About the Blog

My name is Jessica Niggel, and I’m a Biomolecular Science grad student, with a  passion for art.

Although science took over my life almost completely, I still find some time to create art every now and then.

Lately I’ve been getting many questions about my artwork, so I decided to make a blog about it.

Here I’ll be  uploading images of my “creations” in my spare time.

I hope you enjoy it,


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27 thoughts on “About the Blog

  1. ms6282 says:

    It’s good to see someone who straddles the divide between the “two traditions” of art and science. Keep up the good work !

  2. modernotrio says:

    Hi Jessica, Have you heard about artist, Virginia Cantarella? She is an active painter in her 80s – a fascinating woman who, even now, paints every day. She began her career in the 1950s combining medicine and art. Have a beautiful day.

  3. jane tims says:

    Hi. I am a biologist and spent my career working in the field of environmental study…. now I am retired and able to work on my writing and art full time. I always kept at my writing in the background and slowly built a resume that enable me to get an arts grant after I retired. My advice is, keep working away as an artist… you have talent! jane

  4. I worked as an engineer and stopped doing art: don’t stop! It is hard to get back into the swim of things. Thanks for liking my blog. 🙂

  5. mickjscott says:

    A true renaissance woman. Don’t forget to let your science influence your art. And of course visa versa.

  6. doronart says:

    Jessica thank you for visiting my Blog glade you like it. Enjoy your work also, always keep your art going it is joy

  7. kristakeenan says:

    thanks for liking my blog & it was nice to see your art!

  8. Bosartis says:

    Like your Art creations – work in progress is what I call most art, mine included. Whilst an artist for over 60 years I loved that creative part – now disabled try and emulate via the PC what I used to take for granted. Keep at it, enjoy it and above all have fun!
    Many thanks for your visit.

  9. Chas Spain says:

    Hi Jess – thanks for taking a look at my blog too. I’m a vet but underneath I was always just wanting to draw. The best bit about my course (now long finished!) was the new sketch book each semester for biology, botany and anatomy. But – like others have commented here – we tend at some point to separate science and art. In my new job I just ran an event where I brought in a group of artists to talk to scientists about collaboration – we can’t lose the possibilities of what science and creativity can do together.

  10. link says:

    I see something genuinely interesting about your site so I saved to fav.

  11. roylcoblog says:

    Hello, your art is lively and colorful! What are your techniques for using watercolors? I’d like to develop an art series that focuses on the different ways that children can experiment with and use a variety of materials to make intriguing art… you have a real grasp of this, it seems! Best wishes for a great New Year. 🙂

    • Jess says:

      I don’t really use any special watercolor technique- but I do use some tricks to get some effects. You can make your children use different types of paper for blotting (I usually use tissue paper when blotting skies in landscapes – but maybe different paper will give different results or try using different materials like bubble wrap). They can use rubber cement or wax to keep some areas “clean” when painted over by watercolor (when the paint dries they can just peel the cement off). The children may also draw pictures with wax crayons and paint them over with watercolor- only the areas not covered by the crayon will be affected by the watercolor. I often use thick sea salt when painting watercolor waves- I spread some grains on just painted, wet areas and leave it to dry. Once dry the salt can be scratched off to reveal a faint pattern. They can also try using cardboard to “swipe” the wet watercolor around (I use old credit cards -works great!). I hope this helps you a little! I used most of these tricks in this painting: https://jniggelart.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/sunny-day-at-the-beach/ Thanks for liking my art! Happy New Year!

      • roylcoblog says:

        Great tips! I have tried the wax crayons technique already but the salt idea is a really good one. I’ve seen some amazing images developed using salt; and using paper and other kinds of mediums to manipulate the colors is a great idea. Thanks again!

  12. Everyone here at The Library of Living Monsters thinks your art is top draw.

  13. punkahwallah says:

    Jess, I love the jellyfish!

  14. Hey–thanks for visiting my blog & liking my post. Your art holds a very interesting variety— possibly because both your left & right brain are well-developed; judging from your bent toward both science & creativity. Keep going , in both directions!

  15. b00kreader says:

    Hi Jessica my name is your name too. I am also a grad student but in biomedical science. Best wishes. ~Jess

  16. penfrea says:

    Thank you so much for the ‘like’!

  17. Dodge says:

    I love your portraits!

  18. kecain says:

    Thanks for stopping by and liking my post. You’ve got a fun style. Keep it up and enjoy.

  19. tommcmanimon says:

    Jess, explore everything. Let all your experiences influence your art and your happiness. I came from a very large family of 11 where I am second to youngest —currently 53. Most ahead of me are now lawyers, or in various professional white-collar careers. With a familt that large I also learned to love various eras of music…and play the blues today. When I was young I was a budding artist. Took painting and drawing. Changed course to prepare to be an architect. Changed course again and studied studio arts in college and at RISD. Then got into advertising and have had a long successful career where I currently own a branding firm. Glad you like my latest blog on Influences. Take stock in all of your life’s influences and reveal your unique brand.

  20. WilderSoul says:

    Very expressive work – love the portraits! Keep up the good work. 🙂

  21. You’re art is awesome 🙂

  22. THank you for finding me so I could find you! I’ve often thought that art and science have so much overlap – the investigative minds of both seem to create the perfect harmony. you definitely prove my theory with your work! Beautiful.

  23. olookabird says:

    Hello! I do love your blog! Your art is amazing! I am a young artist, 14 years old, and would love it if you were to visit my blog! If you do, please let me know what you think!
    Thanks for sharing your art with everyone! It’s truly amazing!

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