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Urania Watercolor Painting PRINT

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Designed from a watercolor painting that I did myself, this lovely print pays homage to Urania, muse of astronomy, in all her starry glory. She is associated with philosphy, the stars (obviously), by which she could predict the future, imagination and the heavens.

When I initially came up with the idea to do a mini-series of four fall-ish (aka Halloween/Samhain related) goddesses, I primarily picked goddesses that had something to do with some version of the underworld/afterlife. But then Urania happened. She just burst in and kicked out Freya (my original fourth goddess, Norse goddess of love and death with her own afterlife realm...) and I was left wondering how to relate the muse of astronomy to fall, Halloween, or something autumn-esque. The first thing that popped into my head was that with the nights getting longer and colder the stars come out earlier and are easier to see. And later I recalled that one of my favorite books, Sabriel (it's a series actually - the Abhorsen trilogy, and it's awesome), has in their version of death nine gates and waaay at the end of this harrowing trek into death there is a calm, shallow part of the river (because death is a cold, luring river in the series) and a night sky filled with stars. And when you cross the final gate you float up into them. Which is both very cool and easy to relate to Urania, one of the nine muses, whose realm is astronomy.

At first you might think that it seems strange that there is a muse of astronomy, most muses are associated with some manner of art, such as dancing or theater or poetry, but not Urania. But when you think about it, the stars and the heavens are pretty inspiring, so it sort of makes sense that one of the mythological figures best known for their association with inspiration should be associated with them.

You might also note that she has only seven planets (and two of them are the sun and the moon). In Ancient Greece, there were only seven planets (sadly, Pluto was not a planet to them...they did not even know about it...or Uranus and Neptune for that matter...). The original astrology system only uses the seven original planets, the other three were added later after they were discovered. You may also notice that she is dancing, which may seem strange since she is not the muse of dancing (Terpsichore). I blame this entirely on watching Xanadu too many times as a child (Terpsichore is the main character of said film, but there are several scenes where she dances with her sisters.) And I followed that up in my teen years with a hardy Sailor Moon obsession, which played right into my love of mythology and astronomy (she practically dances when she transforms, they all have terribly graceful and unnecessarily lengthy transformations...). I had not originally intended her to be the first in my fall series, but I thought it best to keep her as far away as the last goddess in my mini-series, since she is known for swallowing the stars.

And I know the planets are not even remotely close to scale ("Please excuse the crudity of this model. I didn't have time to build it to scale..."), but if I made them to scale the inners (inner planets) would be so tiny you'd barely even see them and the outers (and the sun) would be so large that you wouldn't see anything else. So I took some artistic license and made them of a relative size.

The original piece was done in watercolor and pencil on rag paper, measuring 11 x 7".

This print (THIS LISTING IS FOR THE PRINT, NOT THE ACTUAL PAINTING) measures 8" X 12" (the painting has a 1/2" white border). It is a lovely reproduction of the original work, on photo matte paper. This listing is for the print only, no frame or matting will be included. It will be shipped in a plastic sleeve and sturdy cardboard mailer.

More Urania:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hm3o5/search?search_query=urania

Thank you so much for your interest in my work! ^_~
Designed from a watercolor painting that I did myself, this lovely print pays homage to Urania, muse of astronomy, in all her starry glory. She is associated with philosphy, the stars (obviously), by which she could predict the future, imagination and the heavens.

When I initially came up with the idea to do a mini-series of four fall-ish (aka Halloween/Samhain related) goddesses, I primarily picked goddesses that had something to do with some version of the underworld/afterlife. But then Urania happened. She just burst in and kicked out Freya (my original fourth goddess, Norse goddess of love and death with her own afterlife realm...) and I was left wondering how to relate the muse of astronomy to fall, Halloween, or something autumn-esque. The first thing that popped into my head was that with the nights getting longer and colder the stars come out earlier and are easier to see. And later I recalled that one of my favorite books, Sabriel (it's a series actually - the Abhorsen trilogy, and it's awesome), has in their version of death nine gates and waaay at the end of this harrowing trek into death there is a calm, shallow part of the river (because death is a cold, luring river in the series) and a night sky filled with stars. And when you cross the final gate you float up into them. Which is both very cool and easy to relate to Urania, one of the nine muses, whose realm is astronomy.

At first you might think that it seems strange that there is a muse of astronomy, most muses are associated with some manner of art, such as dancing or theater or poetry, but not Urania. But when you think about it, the stars and the heavens are pretty inspiring, so it sort of makes sense that one of the mythological figures best known for their association with inspiration should be associated with them.

You might also note that she has only seven planets (and two of them are the sun and the moon). In Ancient Greece, there were only seven planets (sadly, Pluto was not a planet to them...they did not even know about it...or Uranus and Neptune for that matter...). The original astrology system only uses the seven original planets, the other three were added later after they were discovered. You may also notice that she is dancing, which may seem strange since she is not the muse of dancing (Terpsichore). I blame this entirely on watching Xanadu too many times as a child (Terpsichore is the main character of said film, but there are several scenes where she dances with her sisters.) And I followed that up in my teen years with a hardy Sailor Moon obsession, which played right into my love of mythology and astronomy (she practically dances when she transforms, they all have terribly graceful and unnecessarily lengthy transformations...). I had not originally intended her to be the first in my fall series, but I thought it best to keep her as far away as the last goddess in my mini-series, since she is known for swallowing the stars.

And I know the planets are not even remotely close to scale ("Please excuse the crudity of this model. I didn't have time to build it to scale..."), but if I made them to scale the inners (inner planets) would be so tiny you'd barely even see them and the outers (and the sun) would be so large that you wouldn't see anything else. So I took some artistic license and made them of a relative size.

The original piece was done in watercolor and pencil on rag paper, measuring 11 x 7".

This print (THIS LISTING IS FOR THE PRINT, NOT THE ACTUAL PAINTING) measures 8" X 12" (the painting has a 1/2" white border). It is a lovely reproduction of the original work, on photo matte paper. This listing is for the print only, no frame or matting will be included. It will be shipped in a plastic sleeve and sturdy cardboard mailer.

More Urania:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hm3o5/search?search_query=urania

Thank you so much for your interest in my work! ^_~

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5 out of 5 stars
Nov 21, 2017
I received this lovely bookmark in record time, and I'm SO happy with it. Whenever I use it, I can't help but smile. Ty! :)
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Reviewed by securaloki
5 out of 5 stars
Nov 19, 2017
A beautiful piece that I wear quite regularly. I love the artwork. :)
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Urania Watercolor Painting PRINT

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Material: photo paper
  • Feedback: 100 reviews
  • Favorited by: 6 people
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