Mendel DNA wall

In one of my early posts of this blog I shared whit you a painting I did in honor of Mendel and Genetics called”Secrets of Life”. This painting was commissioned for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to be part of the decoration and invitations for the Women’s Partnership for Science Luncheon. 

This particular painting is one of my favorites: it’s delicate and sends a scientific message. It represents two different types of peas ( the ones Mendel studied) that intercalate each other in the shape of a DNA double helix. In my eyes, an artistic way of heritage and genetics together! Since I love this painting so much I decided to make it my first mural! Commissioned by a lovely couple ( a.k.a. my parents) I painted their dining room wall with this motif. This was first time working with acrylics and I have to say it’s pretty different from watercolors so getting things to work was non-trivial. However, I think it was a fun experience and I can’t wait to paint more walls! I think eventually the acrylics and I will be friends, it is still a weird relationship between us . 

Here’s a couple of snapshots of the process and the finished piece. Oh, and also a picture of me while I was painting it :) 

 The process...

The process...

 A snapshot of me while painting.

A snapshot of me while painting.

 Final piece

Final piece

 Display in the room

Display in the room

 Me! with the final painting :)

Me! with the final painting :)

Also, in case you have missed it, this year I’m doing miniatures again! Besides the typical Tuesday’s of Opuntia Visual I’m also doing: #CulturalThursday with miniature paintings every Thursday of everything that makes a culture rich: food, places, folk art, etc. I’ll start with countries that are more familiar to me like Mexico and Brazil but I’ll cover other like Japan and the US. In addition there will be #PlantSaturday where I’ll be painting a miniature plant ( can’t stop painting plants ). Here’s what I’ve done so far for the first week of 2018, you can follow the rest on my instagram profile @annaneko

I hope you enjoy them and I would love to get some feedback from you! What would you like me to paint? 

 #CulturalThursday: Miniature from Rufino Tamayo's mural at MNA.

#CulturalThursday: Miniature from Rufino Tamayo's mural at MNA.

 #PlantSaturday: Pinus devoniana

#PlantSaturday: Pinus devoniana