Sahara Desert Seen from ISS

I was very inspired by the color palette and amazing fractal nature of a photo taken by astronaut Shane Kimbrough in August of the Sahara Desert, and thought, what a lovely abstract painting this would make! I had no idea how complicated and detailed the piece would become… but 2.5 months later, here it is! (Second image is my source, a feast for the eyes.)

Watercolor on 100% cotton, 7×10″.

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Danielle Rose

Danielle Rose is a native Californian, happily transplanted to Southern Oregon in 2016. She works in watercolor, ink and colored pencil, and enjoys both technical drawing, and painting vivid landscapes and sunsets (sometimes combining the two.) Danielle grew up surrounded by art and culture—some of her earliest memories are of art museums and galleries—alongside an accomplished artist mother and musician father. She is inspired by the works of Alphonse Mucha, Vincent van Gogh, Alan Lee, John Howe, Alan Bean, Robert McCall, and Hayao Miyazaki. Her background in geology and chemistry, a lifelong interest in spaceflight, and a deep love of nature, give a unique combination of influences to her work. Danielle can be found at home illustrating a SpaceX launch, or hiking to local waterfalls to paint en plein air, with equal probability. She is also a jeweler, Graduate Gemologist, graphic designer, Star Wars nerd and die-hard Sailor Moon fan.

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