I’ll admit that I started out slow. I was frequently ‘stuck’ and unsure how to proceed. But now I am consumed with an illustration project for a non-profit organization called Born to Fly Int. Born to Fly seeks to end child trafficking through awareness. The seriousness of the cause makes me feel the weight of responsibility to draw better than my ability would normally allow. How many times a day do I stop and wonder if my illustrations tell the story adequately? Well, If I stopped every time that thought crossed my mind I would never accomplish anything. So I just plow on through, praying, hoping and drawing. This project differs from anything else I have ever been involved in, in that it is a wordless book. I have a copy of the text (by Diana Scimone) and my job is to interpret the text pictorially. I have found that it is important not to rush the story, because then it is like a film that jumps ahead. It leaves the viewer wondering what they just missed. Two weeks ago I felt that I had turned a corner, and thought to myself, “I think I might be getting the hang of this”! Not to say that it isn’t still challenging. Let’s just say that for right now it isn’t quite so excrutiating.There is an oil painting half finished on my easel begging for my attention. I’m afraid that it will have to wait a little longer. Blossom, my heroine is anxious for me to get back to work because she is about to learn that she, like all of us, are born to fly.