February 12, 2011
painting by Mike Schultz, Thailand
After watching TV coverage of the jubilation stemming from the amazing non-violent revolution in Egypt I wanted to commemorate the wonderful feeling of euphoria coming from those brave people. A google search led to this remarkable artwork that happens to be called Egyptian Moon. I am not sure why the artist, Mike Schultz, gave it that name, but I can speculate that the colors and the mystery of the painting are reminiscent of the desert of Egypt, a land I visited 40 years ago. Mike's image harkens back to some of the earliest lunar drawings. The large crater in Mare Imbrium reminds of the unidentifiable large crater that obviously captivated Galileo, and the pretty accurate depiction of maria shapes coupled with the more impressionist positioning of some of the craters is a grand improvement in the style of Rheita 1645 chart. This is a giant painting - 5 feet across - and I find that the colors and the fireworks-like rays create a large, happy moment, exactly like Egypt right now.
Mike wrote in an email: A few years ago, I became absolutely obsessed with the Moon. At this point, I have made 100's of drawings, prints, and paintings about it. It is such a strange and beautiful thing.
Yesterday's LPOD: How Old is That Mare?
Tomorrow's LPOD: A Thick Problem