“Out of the blue” is an informal English idiom that describes an event that occurs unexpectedly, without any warning or preparation. It is used as an adverb. The “blue” in the phrase refers to the sky, one from which a sudden thunderstorm is unexpected.

Planets made in GIMP.Done in PSE7 and Picnik. Background is a downloadable N.A.S.A image.

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Vanessa Barklay is RavenMadd, accomplished digital artist who has sold work on and off Red Bubble, lives in Far Nth Queensland, Australia – specializing in Fantasy, Mythology, History and Space inspired artworks.

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  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonalmost 3 years ago

    Very cool! It’s really fascinating, how a different palette makes a whole new image with a different feel and a whole new mood! (Color is fascinating anyway… there is really no such thing, not in the external Universe; “photons are photons” and don’t come in color, period. It’s all a reaction in our brains. Spooooky!! lol) Oh. If you get a chance, let me know where you found the lightening brush! As always, terrific work Vanessa!

  • Thanks Nadya! Lightning brushes abound on deviantart. I couldn’t help myself but have a blue tweaking at it! Did you see my Throwing Light, it’s about light going through a neutral colour (b/w) plane and only then does the colour appear, all very interesting really isn’t it, spectrums of colour :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • CrismanArt
    CrismanArtalmost 3 years ago

    Very artistic and striking image, Vanessa. Love the blues and lightning stroke. Expressing the moment of sudden shock. Lucky for us we never know when it hits. Congratulations to you for this amazing work of art. Christiane

  • Thank you Cristiane! This one did come from out of the blue, glad you enjoyed it!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekalmost 3 years ago

    LOVE the blueness………..well done!! ;-))

  • Tis very blue Thanks my dear steph! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you dear Carol! Glad you like it! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Craig Hitchens - Spiritual Digital Art
    Craig Hitchens...almost 3 years ago

    Another cosmic beauty!

  • Thanks so much mate! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersalmost 3 years ago

    Fabulous work Vanessa . . .

  • Thanks Hugh!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Tammera
    Tammeraalmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much Tam!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 3 years ago

    Your work is so beautiful Vanessa, excellent image.

  • Thank you so much Andrea, space is really very addictive! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...almost 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much Carol and Mike!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooalmost 3 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Thank you Boo, I couldn’t help myself but fiddle with the colour! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

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