Re: (IAAC) Obj: NGC 7000 (North America nebula, HV-37, LBN47, Sh2-117)...

> What's with "artistic talent" ? I mean, any "astro-sketcher" is only
> what they see, like a photocopier or a scanner. Nothing artistic in there.
Are pictures/paintings of "still life" or "landscapes" non-art? I seriously
beg to differ. Sketches/drawings of objects are really better called
eyepiece impressions becaue the eye-brain work in concert to try to capture
the 'true view' or even essence of the subject.
Rarely do drawings look alike, even with similarly sized telescopes. I've
noticed certain types of style - for example its quite pronounced when
comparing German vs. American impressions. As for 'works of art' - have you
seen some of the large scale murals done by Ronald Stoyan and company using
white-on-black painting? Incredible murals of M42 ( 1 x 2 _meters_), the
Veil, the Gum, and M31 - these are truly works of art not a simple exercise
in copying.
I hope someday you will attend one of my many workshops on drawing at the
eyepiece where  I describe using proper values, tools, erasing technique and
so on.
- Rich Jakiel
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