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July 28, 2013: Zebrafish

Zebrafish, beginning

Zebrafish, beginnings

Playing with microscopy images of zebrafish.  A freshwater fish belonging to the minnow family, zebrafish are often used in scientific research. I love the image colors, so I’m considering several approaches and more than one piece.

Qutub Lab (http://www.qutublab.rice.edu/) has given permission to use their beautiful cell images in my artwork. I do so with gratitude for their generosity and in awe of their research efforts.

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Photos from July 9, 2013 showing at the Houston Health Museum

Butterfly and the Coneflower

Butterfly and the Coneflower

Cellspace Two

Cellspace Two

It was an evening for students attending the Duke TIP Summer Conference and their parents, a crowd interested in “Exploring New Frontiers in Biomedicine.” Although eight cell artworks were printed, framed and displayed, I captured just a few photographs on site. Next time?

The eight pieces were printed by David Miller of Houston Giclee Printing (http://www.houstongicleeprinting.com/); Unique Arts of Houston (http://www.uniqueartsofhouston.com/) framed them.

Qutub Lab (http://www.qutublab.rice.edu/) has given permission to use their beautiful cell images in my artwork. I do so with gratitude for their generosity and in awe of their research efforts.

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July 4, 2013: Business Card Sampler, Cell Artwork Style

Business Card Sampler

Business Card Sampler

Off to Houston in a few days for cell artwork showings at the Health Museum and the DAVinCI Visualization Wall. It will be the first time I’ve seen the art printed full size (48in by 36in) or on the Wall (cropped and downsampled to 7686px by 4326px). A bit nervous, but grateful and happy.

3D videos of Qutub Lab’s microscopy cell images will be shown on the Wall, as well as the art. Having worked with the cell images for the past six months, I’m eager to see the lab’s videos. They’ll be fascinating and exquisite.

Going forward: I now have access to microscopy images of zebrafish, striped members of the minnow family with see-through embryos. I’ll study the lab’s images before I leave for Houston and, perhaps, I’ll have some art ideas by my return.

Qutub Lab (http://www.qutublab.rice.edu/) has given permission to use their beautiful cell images in my artwork. I do so with gratitude for their generosity and in awe of their research efforts.

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May 25, 2013: Butterfly and the Coneflower

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Out of my hands. With Butterfly and the Coneflower completed, and all eight images sent to David Miller (http://www.houstongicleeprinting.com/) to work his magic, I’m taking tomorrow off. The eyes demand it.

I created Butterfly and the Coneflower with microscopy images of blood vessel cells.

Qutub Lab (http://www.qutublab.rice.edu/) has given permission to use their beautiful cell images in my artwork. I do so with gratitude for their generosity and in awe of their research efforts.

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May 11, 2013: Cellspace Two

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I’ll let Cellspace Two be for a few days and then review it; until then, I can say I’ve finished one more piece. Although Two is quite different from its intended partner (image in March 7 blog), I’m hoping they’ll work together. Replacing their temporary names would be fun, too. Suggestions?

Cellspace Two is composed of microscopy images of neural progenitor cells.

Qutub Lab (http://www.qutublab.rice.edu/) has given permission to use their beautiful cell images in my artwork. I do so with gratitude for their generosity and in awe of their research efforts.

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May 9, 2013: Early stages, Cellspace Two

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I’ve started a partner to Cellspace One, which can be viewed in the post dated March 7. Two uses microscopy images of neural progenitor cells; One is composed of  blood vessel cell images.

I use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create my cell artwork.

Qutub Lab (http://www.qutublab.rice.edu/) has given permission to use their beautiful cell images in my artwork. I do so with gratitude for their generosity and in awe of their research efforts.

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April 29, 2013: Work on The Gathering

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Some of the guests haven’t arrived yet. But I’ll be using images of human cortical neurons and neural precursor cells taken at 400 times their original size for all in The Gathering.

Qutub Lab (http://www.qutublab.rice.edu/) has given permission to use their beautiful cell images in this artwork. I do so with gratitude for their generosity and in awe of their research efforts.

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April 23, 2013: Tiling Two, Brain Battle

Tiling Two: Brain Battle

If you haven’t seen it already, check out today’s earlier blog, which includes the separate images used in Tiling Two: Brain Battle.  What tile patterns would you have made by rotating, reflecting and grouping the images? 

Qutub Lab (http://qutublab.rice.edu/) has given permission to use their beautiful cell images in this artwork. I do so with gratitude for their generosity and in awe of their research efforts.

