For instance, in the computer-generated movies which
we see on TV, flying us over the landscape of Mars or Venus,
scale is vastly exaggerated, making the mountains, volcanoes
look much more dramatic than they really are.
Certainly the USA's Grand Canyon could be lost in Mars's
Valles Marineris ~ but would even that really look so
on its rim? Some of its tributaries maybe, but it is so wide (and the
martian horizon is so close) that often we wouldn't even see the other
side. As for life, what could be more alien than some of the creatures
in our deep oceans -- especially around those black
This is not to say that we don't need to go there
-- of course we do! -- but in the meantime space artists, in
can find plenty of inspiration right here at home. Or a few thousand,
not million, miles away. . .
The IAAA holds workshops every year or two. To date
it has visited Death Valley, Arches and Canyonlands, Utah, USA, Iceland,
Hawaii, Tenerife, KSC, Yellowstone and various other locations and observatories.
The images that follow record some of the workshops which I
and immensly enjoyed, together with some of the paintings
which have resulted.