When it comes to artistic notebooks, Da Vinci is the obvious go to guy. He used secret notebooks to record a lifetime of enquiry. From his exquisite studies of the human body to the movement of vortices in water, maps and inventions, as well as imaginative flights of fancy, he drew or wrote it all down in his notebooks.
Like most people who keep a Zibaldone*, or an artist’s notebook, I would imagine that Da Vinci probably valued his at least as much as his finished paintings.
I see this blog as a kind of Zibaldone, a hodge podge of words and images posted online, but as well as drawings and text, there are photographs, video and sound.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A zibaldone is an Italian vernacular commonplace book. The word means “a heap of things” or “miscellany” in Italian. The earliest such books were kept by Venetian merchants in the fourteenth century, taking the form of a small or medium-format paper codex.
The word may also refer specifically to the best-known such book: the Zibaldone di pensieri by Giacomo Leopardi, often called simply The Zibaldone.
1.a book containing multiple writings collected in a scattered fashion [quotations ▼]
2.the notebook by Leopardi that became a generic name for a collection of loosely connected thoughts.
3.a confusing mixture of diverse things or people