What is a Creative and how would you describe an Artist?
Some people consider these synonymous but I see a distinct difference. The artist is traditionally understood as someone who creates from a metaphysical plane we call the soul, it’s a spiritual or emotional expression and manifestation- whereas a creative usually finds unique, entertaining approaches to building clout around their name and/or a brands.
I often wonder if the “Creative” is just a capitalist’s way of monetizing the sacred process of artistry. But we all gotta eat so how does one maintain the true essence of his art without “Selling out?”
I give you, the Da Vinci doctrine
Leonardo Da Vinci was one of the most famous artists of the european art renaissance who is also revered for the commissioned work he executed for the Catholic church. The twist is that Da Vinci was no Christian- he was what they described as a pagan, who worshipped “mother nature” and the design she left behind in all her creations of life. Da Vinci believed in the balance of masculine and feminine energy and many suspect his educators were African as the flower of life can be found in various traditional symbolism.
How did Da Vinci choose to illustrate his messages?
He intertwined them discreetly into his art pieces the way the Gods tuck in their knowledge in every living thing we see.
As legend would have it- the Mona Lisa was a display of masculine and feminine balance, he allegedly achieved this by utilizing a male model and accentuating the femininity of the subject- the secret is that she smiles because it’s actually a he with feminine beauty.
Another more controversial twist was when he subtly placed Mary Magdalene right next to Jesus in the last supper- giving them complementary colors (Blue and Red) signifying that they complete one another.
The point: He served the client but got his artist message across subtly and made a legendary piece of work that serves everyone’s goals. Interweave your signature discreetly into art pieces the way the Gods tuck in their knowledge in every living thing we see.