Space Shuttle

Acrylic on paper, 1994

The painting shows the essential parts of the shuttle launch: earth, fire, space. Each is made up of overlapping layers of short curves of different colors. No curve touches another of its own color, but by the overlap of the previous layers a confusing vibrance is experienced. The result is an illusion of stars, a variegated moon, the impression of flame, and a mottled blue and green landscape. The shuttle itself is just a tiny speck of white at the top of the fire.

Space Shuttle painting framed

Actual size: 35” x 23”


Close-up view of layers of color curves:

for space:

purple, light blue, midnight blue
negative space (white) creates the impression of stars

for fire:
red, yellow, orange

for earth:
blue, brown, green