Art: Celestial Folk Art Series - Capricornus

Capricornus is often portrayed as a sea goat, a mythical creature that is half goat & half fish. After studying the constellations and reading this information, my first thought was, "A sea goat?!? Oh wow, I have to paint that!"

And so I got started.

I painted this so fast that I didn't take the time out to get many in-progress photos.

All acrylic on canvas. Some of these paints are left-over house paints from previous mural projects.

48" x 36"
Acrylic on Canvas

From Wikipedia: Capricornus is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy. Under its modern boundaries it is bordered by Aquila, Sagittarius, Microscopium, Piscis Austrinus, and Aquarius. The constellation is located in an area of sky called the Sea or the Water, consisting of many water-related constellations such as Aquarius, Pisces and Eridanus. It is the smallest constellation in the zodiac.

Detail of the tail.

Isn't it the cutest darn sea goat?

I especially like the tail. I think its scales came out really well.

Check out some of the other paintings in the Celestial Folk Art Series: Cetus & LepusCanis MajorPiscesCygnus, & Ursa Major.