“Cosmic Holiday Ornament” – Planetary nebula NGC 5189

28 x 24 1/2 inches – Seed beads, wire, crystals, a touch of glitter on wood panel. Using glue as my paintbrush, I enjoyed this art project…. but probably never again. Time consuming, carefully putting seed beads on the glue, then spraying a protective coating, but then using an epoxy that was supposed to be poured on to finish it. I had to use my gloved hands to move the epoxy around and ended up adding more beads and glitter to give it depth.

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Barbara Sheehana

Born in 1944 in Washington, D.C., I have painted and sculpted most of my life. At 74 years of age, I feel I am at my most creative time of life. I started painting a series of "Nebula Art" in 2015 after seeing the Hubble Space Telescope images. I find so much joy in attempting to capture these beautiful photographs. I live now in Naples, Florida, and have 18 completed paintings so far and will continue to paint as long as I am able. I studied art and sculpture at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C.; painting and sculpture at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Va. I have taken art classes in my community of Pelican Bay. Exhibition include Swiss Embassy, Torpedo Factory, Pelican Bay Community Center, Naples Art Association and Rookery Bay

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