Leonardo Da Vinci, Armin Mersmann and others

It will be obvious to anyone who read my last post that the idea of going back to the root source of what inspires me is occupying my mind greatly. I feel that there is a need every so often to reexamine what we do and why we do it and I am truly in that mode at this moment in time. 

I have again been watching a number of programs over the past weeks about Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo is and always has been since I can remember, my total hero, if I were that way inclined I would “model” (NLP terminology) myself on him and all his methods, though not the dissecting thing obviously, luckily he and many others have already been there and done that for me, phew! He was/is the ultimate rebel, visionary, a naturalist to put even Ray Mears to shame and a thinker of such profound intelligence and spirituality that few have surpassed him in my view….He sits along side the small hand full of human minds that seem to been open to comprehend the universal mysteries and yet somehow he remained open to and able to convey the spiritual aspects of it all in his work.

I digress….The first of these programs was about the rediscovery of a lost work of his, a jaw droppingly stunning and utterly moving painting of the face of Christ (which to my complete joy I will be going to see in February)…..and the most recent being the repeat of a dramatised series on the BBC. Added to this I saw a post on yesterday Facebook about another artist I really admire, Armin Mersmann who’s work is a good deal in one of favourite mediums Graphite and is also jaw droppingly stunning. What both of these genius artists seem to be telling me at the moment is, before all else comes observation and I don’t just mean looking with the eyes.

What they seem to be able to convey goes beyond what can be seen on the surface, it is what the picture can say to your emotions, your heart and soul. What makes a piece of art Art? What is it that takes light, shade and colour from being a good use of materials to something that makes you cry with the beauty and spirit of it? Answers on a post card please ……

As I take this path of rediscovery further I have to apply it to my whole life and work, where do I go from here, what is the point of what I do? what do I want to say? how do I reapply the art of observation to my spiritual being? well in truth I know that to apply the art of observation to one aspect necessitates the application to all aspects of conscious living, it is a cascade affect that revels light and shadow previously veiled by half closed, tired eyes. Once the alarm has chimed incessantly rousing you from sleep and you throw back the curtains to reveal the fresh new light, you can not help but notice even familiar things with a fresher, sharper eye.

All this is in no way to justify the £90 I spent on art books yesterday…well maybe a little. But in truth I think for me the energy of this time the Winter Solstice has much to do with wanting to go back to the womb, to reform myself, to taking time to learn and improve on a practical level so that I can consciously reemerge at Imbolc/Spring refreshed, renewed and ready to take life and all it entails for me and my artistic/spiritual expression to another level of engagement.



4 Responses to “Leonardo Da Vinci, Armin Mersmann and others”

  1. Lovely Cerri,

    Your artwork has always been wonderful and inspiring to me. Every piece you create is an expression of your inner being, each piece has its’ own emotional and spiritual story from its’ conception to the pangs of birth; reflecting the congruent love, spiritual, emotional commitment you give to each piece of work. For this and many other reasons you are one of the most inspiring and beautiful people I have the pleasure to know.

    I find that quite often the skill I am searching for is right under my nose, I just never noticed it before ! 🙂

    Much love ,

  2. What a great post Cerri!

    I believe that there are many aspects to who we are as creative beings. We can copy and duplicate other peoples work; we can strive to create new work that has never been seen before; or we can learn from others to create new and exciting things, influenced by that.
    This does not mean that we then develop our “art” (whatever that may be) to be totally influenced by that source; it means we acknowledge it and increase our own creativity with it.
    Art (in its various media) is to inspire us; Leonardo (as we know) was in turn inspired by a great many sources – which in turn also inspired a great many others. What your interest in art should do is encourage you to consider alternative angles for your own creativity to manifest (try using that as a justification on your art purchases!)
    Thanks again for your art – and the blog article.


    • Thank you Frog :o) I totally agree with you and am happily perusing the first of my purchases as we speak and already feel more inspired. I am keen to expand on the practical side of my art education as I have had no formal training and am starting to feel that lack. As the images come thick and fast they are pushing me harder and I want always to up my game in order to do them justice, so an inspirational nudge and poke in a more technical and educational direction is very welcome right now on many levels.
      solstice blessings
      Cerri :o)

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