Leonardo Da Vinci


“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.~Leonardo Da Vinci


 Leonardo Da Vinci was born on the 15th April 1452 in a small town called Vinci, in Tuscany (Toscana), near Florence (Italy).  He was an illegitimate progeny of Messer Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci, a Florentine notary, and Caterina, a peasant.  Leonardo was raised by his single father, who never married or had children.

Leonardo would wear pink to make his complexion look fresh and had, by the standards of  those days,  a reputation of being a man of high character.

As a dinner guest, he would take over all the conversation, he would “enjoy the soup, linger long enough that all would beg him to stay and leave to a loud chorus of “Come back soon!”, whilst misappropriating a wine glass and forgetting his hat.”

Leonardo started his career as an apprentice to the Florentine artist Andrea del Verrochio. He was an architect, a musician, an engineer, a scientist and an inventor, a great painter, a mathematician, a botanist, a futurist, a thinker, sculptor, and he designed costumes.

He had the gift of dyslexia, and “most of the time, he wrote his notes backwards, ‘ in mirror writing’ i.e. they can be easily readas normal , as a reflection in the mirror. (Some ‘suspected’  that this was to keep his ideas secret).
Leonardo’s spellings  are also  erratic and strange.”


Leonardo would write right-to-left which would be read as a mirror image.  It was believed that this was a rare ability, to left-handed dyslexics and most of the time, dyslexic writers were “not consciously aware that they are writing this way.”

  Leonardo Da Vinci had a “love for ‘flight and locomotion.” He was intrigued with the concept of human flight, and spent many years toying with various ideas for flying machines. He produced many studies of the flight of birds and plans for several flying machines When he drew his flying machine, he wrote (backwards, of course):

“A small model can be made of paper with a spring like metal shaft that after having been released, after having been twisted, causes the screw to spin up into the air.”  


Source:  http://thinkloud65.wordpress.com/2011/01/13/leonardo-da-vinci%E2%80%94the-dys…

Writing Backwards


When I was learning to write at playgroup I would write backwards which seemed perfectly normal to me.  I have recently tried to write backwards to see if I could still do it and to my surprise I can I just seem to have a problem with writing numbers backwards.

Please take a look at this link to a short video about children writing backwards.




David Hockney




I have recently found a video on the internet showing David Hockney producing one of his paintings on the Ipad.

Ipad Artist David Kassan



The following shows a three-hour sitting which has been condensed into a five-minute timelapse video. The artist David Kassan from New York uses a variety of virtual brushes using a £5 app on his Ipad called Brushes. You can watch the painting take shape from blank screen to finished artwork from 6’20.