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My new series begins with 10 paintings of elephants inspired by the myths and astronomy of our solar system.
My new series begins with 10 paintings of elephants inspired by the myths and astronomy of our solar system.
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***UPDATE*** It's official. The exhibition at the Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art is a go! I got the email yesterday (5/5/15) ***YAY***

My next (and in progress) series of paintings has 10 pieces planned so far and is inspired by astronomy and the myths behind the names of our planets and sun. I'm using the Latin, Stellae Errantes, for the name of the series because we use the names of Roman deities as the names for the planets in our solar system. More information about the series is below, following the images.

This is my first Kickstarter campaign, so I'm keeping my target amount very reasonable: $700. That amount will pay for enough canvas, stretcher bars, and additional paint for me to complete the remaining 8 out of my 10 planned paintings.

If more than $700 is raised, the money will go toward additional art supplies necessary to extend the series, shipping costs to transport the completed paintings for exhibition (my work shows in a handful of galleries and boutiques), and other art related expenses. 

Stretch Goal #1: $1400

The project's funding goal was reached! I've been asked to add a stretch goal. I'll keep them coming if they keep getting reached. Thank you for all the support!

If the campaign reaches $1400 in funding, everyone gets an additional postcard! The postcard will be of Mercury, the most recently completed painting.  

Stretch Goal #2: $2800

If the campaign reaches $2800 in funding, instead of a second postcard, everyone gets a Mercury 5x7 inch matted, signed and numbered archival print. 

Mercury by Sarah Soward
Mercury by Sarah Soward

 The video of the making of Mercury:

Stretch Goal #3: $4600

If the campaign reaches $4600 in funding, in addition to a Mercury 5x7 inch matted, signed and numbered archival print, everyone will also receive a 5x7 inch matted, signed and numbered archival print of Venus. (This print may end up being shipped separately. Will keep every backer updated!) 

Details About the Rewards

The images below are examples of the limited edition, signed and numbered prints. The 5x7 inch prints are matted. The 8x10 inch prints are not matted. Each image is printed on Fuji Crystal Archival Paper with a matte finish and is signed with an archival quality pen. I prefer the matte finish for my archival prints as it more true to the nature and quality of the original paintings. I rarely paint shiny.

All prints are enclosed in a clear cello bag with a sturdy backing to prevent damage during shipping and storage. The pen shown in the images is only pictured to give you an idea of scale.

5x7 Inch Matted Prints

Amboseli Sunset, 5x7 inch print, matted
Amboseli Sunset, 5x7 inch print, matted
Sol Invictus, 5x7 inch print, matted
Sol Invictus, 5x7 inch print, matted
Army of Me, 5x7 inch print, matted
Army of Me, 5x7 inch print, matted
The Messenger, 5x7 inch print, matted
The Messenger, 5x7 inch print, matted

 8x10 Inch Unmatted Prints

Amboseli Sunset, 8x10 inch print, no mat
Amboseli Sunset, 8x10 inch print, no mat
Sol Invictus, 8x10 inch print, no mat
Sol Invictus, 8x10 inch print, no mat
Army of Me, 8x10 inch print, no mat
Army of Me, 8x10 inch print, no mat
The Messenger, 8x10 inch print, no mat
The Messenger, 8x10 inch print, no mat

More Information About Stellae Errantes 

The idea of planets as wandering stars (stellae errantes) helps me equate elephants, with their massive size and nomadic tendencies, to planets and deities alike. Much like my Rhinotopia (tm) series, where I equate the rhino to the sacred, in this series I equate the elephant to both the sacred and the scientific. For some paintings, the scientific inspiration is more obvious and in others it is less direct.

Sol Invictus, or Unconquered Sun, is the first painting completed in the series. The elephant, as the Roman warrior god called Sol, emerges. I thought of segmented and scaled armor when painting the trunk. I looked into heliophysics which brought me to space weather, and so the sun is directly surrounded by clouds rather than merely shining through them from a great distance.

Mercury is currently in progress (and almost finished). I'll add updates about this painting as the campaign progresses. *Edit: Mercury is finished! See above. :)

Images and videos copyright Sarah Soward 2015.

Transcript, in English, is available here: http://sarahsoward.com/projects/stellae-errantes-transcript.htm

Risks and challenges

With your help, finishing the rest of my 10 paintings in a timely fashion will be a breeze. In order to focus on the upcoming work, the primary rewards are complete. Only the commissioned paintings run the risk of taking a longer period of time to fulfill. The biggest challenge with those is making sure the backer is satisfied with the end result.

If, at any time, a setback of some kind arises, I will make an announcement as soon as possible and will keep my backers informed on any change or delay that may arise.

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    Sol Invictus print:

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    Army of Me print:

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    The Messenger print:

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    The Messenger print, 8x10:

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    Set of four 5x7 prints:

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    ~ Sol Invictus
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    Commissioned painting

    - One original oil painting of an animal (elephant or otherwise) on 8x10 inch wood panel. This is a commissioned piece, so tell me your favorite colors, send me a photo to work from, or let me do my thing and surprise you!

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    Mercury painting

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