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We Are Made of Stars
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Published: September 15, 2014
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Oil, 24 x 30 inches

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”

This quote from Carl Sagan represents one of the most poetic truths of our scientific reality. That heavy elements weren't created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of earlier generations of stars that have since exploded and spread their material across the universe. We are literally made of stardust. This allows us a new and profound feeling of connection to the stars we see in the sky, to the universe, and to everyone in it. I created this new painting to remind us of this, a fact which Neil deGrasse Tyson calls the most astounding fact in the video below. I highly recommend watching it and others such as the Sagan Series.

Most Astounding Fact video:
Sagan Series:…
Blog Post:…

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Rinthi's avatar
RinthiHobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! :la:
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EdwardDillonProfessional Traditional Artist
We are all made of star stuff!
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CatdalzellHobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!
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I know this girl : Athina, she sometimes send me her owl, 'cause she has no cellphone....
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KarintaStudent General Artist
Amazing!! :huggle:
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AveryAnnaroseProfessional General Artist
Lovely palette!
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LesliewifeofbathHobbyist Writer
We are all made of stars :)
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The-Golem-ArmadaProfessional General Artist
Beautiful sentiment. And such a beautiful piece for oil, the light and the colors and all. Fantastic job.
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ChristineMarieArt Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!
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Xendria101Student Digital Artist
Beautiful painting, it stuns me for sure. Eventually our molecules probably come from a dying star or farther back in time, the big bang. 
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Happy 13 billionth birthday, everyone! Teenagers at last.
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The colors and lighting in this are absolutely gorgeous. I love that owl
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Ohgawd, the irony. I just finished a book named "Made of Stars" and there's a similar quote in it. It was a pretty good book. And I really love how this is portrayed so well. 
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Very cool!
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wonderful work!
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MarcysiabushProfessional Traditional Artist
Wonderfull ! :clap:
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ThatSummersGuyHobbyist Digital Artist
KILLED IT. This is absolutely gorgeous Rob.
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Oh no! She's disintegrating. Somebody help her!
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We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.
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Nice Man. deviantART Approves.
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JayceelStudent Traditional Artist
while I disagree that we are made of stardust, this is a very beautiful painting.
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