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A collection of 44 Night Sky paintings with text by Paul Alan Bennett
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This is the front of my hardbound 48 page book, Night Skies, featuring my painting "Pegasus Rising." 44 of my paintings are featured. Living in Central Oregon is a bit like living in a planetarium. Our night skies are as much a part of our experience as the mountains, rivers, lakes and trails we enjoy. The night sky offers us a place of wonder, mystery and beauty.  It is also a place of science and myths.  I refer to some of the Greek myths in my constellation paintings. This is something of a legacy project for me as some images go back 30 years. Probably half of them were done in the past year in gouache paint on watercolor paper. 

Cover of 48-page hardbound edition featuring my painting "Pegasus Rising" on the front
Cover of 48-page hardbound edition featuring my painting "Pegasus Rising" on the front

Below are enlargements of some of the paintings in my book

All the images below can be found in the book with accompanying text and titles
All the images below can be found in the book with accompanying text and titles
  • I am seeking supporters for my book project Night Skies. This hardbound 8 1/2" by 11" 48-page book features 44 of my night sky paintings with accompanying text.

 below is the back cover of the book featuring "Star over the High Desert"

 For those of us who live in Central Oregon, we are offered a free show throughout the year of our starry nights. I think that the simple act of looking up regularly at the stars and learning a bit about their mythology and positions is a healthy activity for the soul. We were connected with the stars for so many thousands of years; to re-connect brings that wonder, mystery and beauty back into our psyche, feeding a deep part of what it means to be human.

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The work is all done for this project EXCEPT for the funding part. This is where i need your help by pre-ordering the book through Kickstarter. I believe in this project's worth, not only because it features my art but because I think it's simply a healthy thing to encourage people to study the stars. I would like to make a book tour to bookstores throughout Oregon. Besides the book, I have written a short play and a series of original songs to perform. Each time a book reading is done could be quite a fun event!

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    two greeting cards from book images

    Two 5" by 7" blank greeting cards from the front and back covers of my Night Skies book: Pegasus Rising and Stars over the High Desert. An $8.00 value. Thank you for your support of my project!

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    Night Skies book

    My hardbound book entitled Night Skies. 48-pages long with 44 of my paintings and text. 81/2" by 11".

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    2 copies of my Night Skies book+2 cards

    Two copies of my book Night Skies

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    3 copies of Night Skies+3 cards

    3 copies of my book Night Skies plus 3 greeting cards featuring images from my book.

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    5 copies of Night Skies plus 5 cards

    5 copies of my book Night Skies plus 5 blank 5" by 7" greeting cards featuring images from my book.

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    10 copies of Night Skies+print

    10 copies of my book Night Skies plus a 12" by 18" print of an image from my book.

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    original painting from my book

    A framed original painting of one of the images from my book plus a copy of Night Skies.

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    Customized painting, 10 books, print!

    A customized original signed painting for your home plus 10 books. Painting can measure up to 44" by 26" on wood panel in varnished watercolor (no glass). Frame not included.

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    All above plus CD of original music!

    A customized original painting maximize size of 44" by 26" watercolor on board varnished (no glass) frame not included, plus 12" by 18" print, plus 10 books plus a CD containing 12 of my original songs that I will be recording this year!

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