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    Wow Mark! Impressive works you have here, the contrast, texture, and detail right down to shadows of the craters.

    Please post more

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    Default To all - Sorry I have not been here for awhile



    While observing the gibbous moon thorugh my 10.1" Dobsonian telescope on December 26, 2010, I produced this 19" X 25" pastel sketch of the moon featuring Sinus Iridum. A moonscape was sketched in as a final touch for drama and depth.

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    Default Another lunar sketch from the summer of 2009

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    Sorry i misplaced my connection to the forum. I wanted to thank all of you for your kind words. I apologize that I lost the connection to your astronomy forum till now, so i am making up for long lost time by sending a few of my recent pastel sketched images made from direct observation through my telescopes- Also you may view more at www.marksibold.com and The Cloudy Nights Astronomy forums.

    Mars was observed in early January through my 10'1 inch Dobsonbian telescope. Althogh mediocre seeing, I could pick out some albedo features and of course the south polar cap (depicted at top) also as NASA reports showed a dust storm for the last couple days, so I took the liberty of artistic license to add an artists conception.

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    Mark - All I can say is 'WOW'!
    That is jaw-dropping
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    Another "WOW" Mark. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
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    Default Hello again to all at the Astronomy Forum

    To all at The Astronomy Forum:

    I apologize for taking so long to post my art again. I have been traveling and must admit; a little overwhelmed with retired life lately. I have produced several new images, several of the moon and others since this post last January 2010, so I’ll post a few again here today. Although you may want to also see other sites where I post my art more frequently such as my personal website - Pictures Also many of my past sketches are stored at The Cloudy Nights Astronomy Forums Gallery > Telescope Reviews:

    Also see a very nice dark background site for displaying digital images where I have many from a recent road trip to Los Angeles and back to my home area of Portland Oregon. I traveled to LA to attend John Dobson’s 95th birthday party at the Griffith Park Observatory. A large pastel I made along the way and framed to present to Dobson is in this site and a few other recent pastel sketched images of the moon I have produced- Check the site for updated images often > Mark Seibold: Galleries: Digital Photography Review
    [There are two pages of thumbnail images- *Click the slideshow and then "Fullscreen" in the upper tool bar - Allow the frame to vanish and see the images without any other obscuring light on the screen- you may stop the slide image changing at any time- click previous or next image. Most are taken with a small consumer-grade Sony Digital camera- some images are panoramas assembled with multiple images I have taken as a usual photgraphic venture on the road.]

    Originally, much of the pastel sketched art started at SpaceWeather.com -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids on October 13th when the physicist posted my first solar prominence sketch on their front page for three days which my art eventually lead to an art sketching contest for the Mercury transit on Nov 8th 2006 Spaceweather.com Time Machine and one of those works, the Mercury Transit of the Sun from that event on November 8th 2006 was my one time showing at Astronomy Picture of the Day as they ran it on Nov 17th 2006 >
    APOD: 2006 November 17 - Hand Drawn Transit

    May 8th 2007 in spaceweather.com was probably my most abstract expressionist work of a celestial observation as yet – That sketch from the surface of the sun can also be seen in my gallery at Cloudy Nights listed above with a long descriptive text to explain my art >
    Spaceweather.com Time Machine

    I must thank all of you for your kind words and interest in my pastel sketch work that i previously posted last winter; especially to Gus and other administrator / moderators for setting up the sketch forums here. I am humbly honored that I seemed to have inspired a special forum for my art. I hope to see more of you also post your art here soon. The Cloudy Nights Forums for sketching is a good tutorial for those of you who might be starting for the first time at sketching. They are very positive and will encourage those new to the art with much good advice.

