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Need a few extra brain cells? Who doesn't? Here's a stunning selection of neurons, astrocytes, oligofendrocytes and others, inspired by the work done a few years ago by some Harvard and MIT researchers with mouse brain cells (you can google “Brainbows” for lots more information). In cool, fresh-from-the-lab shades of blue and white.

Blue Brain Cells is an original watercolor, made using a wet-in-wet technique. After I draw a grid on the paper, I paint an individual square, wait a few seconds, and then add a second color of wet paint. The paint “bleeds” naturally, creating either a “cell” with awesome natural fractal patterns or a big old blob. If the former occurs, I wait a few more seconds and add another color. Then I do this a bunch more times in different colors. To make the really skinny bits, I used a toothpick dipped in paint.

For a similar painting in multicolors, see: http://www.etsy.com/listing/64928400/brain-cells-4-original-watercolor

Painted with Winsor and Newton Artist’s Watercolors on extra heavy Arches paper (300lb).

Overall size 16 × 20 in an acid-free white mat with backing board. Standard size for easy framing. Signed. Totally unique!

Blue Brain Cells - original watercolor painting


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