The other day in art history class we learn about Leonardo da Vinci.
My instructor informs us that Leonardo was freaking brilliant and considered one of the greatest artists of all time. He was the first artist to really put all of the advancements in art together and conceive the painting as a whole and not focusing on one part to the detriment of the rest.
He was the true definition of a Renaissance Man; well versed in many interests ranging from art to science to architecture to military science to darn near everything!
He employed meticulous attention to detail. His paintings were planned within an inch of their lives using geometry and math and ideological symbolism. According to my instructor he was nearly obsessive about it.
and he was distractable. There are more unfinished Da Vinci paintings than there are finished ones. He would narrow his focus to the new project and get off to a good start and then… ooh, look at that catapult, I’ll just design a better one!
As my instructor is telling this and saying how obsessive and manic he was, I couldn’t help but think…I totally relate to everything Leonardo was thinking and doing. None of it sounds strange to me. I am interested in so many things that it is hard to narrow the window of focus don’t to just do a thing or two. I start stuff and rarely finish. I am full of ideas and low on follow through.
(I’m not claiming to be brilliant like he was.)
But, I would venture a guess that he had ADD and that makes him a little like me. Or me like he.