I’ve spent my day working on this illustration for my France book (the part where I shop at the charcuterie for a picnic lunch) and it’s brought back memories from deep, deep down in my past, those dark years in the late 1970s when quiche first came to America. I remember it as a dismal time when burnt orange was the color scheme, polyester was the fabric, Tony Orlando and Dawn were the soundtrack, and Pet Rocks were the “in” joke, but wouldn’t you love to go back to an era when our biggest worry was whether or not real men ate quiche?
What I learned today about living a creative life is that it is very difficult to draw snails in a way that makes them look like they are having fun while looking edible as they bop around the border of a charcuterie illustration. So if you can possibly avoid having to draw snails in any amusing, light hearted fashion, you should by all means do so. It’s not a huge life lesson, but that doesn’t make it any less of a life lesson.
Elaine Stritch, the Broadway actress, once told an interviewer about the one piece of advise that her father ever gave her about life: “Be very careful what you name a horse.”
And don’t try to draw cute snails.