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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, RNCentral, Off 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,
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.
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.