Oil Painting Time Lapse | "Journey to the Sun" | NASA Inspired Art



this painting is inspired by an incredible historic event that I had the honor and privilege to witness in person four months ago and that is NASA's launch of the Parker solar probe which is humanity's very first mission to study a star up close and the closest that any spacecraft has ever gotten to the Sun in early June I sent an application to NASA for a NASA social event which would have basically given me social media credentials to participate in a three-day event surrounding the launch and actually witnessed the launch itself I've always found Space Exploration completely fascinating and I've watched live streams of rocket launches before but I've never seen one in person well miraculously they accepted me and I was invited to go to a Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral to tour the facilities participate in a mission briefing press conference meet some of the experts behind this mission and of course have special access to see the launch from the NASA Cosway at Cape Canaveral I learned so much during my time with NASA it was such an inspiring and humbling experience our group consisted of amazing people from all kinds of career backgrounds and everyone shared a common passion which was a love for science and space I'm so excited to share this painting with you as well as my adventure with NASA which is completely surreal to me and one of the most amazing things I've ever had the chance to do so I hope you enjoy this as well the painting measures 40 by 30 inches which is a bit larger than the dimensions I usually paint in and after such an amazing experience I didn't think that a small canvas would do it justice nor be enough for me to paint with my emotions and be expressive on a larger scale so I chose a big canvas I'm building on the painting slowly and I will refine the details and give everything more depth with the consecutive layers to come I always reserved the details for last it's just how I prefer to paint this is my first time ever painting the Sun in detail and on such a large scale it has appeared in my art before in a landscape here and there but always as a bright small circle in the sky and never a major focal point like this piece now I certainly don't have the equipment nor resources to make super detailed observations of thus on myself but thankfully NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is able to obtain images of the Sun with incredible detail and this is what I used as a reference point for the Sun I'm painting here the Sun is such a normal part of our lives that most of us go about our day without really giving much thought to the fact that life on Earth would simply cease to exist without it every living thing human animal plant microorganism on our planet depends on this star for its survival and for the longest time we had a very limited understanding about it and even to this day there are still so many mysteries and unanswered questions about our star in the mid-1950s Eugene Parker a young physicist proposed theories about how stars our Sun included give off energy he described it as a complex system of plasmas magnetic fields and energetic particles he called it the solar wind the continuous flow of charged particles from the Sun that spreads throughout our solar system that among several of his theories was doubted by experts because at the time the space between the Earth and Sun was thought to just be a void and though they couldn't really prove him wrong they still doubted his research and he was denied publishing on multiple occasions it wasn't until 1962 when the spacecraft Mariner 2 flew towards Venus and its instruments detected a continuously flowing solar wind and dr. Parker was proven right dr. Parker is a pioneer of the field of Helio physics which is the study of the Sun and its effects on our solar system in 1991 he received the National Medal of Science it took nearly 60 years for technology to catch up to the research and now we finally have a spacecraft that is currently fulfilling this mission to study the Sun the Parkers Solar Probe which as you've probably guessed is rightfully named after dr. Parker himself it was built by the John Hopkins University Applied Physics lab and it is a spacecraft I'm painting in this piece dr. Parker is actually the first living human to have a spacecraft named after him I was sitting in my office one day doing something probably not use work anyway the phone rang and all innocence I picked it up and said hello and a voice on the other hand said this is Tom Thompson whooping and there's been some sort of naming the Solar Probe putting my name on it would that be okay with me I sort of stunned I didn't know what to say I'm always nice to hear from old friends but so I said yes so we had a short chitchat and hung up and I sort of sat there thinking about it yeah that's what he said that's what there are many questions that the data gathered on this mission could help us answer such as why is the corona hotter than the surface of the Sun why does the solar wind continuously accelerate and although the Sun gives us life it can also pose a serious threat to the planet one example being a coronal mass ejection which is an explosion in the Sun's corona that shoots out solar particles if this happens in the direction of Earth it can alter Earth's outer atmosphere disrupt our technology fry satellites cause blackouts and potentially cause a catastrophic amount of damage that could flip our technology reliant society on its head and take months to recover from these solar storms are very hard to predict by the time we know it's coming it's too late so it's extremely important for us to get closer to the star take measurements and learn as much as we can so we can hopefully be able to predict this type of event and brace ourselves looking into the past space travel and innovation has benefited and continues to benefit humanity in countless ways with this mission discoveries we make about our star and its characteristics could potentially help us seek out similar stars which could possibly help us find habitable planets elsewhere and of course shouldn't we always strive to learn as much as we can about where and how we exist