Making Art and Homemade Bread
I was inspired today reading Melody Johnson’s recent post about homemade bread. I’ve been making bread a lot, but still haven’t achieved that wonderful crusty exterior and big holes that characterize the best artisan breads. Check out her blog for that beautiful loaf of bread and then feast your eyes on her fabulous fabric creations.
From there I picked up my most recent Mother Earth News magazine, which has beautiful loaves of “Easy Homemade Bread” right on the cover. So I was reading through the article “Homemade Bread, Truly Easy and Delicious” by William Rubel, an article more about the philosophy of bread baking than about recipes. Suddenly I began to feel I was not just reading about bread, but also about the philosophy of art making.
The following inspiring quotes from the article could just as well apply to art making by substituting just a word or two:
Baking homemade bread is truly simple. Just put flour, water, leaven and
salt together and stir.
bread that you’re happy with is a matter of both the bread and your expectations.
It doesn’t have to look the same every time or match a picture in a book.
You can’t fail at bread making as long as you pay attention to the dough and don’t try to bake it when it isn’t ready. (My favorite!)
There is no one pathway to delicious bread.
Your role as bread baker is like that of improvising jazz musician or nurturing gardener.
Fermenting bread dough is alive and ever-changing.
Each batch of dough has the potential to produce an infinite range of successful conclusions.
Each recipe is a window into a world of possibilities rather than an end in itself.
Aren’t these beautiful words? Now I’m taking my magazine with me to the kitchen to make some bread! Once the dough is rising I’ll try to make some art as well.