Ideas are like fish



Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”  (Quote by film-maker, David Lynch from his book Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity.

My (now late) cousin, James Gibbs loved fish, and meditation – he followed the Buddhist faith.   I have been promoting his beautiful Fish Art since 2009.

David Lynch’s quote above got me thinking about how much I like the creative comparison between ‘ideas’ and ‘fish’.  Yes, ideas pop into our heads all the time, and keep swimming around like fish.  Until we either dig deeper with them and explore their depth, or let them go.

James’s Fish Art paintings often explore this concept of  fish ‘swimming around’ together on the surface, or ‘diving deeper’ into the depths.  Take a look here.

So from now on, I’m going to think of my ideas as fish.  Not only will this remind me of the beauty of James’s fish art and its joy, colour, vibrancy and magic, every time I get an idea.  It will help me to decide whether my idea is a ‘surface swimmer’, or an exploration of something ‘deeper’.

Here’s a thought to leave you with: If you catch an idea that you love, then that’s a beautiful, beautiful day” (quote by David Lynch).