Conjunction of Jupiter and Mars on 7 Jan 2018 at 1629 UTC. I got up before dawn today to take some #photos. There was a halo around the moon at the time, and it quickly clouded over completely. Lots of rain expected tomorrow.
Roused out of bed before dawn this morning to look at the conjunction of Mars and Jupiter. It's the closest conjunction since 2004; the separation is about 15 arc-minutes. Tomorrow early morning should be good as well - look to the south-southeast. If the clouds hold off I have #astrophotography plans for the evening.
Jet Pens articles are so good, y'all. https://www.jetpens.com/blog/waterproof-pens-and-inks-for-watercolors/pt/954 #traditionalArt #watercolors #penAndInk
M33 - the Triangulum Galaxy. I am now on an #astrophotography kick, and have hauled out my small equatorial mount accordingly. Camera is a Panasonic GX85 with a 40-150mm telephoto lens set at 150mm and f/5.6. This is a stacked set of 30 60" exposures processed in #Siril and #RawTherapee.
It's been very windy today which frustrated my plans to go sketching in the morning. By the late afternoon I had to get out to do a sketch despite it still being breezy. Here's a view of our creek and the fields to the south.
Missed my train connection coming home but this gave me time and I had art materials to do a couple of sketches while waiting for the next one .
In general there are two ways to do #penandwash drawings. Draw in ink first, and paint over that, or paint in #watercolor first, and add ink linework after that. I usually do the former, but I did these sketches with the latter approach. I want to try more this way. #mastoart
Two photos from the garden this afternoon. Lovely to see the hummingbird sage (Salvia spathacea) coming into bloom.
Not so many pomegranates left any more; it's a treat to have them around.