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New Painting – The Brain and Smoking, Part 2 [Secondhand Smoke]

March 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Hi Everyone,

The National Institutes of Health released a press release in May 2011 covering their findings on the impact of secondhand smoke on the brain. The article stated that those exposed to secondhand smoke suffer the same impact as those that do smoke. Being around secondhand smoke regularly could create behavioral patterns in the brain that promote smoking. You can read the press release here: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/may2011/nida-02.htm

With that said, I’m pleased to share with you the follow up painting to
Brain and Smoking, Part 1

It Begins: The Brain and Secondhand Smoke  Part 2
20″ x 24″
Acrylic on stretched canvas

The smoke beginning to build in the brain represents the start of the brain establishing similar patterns with the brain of someone that smokes regularly. As referenced in the above article by the NIH, those that are about secondhand smoke can develop brain patterns that promote smoking.

This piece is the companion to  “Brain and Smoking, Part 1

By seeing the two paintings side-by-side, you can the areas that are highlighted in one profile but not the other. For “Brain and Smoking, Part 1” which is on the right, the white outline remains strong around the mouth which is the smoke fumes are mostly inhaled, in addition to the nose. For “It Begins: The Brain and Secondhand Smoke” the white outline is strong around the nose and not the mouth.


What also connects the works is the smoke. The smoke coming from the profile on the right is being inhaled by the profile painting on the left.

As usual, let me know your thoughts and I look forward to sharing my next brain painting with you!

Check out the others works that make up the brain series so far. The works address: being present, caffeine, memory, alcohol, sleep and music. http://hunterart.blogspot.com/2012/02/brain-series.html

Regards,
Michelle

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Visiting the Brain on display at AMNH was so much fun!

July 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Hello everyone,

Those of you in NY may be aware that the American Museum of Natural History is showing a special brain exhibit called “Brain: The Inside Story.” It’s running through August 2011 and I highly recommend it. I was fortunately enough to check it out and it was a ton of fun:
A fun visual representation of how sensitive different parts of our body are. The larger on this model, the more sensitive. 

I’m in possession of a Braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaain model.


Doing a thorough check of this neuron that send our brains instructions to the rest of our body.

Best of all, a couple of more brain ideas regarding concepts and detailing came to mind. Pun intended. Stay tuned!

Regards,
Michelle

>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 (http://www.creativeshields.com , @creativeshields). The musical guest was the incredibly talented Obed Jean Louis . Check out some of his music here: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kBMshOgDvc)

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,
Michelle