All over this Universe and probably in other ones too, stars form in nebulae. They condense from interstellar gas and dust, the remains of previous stars which blew up. The thicker parts of these clouds fall together due to gravity, and eventually a fresh star is hatched. This image shows one of these star nests, where new stars shine brightly, reflecting in the center of this gathering of nebulosity. When the stars are powerful enough, they dispel the clouds with the force of their radiation, and then they fly away, to arrive on your bird feeder in winter plumage.
"Cosmic Nest" is acrylic on illustration board, 10" x 8", November 2009.