Interestingly, Cernan went through several aeronautical disasters before that experience and awe entered his life.
On a much smaller scale, this little painting went through a few disasters of its own before it found a place in the universe. I've reinterpreted a motif here that has popped up more than once in my art. I think I just can't stop looking in wonder and awe at the world and the life it supports.
That said, the jumping off points for this painting had no discernible connection whatsoever to the painting that eventually emerged. I was not thinking moon walk, or outer space, or planet earth. I was not thinking awe, I was not thinking wonder. I was thinking very muted monochrome, layering techniques, brayers, plastic wrap.