Southern Exposure (private collection)
oil on panel
8 x 8 inches
Glimpsing the patterns of these southern constellation groups as if we were standing below the south celestial pole, this is what we might see. Unlike the northern celestial pole marked by Polaris we do not have a highly visible star location for the southern celestial pole. There is an area of stars near the Southern Cross and the lower portion of Centaurus that contains Sigma Octantis, a very dim star located approximately one degree from the southern celestial pole. The fuzzy area left of center in this painting gives you its approximate area.
Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season?