Earlier this week, I was taking care of my young niece. He was still in the first grade but he had an intuitive sense when I asked him to do some painting. He told me he want to be an artist, just like me, who sploshes colours all day and enjoying the things I do. I asked him the first occupation he wanted in life. He said he wanted to be an astrophysicist because he loves the galaxy and planets.
He then complained that he never did good in mathematics.
I was still talking to him and held my paintbrush next to him. I drew a line, and then I asked him to draw another line. We made weird shapes alternatingly drawing lines after one another. Then I asked him:
“How do you know that a curve would look good on top of two parallel lines?”
“I don’t know it just looks good.”
Then I explained to him that why he knew a curve would look good is because it is similar to the structures in the outside world that he sees; buildings with curved domes.
Then I told him: “So you, plus an inspiration creates art, which is this drawing here.”
“It is similar to you plus an idea equals art.”
Then he proceeded to draw a house. I explained to him how many things start with just a plain perception of objects, and then understanding that certain arrangements work based on the perception of things.
And this logic had worked for me as it mathematics is a fixed perception of things. It is art in itself.