Leonardo da vinci
Can I become an artist?
My inner voice was constantly knocking my outer thoughts.
“I was passionate.”
I was not able to freely express. It was making me little twitchy.
A question, not to remain as an unanswered question, though there was nothing apparently profound about it…
Perhaps it was, what didn’t mattered to many others, but it deed to me.
I’m not trained for it, I was defensive. I needed raison d’être and “substance to substantiate” my intuition, can I…the question persisted.
I was feeling isolated. I considered myself too small to contest the IDEA that rational thinker can also become a creative thinker.
The question sounded quite simplistic. The sound was deceptive. It may sound so…such is the design of the instrument of vertebrate cerebrum (brain). It was the mechanism of conventional way of looking at “thinking and imagination”.
I was transported onto the crossroad of logic from one side and creativity from the other side and how the twain shall meet and what shall be the consequence…as if the thought has landed me in an outer space where the two colossal meteorites (named logic & creative) are to collide.
I just couldn’t think through. I was transfixed. My finger was crossed and mind was affixed.
There was no other alternative route, the two had to meet. Unlike the east and the west, where Rudyard Kipling question whether the twain shall ever meet remains to be answered. How the osmosis shall pan out and what shall be the outcome?
The question attains higher significance, only when, this question is asked by an engineer or a doctor.
Why should it be?
They are rational thinker and they have trained and conditioned their left hemispheres. The sphere responsible for logic…
By design of education and profession, engineers and doctors have neglected their right hemisphere unlike the artists and creative personalities who have left their left hemisphere…an epithet to be left behind, reasons unknown.
It is not a default.
And it is perceived to be designed not be an artist. The perception…
So, they don’t have the ingredients to produce the creative piece. And it could be in any form of creativity…painting, writing, and singing to composing.
The greatest scientists are artist and the vice-versa. The prefix is important “greatest”, not general people.
Leonardo da Vinci
Case in point is Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso. In the same breath; one just cannot separate Isaac Newton and Leonardo Da Vinci…foursome, a powerhouse of creativity and innovation.
All have lavishly played with imagination and intuition, mathematics and physics…they had developed the dexterity to swap and sync the distinctive stream of thinking and knowledge seamlessly and synergizing multiple disciplines to produce newer dimensions and theories not known to the world.
They have created new paradigms, a shift in the way we look at the world and the way we interpret our engagement with the nature. Nature has been eternal subject of critical analysis by both the hemispheres.
400 yrs before the Helicopter were invented; Leonardo Da Vinci’s drawing had mapped exactly how it is going to operate. Issac Newton had produced large volumes of papers on Alchemy and it is well-known, his work on Biblical interpretation.
Is there any established norm that a professional rational thinker cannot be suited to be a creative passionate artist? Or is just an assumption, not yet, put to any rigorous test. The assumption continues to hold its turf. It is only matter of time; the castle of presumptions shall crumble.
There is no such historical evidence to state that doctor cannot be any artist or an engineer cannot be an artist or a scientist cannot be an artist. It is only one part of the dissection we are trying to discuss. The other part is; can the convergence of two divergent thinking can create something unique and something different.
How an artist can visualize an image and create story through his power of imagination?
This is an act of intuitive excellence.
Why an engineer can’t craft a story though his imagination; is his imagination dwarfed due to excessive usage of his logical faculty? Or that he is deprived of that function from birth.
It is not seeded in his brain.
The question continues to hunt both the scientists and the philosophers.
There are scientist like Einstein who have explored the other hemisphere at later stage of their life and have exploited and excelled in creating unexpected outcomes by utilizing their creative hemisphere. There are artist like Da Vinci who have experimented with the logical side of their brain and have demonstrated the hypothesis is not absolutely correct.
“They are genius.”
Genius cannot be defined or confined.
So, are they few and far between, and exception to the rule, they have been exceptional and have to swim against the stream…the multiple stream of knowledge. We don’t have many data points to engineer a pattern to prove the hypothesis…the hypothesis that one cannot excel in both nor one after excelling in one sphere cannot switch over and build a domain of excellence in another hemisphere.
Literally, it has been a chasm that cannot be bridged, as if so big to depict the two end of our earth’s real hemisphere.
Leonardo Da Vinci was a “Renaissance Man”; the term cannot have been applied to anybody better than him…he was a man of multiple faceted skills and knowledge, he was an artist the entire world may not know that he was also a scientist, an engineer, an architect and an inventor. He had imagined and pictured those flying machines and weapons of war much before they were really invented and manufactured.
Leonardo’s thinking was a logical and expressed himself creatively.
Albert Einstein has been synonymous with the invention of the word “scientist”, such is the magnitude of the title that rest other skills get totally dwarfed. And it does so in epic proportion. He was par excellence in physics but he was no less in mastering the musical skill of being a pianist and a violinist, albeit he branded him an amateurish in music. But for him insights emerged from not from the mathematics and logic but from the inspiration from music and art. He did say if I were not a physicist I would have definitely been a musician.
Einstein’s thinking was intuitive and expressed himself logically.
It is being in a state of mind. A mind which can visualize the invisible, a mind which can imagine the unimaginable, a mind which can speak the unspeakable…but the mind is imprisoned in our assumptions and preconceived notions.
“It is anchored.”
“It is conditioned.”
The wings of imagination are clipped. The flights of thoughts are grounded.
Conceivably, an evolved rational thinker has a more fertile ground to germinate and generate disruptive creativity…creativity fired and formed by the rational perspective, already the rational evolved mind is reckoned with what it has achieved. Any degree of significant achievement only heightens our ability to use our intuition and perception in higher order.
The power of perception…
The power of intuition…
These are a latent, invisible force that augments our thinking.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere”…in the words of Albert Einstein.
“All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions”….in the mental image of Leonardo Da Vinci
It deed convince me at the end that I can also play the role of an artist. My left hemisphere (logical and rational) cannot dominate me forever…left it for some time to give some rightful focus on my right hemisphere (intuitive and creative).
I’m at the crossroad of testing the convergence of these two hemispheres…