Saturday, May 06, 2006


Here's my contribution to Illustration Friday. The assignment this week was "Fat". The lampshade cast a strong shadow over my drawing. I decided to leave it there because it adds an appropriately sinister feel.

So this is ME. I've gotten very fat over the past five years. Part of it is medication, part of it is menopause, part of it is the Great American Lifestyle.

I'm really unhappy about it. I exercise about .....once.... a week. I eat vegetarian. I really like processed carbohydrates -- but try to contain them. I feel a change coming slowly as I extricate myself from this marriage and begin to be a tourist in the land of my creative self.

In the past years I've grown spiritually in outstanding ways, but my FATNESS is one of my biggest flaws, and a source of constant self-flagellation.


Blogger melba said...

You have all week to create something for IF. They have a new site so it is easier to see everyone's contribution. I love your little drawings. You know beauty is within so don't be so hard on yourself. But I understand because I have gained ALOT of weight since having babies and I just want to be healthier.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous The Bean said...

Hey Potato,
Nice blog. We miss you at work! That drawing is funny but it doesn't look anything like you. Tee hee. Your buddha collage is really cool.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

I love your drawing! Actually, I have exactly the same profile. Between sitting at a desk all day everyday and family genetics something happened to me...especially from the neck down. :)-

I love your drawing because the woman looks comfortable. Maybe it would be easier to take good care of our bodies if we weren't so hard on ourselves.

I've never done Illustration Friday, but I'm especially liking this week's theme. It makes me appreciate myself a little more because through this artwork I see the beauty in women of all shapes and sizes. Nice work!

9:05 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Oooooh .... my work required me sit in front of the computer all day!! I can sooo relate to that .... nice illo!

9:29 PM  
Blogger Potato Print said...

Wow! What a gift to receive these responses. Knowing that I'm not alone makes me pay more attention. Thank you!

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Mary Kay said...

"Fat" is not a flaw. Your package is simply wrapped in many layers. And by the way, I never see them. The layers, that is. Except when you point them out and make me.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous potato print said...

Wow, MK, I never thought of it that way. I have to sit with it for a while.

I love the way you present new ways of seeing the same thing.

My layers are really all that I see right now. Thanks for that insight.

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