We've celebrated the X series of space toys many times on the blog but here's an altogether more artistic homage, an original painting of the X-30 Space Explorer, by [George] Ward, currently for sale on Ebay. I contacted the artist, who kindly gave me permisiion to post the above image. George explained to me how the painting came about:
Hi Paul! yes you can post the painting on your blog- It would be a honor!! the reason I chose this toy to paint is that it reminds me of how early space missions were mostly one lone pilot- the Mercury, Gemini programs that set the stage for the Apollo and the moon landing, had brave Astronauts doing solo flights! it just shows the greatness of the human spirit, man and machine vs. the unknown and all the promise that the 'space-age' had to offer! thank for the complement and have a great day! George Bryan Ward.