Don White is a mixed
media, watercolor, gel pen, acrylics, and alcohol inks artist gone digital. He shares his lifelong passion for astronomy and space travel through his art. In his own words: “I dedicate this work to those who celebrate the possibilities and the vastness of space, and to those who want to take part in the adventure ahead for humans as we enter the galactic playing field.” Don drew space art at eight years old - spontaneously doodling and coloring with anything that would make a mark on paper. This practice stopped as the distractions of life came in to play and many years went by until the famous scientist Carl Sagan said something that woke up the sleeping artist, Dr. Sagan said:
Today’s world has embraced this thought, but when it was first spoken by Dr. Sagan, it was a brand new concept that shook me to the core…
.Yes, a single cataclysmic event or collision that happening anywhere in our galactic neighborhood…. could obliterate
all of US and all of THIS and all of everything that CAME BEFORE !!
I hope that in even a tiny way, my work starts some conversations that move us forward in that direction.
I love to create art, but I can’t stand trying to “think” on to a blank piece of paper… I have to fill the space with something/anything (!) first, or my brain slows to a stop right there. So I’ve learned to start with mixed media materials - watercolors, acrylics and alcohol inks and gel pens on a full sheet of Arches brand hot press watercolor paper to create my background (which is abstract at this point). Then I take a few days or weeks to start stare at the image until my mind discerns
shapes and forms and ghostly hints of images where I saw nothing before. Then there comes a point when I realize that I understand what the image wants to become (if that makes any sense at all), and I get a high-resolution image made of my painting, then load the file into Photoshop. There I can create layers on top of the original image (without damaging it) and then use any of the thousands of digital brushes to paint in the asteroids, comets, and scenarios I see in my mind. After I re-work the image and clean it up, I have it converted a second time into a high-resolution digital file that gives us the intensely colored pieces you see here.