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