It is a great Human ability to learn by imitation. Watching a master and imitating their behaviour is the fastest way to learn. When you study a life story of a great person, the words you read and the images you see are becoming a part of you, leaving the trace of their life in you.
With that thought, I want to share here some ideas from the master of creativity , imagination and innovation Leonardo Da Vinci.
“The painter who draws merely by practice and by eye, without any reason, is like a mirror which copies everything placed in front of it without being conscious of their existence.”The Complete Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci
I can say that I am a good chess player. But many times I start to play chess purely based on intuition and without being really aware of the reasons for the moves being made.
During a creative act such as painting, it is easy to get on with the flow of work and forget to ask why are we painting the way we are. Creating is an act which requires both an involved mind and a critical mind. There needs to be a balance between both.
The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. ”Leonardo Da Vinci
Our Opinions and beliefs are the greatest illusions which put a limit to our ability. We need to continuously question our own opinions and beliefs to break free and create something new.
The intellect will always profit by acquisition of any kind of knowledge whatsoever, for thus what is useless will be expelled from it, and what is fruitful will remain. It is impossible either to hate or to love a thing without first acquiring knowledge of it.Leonardo Da Vinci Thoughts On Art and Life
Many of us have a tendency to put a judgement on something before even knowing about it. And most of the times we are unaware of it. But it may help to know about it first and then to decide whether you need it or not.
For example, many people always keep listening to the popular and mainstream music and discard immediately a new or unheard genre. As a result they never develop a taste for music. All they know about music is the same popular beat repeated with different lyrics!
When you are in a creative field, it is especially important to see how many different ways are there for doing what you want to do, and then decide what you can take from each one of them.
Bountiful nature has provided that in all parts of the world you will find something to imitate.Leonardo Da Vinci Thoughts On Art and Life
One really needs the curious eyes to see the beauty and wonder of the nature. This wonder can often lead to what we call ‘inspiration’ to create something.
Just as food eaten without appetite is a tedious nourishment, so does study without zeal damage the memory by not assimilating what it absorbs.
Avoid the precepts of those thinkers whose reasoning is not confirmed by experience.Leonardo Da Vinci Thoughts On Art and Life
Experience comes from testing our knowledge continuously through our work. Taking in all the knowledge without ever testing it is like ‘eating a food without appetite.’ It becomes useless if it is not assimilated.
That which can be defined ends with the limits of its circumference, and that which cannot be defined has no limits. It is infinity.Leonardo Da Vinci Thoughts On Art and Life
Things have endless possibilities of meaning when they are undefined. When you do not choose what to call an object, it can be anything that is needed at a given time. Creativity ends the moment we start defining things.
The part always tends to reunite with its whole in order to escape from its imperfection, the soul desires to remain with its body, because without the organic instruments of that body it can neither act nor feel.Leonardo Da Vinci Thoughts On Art and Life
Why does the eye perceive things more clearly in dreams than with the imagination when one is awake?Leonardo Da Vinci Thoughts On Art and Life
Wow! I have never had such a simple and yet so exciting question myself. This quote also points towards the nature of questions Da vinci asked. We all have dreams which are so real. We can see consciously the things which are very real. but why can’t we visualize things with the same vividness?
Such questions can come with the observation and involvement with everything we do in life. All the simple and everyday things we do can have such interesting questions hidden within it.
Can you find some simple questions that can leave the person speechless? If you have, please share them in comments 🙂
Small rooms or dwellings help the mind to concentrate itself, large rooms are a source of distraction.Leonardo Da Vinci Thoughts On Art
Humans have a very strong relationship with a space. Smaller spaces are more intimate, great for solitude and creative work. While larger spaces are great for gathering and sharing ideas.
Be aware of how the space you are in affects your mindset. How do you feel in a small room, in a large room or outside? The space you are in is your second body. Become aware of that.
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
Thank you for reading. I hope this post adds value to your life. Be more creative, be more aware. Ask tons of questions and go after the one you find most meaningful. And don’t forget to experiment with all your knowledge..:)
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References: I have mainly used two references for this post. All the quotes above are from these sources.