A minimalism art painting titled The Pale Blue Dot by artist Mark Gisbourne consisting of a small pale blue dot, Earth, at the centre of a black background depicting outer space

Minimalism Art – Pale Blue Dot, October 22nd 2018

A minimalism art painting titled The Pale Blue Dot by artist Mark Gisbourne consisting of a small pale blue dot, Earth, at the centre of a black background depicting outer space
The Pale Blue Dot. Acrylic on board. 29.7 x 21cm

The Pale Blue Dot series is my lifelong project of creating a painting a day, among other projects, to depict the passing of a 24 hour cycle on planet Earth. It is inspired by NASA’s photograph of the pale blue dot taken on February 14, 1990, the awe inspiring monologue of Carl Sagan, and a nod to the work of conceptual artists On Kawara and Roman Opalka.

The painting

My Pale Blue Dot paintings consist of a straight cut MDF board, approximately 11.69 x 8.27 x 0.7inches (29.7 x 21 x 1.8cm), or UK A4 size.

I then coat the board in an adhesive texture and paint a deep black paint; the black color representing outer space.

At the centre of the black painted board, I apply a 0.5cm pale blue dot; the pale blue dot representing planet Earth.

A close up of a black painting titled Pale Blue Dot, with textured support, pale blue dot and example date stamped into the painting
Close up of a Pale Blue Dot painting with example date stamp

Below the painted pale blue dot, I stamp the board with the current day’s date using the date/month/year variant. There is one painting for every day since my birth date of March 31, 1973.

To finish, I leave the painting to dry before applying a protective varnish.

A Pale Blue Dot painting is then complete.

Each painting is priced at £125 which includes shipping.

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