Microcosm Mondays: Miniature Watercolor Paintings Inspired By Space

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As a continuation of her 2013 miniature painting project, 365 Paintings for Ants, and 2014’s 365 Postcards for Ants, South African artist Lorraine Loots has embarked on her latest challenge for 2015: Potluck 100.

In this new series of teeny, tiny watercolor paintings, Lorraine is creating 100 miniature paintings scattered over 25 weeks throughout the year.

There will be four paintings done each selected week, and each day will feature one of the following themes: Microcosm Mondays (anything space related), Tiny Tuesdays (vintage book covers), Fursdays (paintings of furry friends), and Free Fridays (theme decided upon by the artist).

And while we adore all of Lorraine’s creations, we are particularly enamored with her Microcosm Mondays paintings. So far, there are five; Pillars of Creation, Mars: The Red Planet, Eta Carinae Nebula, The Moon and Monkey Head Nebula. Each brilliantly detailed painting is approximately one inch in diameter, about the same size as a half-dollar coin.

All 100 paintings will be sold by auction, framed and exhibited before they are sent to their respective owners in February of 2016.  A limited edition of 5 archival prints of each painting will also be released and made available for purchase later this year.

To learn more about Lorraine and her process, check out this great short video about the artist. For updates on new paintings you can follow Lorraine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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“A stellar jet in the Eta Carina Nebula (also known as the Grand Nebula), it is one of the largest diffuse nebulae in our skies.”

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“Named after the Roman god of war, Mars is often described as the ‘Red Planet’ because the iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance.”

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The Moon – La Luna

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A portion of the Monkey Head Nebula, a collection of carved knots of gas and dust silhouettes against glowing gas.

Lead image: “Pillars of Creation, inspired by a photograph taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of elephant trunks of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula, some 7000 light years from Earth.”

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