Another Art Bag
I’m really pleased with how this one turned out.
If it looks vaguely astronomical to you, that’s great! I meant for the 4 bags to depict four different kinds of galaxies, in an artistically-inspired kind of way. The first one I finished is a lenticular or “fried-egg” galaxy, and the second is a ring galaxy.
This one, the third bag I’ve painted, is a special kind of spiral galaxy that astronomers call a “flocculent” galaxy. That means that you see a spiral shape to the stars and gases, but no distinct “arms”, just a general overall spiral-ness. This kind of galaxy can be astonishingly beautiful. I’ve always loved how they look.
However, when I first learned the word “flocculent” in grad school, it sent me into a fit of giggles. It sounded rude, dirty, like “flatulent” or “fornicate”. My professor, and all the other students in the class, simply stared at me like I’d grown a second head. Obviously I was the only one struck by the word’s hilarity.
And you know what? I never got over it. To this day I can’t say “flocculent” with a straight face. Just can’t help it. But I still think the galaxies are beautiful.