Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tapping a Deep Rich Vein

I have no idea why I'm here.

It's Saturday afternoon. The crowds in the outdoor shopping centre are surprisingly heavy, perhaps summoned to spend by the sun on their skin; there's thoughts of summer and dreams of holidays here.

The shoe shops are tapping a deep, rich vein.

I have no idea how I came to stop in this town today, or why I'm standing here now in the middle of a busy thoroughfare, watching folk passing obliviously to either side; I'm not drawn to crowds, and tend to do all my shopping online.

Unlike the crowds, I'm not here to consume.

It occurs to me that I've not been to this town in a very long time. There's no regret in the thought; I rarely do regrets. It's just an acknowledgement that my own time and tide has held my attention elsewhere.

There is certainly a sense in me that I've been away for a while.

I started writing again a few weeks ago after a long hiatus; it felt like it was Time again. I'd long since abandoned any search for my creative Mojo, content for it to head back home when it was good and ready. 

And when it did, unrepentant and mischievously grinning, it wasn't alone.

I now find myself reading the old comic books that inspired me to draw as a kid. I'm surprised to find the same feeling in them, to the point of picking up bristol board and pens with thoughts about line and form and black-and-white storytelling. I even caught myself buying paint and canvasses when I have no great inclination or talent with either.

I'm dreaming.


And standing here right now, there's even something inspiring about the crowds around me; the colours, the sounds, the energy, the atmosphere. I may not be here to consume, but I'm soaking it all up. The sun isn't hurting either; it's great to feel it on my face and in my blood.

But why am I here today?

I have no clue, but that's okay.

I set my eyes on a distant landmark, step into the crowd, and move forward against the tide.


Indigo

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23 comments:

  1. Hari OM
    Must be a touch of sunstroke mate. Sends you sideways every time... A benefit to your readers. To yourself? Only you can determine! YAM xx

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    1. Namaste Yam! Sunstroke? Unlikely. I rarely visit out into direct sunlight. I have very sensitive skin, and may burst into flames in the wrong light. Tho I should point out that I do not sparkle like some... Indigo x

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  2. It's great to have your wordsmithery back on the webs :D Out of curiosity, which comics are you into at the moment?

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    1. Hey Robbie! Thanks, it's nice to be back in a creative frame of mind. I read some modern comic books - AVENGERS, DEADPOOL, INHUMANS, and the new Marvel Star Wars books like DARTH VADER. But most of the stuff I'm reading is "vintage" (1977-1985) stuff from COMIXOLOGY, especially the likes of STAR WARS with Carmine Infantino and Gene Day (huge influences to my style). But also old printed paperback collections of tales from the early days of 2000AD, with stuff by giants like Brian Bolland, Mike McMahon, Massimino Bellardinelli, Steve Dillon and Jesus Redondo. Interesting tale - Steve Dillon lived near me where I grew up in Luton. He was in the paper one day as he found fame drawing for DOCTOR WHO WEEKLY for Marvel. I was eleven or twelve, and I wrote to him to say I wanted to be a comic book artist too. He replied and invited me and my dad over one afternoon, and encouraged me to greater things. I didn't became a comic book artist when I left school, but the will is still there. I'd still like to illustrate full Roth tales, perhaps with a premiere issue sometime this year? Interested? Roth

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  3. Spring fever I guess....I'm having strange urges to create myself.

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    1. "Then create stuff, Delores, Delores, Delores!"

      Enjoy! And be sure to post somewhere and let us know!

      Indigo x

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  4. Henry and I spent and hour and a half at the dog park today, just soaking up the sun. Then I spent another two hours sitting outside drinking wine with a friend. Could be that spring has given us the will to live again! (Looking forward to seeing what you create on that bristol board!) Be well!

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    1. Hey Paula! You won't have long to wait, the first piece is finished. It's a new character, as a stand-alone image. But he'll starring in a Roth tale soon =) Hi to Henry and Chuck! Indigo x

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  5. I keep meaning to brush the cobwebs from my blog...but I still seem to be clawing my way back from last year's long trail of "other stuff." But I have been doodling, so that's good,right?

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    1. Hey Dinah! Yep, from tiny acorns do great oaks grown. Keep at it, and please share! Indigo

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  6. Your serious pieces are as lovely as your clever pieces are fun. And we've had a few glimpses of your drawing talent.

    So I'm pretty sure whatever you do will be highly interesting. Keep your eye on that landmark.

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    1. Hey Jenny! Bless you, that's a kind thought. I just write 'em down and publish, and occasionally a sensible one slips through. And thanks, I will keep moving against the fashionable flow. Not out of a sense of bloody-mindedness, but because I'm interested in other things =) I'm losing weight at the moment, so I can't even claim to be distracted by pizza! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?! Indigo x

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  7. "...move forward against the tide." A kite climbs highest against the wind.

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    1. Hey Geo! You're a wise man, Sir. Soaring high is hard to achieve, and it's possible that nobody will notice when you do, but it's always amazing. Indigo

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  8. Spring has definitely sprung!

    Good to see you back on the creative horse.

    Welcome home.

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    1. Hey Roses! Yep, it's definitely sprung, and the grass is riz. Is it time for Pimms and strawberries yet? Indigo x

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  9. Our creatively ebbs and flows. Sometimes we just need to rest. The tide always returns. Good to have you back, my friend. I'm looking forward to seeing what your genius produces next. But most of all, just have fun.

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    1. Hey Jayne! I was burned out, and simply went with it. Stepped away, learned some photography, kept in touch with folk. Now, the batteries are charged. And fun? Absolutely. Else what's the point? =) Indigo x

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  10. Sometimes it's okay not to know where we are going, or why. Interesting that you're moving against the tide, though. And good for you, getting interested in paint and canvas...that's on my list, but so much to get out of the way first. Happy spring!

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    1. Hi Nancy! You're right. Honestly, as I get older, the things I don't know fascinate me rather than frustrate or frighten me. There are days I feel clueless, and I've never been happier. Indigo x

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  11. we're all slowly returning to the fold (of blogging), sugarpie! sometimes, it's good to just float along or to be in the world, but not of it... ;) xoxoxox

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    1. Hey Sharifa! I'm always floating about somewhere, it's true. Glad to see us BOTH back =) Indigo x

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  12. And yes, here too I was unable to comment and now--due to the seasoned nature of my years--I've forgotten what I said before! I think it had something to do with shoes and colors and comics...oh yes, I remember. Each year one of the kids' (the kids in my Creative Writing class) favorite activities is comics of course. I love to see their creative juices flowing, and nothing I've taught thus far does it quite like giving them the freedom to draw their ideas. Sometimes they contain words, other times they tell me the storyline after they've drawn out their scenarios. Without exception, they are always inspired works. Glad to see/hear you are at it again. You are so talented my friend.

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