in the universe the Parker Solar Probe is a seven year mission and in that timeframe it will be doing 24 Venus Fly Buys to get closer and closer to the Sun with approach at its closest approach it will be within 3.9 million miles from the surface of the Sun traveling approximately four hundred thirty thousand miles per hour at Kennedy Space Center we basically have the same access that the journalists did except it was for social media we got to speak with mission experts and engineers about this historic spacecraft and ask some questions one of them being how is this spacecraft going to withstand the extreme temperatures of the Sun and the answer is it's four and a half inch carbon-carbon composite heat shield which we also had a personal demonstration of its incredible abilities a blowtorch was used to get the front of the material glowing hot and then we touched the back of it which remained room temperature and that is how the spacecraft will survive the Sun even through facing extreme temperatures its instruments will still be operating at a comfortable room temperature we were also given a tour of the Vehicle Assembly Building which is one of the largest buildings in the world it was built for assembling the Apollo and Saturn Rockets but was later used for space shuttles as well it was so surreal to be there in his building I read about it in my textbooks at school and here I was there we got to see the crawlers in person which are massive vehicles that are used to transport rockets to the launch pad we got to see launch pad 39b up close and just for reference it takes the crawler about eight hours to transport a rocket to the launch pad across a four mile distance we also took part in a mission briefing press conference which was live on NASA TV and I will leave a link to that broadcast in the description there is so much amazing information there dr. Parker himself was also there and it was just an absolute honor to listen to this brilliant physicist answer questions about his journey his work and the historic mission named after him we also got to look at the Delta for heavy rocket which is the rocket that launched the Parker Solar Probe you need an incredible amount of energy to get to the Sun so NASA commissioned the United Launch Alliance for this mission we got to see this beautiful massive rocket in person it's thirty stories tall which is an insanely large heavy rocket and then Tory Bruno the CEO of United Launch Alliance casually showed up to talk to us and take pictures so that was really cool before I shared the actual launch with you I wanted to briefly direct my words back to this painting I have to say that I was not planning on painting this many stars individually one by one by hand it just got out of control as I went further into the painting something took over my mind and I just couldn't stop painting stars it didn't look right to me unless I completely saturated the background with countless stars I just kept painting these on and off for several months actually it took quite a while to paint them all and finish the painting many artists would probably go for some sort of splatter method to achieve this much faster but I love detail and I love to paint meticulously and have control over where the paint goes so I chose the much slower route but I'm happy I did and then launch day so the first launch attempt was scrubbed due to an issue they had and the launch window expired so it was moved for the next day same time and we were taken to the NASA Causeway at Cape Canaveral which is a restricted area you are not allowed to be there without permission it was a big deal there is no way that I could have ever been able to see this launch so closely if it wasn't for NASA giving us this opportunity being at the launch site was so exciting especially after learning so much about this mission and we were all eagerly waiting to see this moment and really hoping for a successful launch I was also live streaming it on Instagram and some of my followers there got to experience this with me and then the launch itself oh my gosh oh my gosh it was completely surreal and indescribable no camera could ever deliver what I saw and felt that day it was beautiful inspiring I honestly had tears in my eyes and dr. Parker got to watch the launch too it was his first time seeing a launch and how amazing that it's also a mission that is named after him and the research he pioneered ula is launch of the Delta for heavy was perfect it was a huge success the Parker Solar Probe was on her way on humanity's first mission to touch the Sun Parker Solar Probe now holds the record for fastest traveling man-made object as well as the closest any man-made object has ever gotten to the Sun on November 8th 2018 at 1/12 a.m. Eastern Time Parker Solar Probe took this picture of a solar stream from within the sun's atmosphere the Solar Probe was at her first encounter with the Sun the bright dot near the center is mercury and the dark spots are a result of background correction Parker Solar Probe will continue to break her own records as she gets closer and closer to the Sun and we're in for some fascinating information as this mission progresses so thank you so much to NASA for allowing me to come out to Kennedy Space Center and learn all about this mission and witnessed the launch of the Parker Solar Probe thank you to all the scientists and engineers who work diligently and passionately towards expanding our knowledge about the universe and the world who reside in in many ways this is a story of human perseverance in the face of adversity it's a massive step for Humanity in scientific and technological advancement having the chance to witness this historic moment was a truly life-changing and humbling experience thank you so much for watching you

50 Replies to “Oil Painting Time Lapse | "Journey to the Sun" | NASA Inspired Art”

  1. Thank you so much for your viewership and support on this video! I'm so grateful for the chance to share my art with you as well as this incredibly important historic mission ❤️

  2. Hold up, the end cards say that you did the painting, the filming…AND EDITING?!?! Wow, I think we have ourselves a renaissance-women.
    I also saw that you have tutorials…so now I'm fudging subscribing.

