24x12" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas
I did a quick study of this last October, but the idea still kicked around in my head, begging for more detail. This final version is the result of a lot of long, hard work.
Unseen in this scan are various light effects that cause the painting to change subtly as one moves around it in "real" life. Irridescent paint catches the light in the sunbeams and nebula, on highlights on the mermaids & the edge of the planet. With gloss varnish, it also creates some of the stars. Metallic gold paint creates similar effects in the nebula and the comet's tail.
(Update, Jul. 2009; Published in Anthology of Friends; An Original Collection, Vol. 4. Sold Nov. 7, 2009.)