’Take a minute and look up’ is an original watercolour painting on fine art paper measuring 9.5 cm x 12 cm.
It is also available as a limited edition fine art Giclee print 9.5 cm x 12 cm on a 15 cm x 21 cm on a sheet of Hahnemuhle fine art archival paper.
The original painting was made using the highest grade watercolour paint on fine art archival paper. This was scanned on a Canon high-grade scanner and each print is made to order using Canon high-grade fine art printing on Hahnemuhle fine art archival paper and signed and numbered by the artist, Sarah Eva Manson.
‘The Hubble Space Telescope can see objects even more distant than your eyes can. When it takes a picture of a galaxy 100 million light-years away, we are seeing the galaxy as it looked 100 million years ago.’ – NASA
‘We are all in the gutter – but some of us are looking at the stars.’ – Oscar Wilde
Looking at the stars allows you to see a bigger picture and reminds you that whatever your problems and worries are they are only teeny tiny in relation to the vast universe.
‘Be thankful for what you have because you’ll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough.’ – Oprah Winfrey
Manson quickly overcame postpartum depression through painting, she was able to meditate and enjoy the moment. Mindfulness is very important, and we should all indulge in self-care.
‘I have to make time for myself in the studio, with its huge south-facing window looking out onto Ballymoyle Hill, the night sky truly is so beautiful. Some people see darkness but I see energy, exploration, and never-ending possibilities.’ – Manson
For one to look at the night sky we are seeing the stories of ancient cultures through constellations and the light produced by the stars millennia before humans were here. We have always tried to make sense of the stars and of the wonder that comes from them. We have used them for guidance, for explanations, and for research. We are on this planet because of one and we are alive because of one.
Einstein said ‘imagination is more important than knowledge, knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world, logic will get you from A to B but imagination will take you everywhere.’
Manson has been able to use a telescope throughout this body of work; it is incredibly powerful and will allow star gazing to be part of the process. Along with Saturn and Jupiter, a number of other items of interest will be the International Space Station and Andromeda, AKA the Milky Way’s neighbouring galaxy.
‘Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the Universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.’ – Stephen Hawking