I just scanned in the finished seahorse drawing that I plan to start painting soon for a larger project, while the spider has been in my files for some time. The spider is in a basic state and is intended to be mechanical, which is what slowed me down because, as I have said before, I am not good at mechanical drawings. The idea for the spider came from an older drawing I did of human piloted spider walkers (scouts) under fire using thrusters to make short leaps out of danger. My desire is to update the idea using what I have learned with digital painting. I am posting it now because I have some new ideas about the project and hope to get back to work on it.
Tides of Light
by Robert Garbin
Tides of light wash upon gravity’s shore,
Motes of matter given blessed life’s sustenance,
Tiny steps long forgotten from time before,
Dead and cold anon our ancient utterance.
Columns of gaseous kelp ungulate in seas radioactive,
Pulled round clumps of density that warp,
Night sky made grand and sublimely attractive,
Infinities oceanic symphony for heaven’s harp.
I have a suggestion for the scientists and technicians working on the next space probe to be sent to a planet with an atmosphere or liquid body to study. Put a microphone on the probe. Imaging the response they would get from the public viewing images ,or better yet video if possible, when they heard the sound of the probes wheels grinding through the dust of Mars. How visceral would the experience be if they listened to the sigh a breeze or roar of a gust of wind. Imagine hearing the soft gurgle sent back from a probe exploring waters underneath the frozen surface of a moon. Think of the support such recordings might bring from the public for other projects.
P.S. Maybe even send a separate small probe just for that so all the focus can be on the sound and video of exploring planets. What a documentary those could make. They even could see about support from media.