Ink and watercolour on paper, 10×8
LE PETIT PRINCE by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, opens with the first-person account of a failed career as a great artist by the protagonist, the prince.
He begins by saying that he had drawn a terrifying drawing, and shows it to a few adults. He asks if they are scared, and they reply no, why should we be scared of a hat? Having received many such responses, the prince then sketches in the inside of his “hat”, which is not in fact a hat at all, but the outline of a boa constrictor having swallowed an elephant whole. Terrifying.
The problem, concludes the prince, is that adults lack imagination, and so he stops a potentially brilliant career as an artist.
Naturally, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry does this opening much better than I did just there. It’s a slim novel I do recommend. A classic.
By the way, that’s an elephant tattoo, Anette has there. A tattoo. Fenwick is that elephant.