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Rob Rey
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Satrdust III
Oil, 14 x 18 inches

Another piece in a series started last July in Abend Gallery's Introductions show with "Stardust Gazing Back" (current profile pic). This new piece will be appearing in Abend's Contemporary Figuration show opening May 13th.

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”

This quote from Carl Sagan represents one of the most poetic truths of our scientific reality. That heavy elements weren't created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of earlier generations of stars that have since exploded and spread their material across the universe. We are literally made of stardust. This allows us a new and profound feeling of connection to the stars we see in the sky, to the universe, and to everyone in it. Neil deGrasse Tyson calls this idea "the most astounding fact" in the video below.

Most Astounding Fact video: http://youtu.be/9D05ej8u-gU

Prints: http://robrey.storenvy.com/
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Stardust II
Oil, 20 x 24 inches

A new piece in a series started last July in Abend Gallery's Introductions show with "Stardust Gazing Back" (current profile pic). This new piece will be appearing in Abend's Contemporary Figuration show opening May 13th.

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”

This quote from Carl Sagan represents one of the most poetic truths of our scientific reality. That heavy elements weren't created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of earlier generations of stars that have since exploded and spread their material across the universe. We are literally made of stardust. This allows us a new and profound feeling of connection to the stars we see in the sky, to the universe, and to everyone in it. Neil deGrasse Tyson calls this idea "the most astounding fact" in the video below.
Most Astounding Fact video: http://youtu.be/9D05ej8u-gU

Prints: http://robrey.storenvy.com/
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A bit creepier than my usual work, these illustrations were painted last year for Dungeons & Dragons recently released "Curse of Strahd" Adventure. Vistani Magic has also been accepted to Spectrum 23!
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Wonderment, Study
6 x 8 inches

This study for a recent commission will be up for sale tomorrow morning on Every Day Original at 10am eastern time.
http://www.everydayoriginal.com

Appropriate for the spring equinox, this mermaid is shown in wonder and curiosity of the warmth and light. A contemplation of what our ancestors (and mermaids) would have thought of the sun.
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Wonderment
Oil, 12 x 16 inches

In wonder and curiosity of the warmth and light. A contemplation of what our ancestors (and mermaids) would have thought of the sun.

Prints: http://robrey.storenvy.com/
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Pluto Unveiled
Oil, 12 x 16 inches

Painted to commemorate humanity's first detailed glimpse of Pluto and it's moon, Charon, made last year by the New Horizons spacecraft. It was an amazing accomplishment, and a momentous event to be alive for as the face of the dwarf planet became known to humans for the first time in history!

It takes light 4.6 hours to reach Pluto from Earth. To get a sense of just how far away that is, check out this great video by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh. At nearest approach, Pluto is about the same distance as Neptune.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR3Igc3Rhfg

More info on Pluto and New Horizons: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/
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Just posting a better picture of this one, and what better day than Carl Sagan's birthday!

Waiting to be Known
Oil, 18 x 24 inches

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
- Carl Sagan

The focus of this painting is the spirit of discovery, depicting Saturn, the Cassini space probe, and an allegorical figure of scientific truths yet to be discovered.
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With the Flow
Oil, 18 x 24 inches

This new painting from an earlier study has been accepted to the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition for this year! The show takes place at Eckert & Ross Fine Art in Indianapolis, from November 6 - December 5, 2015.

More info: http://oilpaintersofamerica.com/events/exhibitions/2015/eastern/index.cfm
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Autumnal Equinox : Last Light
6 x 8 inches, Oil Study

This new study goes up on Every Day Original tomorrow morning at 10am EDT. They usually sell in the first hour or two, so be ready. http://www.everydayoriginal.com/

If you've ever gone camping in a secluded place and walked away from the safe and warm glow of the fire, you've probably experienced a flash of fear for what could be out in the darkness with you, unseen. It's a very common and natural emotion for us having evolved ever watchful of predators. Though this fear may still strike in the darkness of one's own home, thanks to electricity, we live mostly free from this psychological marauder. Before electricity, when the sun went down, candles and campfires would have been our only feeble weapons against these fears, leaving us nothing to do but wait through the long darkness until the sun rose again to save us for another day. So in addition to the harvest symbols of our agricultural ancestors, the autumnal equinox represents the the last waning light before the long and psychologically safe days turned into the long and fearful nights of winter. From this perspective, it's easy to see why the sun and his light plays such a strong role in the myths of so many cultures.
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Painted for the Society Of Illustrators, #Visionarium show. Like the Microvisions show of the past, Visionarium features work donated for auction to benefit scholarships for illustration students. To see the rest of the work in the show and find more information on how and when you can place your bid, check out this link: http://www.societyillustrators.org/The-Museum/2015/Visionarium/Visionarium.aspx
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