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'Chasca'
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For the ‘Pixel Portraits’ show opening on 15th Nov at Strychnin Gallery in Berlin. I think this is the first show ive seen thats all digital artists (im generally the one digital painter in among a whole exhibition of amazing traditional artists!), really looking forward to seeing what the other guys come up with!

This piece is my take on the beautiful Inca goddess of the dawn and twilight, Chasca. (google her if you want to find out more) Shes available from the gallery, get in touch for pricing etc.

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Good music not only has one face

alternative bands appreciation post by Green Day Girl

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New painting for Strychnin Gallery’s 10th Anniversary Show in Berlin, “Lorelei”. This one was inspired by the German folk song about a siren that drowns sailors, and the fact that as kids my sister Roxanna and I would sit on stones in the water and pretend to be mermaids.


"Den Schiffer im kleinen Schiffe,
Ergreift es mit wildem Weh;
Er schaut nicht die Felsenriffe,
Er schaut nur hinauf in die Höh’.
Ich glaube, die Wellen verschlingen
Am Ende Schiffer und Kahn,
Und das hat mit ihrem Singen,
Die Lorelei getan.”

Poison Profile

Name: Strychnine tree (Strychnos nux-vomica)

Also Known As: Poison nut, Quaker buttons

Found in: Southeast Asia and India

Toxin: Strychnine

This neurotoxin makes muscles contract – too much can cause seizures, convulsions, and death as your muscles rigidly clench.

Poison Plus: Strychnine is found in certain pesticides. Curare, a plant-based toxin that causes the muscles to relax, can serve as an antidote to strychnine.

Learn more in The Power of Poison.

 

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Curious Fact of the Week: A Garden That Can Kill You

As the black signs studded with skull and bones warn you at the entrance: “These Plants Can Kill.” With over 100 varieties of deadly plants, the Alnwick Poison Gardens that flourish alongside Alnwick Castle in England are an impressive demonstration of fatal botanicals, from deadly nightshade to hemlock to strychnine.

The garden is the creation of the Duchess of Northumberland. As she explained:

"I wondered why so many gardens around the world focused on the healing power of plants rather than their ability to kill… I felt that most children I knew would be more interested in hearing how a plant killed, how long it would take you to die if you ate it and how gruesome and painful the death might be."

More on the Deadly Alnwick Poison Gardens, on Atlas Obscura!

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