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When I was about 16, I found an image online that I really liked. I copied it to my hardrive, lamented the fact that it was called "3428261.jpg" or some such, and moved on with my life. I never lost the desire to know what it was called, or who had painted it, though. I filed it away in the same folder in my mind that I use for the various and sundry minor mysteries that collect over time.

10 years later...

...Turns out it's a Michael Whelan.

Destiny's Road, 1991

Considering the ridiculous vastness of cyberspace it's not surprising that these coincidences don't happen more often. Still, thanks to the interwebs, the folder has been nearly empty for a while. Just two three items left, really, and I certainly haven't given up hope:

1. A piece of music I heard while shopping in the basement of Eaton's (I think it was also in Blade)
2. A movie with a fabulous ending quote, kinda like the one in Raising Arizona.
3. A piece of music played as we filed out of the Sigur Ros show this past Sept. Peppy and islandy like the bit at the end of True Romance.

*shakes the wubs in her palms and rolls*

Date: 2008-10-18 03:07 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
my all-time favorite picture has somewhat of the same story... except i've always known it was Michael Whelan, i just can't find good versions of it anywhere and don't know what the actual title is. =/

gorgeous image though. Whelan can, at times, hit hard.

Date: 2008-10-19 04:40 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
What does it look like? I'm browsing through his stuff pretty thoroughly now, I could let you know if I come across it.

And yeah...something about the mood in this one (and a few others I've seen) really chills/thrills me.

Date: 2008-10-19 07:42 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
it's a woman in white robes from head to toe, levitating a small pyramid in front of her. she's sitting in a large circular shell, on what seems to be a pile of the same circular shells. i had thought it was called "Contemplation", but apparently it isn't, since i've never been able to track it down. it was in one of his calendars a long time back; i cut it out and have it on my wall, but i'd love to get a full-size version.

Date: 2008-10-20 07:26 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Looks like it's called, "Ephemeros ("

And it's pretty recent, so you've got a good chance of finding a print somewhere, I bet, though I didn't see it in his webshop. (Maybe ask him really nicely, hahaha.)

While I was at it, I noticed he also illustrated two of my favorite series of covers Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn ( and Otherland (

Date: 2008-10-20 07:44 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
woot! yeah, i keep finding it here and there, but it's always mislabeled or there's something wrong with it. The colors are actually much more vibrant in the print i have...

he's done covers for about half a dozen of my favorite novels; i've always especially liked the cover for Black Sun Rising (


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