by Mick Brady
Once upon a time there was an artist so immersed in his work that he often woke up in front of the canvas he’d been working on the night before and stood silently, a cup of coffee in one hand and a Murray’s bagel in the other, trying to pick up the thread of inspiration he had been following before he fell asleep. The medium itself was direct and simple; it was somewhere between the heart and the canvas where it got tricky.
That was me, waxing nostalgic about simpler times when I was back in my studio in New York, and only had a painting in front of me to wrestle with. To be honest, I miss those days, but I still wouldn’t trade them for the worlds I’m living in today where my studio is virtual and my work digital, where I juggle media like so many Matisse apples. The challenge for me has been to find a way to fuse these elements into a coherent body of thought with a single overarching narrative. I must admit I’ve gotten lost at times; it’s been like trying to harness a team of wild mustangs to pull a wagon load of antique china.
So, in order to simplify things, I decided to return to my half-completed memoir and use it as an opportunity to try to understand the bigger picture: what did I set out to do, and have I gotten any closer to accomplishing it? In the process of writing it I began to see that there actually was a discernible narrative and purpose, and that Chrome was now at the center of it, perhaps the culmination of it in some ways. He plays a big part in the memoir, for instance, as a timeless figure, an older and wiser me who floats in and out of the narrative like a one-man Greek chorus.
The image above is a teaser; a lead-in to my latest comic strip, the first in over nine months; a small vignette in which Chrome begins to share some of the insights I gained over my long journey through the world. In a sense, he’s not only an extension of my self, but a wise and friendly guide leading me safely through the reliving of my own story. The creative mind is an amazing thing to behold, huh? Just sayin’. :)
Read the new comic strip here.