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Eris, Original oil painting

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Original oil painting by Sarah Soward.
Oil on canvas.
36x36 inches.
The canvas is stretched on 1.5 inch stretcher bars.
This one sold off my easel before I even finished painting it!

Eris is part of the Stellae Errantes (Wandering Stars) series. This dwarf planet is the reason there was so much drama around Pluto several years ago. When Eris, the celestial body was first seen, it was named Xena after the television show. Scientists have senses of humor, after all. When a moon was discovered, it was named Gabrielle after Xena's sidekick on the television show. 

As cute as all this naming moons for fictional television characters is, the discovery of this orbiting rock made huge waves for Pluto. This is the discovery that sent Pluto tumbling from planet status to, well, a complicated mess of things. Because of the discord within the planetary scientist community (and the general uproar from the rest of us (we all love Pluto)) the planet was renamed for the goddess of discord and chaos, Eris. 

You know the one. She threw a golden apple into a wedding party she didn't get invited to and told the guests the apple belongs to the most beautiful. Yeah, so, that's how Eris indirectly caused the Trojan War.


The elephant in this piece is an Asian elephant. Eris is a dwarf planet. I decided that all my paintings of dwarf planets would be Asian elephants, with their smaller ears and petite tusks.

Please keep fine art and prints out of direct sunlight and UV light.


Oil on canvas


36x36x1.5 inches

Care Instructions

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