I like to watch people work. I like to see how they make things. I like to see their hands molding and cutting and shaping. I like to see their minds made manifest through their actions. I like to see a new thing created, a broken thing repaired. I like to see a process unfold.
I want to know, “How did you do that?” “What chords did you play?” “What spices did you use?” “How do you work that thing?” And while I always have questions, it’s not entirely about the “how-to.” For me, watching people work can be like following a skier down the slope: you feel the doing; you lean as they take the curve. At other times, it’s like watching a great conductor give shape to thought and sound—it’s a way in.
There is marvelous pleasure to be had in watching people do something well. You get to know them a bit. Lately I’ve been peeking in on my friend Elizabeth Seaver’s artistic processes over at her blog. Elizabeth is always turning things over. Reworking them. Trying new media. Mixing things up. I hope you’ll take a look; click around a bit. Watch her work.