acts of art 3 – Leonardo da Vinci

 

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“Look at walls splashed with a number of stains, or stones of various mixed colours. If you have to invent some scene, you can see there resemblances to a number of landscapes, adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, great plains, valleys and hills, in various ways. Also you can see various battles, and lively postures of strange figures, expressions on faces, costumes and an infinite number of things, which you can reduce to good integrated form. This happens on such walls and varicolored stones, (which act) like the sound of bells, in whose peeling you can find every name and word that you can imagine.

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vapor-god

Do not despise my opinion, when I remind you that it should not be hard for you to stop sometimes and look into the stains of walls, or the ashes of a fire, or clouds, or mud or like places, in which, if you consider them well, you may find really marvelous ideas. 

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The mind of the painter is stimulated to new discoveries, the composition of battles of animals and men, various compositions of landscapes and monstrous things, such as devils and similar things, which may bring you honor, because by indistinct things the mind is stimulated to new inventions.”

Leonardo da Vinci

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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was an Italian polymath, having been a scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. Born as the illegitimate son of a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant girl, Caterina, at Vinci in the region of Florence, Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter, Verrocchio. Much of his earlier working life was spent in the service of Ludovico il Moro in Milan. He later worked in Rome, Bologna and Venice, spending his final years in France at the home given to him by King Francois I.

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Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the "Renaissance man", a man whose seemingly infinite curiosity was equaled only by his powers of invention. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.

credits:

image 1. Unfinished painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Saint Jerome in the Wilderness. 1480.

image 2. Wall in Vancouver, BC. Canada. Photo by Clinock.

image 3. Clouds over Vancouver. Photo by Clinock.

image 4. Detail of sidewalk in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Photo by Clinock.

image 5. Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci. c. 1490.

image 6. Self Portrait in Red Chalk by Leonardo da Vinci. c. 1512.

Thanks to Wikipedia for images and text.

Mexico – Carnaval, (vamos juntos)

Parade people SMA

 

Kids SMA

 

wigs

 

Old boys SMA

Photos by Clinock

 

Mexico – Carnaval, (metamorfosis)

Parade make up SMA

Carnivales

butterfly

us.

we paint our faces

decorate our bodies with coloured music

emerge into ritual

 

we transform our selves

shedding skins we thought were us

casting our masks into fire

 

Carnivales

butterfly

us.

the Old Ones open their arms

welcome us

singing our secret names

 

we prepare our hearts

to dance with the spirits

of the sun

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Photo and Poem by Clinock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexico – camino en belleza

centuries of feet

sun and rain and heated rock

creating magic

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closely absorbing

the sidewalks of San Miguel

painter’s ecstasy

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each breath enchanted

every step a masterpiece

each day on my knees

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so many wonders

geological galleries

in these dusty streets

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photography and haiku by clinock

Mexico – protegar esta casa

carved Mex face

 

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face Italy 4

 

face knocker

protect this house

and all who live

behind this door

from

the darkness of ignorance

from

 unkind words and thoughts and acts

from

complacency of mind and spirit

from

sad and vengeful ghosts

from

forgetting

love

 

photo and poem by clinock

 

Mexico – Cinco de Mayo

dance of life 1

 

dance of life 6

 

 

dance of life 4

 

dance of life 2

 

dance of life 7

 

So many souls sacrificed for Mexico,

in Mexico,

May 5th. 1862,

Cinco de Mayo.

So many souls sacrificed

every minute, every day, every year,

in every nation,

at every beat of the drum,

at every beat of the heart

so many souls.

 

photographs and poem by Clinock

Mexico – graceful among fishes

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eating helado

entranced by a wall of salmon

 a floating of tiles

 

here is simple peace

the doorway a Madonna

graceful among fishes

 

Photograph and Haiku by Clinock