The Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci found inspiration everywhere. As he wrote in his Treatise on Painting:
‘If you look upon an old wall covered with dirt, or the odd appearance of some streaked stones, you may discover several things like landscapes, battles, clouds, uncommon attitudes, humorous faces, draperies, etc. Out of this confused mass of objects, the mind will be furnished with an abundance of designs and subjects perfectly new.’
Have you ever found the shape of a face or a creature hidden in a cloud, on a wall or in a puddle? Look closely at your surroundings. What hidden faces, creatures or landscapes can you find? Begin to draw their shapes and textures. How do the hidden images change when you draw them? Are they easier to recognize on your page, or do they remain mysterious?
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Front page image by Pamela Lawton
Above image by Caterina Kentworthy