My latest homework assignment was to post about an obstacle I've overcome in learning my craft. And so, here is a fairytale about a little girl who lost her way... Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Nancy. Nancy was rarely seen without a book or a paintbrush in her hand. She wrote marvellous stories of imaginary worlds and drew beautiful things and dreamed of being an artist.
One day, Nancy found herself all grown up and lost in the Land of Pinstriped Ogres. She could barely imagine holding a brush again and dreaded that when she did, it would be a disaster. Alas, in order to escape, she'd need the best creative presentation in all the land! Ignoring her fears, she waved goodbye to the ogres and set about her task. But Nancy was rusty. Really rusty. She was mortified. She'd lost her touch! What ever would she do?
Then, a kindly Princess appeared to her with a little magic sketchbook and this advice; "Just draw! Don't worry what it looks like!". Nancy took her trusty pen in hand and began to scribble. At first, it looked woeful. She made so many mistakes, she wanted to tear the pages out and start again. But she didn't. Nancy sat in the corner of her favourite Polish teahouse, furiously filling the pages with her messy musings until... as if by magic, it all came back to her!
And that's how Nancy found her way home. Oh, and in case you were wondering, her presentation was enchanting! Perhaps she'll show it to you one day? But for now, here is the messy little sketchbook that saved Nancy's (creative) life. Why, just look at all those mistakes!
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal." - Hannah Moore