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Spread 164 – Dire Conclusions March 7, 2012

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.

In The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery tells: “…after some work with a colored pencil I succeeded in making my first drawing. I showed my masterpiece to the grown-ups, and asked them whether the drawing frightened them.
They answered me: “Why should any one be frightened by a hat?” My drawing was not a picture of a hat. It was a picture of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. Then, I drew the inside of the boa constrictor, so that the grown-ups could see it clearly. They always need to have things explained. The grown-ups’ response, this time, was to advise me to lay aside my drawings of boa constrictors, whether from the inside or the outside, and devote myself instead to geography, history, arithmetic and grammar. That is why, at the age of six, I gave up what might have been a magnificent career as a painter.”


1. Jo Murray - March 7, 2012

How true that little story would be of so many budding artists. I always remember being told to colour in between the lines. Very restricting!

2. Elizabeth - March 7, 2012

That is one of my favorite books! It seems we so often give up our dreams, potentialities and possibilities for what is practical or expected.

3. kathryn - March 7, 2012

awww…that seems all too true! I lucked out and had tremendous support from art teachers and professors!! just not my parents!

4. Kathryn Dyche Dechairo - March 7, 2012

I came to art a lot later in life and am so thankful for the encouragement, support and honesty that I received. It’s a shame that so many dreams are squashed at such a young age for that’s when the imagination is at its richest.

5. apaperbear - March 7, 2012

This spread is stunning to me, I see so much in it. Especially the right side.

We just had a VERY long discussion about this topic Sunday over dinner. When we were little we would draw, everyone would draw. It was our language before we could speak, write, etc. As we got older many of us stopped… for whatever reason. Sad… Let’s start drawing/creating again. Isn’t it interesting how the universe works, that we had this discussion over dinner with friends and now you write about it here???

6. Monica - March 7, 2012

OH! that dreaded ‘adult voice’!! Sadly, it’s a voice many artists carry with them inside their heads and I too have carried it from time to time, but I’m working hard these days to banish that ‘adult voice’ within so I can listen to my true Artist Self instead. I know it will not steer me wrong =-)

7. pearlandroses.wordpress.com - March 7, 2012

So much wisdom in such simple words. Finding inspiration in these words is admirable.

8. Nika Buy Twitter Followers - March 8, 2012

😦 Such a touching story. I’m just happy that my parents are always backing me up on things that I wanna do and accomplish in life.

9. Stephanie - March 8, 2012

I discovered the Little Prince late in life…a magical story that I go back to over and over again.

Enjoyed your up close and personal at Seth’s, this is such a treat!!


10. Catherine Witherell - March 8, 2012

That’s pretty funny but I do feel for the guy. I feel lucky that my true nature prevailed over the (mis)-guidance of the adults in my life who urged me to find something I could do that didn’t involve my outrageous color sense and my ability to connect parts.

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