How should artists depict women in paintings?

As a women I understand the effects visual media has on female self esteem. So when my almost 5 year old Niece, Zarna, asked me to paint her a picture of gymnasts for her birthday I had to ask myself “how should I depict women in a painting for her?”

The constant barrage of media depicting women with skinny bodies, flawless skin and carefree lives makes those of us with less than skinny bodies, skin issues and troubled lives a little bit self conscious!.  I don’t want that to happen to my gorgeous little niece!

My initial thoughts were to paint chubby, short, tall, out of proportion gymnasts reading books so that for years to come she is influenced by real life. In real life women come in all shapes do they not?

I sifted through thousands of gymnast pictures online to get inspiration and what I found is that all gymnasts who are high achievers have very little body fat, are on the short side, primarily small breasted, fit and flexible!

So in the end although I would have like to have made a political feminist statement about women in this painting I decided to paint the reality of what champion gymnasts actually looks like. I will leave my statement about womens body shapes for another painting.  Hope she likes it – I will be giving it to her tonight!

The Gymnasts-30x20inches acrylic on canvas - 5th birthday present for my niece
The Gymnasts-30x20inches acrylic on canvas – 5th birthday present for my niece
Close up of one of the gymnasts
Close up of one of the gymnasts
The palette - love working in acrylics - so quick drying I completed this piece in 6 hours!
The palette – love working in acrylics – so quick drying I completed this piece in 6 hours!

Time for a change – thanks Google!

I have been thinking about changing careers for a long time to follow my passion.

I spend hours every week coming up with new art project ideas that I can’t execute because I have to go to my corporate job 40+ hours a week (plus I actually think corporate life impedes creativity).

Tonight Google showed me the way by a simple image search.

Pictures say a thousand words so ill end this blog now and leave you to decide for yourself!

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Google says – lots of boredom in corporate life
Google says – artist boredom = peeled bananas and weird looking birds!