the Nature of Nurture
My Muse-in-Chief is my dear departed Dad, David Swain. He would have loved the ease of using a smartphone to photograph quirky
signs. He cartooned and light-versed his way through ten years of his own ‘One Thing and Another‘ column in the Canberra Times.
(I just thought to Google the lovely compilation book he made of these columns and here ’tis on Amazon: One Thing and Another).
He would often single out an oddly constructed newspaper headline and turn it into a witty verse and cartoon combo. In later years, he walked around his home turf of Bondi Beach, photographing signage, graffitti and other oddities as jumping-off points for poetry.
Dearie me. Here I am in 2017, seven years after his death, captivated by the art, humour, nature and wording of local signage and graffitti.
Once again, I notice, with a funny mix of pride and shyness, that I am my father’s daughter (see Chip Off the Old Block, for starters).
I’ve started to have sneezing fits too, just like him.
What signs do you notice
around your local area?
How might they feed into your creativity?
And… one more question…how much of repeating parental patterns is Nature and how much Nurture? What do you think?