    I should just say briefly that anyone can engage in sketching from the eyepiece of a telescope. It does help that you start at practicing general sketching and some related art at an early age, [I was probably influenced seeing our father sketch when I was young] although this is not necessarily required. Anyone who has the desire and interest to produce beautiful drawings should start as soon as possible. Do not worry about making little errors. That is part of the process and this should not discourage you. We all learn from our past errors. It is the best way to improve ones art. Practice often whenever the free time allows. IT can become an enjoyable past time and the bonus is that it causes the minds eyes to see much more when we observe through the telescope which in turn causes us to observe and enjoy all of life and nature even more as artists. We are all born artists, whether we know it or not! (;

    Best regards,

    -Mark
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    Really nice work Mark.
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    Default Hello Again to all at The Astronomy Forum- Oct 29 2010

    To all at The Astronomy Forum: Friday 6:45 AM PDT October 29th 2010

    I have had some errors trying to post- So I hope this is not a double error to post again- I did not see my current message after I returned to check it so i just reloaded albeit with a few differing images this time. Sorry for the repeat message in the text body.

    I apologize for taking so long to post my art again. I have been traveling and must admit; a little overwhelmed with retired life lately. I have produced several new images, several of the moon and others since this post last January 2010, so I’ll post a few again here today. Although you may want to also see other sites where I post my art more frequently such as my personal website - Pictures Also many of my past sketches are stored at The Cloudy Nights Astronomy Forums Gallery > Telescope Reviews:

    Also see a very nice dark background site for displaying digital images where I have many from a recent road trip to Los Angeles and back to my home area of Portland Oregon. I traveled to LA to attend John Dobson’s 95th birthday party at the Griffith Park Observatory. A large pastel I made along the way and framed to present to Dobson is in this site and a few other recent pastel sketched images of the moon I have produced- Check the site for updated images often > Mark Seibold: Galleries: Digital Photography Review
    [There are two pages of thumbnail images- *Click the slideshow and then "Fullscreen" in the upper tool bar - Allow the frame to vanish and see the images without any other obscuring light on the screen- you may stop the slide image changing at any time- click previous or next image. Most are taken with a small consumer-grade Sony Digital camera- some images are panoramas assembled with multiple images I have taken as a usual photgraphic venture on the road.]

    Originally, much of the pastel sketched art started at SpaceWeather.com -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids on October 13th when the physicist posted my first solar prominence sketch on their front page for three days which my art eventually lead to an art sketching contest for the Mercury transit on Nov 8th 2006 Spaceweather.com Time Machine and one of those works, the Mercury Transit of the Sun from that event on November 8th 2006 was my one time showing at Astronomy Picture of the Day as they ran it on Nov 17th 2006 >
    APOD: 2006 November 17 - Hand Drawn Transit

    May 8th 2007 in spaceweather.com was probably my most abstract expressionist work of a celestial observation as yet – That sketch from the surface of the sun can also be seen in my gallery at Cloudy Nights listed above with a long descriptive text to explain my art >
    Spaceweather.com Time Machine

    I must thank all of you for your kind words and interest in my pastel sketch work that i previously posted last winter; especially to Gus and other administrator / moderators for setting up the sketch forums here. I am humbly honored that I seemed to have inspired a special forum for my art. I hope to see more of you also post your art here soon. The Cloudy Nights Forums for sketching is a good tutorial for those of you who might be starting for the first time at sketching. They are very positive and will encourage those new to the art with much good advice.

    I should just say briefly that anyone can engage in sketching from the eyepiece of a telescope. It does help that you start at practicing general sketching and some related art at an early age, [I was probably influenced seeing our father sketch when I was young] although this is not necessarily required. Anyone who has the desire and interest to produce beautiful drawings should start as soon as possible. Do not worry about making little errors. That is part of the process and this should not discourage you. We all learn from our past errors. It is the best way to improve ones art. Practice often whenever the free time allows. IT can become an enjoyable past time and the bonus is that it causes the minds eyes to see much more when we observe through the telescope which in turn causes us to observe and enjoy all of life and nature even more as artists. We are all born artists, whether we know it or not! (;

    -Mark
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    Very nice work Mark. I wish a had 1% of your artistic talent.

    When you sketch, do you mostly work from the photos you take, or do you spend most of the time at the eyepiece and use the picture as a reference and reminder?
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