Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cassini, Final Observations


"After almost 20 years in space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft begins the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration: its Grand Finale.

Between April and September 2017, Cassini will undertake a daring set of orbits that is, in many ways, like a whole new mission. Following a final close flyby of Saturn's moon Titan, Cassini will leap over the planet's icy rings and begin a series of 22 weekly dives between the planet and the rings."

This study will be up on Every Day Original tomorrow morning at 10:30 eastern time.

Watch this video about Cassini form NASA, or read more here.

Cassini, Final Observations (Study) by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil Study, 6 x 8in

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Safe Distance, Study

While the vast distances of space can be frighteningly expansive as we look out from our tiny vantage point on Earth, it’s worth remembering that it’s the same great distances which statistically protect us from violent impacts and cataclysmic collisions with comets, meteors, and other objects. In fact, the distances between objects is so great that our galaxy could collide with another galaxy and the likelihood of a foreign object striking Earth would remain quite low as stars and planets slipped past each other in the spaces between.

This new study will be available on Every Day Original tomorrow morning at 10:30 eastern time for those subscribed to the EDO mailing list, 12:30 for everyone else.

A Safe Distance, Study by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil Study, 6 x 8 inches



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Drift


This new study will be up on Every Day Original tomorrow at 11:45 am eastern time. A larger work is in progress. Tentative title: "Drift."

Drift Study by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil Study, 6 x 8 in


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Stardust VI


This piece is currently at Haven Gallery for their Mythos show. I also documented the process of this painting for a workshop article in the current issue of ImagineFX Magazine.

“When I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us… Many people feel small… But I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars."

"There is a level of connectivity. That’s really what you want in life. You want to feel connected. You want to feel relevant. You want to feel like you’re participant in the goings on of activities and events around you. That’s precisely what we are just by being alive.”
-Neil deGrasse Tyson
Listen here

Stardust VI by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil, 16 x 20 in


Monday, May 1, 2017

Artist's Magazine

Bioluminescence got a nice feature in The Artist's Magazine this month for being a finalist in last year's annual art competition!




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stardust Inside


This new study will be up on Every Day Original tomorrow morning at 11:45 am eastern time.

"When I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us... Many people feel small... But I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars. There is a level of connectivity. That's really what you want in life. You want to feel connected. You want to feel relevant. You want to feel like you're participant in the goings on of activities and events around you. That's precisely what we are just by being alive."
-Neil deGrasse Tyson
Watch it here.

Oil, 6 x 8 inches

Monday, March 20, 2017

Allegory of Nature


A new study coming up on Every Day Original tomorrow at 11:45 eastern time.

"I'm just looking to find out more about the world. And if it turns out that there is a simple ultimate law that explains everything, so be it. That would be very nice to discover. If it turns out it's like an onion with millions of layers and we're just sick and tired of looking at the layers, then that's the way it is. But whtaever way it comes out, nature is there and she's going to come out the way she is."
- Richard Feynman

Hear Richard talk about beauty and nature in this great video by Reid Gower

Oil Study, 6 x 8 inches


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Looking on Lightyears


The deeper we look into space, the deeper we are looking back in time! Light travels an astonishing 9.461 trillion kilometers in one Earth year. Yet the depths of visible space are so vast that we can see light arriving at earth now that left it's source 13.8 billion years ago, near the beginning of time (red shifted as it may be). All the light arriving from in between there and here is a history of the universe, waiting for us to learn from. We may not be able to change the past, but we can peer deep into it's chronology.

Looking on Lightyears by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil, 18 x 24 inches
More on red shift.
Prints


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sarah


Alla prima painting from last week.

robreyfineart.com
Oil, 12 x 16 inches

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cosmic Ocean

For a theme show next month at Helikon Gallery called "The Lonely Crowd".

In the vast cosmic ocean of time and space, our current inability to travel can sometimes make it feel like we're trapped in a cosmic fishbowl, surrounded on all sides by glass of immense distance and darkness. Perhaps one day we will find that we have nieghbors in the stars and we can rejoice in our shared existence. Until then, seven billion of us will have to endure our loneliness.


"The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

"... There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

— Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
Exerpt from The Pale Blue Dot
Watch it here

Cosmic Ocean by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil, 18 x 24 inches

Monday, December 12, 2016

Silver Miniatures


A couple of tiny paintings for the 5 x 5 Project at Abend Gallery, on view now in their Holiday Miniature Show. Each painting is 5 inches square and painted on a silver leaf covered panel.

By Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Elevation, Oil on Silver Leaf, 5 x 5 inches

By Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Hubble, Oil on Silver Leaf,  5 x 5 inches


Thursday, December 8, 2016

OPA Western Regional Exhibition


Catching up on my posts here. This painting, created from an earlier study, was accepted to, and sold at the Oil Painters of America's Western Regional Exhibition last month at The Marshall Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.

by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil, 16 x 20 inches

Friday, December 2, 2016

Holiday Miniature Show at Abend Gallery


Some small "Bioluminescence" works will be at Abend Gallery​'s 26th Annual Holiday Miniature Show, opening tonight 6-9 pm in Denver.

Bioluminescence Mini1 by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
8 x 10 inches


Bioluminescence Mini3 by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
8 x 10 inches
Bioluminescence Mini2 by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
8 x 10 inches


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Source

A new piece I'll be bringing to Illuxcon next week in Reading, PA.

For thousands of years, multitudes of agricultural societies have worshiped this bringer of light and warmth, knowing it's critical (if magical seeming) role in growing their life-sustaining crops.

Our sun is the engine that powers our solar system. With slight exception, all the energy we use came from this star. Temperature variations on the earth's surface drive the winds. For billions of years, organisms have been photosynthesizing it's light and storing the energy that we now use as fossil fuels. Our atmosphere traps the sun's heat and keeps us from freezing to unlivable temperatures every night. We have evolved in a stable balance of atmospheric insulation, but now, as we burn billions of years of stored solar energy, we risk turning our energy savior into our fiery scourge. Luckily, with photovoltaic (solar) panels we have found a way to directly harness the sun's energy without altering our atmosphere. Hopefully we will soon make broad use of these scientific (if magical seeming) devices to avoid angering our source.

Source by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil, 18 x 24 inches

Here's a great video on exactly how the greenhouse effect works

Get your own solar panels to appease our source here (whether you own your roof or not)

Prints here

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Bioluminescence IV


One more for the Inner Visions show opening at Abend Gallery, this Saturday Oct 8th!

Bioluminescence IV by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil, 18 x 24 inches