Sunday, October 4, 2009

Under the microscope

Thank you to everyone who has added me here recently. If I am not already following your blog please let me know so I can read you as well!

Oh! The painting I posted about this afternoon sold within about 10 minutes, so since I promised more science, sci fi or surreal art in the near future I will get right on with it, and move into my artist features tomorrow!

First, I will say that it was an excellent mushroom day today but I did not have my camera with me. I took some cell phone pictures though which I will send to myself soon and post. One that was a vibrant bright purple was my favorite find of the day. As always though I only look and take pictures, I'd never dislodge from from its loamy home! October is just amazing, the trees are still mostly green but the forest floor is covered in yellowing leaves and there seems to always be a faint scent of smoke in the air.

This little painting above is inspired by a couple of lines in a short story I was reading while having some nice Assam tea in a little tea shop by myself.

"A microscope was, on his eighth birthday, presented to him by an affluent uncle. The uncle showed him how to surprise the secrets of a drop of pond water, which - limpid to the eye, confessed under the microscope to a whole cosmogony of strenuous and undesirable careers."

- from E. Nesbit, "The Five Senses"


  1. Thank you! I just started following your blog, I LOVE the snail artwork! I was just looking at a cloud in the sky today that looks like a snail and thought about painting it. :)

  2. This reminds me of that episode of the cartoon "Barba Papas" where the boy Barba Papa looks into a microscope. He falls in love with the girl germs/bacteria/specimen on the slide. I'm curious about the purple mushroom you saw.

  3. Lisa, that reminds me of a short story called The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O'Brien, a short story about the very same topic! Microscopes must have been quite marvelous things to people at the time!