Why Blog about Science and Art?

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I’m a man of two worlds. I’m at home onstage in a musical, sketching in an art class, or out in the woods collecting wasps. For years I saw this as a problem. I thought I was too much of a scientist for art and too much of an artist for science. What is an … Continue reading Why Blog about Science and Art?

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Science of Paint: Why Oil Paint?

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I hope to write a series of posts on the science of painting, because it really is quite involved. Interestingl y, some of the best painters I know claim to hate science, and yet the ways that pigments and binders interact with substrates is pure chemistry. There were some fancy words there. Some definitions: Pigment … Continue reading Science of Paint: Why Oil Paint?

Story Time! – The Plant Book: Drawing to Learn Taxonomy

I'll confess, I had originally written the following true story for a very different purpose, but it seems to fit perfectly into the ethos of my blog, so away we go! I am not great at memorizing taxonomic names. Frankly, I’m unsure who is. But as a biology student, it was a cross I had … Continue reading Story Time! – The Plant Book: Drawing to Learn Taxonomy

Medical Drawing and Aims of Drawing in General

I’ve been thinking a lot about illustration lately because part of my resolution for (just before) the New Year is to devote more time to artwork, particularly physical artwork on paper. I’ve already written about how I will never have the required technical skills to be a scientific illustrator, but this has made me think … Continue reading Medical Drawing and Aims of Drawing in General

Technology and Art: Light

It’s Christmas! My manic insistence to write every single week outweighs my urge to take time off to be “festive” (the latest politically correct term from the UK), so Merry Christmas (or whatever other festive celebration you participate in). Christmastime always makes me think of light. And light, like much of everything, gets me thinking … Continue reading Technology and Art: Light

My Obsessive Admiration for Scientific Illustrators (and why I’ll never be one of them)

At  one point in my life I was convinced I could become a scientific illustrator. I guess this isn’t the most shocking revelation to make on a blog about art and science, but it’s surprising to me in retrospect that I thought myself capable of it at all. Here are some of my illustrations:   … Continue reading My Obsessive Admiration for Scientific Illustrators (and why I’ll never be one of them)

Glass: The Earliest Materials Engineering

Today, materials engineers are exploring sophisticated polymers, alloys, and nanomaterials, but don’t be fooled. Materials engineering is an ancient discipline. Since the earliest humans in the Stone Age found the first shards of obsidian (volcanic glass), the material has been useful and fascinating to us, and we have sought methods to make it ourselves. In … Continue reading Glass: The Earliest Materials Engineering

Colors from Nature: Who Inspires Whom?

I discovered an interesting book on Facebook this week: A Bird’s Guide to Complementary Colors by BG Lloyd. It’s being published out of Littleton, Colorado and is currently in pre-ordering. The purpose of the book is to derive color palettes directly from images of birds that can then be used to assist artists and designers … Continue reading Colors from Nature: Who Inspires Whom?