Another Art Bag

March 9, 2009 at 11:13 pm 1 comment

I’m really pleased with how this one turned out.

"Flocculent Galaxy" acrylic paint on plastic shopping bag by Barbara J Carter

"Flocculent Galaxy" acrylic paint on plastic shopping bag by Barbara J Carter

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.


Entry filed under: Abstract, Acrylic, Grocery Bags, Painting.

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1 Comment

  • 1. Lisa  |  April 4, 2009 at 12:01 am

    You should definitely sell these too! How did you add the payment buttons to your WordPress blog posts?

Barbara J Carter

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