Bovine stomach, left and right sides showing rumen, omasum, abomasum and reticulum. Watercolour and permanent marker on card. Becky Burns 2014.
I am always inspired by people who are passionate about what they do. One person who is exceptionally passionate about what they do is my nutrition lecturer, Prof. David Fraser. He sounds like David Attenborough and looks like him as well. Word on the street is that he used to be the Dean of Veterinary Sciences, however when the staff cuts came about the university was going to let him go. However, he replied, “no, I love what I do, I’ll lecture for free.” FOR FREE. What. Most people use volunteering as a stepping stone to greater things, for example I volunteered at veterinary practices to get my experience up to an employable measure. Prof. David Fraser has come out of an extremely successful scientific and leadership career to lecture second year students, most of who talk or go on instagram during his lectures, just to give back to the future of veterinary science in Australia. What a dude. So this watercolour is a thankyou to him for passing on his knowledge and love of science 🙂
I’m currently visiting home in the Blue Mountains, fighting off another dip of glandge (go away glandge, you ssssssuuuuuuccccck) and trying to cram for the fast approaching finals. EEP!
Talk soon internet friends,
One of my few yet greatest fears is buying people birthday gifts- I always worry that they have it already (DVD), think its a lame gift (a boring book on an unrelated topic of their usual choice), think I’m lame for giving them a lame gift or for the gift to be impersonal (hello default nice smelling candles). Solution! The celebration of a mate or family relative is a fantastic excuse to share some personalised love and save on dollars in some kind of typography/painting art form- win for gift giving and win for Becky’s student budget!
Here’s some birthday art I’ve done over this past year.
I painted this on one of my many looooooong train rides into Sydney from the sunny sunny Blue Mountains. Watercolour on card
My bro’s 18th- I painted some boards with chalk paint in the idea that at the party people could “chalk their love” and write nice things on the board for Stevie to look over 🙂
Also another sign from Steve’s birthday- decorated with mexican inspired bunting
A “Christmas in July” themed birthday
I often forget to snap the cards I make for friends- alas its great to visit and see that they’ve kept a card hanging on their wall from three years ago 🙂
Remember that the one special day that celebrates you is not the only day you should be rocking out in your birthday suit. Go cray.
To breath or not to breath? It is a respire-ment to do so or else I’ll trachea you down.
Canine bronchial tree
Watercolour on watercolour paper. Makes sense 😉
Some fun lung facts: Together, the lungs contain approximately 2,400 kilometres of airways and 300 to 500 million alveoli, having a total surface area of about 70 square metres — roughly the same area as one side of a tennis court (obviously depending on what breed of dog, think Chihuahua vs Great Dane). Also, if all of the capillaries that surround the alveoli were unwound and laid end to end, they would extend for about 992 kilometres, which is 100 km MORE than the distance between Sydney and Melbourne.
What is a coronary vessel? Why is Caudal Vena Cava? When does the heart have a right tentacle?
I could make like the boring kids who cram over a textbook, gaining wrinkles, headaches and grumpiness. OR I could bring my pain set to university.
Materials- Sharpie, watercolour, embossed card
I was able to make the ripples in the “blood” by first painting the board where I wanted the paint to run in water then dripping dense blobs of watercolour from unpremeditated heights.
If anyone else has smashed their desire to not study by creating something I would love to see 🙂