Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Art Brain. Math Brain. Can't I have both?

I am an artist.  I dance, I sing.  I create.  My brain easily goes to this functions.  I look at the world through  artist's eyes.  How is that made?  Can I recreate it?  What can I make with these colors, this fabric, this theme?  How can I decorate this room?   Doesn't this fabric drape nicely over this window?  Look at the petals on this flower, how the colors bleed together.

But math.   Math is like banging my head against a brick wall; like chiseling away at a 100 story building one brick at a time.   And, looking up, realize how much more there is to do, such a ways to go. 

It's painful.  My brain hurts.  My head spins.  My gut wrenches.  Push through, push through, over, under, around and find a way.  With practice, you'll get better.  A meager understanding, a glimmer of recognition.  A tiny particle of knowledge that looks familiar.  Aha!  One more step in the process.  Of course, I'm only at step 2 and there are at least 7 more steps to go.

It's a maze, really.  Confusing.  At the crossroads, which way to go?  Which set of tools to use next?  Which computation will lead to the correct answer?   The one right way to go.  Nada, a block.  Blank. Confusion.  A guess, a gamble.  But not recognition, not knowledge, not sure-footedness.  Rather, a timid step forward, hoping it will all fall into place.  Hoping for an opening, a guiding light, a sudden insight. 

Hoping to break down the wall with a wrecking ball rather than a chisel.


  1. Inspiring article! it turned out beautifully.... thanks for the share and keep up the good work!

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  2. Hey - I'm with you on the Math front! The teachers literally gave up teaching me at age 10 - but I've managed quite well since, thanks just concentrating on the Arithmetic, rather than Algebra, Geometry and other fancy derivations! I've just picked you up after your post on the Etsy Success Lounge forum team - where we've been asked to share our contact details. Posted early on, but have decided to work backwards to catch up!

    Will gladly follow you, if you'll do the same for me? You can find me at www.ColdhamCuddliescalling.blogspot.com - where I post about how I make, mend and otherwise create stuffed animals, which I then try to sell in my Etsy shop www.coldhamcuddlies.etsy.com. If you were to become my 50th Follower, you could also be eligible for a 20% discount on one item from the shop. Hope to see you soon. Isobel


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