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The ART of Engineering

  • 1.  The ART of Engineering

    Posted 16 days ago
    A recent post and this thread from last summer sparked my interest in seeing examples of art created by my fellow engineers and AEC industry professionals.

    If you have a creative hobby (sketching, painting, sculpting, model building, woodworking, etc), would you share a couple photos with us?

    I think there is often a misconception that engineers are predominantly technical and analytical but not artistically gifted. Let's change that!

    (You can add an image to a post using the "Insert/Edit Image" icon that is 4th from the left on the bottom row of the format ribbon)

    Here are a few recent watercolors I have painted to get us started:

    Heidi Wallace EI,P.E.,M.ASCE
    Tulsa OK

  • 2.  RE: The ART of Engineering

    Posted 16 days ago
    I love this topic and glad to see it come up again. I hope others share their creativity too. I find that since my "day job" can be so serious and exact in detail, I needed an outlet for creative "looseness". I've always loved impressionist paintings and I hope people "see what they want to see" in mine as well. 
    A few years ago, I became pretty obsessed with urban sketching and then recently that's developed into larger scale watercolor. I've actually even sold a few in exchange for donations to my favorite charity.
    also fun... A few colleagues and I have developed a bit of game in "challenging" one another throughout the day for a quick sketch of a random place or object. For instance I'll send them a photo from out my hotel window or a weird perspective of steel beams intersecting at a job site. 
    Pan over the River Thames
    My first attempt at a snow scene. This was fun because you have to think in the negative spaces. The shadows become the focus which brings the highlights forward. 
    a couple of field notebook sketches of my visit to London last summer. 
    Small scale ones are fun too. 

    Jesse Kamm PhD, PMP, A.M.ASCE
    Senior Vice President of Construction Management

  • 3.  RE: The ART of Engineering

    Posted 14 days ago
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    Glad to share.

    The attached pencil-acrylic piece, called Fleeting Fabulous Fall Foliage, was inspired by leaves found during fall walks in my midwestern neighborhood.


    Stu Walesh PhD, PE
    Consultant - Teacher - Author

  • 4.  RE: The ART of Engineering

    Posted 14 days ago
    Great topic! Love to see what engineers do with their free time.

    I like to do woodworking as a hobby. I do a lot of traditional woodworking with no power tools. It is more time consuming, but the final product is man-made and not machine-made, which I think gives each project its own character and uniqueness.

    Here are some pieces I've made. They include a dining table, a simple desk with iron pipe legs, a headboard, and matching end tables.

    Doug Cantrell P.E., M.ASCE
    Professional Engineer
    Durham NC

  • 5.  RE: The ART of Engineering

    Posted 13 days ago
    LOVE your subjects - the heron, the octopus, the buffalo reflecting its home...  As an EE / lighting engineer, I am fascinated by the idea that flat acrylic paint can create illusions of specular reflection, transparency and illuminance.

    Suzanne Lansford P.E., M.ASCE
    Owner / Principal
    REDD Inc. DBA Town Lighting Engineers
    Scottsdale AZ

  • 6.  RE: The ART of Engineering

    Posted 13 days ago
    I am very interested in diamond gem .
    I have passed specialized courses in identifying it and now I follow this category in my free time as an expert.
    In the picture below, I am measuring a diamond jewel in a watch.
    This is my hobby.

    Reza Mokarramaydenlou Ph.D., C.Eng, P.E., S.E., M.ASCE
    Structural Engineering and Seismic rehabilitation Consultant
    Author of the book in Elsevier

  • 7.  RE: The ART of Engineering

    Posted 11 days ago
    I love all of your art work.  Over the last few years I have gotten into acrylic painting and knitting.  My most frequent projects are knitting animal hats for my friend's new babies!

    Nancy Streu EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Civil Engineer
    Muscatine Power & Water
    Muscatine IA

  • 8.  RE: The ART of Engineering

    Posted 10 days ago
    I love winter very much, especially snow.
    I wish I was a kid and I had one of your beautiful hats.

    Reza Mokarramaydenlou, Ph.D., C.Eng, P.E., S.E., M.ASCE
    Structural Engineering and Seismic rehabilitation Consultant
    Author of the book in Elsevier

  • 9.  RE: The ART of Engineering

    Posted 8 days ago
    Buon giorno!

    I cannot paint very well, except houses.

    I began serious study as a tenor trombonist in elementary school, and a tuba player in high school.  I played tuba with the Seattle Youth Symphony and with the 1976 Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, winning 3rd place in the Washington competition.  Additionally, I played contra bass bugle for the Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, and played tenor trombone soloist for a private labor recording of Mozart's "Requiem".

    I began classical, bel canto training as a tenor some time ago.  Since then, I have "moonlighted" as a tenor section leader for various small and large church choirs, and was tenor soloist for private labor recordings for Beethoven's "Mass in C Minor".  Additionally, I sang in the tenor section for a rendition of Mozart's "Requiem" for the 15th anniversary of 9/11 at St. Joseph's Co-Cathedral, Brooklyn, NY.  This was recorded, but presently unavailable due to copyright reasons.

    Additional work and training was with Robert McFerrin, Sr, William Warfield, and intensive singing instruction on the Classica and African-American spirituals, a school of music that conveys the meaning of Classical music and the spiritual, insisting that the voice is actually the service of the idea.

    Classical music is a language, when performed according to Classical principles and not "look at me on stage" principles, that conveys profound and scientific principles about humankind's relationship to the universe.  It often helps in producing engineering studies worth the reading.

    John C. Smith, PE, MSCE, M-ASCE
    Geotechnical Engineer
    Jacksonville, FL