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The Brain Series

March 5, 2012 Leave a comment

A series illustrating how various parts of our brain impact our behavior and vice versa

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All rights reserved (c) Michelle Hunter

Yet to be Seen (c) 2012 Michelle Hunter
It Begins: The Brain and Secondhand Smoke Part 2 (c) 2012 Michelle Hunter

Brain and Smoking – Part 1 (c) 2012 Michelle Hunter
Brain Rhythm (c) 2011 Michelle Hunter×24.html 

Zzzzzzz (Sleep) (c) 2011 Michelle Hunter 

First Aid (c) 2011 Michelle Hunter 
Don’t You Remember? (c) 2010 Michelle Hunter 
Caffeine Headache (c) 2010 Michelle Hunter  
Past, Present, Future or Dreaming  (c) 2010 Michelle Hunter 


>WIP Brain Painting No.5 on the Brain and Sleep



This post is to share with you in progress shots of the next painting in the Brain series focusing on the Brain and Sleep. I have plenty of research experience in this area as all of you. In case you didn’t know, we spend about a third of our life sleeping and it’s something we certainly cannot live without.

So what’s happening in our Brain when we dose off? 
Well I’ll get into that when I post the finished painting (which will be soon). Until then here are some shots of the piece in progress. ENJOY!


>Brain Painting Wins Top Prize at Social Tapestry hosted by Mobrit

May 6, 2011 1 comment

>Hello everyone,

I wanted to share some great news with you! Last Thursday I participated in the pretty cool Social Tapestry 1 night arts event hosted by Mobrit.

Including myself, there were 3 artists featuring 1 work of art. What I liked about the format was that each artist got on stage and had the time and audience attention to explain their work, where they are at as an artist, and answer any questions from the welcoming crowd.

Other featured artists included Loana Amira and live abstract artist James Shields ( , @creativeshields). The musical guest was the incredibly talented Obed Jean Louis . Check out some of his music here: (

Audience members were allowed to vote via ballot what work of art, after all the artist presentations, would win Best in Show for the evening. As you can see by the picture in this post, I was the fortunate winner of the evening!!

Know of other art exhibiting opportunities around New York City? Please let me know! I would like to help spread the word, attend as a guest and/or exhibit my braaaaaaains 🙂

Best regards,

New Painting: Moon Eye [tentative title]

December 28, 2010 Leave a comment
Moon Eye
12” x 48”
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Greetings to you!

I’m happy to share with you my latest completed painting which is yet to be officially named. It was started back in early/mid 2009 and was set aside for quite some time with a few other paintings that are unfinished. 

Now, I love sharing the back story of my paintings with you, however for this one, I can’t really remember what sparked the idea [click here for a little more insight into my memory]. At the time, I was working on pieces that were all different from one another so this is the only painting I’ve done in this style.

I Did It Because I Wanted To Do It
Though I don’t remember what it was inspired by, I can tell you how it was done. I took a picture of myself with a fan covering half of my face. The fan was what I had used as part of my Geisha costume for Halloween back in 2007. I liked the picture but I wanted it to be different but using some bright colors as if it was a negative of a picture. With a little GIMP magic, I altered the original photo by introducing some blues and greens.

Full Moons
Doing that also created an option for what to do with my eye. I originally thought I would paint my eye as is but quickly realized that the negative of something black/dark brown is something very light. Then what came to mind was the moon. There are evenings of the full moon when it is incredibly bright in the dark night sky. So why know paint my eye as the moon!

I tucked my other eye away behind the shadow of the fan. With all that, here is a really cool painting (in my biased opinion :-)) 

If you want to, you are more than welcome to let me know your thoughts on it (!

Until the next painting announcement, I wish you all the best and a Happy and Joyful New Year!!!

Best regards,

Special shoutout to Mr. Chuck Lau for taking photos of my latest completed works! Check out his photography portfolio by visiting

Latest painting (which is yet to be named)

July 12, 2009 1 comment

Hello everyone,

Thank you for clicking through. Below is my latest painting inspired by a turtle lamp my boyfriend gave me for Christmas.

20” x 20”
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

A title for it hasn’t come to me yet but I’ll update this post whenever it does. The turtle lamp has a painted glass shell that illuminates when turned on. A real beauty. For this painting I wanted to create the shape of a turtle without using the outline of one. This painting took some time to complete as I was continuing to figure out how I wanted it to evolve. The end result wasn’t as clear as with some other paintings I’ve done. During its evolution, I added blue lines flowing through the turtle’s body. I interpret them as making up the turtle’s life steam or internal wiring, an essential part of its being. That brings up (for me) images of newly hatched turtles making their way to the nearest source of water as fast as they can. Water encourages it to move since it would die if it stayed still.

Not to relate the water in the turtle to the blood within us but I like to think that we all have something external that brings life to us, something on the outside that sets off a spark within us. For me that is art (painting or drawing). I don’t feel complete when I haven’t done something artistic in sometime (have been there and it ends up draining other parts of my life). Perhaps you have discovered what creates that spark within you?

If you chose to share your thoughts with me, feel free to send me an email at or leave a comment on this post. Enjoy your day.


Categories: abstract, gift, lamp, turtle, water