A trip to London


An Allegory with Venus and Cupid about 1545, Bronzino, my humble sketch.

An Allegory with Venus and Cupid about 1545, Bronzino, my humble sketch.

For ten years London was the place I called home. The city resides in my heart, wrapping it with a patchwork of a worn out upholstery fabric.

While my wife and daughter went hunting and gathering, I thought I’d go and visit my London friends, the ones hanging on the National Gallery’s walls.

It was a freezing, bright sunny day, and from Covent Gardens I walked briskly straight into the temple. The National Gallery, despite its majestic staircase, leaves a very brief moment of recovery from the contemporary sounds and sites of the street and the home of its time-rich treasures.

I knew my way notwithstanding the many years which passed since my last visit. My eyes were first seeking Piero Della Francesca’s The Baptism of Christ, then his Saint Michael and the Nativity. From there, to Ghirlandaio, Rosso Fiorentino, Michelangelo, the breathtaking Leonardo and so I ended up sitting in front of Bronzino’s Allegory with Venus and Cupid.

I took out my tiny sketchbook and started a quick study. As I was drawing, I heard a little voice calling in French: “Maman, maman, viens voir, c’est Venus!” – “mom, come and see, it is Venus!” Shortly after the sound, came the image of the back of a six years old girl who was pointing at the picture. Her two glittering eyes seemed to be pulling with invisible strings her mother who was trailing behind her, calling her to come and read the sign, only to acknowledge that indeed, she was right, it is Venus in the painting!

The flurry of questions the little one inundated her mother with, was intense and full of beauty and wit.

I couldn’t help myself and asked this little princess – how come she manage to recognise Venus from afar? without a hesitation, she replied: par sa beauté”– by her beauty! It was now I who was the target of the sweetest, most inquisitive set of questions she required answers to. her mom, standing next to us was smiling and asked if I was not too bothered by her daughter’s curiosity. When they were about to leave, the little girl looked at me and then gave me a big hug. Her mom said to me:” She will remember this”

I then Guaranteed her that I will not forget Bronzino’s Allegory with Venus and Cupid.

So, I came to London, visited my Italian heroes, and returned back home with a French gift.

The little princess in the National Gallery

The little princess in the National Gallery




Political science

Political science

Political science

Science Denial versus Science Pleasure.

In his article, (Scientific American, on January 1, 2018) Michael Sheerer explores the different approaches to science adopted by the political right and the left respectably.

That liberals are just as guilty of antiscience bias comports more with accounts of humans chomping canines, and yet those on the left are just as skeptical of well-established science when findings clash with their political ideologies, such as with GMOs, nuclear power, genetic engineering and evolutionary psychology—skepticism of the last I call “cognitive creationism” for its endorsement of a blank-slate model of the mind in which natural selection operated on humans only from the neck down.

Read the full article HERE

Does Success Come Mostly from Talent, Hard Work- or Luck?

What question! Asked and answered by Michael Shermer on November 1, 2017, at Scientific American. Here’s a link for the full article.

Below are the rough drawing and the final one.

Success, Comes from Talent, Hard Work or Luck? – Rough drawing


Success, Comes from Talent, Hard Work or Luck? – Final Artwork

Alternative Investments

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For the lack of a better, effective and immediate metaphor to communicate the idea of saving,  I called upon my faithful piggy bank… This time I’ve assigned them to convey the idea of pension funds investing in real estate.
A link for the full article: here
Alternative Investments

Alternative Investments



Why the “You” in an Afterlife Wouldn’t Really Be You -Memories, points of view and the self

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Quantum consciousness

By Michael Shermer on July 1, 2017

The Discovery is a 2017 Netflix film in which Robert Redford plays a scientist who proves that the afterlife is real. “Once the body dies, some part of our consciousness leaves us and travels to a new plane,” the scientist explains, evidenced by his machine that measures, as another character puts it, “brain wavelengths on a subatomic level leaving the body after death.”

This idea is not too far afield from a real theory called quantum consciousness, proffered by a wide range of people, from physicist Roger Penrose to physician Deepak Chopra.

For the full article in Scientific American, click here

How to Convince Someone When Facts Fail

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Why worldview threats undermine evidence

Have you ever noticed that when you present people with facts that are contrary to their deepest held beliefs they always change their minds? Me neither. In fact, people seem to double down on their beliefs in the teeth of overwhelming evidence against them. The reason is related to the worldview perceived to be under threat by the conflicting data.

The full article by Michael Shermer from The Scientific American of  January 1, 2017, can be read here.

Four Reasons You Might Want to Avoid the Lowest-Cost ETFs. Or: Some of the things an illustrator should be fully aware of in order to go through the day.

Investing in ETFs

Investing in ETFs

Sometimes articles’ topics couldn’t be further remote from my own fields of passions like music, art, food or just being alive. That’s when the I’m challenged to communicate clearly to people from ‘other planets, in language I’m learning as I go along toward the deadline. Learning is great!

A link to the article in the Wall Street Journal: Here