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What The Heck is a Flame Test?

What The Heck is a Flame Test?

What is a flame test you ask? Well for one thing it is a series of paintings in progress that I am working on this month for my Patreon supported science and art project. But the real-deal is that the flame test is a fascination and eye catching technique used in science to determine what precise elements are present. The other cool thing about the “Flame Test” is that it is actually p... »

New Horizons – A Painting about a Spacecraft

New Horizons – A Painting about a Spacecraft

This painting marks a point in time, when for the first time, a spacecraft sent from Earth traveled all the way to Pluto and the Kuiper belt. That text, along with some other cool facts that were looked over and recommended by my science adviser on this project, The Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait are included on this piece about the New Horizons Spacecraft. This is an exciting time to be alive and wit... »

Landscape Painting: Fancy Hats Optional

Landscape Painting: Fancy Hats Optional

Hey so I finished an oil painting this weekend! Although I like oils a lot, it’s been a while since I last broke them out. This was painted on top of a different painting that I started this summer and then decided that I hated. A couple of things set up Painting A to failure. Last summer a friend and I were going around to local parks to paint, as neither of us had painted outside in foreve... »

This is the Painting That Started My #Patreon Project

This is the Painting That Started My #Patreon Project

I wanted to do a painting about DNA and so I did. But what I didn’t understand at the time was that those cool looking bars that connect the two sides of the DNA strand are called base pairs and that there are four specific types of nucleotide pairing. What that means is if you are going to accurately represent DNA you can only use four colors within those “bars” and that two of ... »

Surly Amy Has a #SciArt Patreon Project. Please support!

Surly Amy Has a #SciArt Patreon Project. Please support!

I was so inspired by all of the art and science panels at ChiFi this weekend that I decided to finally try to reach for one of my big dreams. And that big dream is to start painting again and making ceramic fine art pieces that are heavily linked to science. You only live once, folks and life is short. I know that this project may fail, but I’d hate myself if I didn’t try. Here is a li... »

Mad Art Cast Episode 3: #sciart Quickie

Mad Art Cast Episode 3: #sciart Quickie

Mad Art Cast Quickie! We’re dropping our third overall episode but our second short episode this week to shout about the cool #sciart tweet storm happening over at Twitter. Listen in then go check out the art! Scroll down to listen to the podcast! »

Women Painting Themselves pt 4

Women Painting Themselves pt 4

Hello! Today we’re finally going to expand our geographical horizons by a tiny bit* and talk about Judith Leyster. Judith Leyster 1609-1660 What I really like about Judith’s portrait is how she managed to make it look so spontaneous and full of personality. Before we had cameras with fast shutter speeds, holding any sort of expression other than a neutral glower long enough to capture ... »

Women Painting Themselves: pt 3

Women Painting Themselves: pt 3

Hello all, welcome to part three of the Women Painting Themselves series. Today we’re going to look at two artists instead of just one, Artemisia Gentileschi and Elizabetta Sirani. Artemisia Gentileschi 1593-c.1653 Self-portrait as the Allegory of Painting by Artemisia Gentileschi 1638-39 Out of all the artists I have or will mention, Artemisia is one of the most famous. And she certainly de... »

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