“Naked Eye,” 7.5”x 5.5” 2017 - Watercolor
We watched for hours as our tiny moon slowly superseded the magnificent sun. Suddenly the sky turned black as the last bit of moon lined up PERFECTLY with the orb of sun. It was night at ten-fifteen in the morning! The stars came out.
A cacophony of voices rose from the audience in delight as the moon blackened and a ring of white fire blazed out in a shimmering, radiant crown. Tears came to my eyes as I looked at my family. I got to share this cosmic event with them. There was no time for phones or cameras- I only had 2 minutes to take in the soul blinding beauty with my naked eye. When I looked up at the white light circling the perfect black pit of the moon, it occurred to me that this was not a movie, this was not a human-produced event, and it was the most simple thing in the world. A black dot flew over a yellow dot. Out there. In space. Yet knowing of the sheer cosmic mass of these players felt mind-blowing and unfathomable. God is the best designer, the best artist, and has the coolest ideas. The total solar eclipse was perfection, it was the essence of beauty.