ORIGINAL-The Everythingness of Everything Else

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This is an original watercolor, pastel, powdered pigment, varnish and ink illustration entitled "The Everythingness of Everything Else". It was created in 2019. The picture measures 13.75” x 10.5” and is painted on Arches 300lb. hot-pressed 100% cotton watercolor paper. It ships priority, insured USPS mail, beautifully packaged inside a poly sleeve and backed by foam board with a certificate of authenticity. It will require signature confirmation. Please feel free to send me a message if you have any questions at all. Thank you!
Due to monitor differences, actual colors may vary slightly from what appears online.

This piece was inspired by a poem written for Carl Sagan by Diane Ackerman in 1976 entitled, “The Diffraction” in which the poet suggests being "stricken by the ricochet wonder of it all" and "knee-deep in cosmic overwhelm" when describing Carl Sagan's teachings. I find the poem to be captivating both in word usage as well as subject matter. I certainly agree that the universe can be overwhelming in terms of size and mystery and the earth itself home to unbridled beauty. I would love nothing more than to lose myself in these thoughts, however, more often than not, I seem to find myself distracted by the overwhelming chaos our civilization creates on a day to day basis. I wish that the magic of the space that lies beyond our skies would come and inundate my mind on a more consistent basis, if only to remind me of why the bombardment of our actions on this pale blue dot of a planet may not be as all encompassing as I sometimes allow them to be.

“The Diffraction”
When Carl tells me it’s Rayleigh scattering
that makes blue light, canting off molecular
grit, go slowgait through the airy jell, subdued,
and outlying mountains look swarthy, or wheat
blaze tawny-rose in the 8:00 sun, how I envy
his light touch on Earth’s magnetic bridle.
Knee-deep in the cosmic overwhelm, I’m stricken
by the ricochet wonder of it all: the plain
everythingness of everything, in cahoots
with the everythingness of everything else.
-Diane Ackerman