Velcome to My FrankenMess: When Art & Food Go Awry

Velcome to My FrankenMess. photo: jparadisi 2012

Welcome to my FrankenMess. For Halloween, I tried dipping pretzel sticks into melted icing to make them look like candy corn on a stick, à la Pinterest. This is what they turned out looking like before I gave up. I’m an artist, damn it! Curse You, Pinterest!!!

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

You Can Find Me Here

This week, the American Journal of Nursing’s blog, Off the Charts posted Workplace Violence: Who’s Problem Is It? written by me. Much thanks to editor, Jacob Molyneux.

My short piece, The Wisdom of Nursery Rhymes, was published in the February 2011 issue of the American Journal of Nursing.

The Art of Nursing in the March 2011 issue of AJN features Mean Girls (First Communion II), from the series of paintings, From Cradle to Grave: The Color White. Special thanks to editor Sylvia Foley, coördinator of The Art of Nursing.   The Anka Gallery, Portland, Oregon  exhibited From Cradle to Grave: The Color White in October 2010.

New Series, Color-Coded For Your Safety Published on Die Krankenschwester

Four Shades of Grey from Color-Coded For Your Safety, by JParadisi and posted on Die Krankenschwester

Color-Coded For Your Safety is my latest series of images posted on the blog, Die Krankenschwester, which I also author. The series considers identity. Color-Coded for Your Safety consists of nine photographs of flip-top caps collected from medication vials, which are commonly used in hospital pharmacies. Color-coding medication vials is a visual aid created by pharmaceutical companies (medication manufacturers) assisting pharmacists, nurses and physicians to identify the medications they administer to patients. The goal is to prevent patients from accidentally receiving the wrong medication. Each cap color represents a different medication.

New Image Posted on Die Krankenschwester


     Little Girls in White Dresses (First Communion) is the latest painting in the From Cradle to Grave: The Color White series on the art blog Die Krankenschwester. The blog chronicles a developing body of visual art exploring the theme of identity.

JParadisi RN Launches New Blog: Die Krankenschwester

  “There is no use trying.” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” 


-Lewis Carroll  


  If you could hear this sentence, there would be a drum roll.   Die Krankenschwester is a blog exploring identity by combining blogging and visual in an experimental format. Kronkenschwester ( kron/ken/shwester) is German for nurse and translates literally to the sick sister.  Most of the art work will be created specifically for Die Krankenschwester over a not yet determined period of time. The images represent a visual exploration of nursing practice and identity through art and pop culture.  I don’t have more of a plan than that. So check in at Die Krankenschwester now and then and see what you think.  

     JParadisi RN’s Blog will continue as a separate from Die Krankenschwester.  


Die Krankenschwester blog header JParadisi 2010

Die Krankenschwester blog header JParadisi 2010

Happy Birthday JParadisi RN’s Blog!

Happpy Birthday JParadisi RN's Blog! photo: JParadisi

     Today, January 10, 2010 is the first year anniversary of JParadisi RN’s Blog. I had no idea I would enjoy blogging so much. Or  that the blog would receive recognition from readers, other bloggers, RNCentralOff the Chart, and The American Journal of Nursing. Thank you, each of you.

       Through thoughtful posts about art, nursing, and humanity, JParadisi RN’s Blog aspires to represent nurses as multidimensional people with diverse talents and viewpoints,  demonstrating nursing as a profession which promotes such diversity.  2010 is The Year of the Nurse, and hopefully, we’ll use this opportunity to raise public awareness of what real nurses do. Nurses, don’t wait for the media to do it for us. Wake up Cinderella, there is no Prince Charming! We have to do this for ourselves. 

     Thank you, readers, for opening your hearts to the ideas in the posts. I realize you have a lot of blogs out there to choose from.

 With humble gratitude,

JParadisi RN

The Acorn Contains the Tree At PNCA and “One more than four” at Anka Gallery Thru July 30th

Icarus oil on unstretched canvas 2009 by J.Paradisi

Icarus oil on unstretched canvas 2009 by J.Paradisi

Installation by J.Paradisi, The Acorn Contains the Tree 2009
Installation by J.Paradisi, The Acorn Contains the Tree 2009 at PNCA

   Yesterday’s warm weather had swarms of people walking the the streets of Portland for First Thursday. I had two openings of my own work to attend, which made for an enjoyably busy evening. My apologies to guests I may have missed at Pacific Northwest College of Art’s 214 Gallery (upstairs), after I left for a brief appearance at Anka Gallery in Oldtown. Thank you to all of my friends and visitors at both shows, especially Rhoda London, who lent so much of her time and energy to The Acorn Contains the Tree.

J.Paradisi at PNCA July 2nd-30th, First Thursday Opening July 2nd 6-9pm



Post Card image for The Acorn Contains the Tree Exhibit at PNCA artist/photo J.Paradisi

Post Card image for The Acorn Contains the Tree Exhibit at PNCA artist/photo J.Paradisi

The Acorn Contains the Tree,

a series of paintings and an installation piece, is open for exhibit  July 2nd-30th, 2009 in 214 Gallery at Pacific Northwest College of Art, 1241 NW Johnson Street, Portland, Oregon.



I will be at the opening reception on First Thursday, July 2nd from 6-9pm to discuss the artwork.  A few copies of New Lives: Nurses’ Stories about Caring for Babies, containing the two stories I authored, Icarus Again, and Voyagers will be available for purchase that evening. Please stop by 214 Gallery (upstairs) and say hello if you are visiting the Pearl District.

   I am also showing at Anka Gallery 325 NW 6th Ave. , Portland, Or, July 2nd-30th, in the “One more than four” group exhibition. It’s also a show worth visiting.