Mitch Miller was an executive for Columbia Records in the 1950's and 1960's. He is more famous as choral conductor. He produced over 30 albums in this role and also had an NBC television show. Sharing his name, I noticed that all of his album covers featured pictures of him on the front. Mitch Miller passed away in 2010, and though I never met him, I can't help but think he may have had a mild streak of vanity. In an attempt to recirculate these forgotten vinyl albums I have decided to make them into time capsules. By painting upon the covers and then framing them, one might never know there is a vinyl within. All of my Mitch Miller pieces feature the Guy Fawkes mask. I collect clam shells from a creek I grew up on. I then grind the shells into a powder and mix them into the white oil paint for the mask.
Mitch Miller I: Oil on album, $250 +Shipping
Framed: $300 +Shipping
I believe that the cause of many cancers can be found in the food we eat. The food industry puts FDA approved chemicals and preservatives in the United States food supply. I believe some of these additives cause disease such as cancer and diabetes. If you travel to European nations you will find that their foods do not have nearly as many ingredients as in the United States.
The food industry is caught in a cycle that starts with the idea of producing food that lasts a long time on the shelf. More time on the shelf means less waste and more profit for the food companies. They counteract bad flavor results from preservatives with all types of artificial flavors. The result is a lot of chemicals in the United States food supply.
I believe we can break this cycle by uniting pet owners to do a long term study involving their pets. The FDA probably does not conduct these types of long term studies on the chemicals they approve for the food industry instead conducting short term experiments on animals in a lab. Think of the Cause Paws study as a check on the FDA approval process to identify possible causes of cancer and other disease.
Reconsider donating your money to a cancer research fund that usually works to develop cancer treatments rather than identifying causes in our environment. These cancer treatments benefit the pharmaceutical industry that provide the treatments at sometimes astronomical cost instead of for free or affordable pricing. Let’s come together to change the trajectory of the U.S. food and pharmaceutical industry.
The premise of the Cause Paws study is to feed domestic pets organic food with one chemical that was FDA approved for human consumption for the animals lifetime. We would begin with the preservatives used in the Military’s Meals Ready to Eat or MRE’s. The pet owners would be divided into different groups with each group feeding their animal a specific “safe” chemical for their entire life.
When an animal becomes sick or passes away donations to the study will be used to do a barrage of tests on the animal. The purpose of these tests is to identify the cause of death including if it was cancer and where that cancer was located in the body. The data from these tests will be collected in a database and cross referenced with the chemical used in the animal’s food. The study may take 10-15 years before we begin collecting significant data but overall it will make food safer and hypothetically find the causes of some cancers and disease.
The first step in this study is to find a chemical company to partner with to produce the chemicals we find in our food. These chemicals can then be mixed with a meat flavoring and bottled in a spray bottle. These bottles will then be sent to people who want to be enrolled in the study. We will encourage these pet owners to use organic food or food with very few artificial products to improve the quality of our study. The pet owners will spray the “safe” chemical on their pet’s food at each meal time.
By forming a non-profit for this study we can allow people to donate to pay for end of life testing for animals or even subsidize organic food. Money can also be used to create and maintain a database. I hope you will consider helping me form this study. Half of all sales of my paintings and artwork will go toward starting the Cause Paws study. Together we can change the way our food supply and drug supply operate and find the cause of some cancers.
Most of Mitch Miller's Albums list all of the songs on the front cover with little animations between each. The songs are arranged in their order in a line formation. I like to block out specific words within the song titles. If read line by line, top to bottom, left to right, I form new messages with the original song titles. This one was painted with the American sports royalty/ actress Rooney Mara on my mind. I have an interesting proposition (non-carnal) for her if we ever met.
Mitch Miller II: Oil on album, $250 +Shipping
Framed: $300 +Shipping
I remember sipping scotch with my grandpa and admiring his piece. He would always get nervous whenever I would hold it up to the firelight. When he passed he specified in his will it go to my daughter. It was until late one night she decided to take it out of its framing and I realized it was a vinyl record. My grandfather had never seen one in his life.
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I began with a window I eliminated from my house in Pittsburgh. After scuffing the glass and applying primer, I apply several layers of exterior white paint to the glass area. I then painted this image of a radio/cellular tower.
Paint on Glass= $150 pick up only
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