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 -
Oil, 18 x 24 inches
More on red shift.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Alla prima painting from last week.
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 -
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 -
Elevation, Oil on Silver Leaf, 5 x 5 inches

By Rob Rey -
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 -
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 -
8 x 10 inches

Bioluminescence Mini3 by Rob Rey -
8 x 10 inches
Bioluminescence Mini2 by Rob Rey -
8 x 10 inches

Thursday, October 13, 2016


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 -
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 -
Oil, 18 x 24 inches

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Continuing the stardust series, this piece will be appearing in the Inner Visions show opening at Abend Gallery, Saturday Oct 8th.

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
-Carl Sagan

Dance by Rob Rey -
Oil, 24 x 30 inches

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Study for Stardust VI

Another study for the stardust series. This will be up on Every Day Original tomorrow at 11:45 eastern time. These have been going fast lately.

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”

This quote from Carl Sagan represents one of the most poetic truths of our scientific reality. The heavy elements that we are made of weren't created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of earlier generations of stars that have since exploded and spread their material across the universe. We are literally made of stardust. This allows us a new and profound feeling of connection to the stars we see in the sky, to the universe, and to everyone in it. Neil deGrasse Tyson calls this idea "the most astounding fact" in the video at this link:

Stardust VI Study by Rob Rey -
Study, 6 x 8 inches

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Good Sky over the Badlands

I'm a little behind on posting this landscape, painted for Abend Gallery's Landscape show last month.

Good Sky over the Badlands by Rob Rey -
Oil, 16 x 20 inches

Thursday, June 23, 2016


The vast depth of space and the multitude of stars, worlds, and galaxies is nearly impossible for our minds to fathom, but it's an awakening experience to attempt. This video may help -

This is another piece appearing in tonights opening of the "Edge of Reaism" at Abend Gallery in Denver, 6-9pm. I'll be there, so if you're in the area, come say hi!

Fathom by Rob Rey -
Oil, 20 x 24 inches

Friday, June 17, 2016

Stardust IV

Appearing in the upcoming Edge of Realism show at Abend Gallery, opening June 23rd.

Stardust IV by Rob Rey -
Oil, 20 x 24 inches