Tuesday, July 5, 2011
My ever-deepening obsession with bookbinding and my new-found love of stitching are the main culprits. I realized the other day that I am a "sponge" when it comes to learning something new. I like to immerse myself in a topic, read all about it, research it on the internet, and watch endless YouTube videos. I let all that lovely, juicy information steep in my brain till it becomes a brew imbued with my particular flavor of creativity. My daughter always tells me "Mom, you don't have to read a book to do something. Just do it!" But I simply smile because I know all that information is essential to my process. She doesn't understand because she is a "paint brush." She just dips right in to whatever medium she wants to try and happily splashes away! I envy her courageous spirit and sense of freedom, but I cherish my ability to anticipate and savor. A sponge or a paintbrush: which one are you?