Thursday, April 18, 2013

Reveal Day and Blog Hop! Art of Science Creative Challenge: Orion’s Nebula... Fata Morgana

Today is reveal day for the artists participating in the first annual Art of Science Creative Challenge first introduced here. Taralinda Muses challenged us to create something, anything- inspired by this NASA image of the birthplace of stars… Orion’s Nebula! 

Flight of good away from evil  Morgana

This mirage was so obvious to my muses eye.  A Dove was being either released or pursued. I took the Good verses Evil  road to this image. The Dove is being pursued by the evil  Morgana of the Arthurian legend.

A Fata Morgana is an unusual a complex form of mirage that is seen in a narrow band right above the horizon. It is an Italian phrase derived from Latin for "fairy" and the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay, from a belief that these mirages were created by her witchcraft to lure sailors to their death.

I love working with digital alteration and decided to softly highlight this image to show a mirage of Dove, representing all that is good and light, with the sorceress who is almost grasping the Dove.

Morgana's features are subtly brought out by some digital masking, and the Dove's wing is accented to add to the mirage.

I hope you can see the mirage I have described:)  If you have the time to look at the original  image full screen...I wonder what your muse would see?

I also have this challenge offering of an older raku pendant that I made several years ago.   This pendant has holes through to back so if held to the light the stars appear in the openings. Or a flashlight shined close will project the star alignment on a background:)

Thank you Taralinda Muses for the challenge! I have long felt an attraction to this night sky image. I had a great time losing myself in Orion's Nebula once again!!


  1. Oh this is SO cool! Amazing how much you can see when you look closely ;) I like how you work with photographic images (& was hoping you would show us something magical ;))
    I LOVE your pendant! And how close the figure/constellation is! To me, it looks like a prehistoric person dancing ;) Thank you so much for doing this challenge!!

  2. It was grand fun to do!! Thanks so much for the idea and all the planning and implementing!

  3. Ooh, I really like that pendant...just lovely!

  4. I think you've just named the constellation within the constellation! When we were kids, we used to play this game where we'd find shapes out of clouds or by scattering leaves... later we discovered that this was a form of divination. I'm hoping that your dove is a symbol of much peace, freedom, and bounty!

    I also love the pendant that you made. The iridescence of the raku fits perfectly and I also love how the holes align to make a star chart. Ethiopian coptic crosses would sometimes have hidden charts within them that could be used to find places of worship when it was illegal.

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