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April 23, 2013: Tiling Two Images

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Tiling Two: Brain Battle is almost ready.  In sharing the original cell images, I thought you might enjoy finding their reflections, rotations and groupings in the finished piece, which I will post later today.

Qutub Lab (http://qutublab.rice.edu/) has given permission to use their beautiful cell images in this artwork. I do so with gratitude for their generosity and in awe of their research efforts.

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March 26, 2013: Tiling One (Butterflies) Update

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I’ve finished Butterflies, made to look like tiling and comprised on microscopy images of blood vessel cells. The plan is to make a companion piece for July’s exhibit. I’m hoping I’ve learned from the time-consuming detours and hiccups I encountered making this piece and can avoid sidetracks on the next one. But then, some ideas need to be tried before they’re abandoned.

Qutub Lab (http://qutublab.rice.edu/) has given permission to use their beautiful cell images in this artwork. I do so with gratitude for their generosity and in awe of their research efforts.

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March 21, 2013: Tiling One, progressing

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Not done yet; patterns will replace the solid, light green filler. But, I’ve made progress on the piece and learned something: I appreciate tiling experts! This piece challenges me even though I can re-size my tiles; alter their colors; and copy, reflect, rotate or align them with the click of a mouse. Without bending or messy grout.

Qutub Lab (http://qutublab.rice.edu/) has given permission to use their beautiful cell images in this artwork. I do so with gratitude for their generosity and in awe of their research efforts.

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March 16, 2013: Tiling One

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Starting a new piece.

Last June, I visited La Alhambra and fell in love with its amazing tile-work, arches and gardens, which nurture and inspire the soul. With no expectation for my tiles to last hundreds of years, I’m creating them in Illustrator using high-resolution microscopy images of blood vessel cells (and cell parts) to form patterns.

Qutub Lab (http://qutublab.rice.edu/) has given permission to use their beautiful cell images in this artwork. I do so with gratitude for their generosity and in awe of their research efforts.

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March 7, 2013: Cellspace One

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This is my first cell artwork, which I set aside, unhappy with parts while I worked on Cellscape Two and Brain Cells One. I’ve fixed some unwanted discord, but I’m not sure the piece is done. Its wilder tone highlights the cells; that I like.

Qutub Lab (http://qutublab.rice.edu/) has given permission to use their beautiful cell images in this artwork. I do so with gratitude for their generosity and in awe of their research efforts.

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March 2, 2013: Cellscape 2 Wrap-up

Cellspace 2

I’ve finished. Cellspace 2 is based on a photograph I took in Natural Bridge State Park (Slade, KY). I thought it fitting, then, that the birds I included in the art resemble cardinals (two males and one female). As with everything in the piece, they are composed of high-resolution microscope images of blood vessel cells.

Qutub Lab (http://qutublab.rice.edu/) has given permission to use their beautiful cell images in this artwork. I do so with gratitude for their generosity and in awe of their research efforts.

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February 4, 2013: Cellscape 2 update

Cellscape 2

Cellscape 2

Nearing completion. Shall I keep the scruffy grass (bottom right) or nix it? Add a few leaves? When the new computer arrives and is ready to play, I’ll experiment with shadows, which seem daunting to create and may be distracting. I won’t know until I give them a try. If shadows work, I’ll remove the grass and skip the leaves.

Qutub Lab (http://qutublab.rice.edu/) has given permission to use their beautiful cell images in this artwork. I do so with gratitude for their generosity and in awe of their research efforts.

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January 23, 2013: Cellspace 2 update

January 23, 2013: Cellspace 2 update

Cleaned up the background to highlight the tree; simplified the foreground (no tiling) to show better the blood vessel cells. I’ll add more branches and some leaves, but I may skip the shadows. I want the cell photography to star.

Qutub Lab (http://www.qutublab.rice.edu/) has given permission to use their beautiful cell images in this artwork. I do so with gratitude for their generosity and in awe of their research efforts.

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January 12, 2013: Cellscape 2 progress

Growing the Tree

Growing the Tree

Making progress on the tree in Cellscape 2. It helps that I dropped the background images (clouds, greenery and rocks) from the Illustrator file, which became unmanageably large as the tree has grown. I hope my computer can handle the whole image when I’m ready to put it together.

Qutub Lab (http://www.qutublab.rice.edu/) has given permission to use their beautiful cell images in this artwork. I do so with gratitude for their generosity and in awe of their research efforts.