Can I be an artist and be thin too?

Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 2:13 PM



I'm not one for flowers. I love them...smell them, display them in vases, have some in the yard...but paint them? In case you can't tell what these are, they are a little bunch of sweetpeas I picked during yesterday's morning walk. Yes, I picked them from someones side yard, hoping it was early enough that I didn't get caught. I just love the smell of sweetpeas! Comments please, which of the two appeals more to you, if they appeals at all?
Ok, here's the thing. When I find myself immersed in my art I begin to gain weight. It creeps up on me like a slow growing vine. Not too noticeable at first but by the time my clothes are a bit too snug I am see it in the mirror as well. So, can an artist be in good shape and still be productive? I sure hope so! I began this week with morning walks and watching what I eat. Really watching, like counting fat and calories and drinking lots of water. I have gone down this road before so I know if I stick with it in a few months I'll be back to being comfortable with myself. Maybe what I have to do is incorporate sketching into my get fit plan. Carry the sketchbook with me on walks, draw my food intake for the day, eat my pencil...well, maybe not.

6 comments

  1. ksklein Says:

    Hi Marta,

    well I prefer the flowers without the dark background. Theses flowers look much more delicate and the glass looks more delicate too - more see-through! That´s what I like about the second pic.... it shows the flowers and the material glass much more the way I see it.

  2. So beautiful Marta...can't believe you don't enjoy doing flowers! And I could see right aways what they are. They are both beautiful, it is hard to choose one..There is a delicacy inb the one without the background that I like, so I think maybe I'll go for the first one without the background...it has nice transparency.
    Ronell

  3. Lynn Says:

    Both are lovely, Marta, but I also prefer the one without the background simply because I like the transparencey of the jar a bit better.

  4. Sandy Says:

    Wow, again, similarities - I love sweet peas and pick them in others yards. I also think as I get into my art that I am distracted from food, but NO I eat blindly and get no exercise - BUT I do love flowers and Try to paint them, waiting for my flowers to come up and Try again - You are so diverse and these recent entries show your talent beautifully.

  5. Linda Says:

    I also like the one with the white background. I think it is cleaner looking, and doesn't compete with your lovely flowers!
    And NO. I don't think we can be artists and be thin. At least that's MY excuse ...
    ;-)

  6. Definately the one on the right. Fabulous paintintg. I've really enjoyed this visit to your blog (I think the first time I've been here). You have some really lovely work.

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