I have just discovered guppies. How did that take so long? It’s funny how many things I’ve been completely disinterested in until I drew one and suddenly shazaam. Instant obsession! It happened for a while with ships when I went down to the docks one day with my mum to paint the old tugboats at rest. And now, fish. All kinds really. Tropical ones, damn-ugly ones, goggle-eyed, giant squid, fluthers of jellyfish, carp (the fishiest of all fish) and now, guppies.
Of course I should be doing something else but from time to time you have to give yourself an hour to wander down a creative sidetrack to get the energy levels up again. These side tracks are a must – down there you make discoveries – new characters, new techniques, new styles and subjects. Even fish.