Mars – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

In continuing the outer space theme, I chose to paint Mars. This idea came into my mind last week with all the news on the mars rover landing. I didn’t read or watch too much about it, but I did watch a video of the moment the rover landed when all the scientists and engineers at NASA stood up and cheered excited about their accomplishment. These moments in time seem to connect us all.

Mars is the fourth planet from the sun and so I painted a small sun as if one was looking from mars. Mars is named after the male Roman god of passion and war and is the ruling planet of the sun sign of Aries. Mars is known as the red planet because it appears as an orange red star in the sky. From the close-up photos we can see that mars has a rusty color due to the iron in the soil.

I chose the bright red color to help make the painting strong and graphic. While I used lots of circles and curves, I also included stronger triangle shapes to bring in the male aspect. One of the first abstracts I did last year named Dragons is a favorite of mine, beginner’s luck. In this painting I wanted to play with similar forms.

I’m pleased, it was fun to paint and is quite dramatic, like the planet mars, itself.

The Ram

The Ram - acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
The Ram – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

The Ram is another new animal painting for my Heni’s Happy Painting etsy shop.  I love him, I love the way he is close up and right in your face. This is my third painting of animals with horns, the other two are of a bull and a goat.  Animals with horns are interesting to me;  can you imagine what it would feel like to have a horn growing from your head?  In ancient times horns symbolized strength and power.   A ram’s horn continues to grow his whole life and can weigh up to 30 pounds.  Rams use their horns for protection from predators like bears and to settle disagreements between them, like fighting for a female.

In this painting, I tried to show the sense of the power and strength this ram must feel , with his beautiful curved horns.

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