I like writing and drawing, and though i’ll never be the next big thing when it comes to these artforms – I still find them helpful in my never ending mission to concentrate the mind.
Whenever i’m off somewhere nowadays – I take my kit of supplies with me – notebook (A5) , pencils and paper, Bridge Camera, SD Cards, travel card , cash and not forgetting – supplies for lunch.
I get to my intended destination – I’ll have my lunch, find a suitable vantage point and begin recording what I see. Sometimes – it’ll be a poem or verse, and others – it’ll be a photo or a drawing. The inspiration comes from what I see. The process, concentrates the mind. As the basic forms take shape on the page – either in word, or in drawing – ideas come alive on the page
When I get home – I’ll play around with the scribbles and drawings. Thanks to my laptop I now have two marvellous sets of tools to turn my images into artworks – I principally use Adobe photoshop elements, but also use Corel’s Painter Essentials suite for its wide range of brushes.
Of course, if I want to use the time to concentrate – the computer gets switched off – the box of paints comes out and i’ll put something together from my notebook drawings onto my painting pad in Coloured pencil, pastels, watercolours or even oils
I like writing – poetry or prose – it doesn’t matter
its the process of writing that does it for me.
My handwriting’s evolved over the years. It used to be quite illegible – to the point i’d be given an Amstrad Word processor to do my coursework at school, but then I found changing pens worked – pen grips assisted – and eventually – people could read my stuff!!!
The key ??? let the pen take the strain.
Regular readers of my blog will already know I contribute articles for two poetry sites, one in the UK, and one in the US. Some of my work finds its way into their publications – and these are happily displayed on my bookshelf. The latest edition – an allpoetry.com book – extreme perception – arrived a few days ago – and contains my story poem on a sunflower. its all nicely printed and comes in a lovely bound paperback with pieces from other authors
But look below the bookshelf – and you’ll find a box of wonders – brimming with my notebooks – and full of my poems stories and thoughts
When I need to be away from the laptop , you’ll find me either nibbling on a HB pencil or twiddling with my parker pen, coming up with a scribble or three…and as the scribbles come together – and the stories or verses start to form – as the ink or graphite flows onto the paper.
The best stuff (sometimes) finds its way onto this blog….take a look here – you might recognise the scribble At the Zoo (Edinburgh)
I’ve got to freely admit – I’m kind of New to this blogging thing.
However , it works in parallel with my other writing habit – poetry
So, when the need arises – the laptop i’m typing at now gets turned off…
(right now – dedicated bloggers reading this are either screaming, wailing, weeping or a combination of all three…if it’s the last one – SNAP OUT OF IT!)
I’ll pack my satchel – with some writing/drawing material and some hand made sandwiches (normally Corned Beef with HP sauce, or Chicken with Cranberry), and my Camera (with spare batteries – Just in Case) . My Ipod gives me something to listen to if I decide to take a longer journey
And then with Satchel Packed, and Wallet, Phone and Bus Pass to hand, I’ll head into the wild blue yonder (Normally via Greater Manchester’s Metrolink Service or nearest Bus) and take in the scenery of the parks and gardens the place I call home has to offer.
Take my railcard with me – I could be on the sands within half an hour.
It refreshes the batteries , particularly if its kite-flying weather.
(An Old Spruce is bending in the back garden as i’m typing this – if it wasn’t for the clouds above – i’d be outside today)
And then once refreshed – I’ll head back home
With A Smile, and a happy heart
and perhaps a doodle or scribble for a future blog….