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Double Dutch or a lecture on drawing?  at Historic Environment Scotland Study Days in Duff House Banff. Drawing to me is the purest form of art.

 The artist cannot hide behind bright colors, layers of paint or printmaking techniques.

What you draw and then how you draw it, but also equally significant what you don’t draw, and how you do that; the artist is fully exposed.

I am a very rational person. I have for instance, a degree in civil engineering at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, and a PhD in Coastal Engineering from the University of Aberdeen.

To me engineering certainly does not lack the need for creative input and I apply a degree of engineering to my art. In history, many artists approached their technique or subject matter scientifically, to name but a few, Turner to colour, Constable to weather or da Vinci to anatomy.

Da Vinci wrote: True sciences are those which have penetrated through the senses as a result of experience, always proceeding successively from primary truths and established principles in a proper order towards the conclusion.

My art certainly has a rational framework.

I have this desire to know. Everything begins with, but Why? Why does this work, and why, why doesn’t that work? And also with, I wonder? I wonder if I apply this, would it be better, would it be more interesting and have more meaning? So how, how can we do this? I need to understand why something works, otherwise I don’t know how I would solve inevitable problems in composition, in techniques and materials of the medium. Within this rational framework however I work free.

Again Da Vinci says: These rules will enable you to possess a free and good judgment since good judgement is born of good understanding and good understanding derives from reason expounded through good rules and good rules are the daughters of good experience – the common mother of all sciences and arts.

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