Finally, here is a cosmic painting that is definitely in its 'ugly duckling' stage. I'm trying to show accretion but to me it looks like a pair of colorful candies, or a tropical globe with two rafts at sunset and a smaller globe that's one of those lollipops with gum inside. However, I expect that with the addition of more layers, it will become more muted and less like bubblegum.
I'm working on a giant, gallery wrap (well, it's only 18x24, but it's larger than my usual). I want to contrast the way an open nebula looks in space with this idea of darkness, but so far it's going in a more symbolist direction than I expected.
This is the progression of a previous WIP that I think is doing quite well. It still has a Monet-y vibe to me, but it's coming along nicely.