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NGC 6302 – Butterfly Nebula

NGC 6302 (Sharpless 6), also known as Butterfly Nebula or Bug Nebula, is a bipolar planetary nebula located in the constellation Scorpius. Inspired by colours of Pride Month I decided to give it more colours than in reality.

Acrylic on canvas, 50×40 cm.

Fighting Dragons of Ara – NGC 6188 No. 2

NGC 6188 (Fighting Dragons of Ara) is a beautiful nebula located in the constellation Ara. Thanks to its dark dust, this object is sometimes compared to Michelangelo’s „The Creation of Adam”.
NGC 6188 is the object of the southern sky, so unfortunately it never climbs over the horizon in my country.

It’s the biggest painting I’ve ever made. Acrylics on canvas, 120×90 cm.

Silent Planet

Artwork made almost completely from my imagination – only the tree was modelled after astro-scapes captured by my acquaintance. I was painting it mostly during listening „Out of The Silent Planet” by Iron Maiden.

Acrylic on canvas, 50×40 cm.⁣

Black Sun

It’s the picture that comes completely from my mind – I see something like that, or more often part of the surface of that star, when I’m full of negative thoughts and emotions. ⁣

Acrylic on canvas board, 30×30 cm.⁣

Thor’s Helmet Nebula

NGC 2359 is the second nebula I drew with the graphics tablet. The painting was created in inspiration by photo taken by Trevor Jones.

Krita, WACOM CTL 4100.

By the way, it’s possible to see Thor’s Helmet by our own eyes – the nebula is bright enough to catch it during astronomical observations. I did it using APM 25×100 binoculars under 4 Bottle Class sky.

Io

Io – one of the Jupiter’s Galilean moon – was one of the first astro-painting in my life. That’s why I decided to paint it again after 7 years.

Acrylic on canvas board, 30×30 cm.

And comparison between these two paintings – the older (2014) and the younger (2021) versions.

The Carina Nebula No. 2

The above painting has dimensions of 100×80 cm and depicts the Carina Nebula – the brightest nebula in night sky.

I didn’t paint it as realistic, but in my specific style – structures remind a bit of leaves and fibres. I love painting in that way – then the picture comes from my heart and mind, and I know that no one could have done it the same. That makes such paintings special and unquotable.

Acrylic on canvas.

Rosette Nebula

Rosette Nebula is quite popular object of winter sky – it’s associated with the open cluster NGC 2244 seen in the Rosette’s center. The cluster is bright and easy to observations – under dark sky it can be even see with the naked eye, but nebula is „a bit more” difficult to grab. In very good condition and dark sky you can spy it in binocular, but it’s better to use telescope with a wide-field eyepiece and proper filter like e.g. O-III. ⁣

I saw it a few times through GSO 10″ telescope and using 30 mm eyepiece and O-III. The nebula was subtle and so large it couldn’t fit in the field of view. It was consisted of a few flakes surrounding the central cluster and looked so three-dimensional!⁣

Acrylic on canvas, 30×20 cm.⁣

Messier 101

Messier 101 (the Pinwheel Galaxy) is a beautiful spiral galaxy, which we can find in the constellation Ursa Major.
Maybe its apparent magnitude is about +7.86, but due to a diameter of about 24 arcminutes, a surface brightness of Messier 101 is quite low. That’s why this galaxy can be seen even through binoculars or small telescopes, but low light pollution is needed. In good conditions and through bigger telescopes, it’s possible to see an outline of its spiral arms, of course all in greyish hues.⁣

Acrylic on canvas board, 30×30 cm.⁣