ART ON THE WALL: INSPIRED BY LEONARDO DA VINCI

Mona_Lisa,_by_Leonardo_da_Vinci,_from_C2RMF_retouchedMona Lisa: one of the most iconic paintings of all time

To see art on the wall is to experience the tangible form of someone’s deliberate thoughts, beliefs, imagination, fears, courage, confidence, humour – the list is endless. How many of us can say we live so purposefully that we are able to put our mind’s most excellent works in the world’s galleries for the public to joyfully consume or critique?

Da Vinci - HelicopterCredited with inventing the concept of the helicopter

Humans.

We are ALL so lucky to be gifted with the knowledge, ability and the need to create. Whether we create to elevate or entertain, that is of no consequence. Our only problem is that most of us live believing that our ideas for ourselves or for the world are either stupid or impossible, the latter being the worst. We end up allowing the confidence of a few to lead us into a short-lived happiness until being under their leadership becomes insufferable. Easiest example: think of your job.

Each museum or gallery visit teaches me that we all have a responsibility to ourselves, to our sanity, to our future (as individuals and as a collective) to fearlessly live out the excellent ideas we cook up in our minds. We must go through the process of making our ideas a reality as urgently, intensely and joyously as possible then we must release these products to the world.

It’s all so liberating.

Leonardo_da_Vinci_-_Studies_of_the_foetus_in_the_womb da Vinci made one of the first scientific drawings of a fetus in the womb

Whatever it is you’re looking to become – whether an architect, musician, doctor, scientist, dancer, actor, teacher, designer, chef, engineer – you have the natural ability and the knowledge to make the excellent ideas in your mind a reality. You too can put your art on the wall for the world to see. In fact you should – the world is depending on your genius.

words: Kwanele Kunene

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