Love of the Unknown
We have always been explorers.
Sitting around a blazing campfire at the end of a successful hunting day, our ancestors looked up to the rich night sky and they knew there were mysteries waiting to unfold. We began projecting our own selves and finding familiar images to help us understand what there is. Our insatiable curiosity and thirst for discovery and knowledge , combined with a great love of the mysterious, compel us from deep within to adventure towards infinity ; of outer and inner space.
Our journeys took us to awesome places , and opened our minds to the exuberance of nature; billions upon billions of galaxies, each with their billions of stars, planets, moons...other smaller worlds, they all have their destinies; they all have a story to tell...
But first, let's compare sizes:
Space is BIG. There are trillions of gargantuan entities out there. There could be a galaxy out there for every star in the Milky Way! And yet, space is 94% empty . There's a lot more space ... in space.
Let's imagine: place a penny in front of you.
If our sun was the size of a penny, the nearest star, Alpha Centauri , would be 350 miles away. And everything is perpetually moving away from itself, like a paint splatter that spreads freely and uninterrupted in the air.
But if we turn our lens within, this is what we might find :
Space or matter, that is the question
"Long, long ago, physicists stopped asking the question 'What is matter?' They began that way. They wanted to know, what is the fundamental substance of the world? And the more they asked that question, the more they realized the couldn't answer it, because if you're going to say what matter is, you've got to describe it in terms of behavior, that is to say in terms of form, in terms of pattern. You tell what it does, you describe the smallest shapes of it which you can see. Do you see what happens? You look, say, at a piece of stone, and you want to say, 'Well, what is this piece of stone made of?' You take your microscope and you look at it, and instead of just this block of stuff, you see ever so many tinier shapes. Little crystals. So you say, 'Fine, so far so good. Now what are these crystals made of?' And you take a more powerful instrument, and you find that they're made of molecules, and then you take a still more powerful instrument to find out what the molecules are made of, and you begin to describe atoms, electrons, protons, mesons, all sorts of sub-nuclear particles. But you never, never arrive at the basic stuff. Because there isn't any." Alan Watts
So atoms are 99.99% empty space, racing about at thousands of miles per hour!
What we perceive as "matter" might be the translation from another dimension of a pattern, an energetic movement, a system of flow. And yet, everything seems so real , solid! Turns out, it's just moving really fast!
Makes me regret not paying more attention to science class in school... oh well...I guess it's never too late to learn !
...and these are some of the things that keep me inspired and fuel my imagination !
As you probably concur, life is flowing at a rapid pace these days.
So we just have to go with the flow...
Pictures of my latest mural Watery Magical Forest, that I painted in my niece's room will be posted soon in the gallery.
There's also a new mural in the planning, with the spotlight on a vintage steam engine, and ,why not, some more spaaaace!
Here's the main idea:
Can't wait to see how it'll turn out!
Some of you might have recognized by now in me a distinct fascination for the magnificent Universe ; a slight obsession, I will grant you, but not a mere fancy!
Therefore, I have committed to a series of canvas paintings, featuring dragons, fiery birds, fish, and other fantastical creatures swimming in the enormous, diverse, vast velvet of space...among other things.
Suggestions, comments, or questions are warmly welcome.
Drop me a line, I would love to hear from you!
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And I can't leave you off without a little humor (that I found on the net) to inspire your day, so enjoy!
“In awe, I watched the waxing moon ride across the zenith of the heavens like an amber chariot towards the ebony void of infinite space, wherein the tethered belts of Jupiter and Mars hang forever festooned in their orbital majesty. And as I looked at all this I thought: ‘I must put a roof over this toilet'.”
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go on a camping trip. After a good dinner and bottle of wine, they retire for the night and go to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend.
“Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.”
“I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes,” replies Watson.
“And what do you deduce from that?”
Watson ponders for a minute.
“Well, astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful, and that we are a small and insignificant part of the universe. What does it tell you, Holmes?”
Holmes is silent for a moment. “Watson, you idiot!” he says. “Someone has stolen our tent!”
Until next time,