Chinese Brush Painting Workshop

Chinese Brush Painting Workshop

INTRODUCTION TO ORIENTAL BRUSH PAINTING at the Kenosha Public Museum. April 12, 2014 (1 day). 10 am-3:30 pm (5 hours with 1⁄2 hour lunch break). Instructor: Laura Maaske. Read More »

An Alphabet for Grasses: Painting Complex & Simple

An Alphabet for Grasses: Painting Complex & Simple

The Aleph is the first stroke of the universe. Back before I stumbled upon a “first stroke” of my own, I thought of the Aleph as a tree. It was like the solid base of a trunk: the source. This is not wrong. But then, I found a new way to see it. Drawing letters, playing with curves, might allow you to explore the strokes you like best and choose from among them. Certain strokes do hold more than others. which is what I learned painting these grasses …a magical idea. Read More »

The Mystery of Wrinkled Icicles: Solved

The Mystery of Wrinkled Icicles: Solved

It's still cold here in the Midwest and not yet through our arctic winter, but with all the cold has come this beautiful array of icicles not yet melting. I have just learned that icicles are smooth if they are made from distilled water. And they are rippled if the water has minerals and salts. This rippling, in fact, occurs at the same wavelength, world over. Nobody claims to know why the wavelength is the same, or even how why the ripples form as a result of the impurities. Read More »

Textbooks Make a Leap

Textbooks Make a Leap

“The most important development in the world of literature after Gutenberg is the electronic book, or e-book” -Siriginidi Subba Rao Breaking into a New World The Love of Turning Pages It’s not a fair choice to have to make, between digital and printed books. And overall as readers, we are choosing both in different ways. ... Read More »

Ideas I’d Like to Illustrate: Any Takers?…

Ideas I’d Like to Illustrate: Any Takers?…

Recently I read that our digestive tract have more neurons than a domestic cat has in its whole brain. So when I read that microbes in our guts may be controlling the moods we experience in our brains, it came as not such a surprise. The particular strain of microbes in your gut may be responsible for emotional health as well as your physical health. They may determine your sense of fear or anxiety or relaxation and calm. Stephen Collins, McMaster University, Canada, was the first to make this connection, in his studies on rats. Research is being done on humans now, by UCLA's Center for Neurobiology of Stress, Emeran Mayer, M.D. Read More »

Medical Illustration Gallery

Medical Illustration Gallery

Here are just a few of the medical illustrations I've prepared for clients. Feel free to contact me with any questions about the illustrations or about pricing. Read More »

Another Artist Seeking Patterns in Nature…

Another Artist Seeking Patterns in Nature…

“Beauty and seduction are natures tools of survival.” -Louie Schwartzberg   Louie Schwartzberg is an filming artist who captures patterns. Because I spend time in nature, photographing the patterns I see, I have loved his high and slow-motion time-lapse photography, and his vision. He says he learned to create it when he was young, patiently working for an ... Read More »

The Pull to the Countryside

The Pull to the Countryside

Drawing Physicians to Rural America with the AHA This October 1st opened enrollment of the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA), which is the most sweeping social change for Americans since the Social Security Act Roosevelt signed in in 1935. The AMA has praised this event as historic. And with the government taking a stronger control ... Read More »

Untying the Knot: Your Heart is Actually a Spiral

Untying the Knot: Your Heart is Actually a Spiral

The heart is, “an arrangement so unusual and perplexing, that it has long been considered as forming a kind of Gordian knot in Anatomy. Of the complexity of the arrangement I need not speak further than to say that Vesalius, Albinus, Haller and De Blainville, all confessed their inability to unravel it”. -James Bell Pettigrew, 1834-1908 ... Read More »

Flipping the Medical School Classroom

Flipping the Medical School Classroom

The high-tech future of medical education Was your medical training all you had hoped it to be? Did you learn as much as you expected or knew you could? Was learning effective, efficient, and fun? Technology is changing the practice of medicine. But it is also changing the way medical students learn, expectations of their ... Read More »

Happy to be on Board: Designing Medicine

Happy to be on Board: Designing Medicine

Written and Published by medmonthly magazine on August 30, 2013 in Research & Technology http://medmonthly.com/research-technology/med-monthly-welcomes-laura-maaske-as-a-staff-illustrator-writer-and-journalist/#! This month Med Monthly welcomes Laura Maaske on board as a staff illustrator, writer and journalist. She will be supplying an article or illustration each month dealing with ground breaking health care advances and state-of-the-art medical images. She has been a regular contributor, with ... Read More »

Changing Trees to Bamboo

Changing Trees to Bamboo

The Chinese language builds like bamboo, held in lines by knots and short, strong segments. “Learn to change trees to bamboo and bamboo to trees”, the author suggested. Read More »

Science Fiction No Longer

Science Fiction No Longer

They’re Here! An early September morning, apples ripe out my window. I was speaking with Dr. Albert Chi, a pioneering surgeon for advanced prostheti ... Read More »

My Most Popular Medical Illustration
When Someone is Far Away

When Someone is Far Away

Now, I will let go something. I will allow mist. Sometimes, explaining offers clarity, and it works well. Other times, it destroys the delicate web of threads. Read More »

You Imagine: Exploring Medical Apps

You Imagine: Exploring Medical Apps

With over 17,000 health and medical apps available in iTunes, and with an average price at around $2.00, iTunes “Health” and “Medical” categories are two of the fastest growing sectors of app development. There are health games that offer, for example, quizzes to assess calorie content of various foods. There are GPS apps, order tracking apps, weight management apps, pedometers, diabetes regulating apps, and calorie counting apps, just to name a few. These apps might be associated with push notifications that offer users reminders to take meds or other health interactions. Read More »

When Less is More? Lighting a Scene

When Less is More? Lighting a Scene

There is, specifically, magic in an image, maybe in any image if the viewer looks the right way. It comes (for lack of my ability to express it more clearly) from the ability of the image to hold an entire thing close: a small universe with laws that work together, all at once to reveal a piece of truth. Read More »

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