Neil Armstrong’s Second Welcome
Oil on Canvas

One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.

Thanks for the thrill that never ended in all our hearts.

From Joel Shirken, on The Slate…
" Armstrong died last week at 82. Buzz Aldrin, who went with him to the surface, and Michael Collins, who circled above them in the Apollo command module, are still alive. We sent a total of 24 men to the moon, and 12 of them walked on the surface. One of them, Alan Shepard, even played golf up there. All the other living moon-walkers are now in their 70s or 80s. If anyone ever goes back, I’ll be long gone. Ten years from now there likely will be no one alive who walked on another world. I find that lamentable."


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  • Anne Gitto
    Anne Gittoalmost 2 years ago

    A nice tribute!! ☺

  • I painted this a week or so past, and didn’t name it until I saw the photograph of it, after which it seemed so obvious. He changed the view of the moon for all living creatures for all time. Sweet legacy, what a guy.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • Paul Gitto
    Paul Gittoalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful motion in this. Great tribute.
    It’s a shame that politicians run our scientific endeavors. We will never have the perseverance to maintain the time it will take to make any viable mission, each party keeps changing NASA’s goals. It should not be.

  • Thank you, Paul.
    I agree, the government and all its membership are likely the most despicable, corrupt, disgusting group ever gathered in Washington, DC. And that’s saying a lot, because there have been many reprobates in our history but never in such a congealed mass.
    How lucky we were to have lived in Neil Armstrong’s courageous, splendid shadow. Our astronaut proved what we Americans always knew as standard operating procedure, that one man can change the world for the better, for all mankind.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • billyboy
    billyboyalmost 2 years ago

    I saw this one this morning but saved looking at it till night time cause I needed to feel it.
    I can’t remember seeing any painting or photograph of the moon that goes beyond romance.
    But now I see it as a driving force that not only creates the dynamic in our earth’s tides, but that can also stimulate massive emtion in our souls.
    The push pull between planet and moon you have SO turbulantly dramatized… I seriously don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at it again without seeing this image.

    It’s something we’ve all got in our hearts. The mysterious attraction we all feel towards the closest body in space to our planet. So fitting you chose to dedicate this tribute to Armstrong who was the absolute embodiment of that attraction. The only sadness is that he didn’t live long enough to have this hanging on the wall of his study.

    So yeah, once again I am in awe of the power of your work. You should be a mad woman… or at least an aritsic slave to absinthe or LSD. But you’re not. You’re just an amazing soul with the gift of ability to portray extreme passion without needing to slice off parts of your anatomy. And personally? I believe you do it for me with more passion and romance than Van Gogh. I’m just sayin’…
    WOW this is an amazing tableau.
    The moon should worship you for making absolute sure we don’t forget the thrill now that Neil is no longer with us.
    I will periodically fave it to bring it back to the top of my list.

    And cheers for mentioning Shepard. He was, and always will be my idol.

  • You have, again, pointed out something in my own paintings I was unaware of having done. Thanks for that, and for all the heart felt heart warming praise. You’re quite a guy.
    I guess I do see the planet and moon relationship that way, not only the emotional pull on inhabitants but the universe in response to this Earth, which it surely loves as much as we do our moon and all the glories of the solar systems we keep discovering. I remember the first time I ever heard of brain coral and then saw a picture (yet to hold in my hands) and it was this sudden realization that we are our planets, we ARE our solar system. There will be surprise, delight and danger in discover always, but we are cut from the same cloth. And what is in us is also around us.
    You know, it’s kind of a fascinating business to be in, creative work of any sort that becomes the form of brain wave activity. That in the process of producing something visual or hand-held we release parts of our character, our philosophies, our ways of going. I have worked my whole life on releasing my own internal rumblings, yet remain surprised at the content. I never wanted to do it with drugs (or absinthe) although they can be interesting side stepping experiences. To me the important content was always going to come from my brain and soul. And I will likely always feel I have not tapped deep enough those sources, that endless well of possibility, and will always try for more.
    It’s a good painting for all that, and thank you again for your insights, and as always, making me think about what I’m doing and the effect of my work on other people.
    And yes, God bless that dear man, Neil Armstrong. I read that an astronaut’s pulse rate tripled on take off. It’s not a job for people with bad hearts in any way.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • LindaR
    LindaR9 months ago

    there are few times I can recently recall where I have landed on a painting like this and felt the pull to sit and feel it all ~ the pull of the moon, the aliveness, the ever moving elemental dance between the moon and tides ~ what a treat to experience ~ just made my morning xx

  • Many thanks, LindaR. Really lovely of you to say, you made my morning, too. I got some nice action in it, good moving elements which I don’t always pull off but glad when it happens.
    I believe I still have this painting in the gallery. It’s roughly 10 X 12 inches if memory serves, listed for $200, free shipping, if you have any interest now or in the future. And RB does a fabulous job on prints, which you likely know.
    I’ve looked at some of your photographs and they have a wonderful moving life to them. Your flowers are amazing, even the palest ones have color taking them in a particular direction. And your sea and landscapes, all that great wide open.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

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