Rho Ophiuci
Complex Clouds

This piece took me a week due to me exploring new style and working on each tendrils is time consuming. But I'm glad that it turned out great! This painting is a heavy artistic interpretation of Rho Ophiuci Clouds Complex located near Milky Way Galactic Core.

Rho Ophiuchi itself is a binary star system visible in the blue reflection nebula just to the left of the image center. The star system, located only 400 light years away, is distinguished by its multi-colored surroundings, which include a red emission nebula and numerous light and dark brown dust lanes.

Near the lower left of the Rho Ophiuchi molecular cloud system is the yellow star Antares. The colourful clouds on the right side is a geometrically angled reflection nebula cataloged as Sharpless 1. Here, the bright star near the dust vortex creates the light of surrounding reflection nebula.