During April, I’m blogging daily as a participant of the
Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge (with time off on Sundays).
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I'm always amazed at how creative people work. Be they writers, musicians, potters, or watercolor artists, it's fascinating to see the beginning stages of their projects. Creating something from a seed of an idea is extraordinary, a miracle!
I went to an art fair last Saturday. There were 90 booths of paintings, stained glass, fiber arts, jewelry, a medium for every taste. One exhibit caught my eye: a ceramist. There were tiles of cerulean mermaids, mud-green ferns, and a panel the size of a small-window with a fantasy backdrop of faeries and fauna. But my favorite tiles were the moss-colored squares the artist had decorated with cardinals.
Curious about the process of making tiles, I asked what her 'first drafts' were like. She smiled and rolled her eyes, and I knew then that she felt the same way about new projects as I did — they're messy, tedious, frustrating, but necessary!
"In writing, there is first a creating stage--a time you look for ideas, you explore, you cast around for what you want to say. Like the first phase of building, this creating stage is full of possibilities."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson