25 Things Fat People Shouldn't Do is an unabashed middle finger to the preposterous idea that any human who weighs more than the status quo does not deserve to live a full and well rounded (ahem) life. The list of 25 is composed word for word from direct lists of sheer assholery found on the internet. These range from the absurd to the profoundly shameful, and I will be disproving this offensive notion with style. Feel free to join in on the fun, and if you do, link at the bottom so I can share. May the Chub Club live long and prosper!
I sometimes forget that I like to paint.
Ever since I created a corner for my easel I've been itching to use it... and now I'm addicted to acrylic all over again. I was lovin' on this painting until a friend pointed out some perspective issues... which now is all I see. Sad face. Even though it's not quite finished, I wanted to share it this week as my "Things Fat People Shouldn't Do" because for me... painting pictures of myself stops me just enough to look. To allow myself not to see the whole picture (which is complex and conditioned to reflect shame), but with detail... working a brush to recreate my folds. Taking the time to shade my belly button. To see how the shadows fall and rise with the rolling stomach I own. It really puts a new perspective on something I see everyday. I can't judge it when I'm up close and concentrated on brushstrokes... I can only stand back and be pleased with myself looking at the final product. And THEN I think... "Ohmygod that's me. And I liked it before I knew it was me... so I must like ME!" Iknowright?
I really love everything about this image. Something about putting a body into art that... really makes it seem like art. It's pretty much a profound experience.
Your challenge: Create art of yourself! Use any medium you like... paint, computer, collage, photography, sculpture... anything. Anyone (no size exclusions!) can join in... just provide a link to your post below!
If you're an overachiever, you can also prepare for next Monday's 25 Things, which will be: "Swing at the park". I would expect a lot of cuteness coming my way... I kinda wanna wear a hair bow and bring a lollipop... and THEN swing. SO grab your boy, girl, children, friend, mom, grandmother, stranger from the sidewalk you trust with your camera and let them snap a picture of you swingin! Can't wait to see them!