The Planets, Personified

Barbara R. Counsil's avatar Barbara R. Counsil

Welcome to this display of original oil paintings, in which I have personified the planets. They are our neighbors in space. The eight main bodies, plus The Sun, dwarf planets, moons, and other matter, make up the neighborhood of The Solar System. Under the laws of gravity, these celestial objects rotate in a perfect dance around The Sun all day every day. All the while, we live on one massive spinning sphere, driving our tiny cars and eating our tiny vegetables, living our tiny lives. Are they sentient? Are they aware of us like we are aware of them? By personifying these planets visually, we are able to more easily relate to them as living giants. I have arranged the visual concepts of these images to correspond with: 1. the physical characteristics of the planets, and 2. the mythological Gods they were named after. The physical properties include the order of planets in relative distance to the Sun, size, atmosphere, and average temperature. Visit for more.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Oil on wood panels
  • Width: ~ 132 Inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: < 30 inches