Creative genius starts in your observatory

by DRM

This sketch is from Leonardo’s notebooks in the 16th century. The notebooks confirm the catalyzing impact curiosity has on creativity. Da Vinci methodically observed and recorded — the mechanical attributes of the human body, of the physical world, of the patterns of thought.

He had a remarkable gift for recording his observations. His mind’s eye translated what he saw through his hands.

The talent isn’t the essence of his creative genius, and so isn’t our lesson today.

The creative talent was his ability to see things freshly, to question and to plumb that curiosity over and over.

That’s our lesson: to stay alert and curious. When we create, we’ll find a voice.