Artist Lorraine Loots recently embarked on a new series of miniature watercolor paintings. Called Microcosm Mondays, she aims to paint a space-related piece each Monday, scattered over 25 weeks in 2015. The first one was inspired by a relatively new photo, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, of the Pillars of Creation. Formed of gas and dust, the elephant trunks are part of the Eagle Nebula, located some 7,000 light years away.
Microcosm Mondays consists of five paintings so far; Pillars of Creation, Mars: The Red Planet, Eta Carinae Nebula, The Moon and Monkey Head Nebula. (The last being a a collection of carved knots of gas and dust silhouettes against glowing gas.) The set is part of a collection of 100 miniatures the artist is painting throughout 2015. In addition to Microcosm Mondays she's committed to Tiny Tuesdays, Fursdays and Free Fridays. If you want to pick one of these up, the works are being sold by auction. (Follow Lorraine's Instagram for more information.) All 100 paintings will eventually be framed in raw wood and exhibited before they are sent to their respective owners in February of 2016. A limited edition of five prints will be released for each of the 100 paintings. These prints will be available later in the year.
The Daily Tekk website just listed Lorraine as one of the best artists to follow on Instagram. Check out their full list of best Instagram accounts (all 150 of them), here.