northern Gates artwork of swirling cyan clouds and stars.

Northern Gates by VladimirYakimov (Click image to visit the original)

Northern Gates by VladimirYakimov (Click image to visit the original)

As it happens cyan is my favorite color but that’s not the only reason Northern Gates tugs so mightily on my heart strings. Between the depth of the darkness of space with its faraway stars and the energy and light of clouds shone through by a pale, pale star, this view os space fills me with hope and excitement for a distant future.

Mind Space – Faxom 5, The Vast and the Deep

It’s the second installment of Mind Space and time to buckle down and find out how the format of this series should be.

My primary goal is to add a drop of beauty in the stream of bad news and hate and misery that rolls by on our social media every day and every hour. Not to obscure the serious issues, nor to pretend that they don’t exist! But to give to myself and perhaps to you one brief moment of respite before we go back in the fray of upholding principles, spreading the voices that need to be heard, discussing, arguing and learning.

To make a moment where we just breathe.

I hope with this to simultaneously up the amount of beauty I post and speak about, to share the work of artists that I enjoy and hey maybe spread the word a little about a comparably small but solid subgroup of art that I’ve always had much love for, namely fantastic space art or Photoshop created space.

So drown with me in the darkness of Faxom 5 by NeroVII. It’s cratered surface is reminiscent almost of a choppy sea but the lights in the night shadow across the planet give the truth to it’s tortured skin.

Faxom 5 by Nerovii (Click image to visit original)

Faxom 5 by Nerovii
(Click image to visit original)

More than anything you are reminded here of how small we are, us ants that scurry on the surface of a world.
Planet doesn’t care about your woes.

If you create art that falls into this category feel free to contact me for a post (or posts) with your work at WMABlogging @ gmail DOT com.

Mind Space – Departure, A New Frontier of Pretty

There are themes you tend toward that make you feel hopeful. They perk you up with their beauty or promise, with the thoughts they instill in you. For some, it is photos and paintings of flowers or mountains or the sea. For me it’s space. Both the reality of it as depicted in NASA’s Astronomy Pic of the Day but also as it is imagined and dreamt of by artists in spectacular ways.

Departure by V4nssi (click image to visit original)

Departure by V4nssi
(click image to visit original)

Above is Departure created by deviantArtist V4nssi and inspired by Christopher Nolan’s movie Interstellar.

There is peace in knowing that no matter how insurmountable my problems are, they are less than a mote compared to the forces involved in forming a planet or burning a star.

And there is hope in the idea that humanity might one day survive long enough to colonize space. I read books like Honorverse and hope fervently that one day we may travel the stars and live among them with the same ease. It means we will one day look back upon the mess we live in now, physically and socially and marvel at our primitiveness.

Hope. There is no fuel more potent to propel us across chasms of despair or terror.

Space, as dreamt of in the mind of artists, is my visual and virtual oasis and I find I need a lot of that these days. No sense hoarding that peace and beauty to myself however so welcome to a new series on this blog, of fantastical places and scenes in space.

Above are the words of Dylan Thomas spoken by Michael Caine in Interstellar captured by YouTuber Richard Xing:

 

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

 

~ Dylan Thomas, 1914 – 1953

If you create art that falls into this category feel free to contact me for a post (or posts) with your work at WMABlogging @ gmail DOT com.

Let’s spread a little hope around.