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09 July 2014

New FREE POSTER is ready ("Magic is still possible.")

My sixth free poster (desktop wallpaper) is now available.
"Magic is still possible."
~Marco Leona, chief scientist at the Met
Click here for free download

This quote comes from a wonderful slideshow narrated by Marco Leona, scientist-in-charge in the Department of Scientific Research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I think I was drawn to this slideshow because earlier in my career, as a scientific illustrator, I collaborated with plant biologists in the Department of Plant Biology at the Carnegie Institution on Stanford University's campus, and then I spent some time pursuing a master's degree in medical illustration at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Now, as a full-time painter, my unique background in the world of science influences my painting work, my artistic affinities, and my perspective on painting and studio practice.

The Alchemist by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
In this fabulous 4 minute slideshow, Marco Leona shares his unique perspective on the role of magic in the creation of art. 

You can watch it on The Met's site or click on the image to the left -- a sample slide picturing The Alchemist (after 1558) a first state engraving by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Netherlandish).

Bonus Link: Since it relates to one of my previous free posters, The Met's Blogs on Scientific Research include one on dyes used in tapestries (and my related poster here).

Also, if you're new to my blog, all of my poster downloads are available:
  1. Earth Without Art is Just EH
  2. Art Enables Us To Find Ourselves, and Lose Ourselves at the Same Time
  3. Relax, Slow Down, Simplify
  4. One Goes As One Goes, Then One Shall See
  5. All Shall Be Well
  6. Magic Is Still Possible
  7. Art Washes Away from The Soul....
I hope you enjoy using these as your screen background.

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