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Sensazione

April 3, 2013 , ,

Refinement of all the senses leads to a full and more interesting life. Leonardo da Vinci was a student of all phenomena. His seven guiding principals for living were at the heart of all his work. They are his core values, upon which his reputation rests.  By reading his notebooks and  studying his drawings we can see that his constant eagle eye was at work observing nature. Sensazione, or the development of all the senses, was a big reason Leonardo became as productive as he did.  He felt that by making notes and drawings of his sensual observations he grasped more of the meaning around him.  He used his notebooks to create, invent, and make beautiful art.

He gives advise on keeping a listener engaged by carefully noting his posture, body language, and facial expressions. By focus and intent to see clearly sight can be developed into insight. The training of all the senses to be more apt, more receptive, and more able to understand reality was a lifetime practice of the master.  Vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch and synesthesia (the ability to describe one sense in terms of another) were all parts of this whole.  Sight became the best developed of his abilities, which contributed to his artistic talent.

How do you use your senses to take in the world?  Have you ever tried to improve on what you have in the sense department?  I was a potter for many years, so my sense of touch was developed beyond the others during that time.  I had to feel the center of the wheel, and the thickness of the clay with precision or….no pot was made…back to mud.  Taste and smell may be my most developed senses now.  I cook, bake, and experiment as a cocktail creator.  I like making a variety of  teas and baths with my garden herbs. Do you have one particular sense that is your strongest?  We know what Leonardo would do.  He would forever practice to refine them all.

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This is a really interesting article, Pamela. I am really big on my sense of smell, and try to create a soothing environment in my home by having my favorite candles burning, and (don’t laugh!) car fresheners hanging in my closet to keep the clothes smelling fresh whenever I open the door;-)

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Jess @UsedYorkCity

April 4, 2013

I am not laughing at all, Jess. I am a heavy duty smell person too. I own a large collection of essential oils for the same reasons..

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mermaidcamp

April 4, 2013

I like this idea.. what a great video. he’s smart. and very engaging

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

April 6, 2013

I love your insights. This made me think. I noticed on my recent trip to the SouthWest, that I commented frequently that “I love it here”. I love the mountains and the open spaces. I love the sky, I am visual and I can spend hours looking at the scenery and landscapes, noting each detail.

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MizMeliz

April 7, 2013

Maybe draw something…mine are seldom representational..but it connects the senses to the creative process. You might shock yourself.

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mermaidcamp

April 7, 2013

My drawings are usually pretty shocking!! But I will give it a try!

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MizMeliz

April 7, 2013

I have no realism in me..but enjoy combos of color/line..shock can be very good..even valuable..in art.

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mermaidcamp

April 7, 2013

Leonardo was such a facinating person. Some his most interesting inventions were his weapons. He drew the first tank, repeater firearm, as well as a newer generation of seige machinery. I think his crowning achievement as an inventor was his “glider”. It has the look of airworthyness even by today’s standard.

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Rick

April 9, 2013

Yes, Rick, he was the all purpose inventor/artist. I love it that we can study his notebooks today. That was a fabulous piece of history preservation to save his doodles for posterity.

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mermaidcamp

April 9, 2013

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