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What about the brain? …or how one thing leads to another

January 3, 2012

Quick sketch of those little neurons in our brainsI’m having a little wayward thought today. I am fascinated by how our brains work (or sometimes don’t). I got caught up in reading about neural nets and the vast network of neurons in our brains…which led to recognizing a correlation between artists’drawings of brain activity and Hubble Telescope images. I sort of imagine space as a macro intelligence and our brains as a micro intelligence.  Each houses a deep mystery.

Artists’ drawings of brain neural activity:

Artist drawing of brain activityArtist drawing of what neurons firing might look like

Artist drawing of brain activityArtist depiction of brain activity

Photographs from space:

Photographs of space taken by the Hubble telescope

Don’t these overlap nicely? While I don’t want to paint images like these, they do stimulate a feeling that I try to capture:

Oil pastel drawing inspired by neurons and space

So that’s the digression I’m after…where one thing leads to another. I think, as artists, we can use that kind of association to stimulate our imaginations. It’s all part of the same soup.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2012 10:02 am

    Ooooo….love this.
    The image is gorgeous and the concept rocks.


  2. January 5, 2012 12:25 pm

    Hey, Deb! Consider yourself “kicked” (inspiration-wise). I know what you mean about transition. I’ve been in the same boat the last few months. Let me know about what you are doing when you get a chance…


  3. Deb Larson permalink
    January 4, 2012 9:12 am

    Keep it coming, Reebs. I need all the inspiration I can get. I am in a period of transition and need a kick to take the next step.



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