I had an amazing time in Paris walking around, exploring, looking for the best croissants and coffee, drinking a LOT of nice wine, and of course, sketching in the museums.
In 1961, Matisse’s Le Bateau (The Boat) hung upside-down for 47 days in the Museum of Modern Art, New York – none of the 116,000 visitors had noticed. Which way do you prefer it?
what are the chances of me following my dreams, finding an adequate amount of financial success to be able to buy that little B&B in Sardinia, create great work and paint away till the candle burns out? I’m a pretty easy going, happy-go-lucky guy. How is this positive attitude going to affect my future market value and brand identity? Perhaps I should fabricate a completely new image: over the top eccentric, verging on mad, temperamental, a recluse, and on the rare occasion I do come to one of my exhibition openings, I arrive on a horse... naked.
It's what songwriters have been saying for years, and now scientists agree – love really does hurt. But what the ballads don’t tell us is that a simple dose of paracetamol could help ease the pain of a broken heart. The rather prosaic cure emerged in a study by neuroscientists which found that emotional pain is processed in the same area of the brain as physical pain. They also discovered that hurt feelings – such as being dumped by a partner – can respond to painkillers. In a three-week trial at the University of California, 62 people were told to take either Tylenol – the American name for paracetamol – or a placebo and then record how they felt every night. The study found those who took 1,000mg of the painkiller, or around two tablets, showed a ‘significant reduction in hurt feelings’ compared to those taking the placebo.
Dr Naomi Eisenberger, an assistant professor of social psychology, said: ‘Rejection is such a powerful experience for people. If you ask people to think back about some of their earliest negative experiences, they will often be about rejection, about being picked last for a team or left out of some social group. ‘It follows in a logical way from the argument that the physical and social pain systems overlap, but it’s still kind of hard to imagine. We take the drug for physical pain; it’s not supposed to work on social pain.’
While the findings could help develop treatment for bereavement, for example, Dr Eisenberger said we should not start taking painkillers after a traumatic experience. Emotional pain is probably a healthy response which tells us not to repeat the behaviour, she said, and dulling it could impair recovery.
Article from the MailOnline
A broken heart really does hurt, scientists claim. Researchers have found a genetic link between physical pain and social rejection, which means that breaking up with a partner really can be painful. Psychologists at the University of California, Los Angeles say the human body has a gene which connects physical pain sensitivity with social pain sensitivity. The findings back the common theory that rejection 'hurts' by showing that a gene regulating the body's most potent painkillers - mu-opioids - is involved in socially painful experiences too. Their study indicates that a variation in the receptor gene, often associated with physical pain, is related to how much social pain a person feels in response to social rejection. People with a rare form of the gene are more sensitive to rejection and experience more brain evidence of distress in response to rejection than those with the more common form.
This is the first time that it has been proved that genes involved in physical pain are linked to mentally painful times like social rejection and breaking up with a lover. Prof Eisenberger said this overlap in the neurobiology of physical and social pain makes perfect sense. She said: "Because social connection is so important, feeling literally hurt by not having social connections may be an adaptive way to make sure we keep them. "Over the course of evolution, the social attachment system, which ensures social connection, may have actually borrowed some of the mechanisms of the pain system to maintain social connections."
From the Telegraph: Science News
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