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Surreal Illumination Beyond Ursa Major - oil on canvas - 40" x 32" by Dave Martsolf

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Surrealism in deep space.

The galaxy in the background is M81, a beautiful Sb-type spiral. Of course the relatively nearby stars that form Ursa Major (The Big Dipper) are far beyond us now as we sail out into deep space to examine the contrapuntal forces of family love, fear, and agression that appear to mark our species for better or worse. The child enters. I hope we are learning something from generation to generation.

Illumination Beyond Ursa Major has been featured in Dark Future group. Thanks to Dark Future for this singular honor!

The original painting is 40″ × 32″, is framed, and is for sale. Contact Dave Martsolf through Bubblemail or write

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    FAIRIEWOMAN1over 6 years ago

    I love the way you handled the light emenating from the couple at far right. Nice portraits, David.

  • Thank you, Helena. I am humbled by your comments.

    – Dave Martsolf

  • ToastedGhost
    ToastedGhostabout 6 years ago

    Gotta say it Dave you really are a first rate painter

  • Man, you are really giving me a challenge to be the best I can be. Hah! Are you sure you’re not an Army recruiter :-) ? I gotta end the roses thing and get back to work.

    – Dave Martsolf

  • ToastedGhost
    ToastedGhostabout 6 years ago

    Do we learn anything?
    I try not to be too much like my Father well Mother particular but you find them bleeding through your self consciousness

  • I used to be plagued by those thoughts. My wife Emma has cured me of all these ills by relentlessly challenging me to be the best. How she does it is the subject of her new book. But, that book will never be written, only lived. The lesson is to break the self barrier, sort of like mach 1. You have to run pretty fast to stay ahead of your own thoughts, but it can be done. The world out there is very, very BRAVE, I can assure you. But, the air is so clear and the silence so beautiful and scary at the same time that I highly recommend it. Hah, we all get closer to the edge with every step, every second. I still love the Hendrix verse, " I used to live in a room full of mirrors. All I could see was me. Then I took my hammer and I smashed those mirrors. Now the whole world is there for me to see." Jimi – thank you for singing that song. Blah, blah, blah. Jessuz, somebody stop me! Can you tell? My wife hasn’t gotten home yet!

    – Dave Martsolf

  • ToastedGhost
    ToastedGhostabout 6 years ago

    Attention! back inline you horrible little man
    Now get back to that drawing board
    1, 2, 1, 2 ,1, 2,
    Look lively!!!!

  • ToastedGhost
    ToastedGhostabout 6 years ago

    Nah, never did like the army

  • LOL !!

    – Dave Martsolf

  • ToastedGhost
    ToastedGhostabout 6 years ago

    Excellent lyrics!

  • Gotta go! Gotta get back to ImageKind and finish loadin’ up them damn roses! Think rose lovers will come by and see this little piece. Ciao, TG!

    – Dave Martsolf

  • JolanteHesse
    JolanteHesseabout 3 years ago

    This is a brilliant work of art! The detail, the light and the concpet brilliantly portrayed!

  • Thanks Jolante, Your kindness is much appreciated.

    – Dave Martsolf

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