Monday, August 30, 2010
For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.
Leonardo da Vinci
For the last month and a half I have been studying Leonardo da Vinci and I can say that the experience has truly taken me into the clouds. He was an extraordinary man and I have learned so much. I am currently working on a portrait of my daughter Sheena in the Mona Lisa style using his techniques of thin coats of paint layered to creating the ethereal effect he so masterly captured. I will continue to work on the painting but because of the many layers, specifically 30 layers, this project is ongoing and will take more time and I am ready to move on to the next artist.
In conclusion of my studies of Leo, there are many things to admire about this man as I have mentioned previously, the main aspect I am taking away from him is the diversity of his creativity and the creative way he approached every aspect of his life.
Having taken time to really look at much of his work and read about the time he spent on this earth I feel I have truly touched the sky and and there I, with Leonardo as my example, will return.
I encourage anyone who is a willing and ready student to do your own journey with Leonardo and glean the pearls of wisdom he still offers anyone open to receive.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
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
Saturday, August 21, 2010
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Monday, August 16, 2010
Leo was born, Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci on April 15, 1452. So it appears that he was an Aries, which is a fire sign. And his fire burned bright. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, inventor, scientist, botanist, mathematician, engineer, anatomist, geologist, map maker and writer.
He is the archetype of the Renaissance man.
He is considered to be one of the greatest painters and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. Leonardo was and is renowned primarily as a painter. Two of his works, the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, are the most famous, most reproduced of all times. Leonardo's drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also considered a cultural icon being reproduced on everything from the euro to text books to t-shirts.Leonardo is known for his technological ingenuity. He conceptualised a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, the double hull, which is a ship hull design, and outlined a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics, which is a scientific theory which describes the large scale motions of Earth's lithosphere.. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or were even feasible during his lifetime,but some of his smaller inventions, such as an automated bobbin winder and a machine for testing the tensile strength of wire, entered the world of manufacturing unheralded. As a scientist, he greatly advanced the state of knowledge in the fields of anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics.
Historians write that he was a chronic procrastination. what's that about, I'm not getting that one.
Born the illegitimate son of a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman, Caterina, at Vinci in the region of Florence.
In 1466, At age 14, he was educated in the studio of the Florentine painter, Andrea di Cione, known as Verrocchio.
In 1472, At the age 20, Leonardo qualified as a master in the Guild of St Luke, the guild of artists and doctors of medicine.
In 1478 he received his first independent commission, to paint an altarpiece for the Chapel of St Bernard in the Palazzo Vecchio, Neither important commission was completed, the second being interrupted when Leonardo went to Milan.
Leonardo work in Milan between 1482 and 1499. He was commissioned to paint the Virgin of the Rocks for the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception, and The Last Supper for the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
From September 1513 to 1516, Leonardo spent much of his time living in the Belvedere in the Vatican in Rome, where Raphael and Michelangelo were both active at the time.
In 1516, he entered François' service, being given the use of the manor house Clos Lucé near the king's residence at the royal Chateau Amboise. It was here that he spent the last three years of his life, with his friend and apprentice, Count Francesco Melzi, supported by a pension.
Leonardo died at Clos Lucé, on May 2, 1519
There is so much that could be written about the great Leonardo Da Vinci and already has been written.
He was amazing and talented and energetic and gifted in an other worldly sense.
For the last month or so I have been eating, sleeping, reading, painting, studying Leonardo. When I started reading about him, I doubted that I could find a point of identification with such and ambitious genius. In self reflection I was able to reach toward him and identify. I am in awe of this man, yes man, a mere mortal. And we can all aspire to follow his example.