I love Teacher Tom
, for many reasons. A new one today is his post on art education
, in which he gives the best description of the creative process I've ever read:
"I had no idea if it was even possible to do what I was
thinking about doing. Or rather, I had no idea if it was even possible
for me to do it.
"It was exciting to finally fire up the circular
saw and lay into those books. Would the spinning blade cut properly or
just shred the cardboard and paper? Would it be a nice clean cut like I
envisioned or would it be a mess? How deeply should I cut? Is it
dangerous to be using this tool for this purpose? Will the cut be too
wide to hold the hand saw securely? Would I have to resort to glue? What
kind of glue? These and dozens of other creative questions and
challenges raced through my head even while I was in the process of
angling into the tops of those do-it-yourself manuals.
getting those bolts installed was a struggle. I cursed and sweat. I
regretted that I didn't have a drill press, but only the measly 3/8"
hand drill I've been using since I was in college. The paper dust kept
getting impacted in the holes, and the holes refused to line up through
the entire stack. I had to stop frequently because the pages kept
smoking, threatening to burst into flames -- at least that was my fear.
Would some scorch marks add or detract from the finished piece? I sweat
and I cursed and I nearly gave it up several times. At one point there
were tears of frustration in my eyes, and as I tightened down the last
of the nuts, cinching the entire thing into a flexed muscle of kinetic
energy, I experienced a wave of relief and joy and "I did it, you stupid m----r f-----r!" that can only come from being on the other side of the creative process."