Space Shuttle Atlantis at KSCVC

This is a view of Space Shuttle Atlantis as it’s displayed at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex—the same view we had when my dear fiancé proposed to me in May. This is the largest watercolor piece I’ve done to date! I went bigger thinking I could use broader strokes, but that somehow translated to “same level of detail on a larger scale”. (I’ve grounded myself from large pieces until I can reign in the technical urge a little.)

In the background, where the projection screen would be, I’ve loosely rendered a view of auroras over the earth as seen from the ISS in pearlescent watercolors—unfortunately it’s hard to capture the effects with a still image. The atmosphere appears with a golden cast, spiked with the green ribbons of aurora (I can dig up the NASA photo if anyone’s interested.)

11×14″, watercolor and pearlescent watercolor on 100% cotton paper.

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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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