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"Wider Than the Sky"

Soft pastel painitng

"Wider Than the Sky"
Soft Pastel on Sennelier pastel board

Framed, 13" x 16"

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The Brain—is wider than the Sky—

For—put them side by side—

The one the other will contain

With ease—and you—beside—


The Brain is deeper than the sea—

For—hold them—Blue to Blue—

The one the other will absorb—

As sponges—Buckets—do— 


The Brain is just the weight of God—

For—Heft them—Pound for Pound—

And they will differ—if they do—

As Syllable from Sound—


Emily Dickinson, c. 1862

This painting is a celebration of how magnificent the human brain is and how grateful I am that my own brain functions so well. Recently my mother-in-law passed away after a slow decline with progressive dementia and among many other things it was a reminder to be grateful each day my mind is healthy.

It's also the third in a 3-part series exploring the relationship between our purpose/spirit ("M3 Spirit Rose"), our body/heart/emotions ("The Fool Head"), and our mind/brain/decision making (this painting). 

The model brain I used for my set up was 3D printed plastic with LED lights imbedded. During the composition phase I cycled through all the LED colors and decided on the white light as it made the brain really glow. The internal LED lights were the only light source in the studio.

I surrounded the brain with daffodils because in Victorian times they were used as a symbol of admiration and respect--two emotions I have for the brain. As an added bonus they were my mother's favorite flower and she highly valued rational thinking and intelligence. 

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