When I heard that it clicked with me immediately. And I was reminded of times when well-meaning folk have tried to "help" me be creative. For the longest time I thought it was just my stubborn nature that rejected their advice. I know better now.
A friend walked along with me on a little photo shoot while we were vacationing together one time. It took a lot of patience (something I am not known for) to bite my tongue every time it was suggested "Oh you should shoot that ~ from this angle." "Oh come over here, get that." "Oh stand here."
In my head I'm screaming, "You're so good ~ why don't you pick up a damn camera and just do it yourself?"
Did I mention patience is not my strong suit?
And it is why custom orders of my little Whee Ones® et al are challenging for me. I almost always say yes to an idea and am usually pleased at the end result ~ particularly when the customer is pleased. But it's difficult. When I create a product I make a sketch and design a pattern. I tweak a lot and usually make a couple of prototypes before I see sitting in front of me what I envisioned in my head. So when I have to create someone else's vision ~ well, it is really a challenge.
Some are easier
All that being said, I have learned recently what it means to be a collaborative artist ~ to work with people as part of a team. It was challenging, yes; but really rewarding once it all started flowing. I learned so much not only creatively but personally. Although it was I who took images from a page and brought them to life, chances are I won't be credited with design. But that's part of the deal. And how things go sometimes. And how we learn to take things to the next level next time.
So I've learned I can do both ~ I can work alone and I can work as part of a team. Both are rewarding in different ways. In the end I am just grateful that I have this creative gene (thank you, Mom) and I have so many artistic interests I really could use more than one lifetime to master them all.
Oh, and that quote at the beginning of this post? The one from Edie Brickell? She is a singer/songwriter who just happens to be married to Paul Simon. For 20 years. Yeah. That Paul Simon. Her statement was in response to a question asking if his music influenced her music.