Stellae Errantes: Astronomy Meets Myth Elephant paintings by Sarah Soward

Uranus painting of an aqua elephant copyright Sarah Soward 2015


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Uranus

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

The further out we go in the solar system less is known. In 2014, new information was figured out about Uranus from photos taken in 1986. University of Arizona astronomer Erich Karkoschka took a fresh look at Voyager 2’s photos and determined that the planet’s hemispheres are rotating at different rates (http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2014/11/14/uranus-might-be-full-of-surprises/). Images from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Keck Observatory have revealed even more detail about the planet’s cloud formations, multiple rings, and 27 moons.

That information, combined with the Roman god’s association with rain and the sky in general, lead to a mostly—but not completely—serene painting. The planet’s four seasons each last about 20 years and because it rotates sort of on its side there are extreme variations in sunlight across the planet. It was a great excuse for Soward to make extreme variations in sunlight in her 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