  3. this beautiful painting took you MONTHS?!?! SUCH PATIENCE! I paint, and this has inspired me to take my time with my creations so that I might have a masterpiece of patience in the end.

  4. Beautiful painting, great story. I wonder if they would let you spend some time on the ISS and setup your paints in a room with a view over Earth. How cool would that be?

  5. This is the first time I watched an art video without fast forwarding, I find it truly amazing how people like Lena are able to combine their passions together to create something this beautiful. This is an amazing opportunity she had and she was able to share it with us. Thanks Lena.

  6. the model that you see at 6:30 is the simulation they use to show you the real sun or a version of it. they have simulated a entire universe. its from this, they make their closeup watching the simulation.

  7. the close up image of the sun is done in a computer program. that is how they can get these fantastic view points. the media have a version of this simulation and is used in many astronomy entertainment programs. the plasma is created by a algorithm. its not really real. in the past they used artists like you to paint the sun in a series of images that was then played of as a short video on old tv sets. the resulting image was byond terrible but made the illusion believable. even before nasa supposed to have any deepspace satellite, they could make out plasma on the sun that does not exist and can not be observed by normal people on earth. get yourself a telescope and some welder masks, take the dark glass out of the masks and put them in front of the telescope and then record the telescope with a camera pointed at the real sun and you can get good images of the real deal or record in realtime. nasa is just smoke and mirrors. if you beleive in them, you are no not interested in reality. there is nothing that comes out of nasa that is real other than their space launches and museum capsules. there is no deep space satellite. nasa used ballons to send up satellites into the stratosphere. most cities on earth used ground transmitters and land wire not satellite. even if you believe they got into space, some of the footage of nasa clearly shows mistakes in their bags of tricks. i seen lots of examples of that. one is the landing of the moon capsule by a tiny toy model in front of a large moon made out of paper. thats the landing. the moon footage itself i have the original that shows the studio it was recorded in. the ghostly image of the one, people are familiar with contain the same artifacts as the original studio version but they tried to hide them by some method. in another video of the space shuttle you can see the head of a man in the background. in esa video, there is a teddybear that teleports into the iss space station. in another one, there is sound in space as well as air bubbles floating upward . its all nasa smoke and mirror. the elon musk roadster is actually a advertisment for a new car he made. it is actually recoded in a studio in front of a screen with all the light off. all that you see is real of space is just the space launch. the rest is just smoke and mirror. nasa equals magic. you believe in nasa, you beleive in magic.

  8. this is how nasa painted the sun before their used computer simulation. the real sun does not look like your painting. i seen the real sun trough two welder masks. i saw no sign of plasma on then sun but a perfect edge like a planet.

  9. I really loved the video so much that I couldn't explain in word , m deeply and emotionally overwhelmed by seeing sir parker giving his entire life to something and seeing it by himself ….Mam ur I am a huge fan of ur painting and the way u present it in the video love form India…💐💐💐💐

  10. This is amazing! You tell such a wonderful story and highlight several “stars” (Parker, the launch, Sol) alongside your “stellar” talent (OK, no more star puns…). Seriously, incredible drawing skill and obvious passion! A beautiful painting! Bravo!

  11. my eyes…are just testing up from the beautiful visions and the beautiful, pure reaction Dr. Parker showed. It was so pure and true that it brought actual tears to my eyes. Dr. Parker has changed to he world's knowledge in a large way. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  12. the problem is u got talent to paint but no ideas missing inspiration its tawdy :/ im sorry ..u need to get more styls or u change totally to relaistic paint… ps and the problem is there a lot more other better twady…….

  13. As a science enthusiast ( Astrophysics specifically) I find myself mesmerized by your art. This is what we need. Art is a powerful tool to inspire people about science. Through your amazing talent you are inspiring people to see and understand science and hopefully love it as much as many of us do. I was moved by this video. Thank you, that's all I can say. Greetings from Puerto Rico.

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