Stellae Errantes: Astronomy Meets Myth Elephant paintings by Sarah Soward

Neptune Painting of an elephant with seahorses in crashing waves by Sarah Soward


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Neptune

Status: Available
Location: Available Artist Direct
Contact: Sarah Soward at 415-312-6868
Dimensions: 36x36 inches
Medium: Oil on canvas
Inspiration: Neptune, Roman deity and planet

A planet so far away and so deep blue that it took a feat of mathematics to locate it! That is Neptune, a blue ice giant planet assigned to a god of the sea. Neptune is a god who is often accompanied by sea creatures and rides a chariot drawn by seahorses. This, of course, meant that Soward decided she had to include seahorses in the painting. He’s usually depicted carrying a trident. Rather than add a third tusk to the elephant, Soward chose to limit the subjects in the painting to three: one elephant and two seahorses.

It’s a very active painting because Neptune has the fastest moving wind of the planets of the solar system. That combined with Neptune also being a god of earthquakes, makes for some large waves.

Even though Neptune’s axis is upright, its magnetic field isn’t quite lined up with that axis. The misalignment of the magnetic field to the axis inspired Soward to play with perspective in the painting.

Sol Invictus thumbnail copyright Sarah Soward 2015
Mercury thumbnail copyright Sarah Soward 2015
Venus Rhising thumbnail copyright Sarah Soward 2015
Terra Mater thumbnail copyright Sarah Soward 2015
Mars Gradivus thumbnail Copuright Sarah Soward
Jupiter thumbnail coyright Sarah Soward
Saturn thumbnail copyright Sarah Soward 2015
Urnaus thumbnail copyright Sarah Soward 2015
Neptune thumbnail copyright Sarah Soward 2015