Helix Nebula Drawing by Cynthia Willett

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Drawing: Pastel, Pencil, Color on Paper.

The Helix Nebula is about 7000 light years away in the constellation Aquarius. The geometric idea of the helix in its relation to the very essence of our existence appealed to me, along with the large globular center that suggests a giant eye. Its main ring contains knots of nebulosity, or It “cometary knots”, a common feature of the evolution of planetary nebulae.

For this drawing, I began with the central sphere and developed transparencies of color and dust in several layers, searching for the helix with colored pencil, and inserting the comets at intervals in the space of the drawing. The finished piece is a set of four small panels, joined on the back and mounted as one piece. The materials I have used—chalks, colored pencils, thread and iridescent dusts—are the perfect materials for translation of my journey to this beautiful region of the universe.

This piece is currently in an exhibition and will be available for purchase in March of 2018.



Helix Nebula

Cynthia Willett

United States


Size: 28 W x 7 H x 0.1 in

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