As I mentioned yesterday, I have been interested in illustrating my stories for some time. In this case; however, I am thinking about ways to write a story based upon the ideas I have for a future painting.
The idea for the painting, tentatively title “Persistence of History”, comes from my love of NASA and the American space program. A picture I encountered on one of my forays into space related materials was of the final resting place of the Apollo 16 capsule in a museum. What caught my eye immediately was its color under the museum’s lighting. I love the untarnished color of copper and the color of the plasma burnished capsule is very much like that color, which made me want to capture it. I felt there was also a strong need to acknowledge the historical history that the spaceship represented so I wanted to do more than just paint it where it currently resides.
Then I was struck with an image of a ghostly space suited hand stretching forth to touch the rediscovered surface of an ancient NASA space craft that had gone through re-entry leaving the ship copper in color. The hand would be tantalizingly close yet not touching in a scene reminiscent of the obelisk on the moon in 2001. Sometime in the future, this will be one of my projects.
For now; however, my mind wants to create an entire story with this scene as part of it. A scene where future man or man from the past is confronted with the ancient remains of a historically significant object. An object that heralded a change in mankind’s views so completely that they were never the same again. So, instead of my stories generating images in my head, I now have an image trying to express a story instead. We shall see.