Chesley Bonestell Revisited – Watercolour and Acrylic

Chesley Bonestell (1888 – 1986) painted imaginary scenes of the planets. His illustrations were said to have inspired the American Space programme and much of what he painted has turned out to be fact. He collaborated with well known, science fiction authors and this is from the book, “Beyond Jupiter” by Arthur C. Clarke where his work helped to describe how interplanetary travel would be possible by using the gravity of Solar System bodies to “slingshot” probes. If you have never looked at his work you are in for a treat. Try these links for starters:

http://bonestell.com/the_chesley_bonestell_archives005.htm

http://www.novaspaceart.com/Prints/Limited%20Editions/Bonestell/Index.html

This scene is after “Saturn from its largest moon, Titan, 760,00 miles away” from the aforementioned book.
His notes say that”The sky is blue since Titan is large enough to retain an atmosphere”