Brain Abstract

Today’s watercolor experiment: Today is another sketch in my ‘brain series’ (Brain Teasers, Memory Fades, Untitled). In keeping with tradition (that I started yesterday), I did not assign a meaningful name to this sketch.  It qualifies as part of the brain series because it was inspired by a structure in the brain called the hippocampus.  The […]


Recap: I have been concentrating recently, on trying to express my feelings through my watercolor studies. The closest I’ve come to attaining this goal was in a recent post (Adjusting). I had just experienced a major disappointment and was trying to feel better by painting a cheery picture. I was giving the paint-how-you-want-to-feel theory a try. […]

Back to Reading

I was like a kid in a candy store yesterday. However in this case my candy store was a book store. Instead of just browsing, I actually bought a stack of really interesting books, thanks to the thoughtful birthday gifts from my friends and family. I bought a lot of books about the brain. Fascination […]

Emotional Vision

Recapping from the past couple of days, for those of you who are just starting to read my blog: My wife and I suddenly had to move out of our shared home of 6 years; we are living with other family about a 10 minute drive from where we used to live.  Although we are […]


There are identity shifts and there are shifts in ways of thinking… not all for the better. As an example of this, let me walk you through a bit of what I’ve been thinking over the past day or so.  Those of you who have followed me for a while know that I am very […]

Flexible Neural Tube

Several days ago I mentioned the work of Wilhelm His, who modeled the neural tube after a flexible rubber tube. He noted that a rubber tube could be manipulated into forms that resembled the neural tube of the chick embryo, at various stages by pulling strings attached to certain places on the rubber tube. The […]

Balloon Brain

I started blogging in order to share some of my experiences as the brother of a severely autistic, low functioning and nonverbal person. I grew up in a time where little was known about autism and there was very little support available in the community for autistic individuals, their siblings or their parents.  I was […]

Head Space

I just started reading Migraine by Oliver Sacks. Sacks, a neurologist, has written many books over the years, based on case studies of some of his patients. One of his books, An Anthropologist on Mars is a favorite of mine, because the title essay is about Dr. Temple Grandin, the famous animal scientist and very well known […]

365 Days!

Carving nature at it’s joints?  Not quite. It took me 18+ days from January 1st, 2013 to get my first post out, but I have completed the past 365 days with a post every day. It’s been great discipline to keep to my schedule and has helped me to keep learning. I made some adjustments […]

Neural Factors and Expression

Yesterday, I spoke about expressionism in terms of large sweeping movements of the body, such as those a dancer would make. Yesterday I also thought that it might be just a little oxymoronic to consider a small format painting as expressionistic. I admit that I may have been a little hasty in making that determination. […]