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Radiant by crazycolleeny Radiant by crazycolleeny
Starting off this month's "space" theme with a bang - I wanted to paint a few more galaxies this month since I usually paint a lot of nebulae, and I found a picture of a galaxy in brilliant reds, yellows, and purples, so I based this galaxy's colors off of that (the shape is based on a conglomeration of a few galaxy pictures, so it's not meant to be any galaxy in particular, but I think the original bright colored one was supposed to be the Andromeda galaxy).
10x20" oil painting

This painting will be available in my Etsy store for $90+shipping once it is dry.
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:iconbillynikoll:
BillyNikoll Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
nice!
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Traditional Artist
:D
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Fregulus5 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018
Your galaxy/nebulae paintings are some of the most vibrant I've ever seen! I feel like I'm being inspired again!
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:iconcrazycolleeny:
crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018   Traditional Artist
Aw yay!  And thank you very much :D
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ArcticSnowy21 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018
Beautiful artwork!
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:iconcrazycolleeny:
crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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:iconnetheris-queen:
Netheris-Queen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you make these?!!
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:iconcrazycolleeny:
crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018   Traditional Artist
If you really want specifics...

(1) I paint a canvas with a layer or two of black gesso.

(2) I use white gesso or white acrylic paint on an old fan brush and "flick" it across a palette knife to produce the stars (I show that technique in this timelapse where I do this for a bunch of mini-paintings).  I also left a small area in the center white for this one so I wouldn't have to have thick layers of opaque color in the center.

(3) I brush on a very thin layer of medium or medium mixed with a small amount of oil paint that is "transparent" or "semitransparent."  The medium helps the paint "flow" and let some of the background stars from step (2) show through (as does "transparent" or "semitransparent" paint, whereas opaque paint will not show the gessoed layer unless it's mixed with some medium.  I believe I used Neo-Megilp for this one but I've tried a number of different mediums and it comes down to what works well and what "flows" well.

(4) I paint "transparent" or "semitransparent" colors as bottom layers and mix in more opaque colors on top.  For instance, if I used plain medium in step (3), then I'd use a transparent blue, and then use various amounts of white and often mix right on the canvas to make the blue really "glow" and make certain areas show or hide the canvas (in this case, the stars).  I also mix on the palette, but sometimes you can get fun things to happen when you mix right on the canvas.  This technique helps a lot when I know the general piece will be rather dark, so I can keep brightening things and adding opaque on top, rather than starting on a white canvas and having to darken everything (especially since white is rather opaque whereas many blacks you buy or mix are semi-transparent).  The center part with yellow, however, is over a white part of the canvas, because yellow over black doesn't tend to look as "golden" as I want, and this allows me to use some transparent or semi-transparent yellow and make some of the white shine through too.

Here's another timelapse of a galaxy that I painted earlier this year in a similar style (though I did not use the knife-painting technique in this one) that shows more of how I go about the bulk of the painting (or step (4)).

I probably went into more detail than you had wanted, but that's how I generally go about my space-art :D
Feel free to ask me more detailed questions since I never know if I make any sense when I explain myself!  :)

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:iconnetheris-queen:
Netheris-Queen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thx friend
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Schmalix Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nailed it again!!!
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:iconcrazycolleeny:
crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018   Traditional Artist
Yay thank you! :D
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:iconschmalix:
Schmalix Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're always welcome!!!
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dimonx1 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018
Oh, it is absolutely stunning. The colours are amazing. I love this work!La la la la 

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:iconcrazycolleeny:
crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018   Traditional Artist
Aw thank you very much!!! :D
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dimonx1 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018
You're welcome!:) (Smile) 

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CwerkzStudios Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018  New Deviant
Captains Log Star Date 71887.2, we have reached the edge of the Colleen Galaxy...With the help of Q we have crossed inter galatic space to reach the outer reaches of this disc galaxy... XD  Nice I love it SO beautiful
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018   Traditional Artist
hehehehehehehe
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:iconhopefulzero:
HopefulZero Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Radiant indeed! Absolutely stunning! :love:
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:iconcrazycolleeny:
crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018   Traditional Artist
:D Thank you very much! :D
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:iconhopefulzero:
HopefulZero Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome! ^.^ :heart:
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