Size, Shape, Dreams

Elizabeth Patch QuoteThe challenges to making your dreams come true:

  • time
  • money
  • opportunity
  • determination
  • talent
  • focus
  • training
  • and maybe some luck!

Your size, however, does not determine the shape of your dreams!


from the archives: Rock Your Dreams!

Don't Wait Until After The Diet!


Move mountains.
Change history.
Take action.

Make Magic.
Don’t wait until

after the diet!

“As soon as this diet is over,
I’ll treat myself to new clothes, hair, make-up, the works!”

“Once I lose this weight,
I’m going on a tropical vacation,
or maybe Europe! ”

“Just 20 more pounds to lose,
and then I’ll apply for my dream job.”

“When I can wear
a smaller swimsuit,
then I’ll try to water-ski!”

“I couldn’t possibly find love
until I drop three sizes,
so why bother looking?”

“When I’m thinner,
life will be perfect.”

Sound familiar?

  • How many times have you said, or thought, something like this?
  • How many times have you had this conversation with your friends?
  • How many times have you overheard strangers speaking these very same words?

And beyond these  depressing words:

  • How many times have you stopped yourself from having an experience,
    because you felt too fat?
  • How many times have you wanted to try something, meet someone, go somewhere,
    but didn’t because of your size?
  • How many times have you delayed living your best possible life
    until you lose weight?


If you have been holding yourself back from
trying something,
accomplishing something,
experiencing something,
becoming something
until “after the diet”,
here’s a new thought:
Do it now!

The very worst thing that could happen is that things don’t turn out as you had thought.
But at least you will have tried!

However, you might just make your dreams come true,
and have the best experience of your life!

And that is the truth for everybody, no matter what size we wear!

So what are you waiting for?

A Rare and Beautiful Creature

elizabeth patch sketchThe world is filled with people of all different sizes, shapes, ages and appearances.
We encounter them every day.
We know them, love them, live with them,
work with them, see them on the street.
Even though we may see them, it’s “not polite” to really look at actual people in the same way we can look at, study and analyze the images of people we see in magazines, film, television or other media.

But if you are an artist/art student,
the practice of looking, studying, analyzing and drawing the nude human figure is the exceptional opportunity to truly see the amazing complexity and beauty of the natural, unedited human form.

The model at the figure drawing class
was a big guy in ordinary urban street clothes,
someone who you might see on a regular basis around town.
If you are used to the idea of a “model” as presented by the media (young, muscular and movie-star handsome ) then you might not even notice this man.

And yet when he took his various poses
it was clear he was a model.
He stood, sat and reclined,
naked before dozens of strangers with sketchbooks,
with the air of self-confidence that comes with being truly at home in one’s body.
As artist’s we are all-consumed with figuring out and scribbling down in as fast as possible:
What is the relationship among his knees, hips, stomach, shoulders?
What is the particular curve of his lip?
Where is his center of gravity?
What shape does the left foot take as opposed to the right foot?

(This is one of my 20 minute sketches from this model)

The first time I drew from a live, nude model I was 19 years old.
I must admit that I was embarrassed, confused and overwhelmed.
This was a body so unlike anything I had ever seen before!
The effects of motherhood and age shaped her body into something quite different than my own.
There were jutting bones and sagging flesh,
angles and curves that shifted and changed with every movement she made.
We had to look with unflinching intensity and focus on the body before us.
Check, correct, change, draw and re-draw what we actually saw,
instead of what we thought she should look like.

My drawings were awful,
but by the end of the session,
I was in love with the challenge of drawing her astonishingly beautiful, “imperfect” human body.
It was the first time I actually saw an ordinary person as a rare and beautiful creature,
without the critical, judgmental attitude I had learned about  bodies.

Every single time I draw from a model,
I am astounded at how truly amazing the human body is.
How similar we all are in bone-to-bone, muscle-to-muscle construction,
and yet how endlessly, beautifully variable each and every one of us is!

All bodies are beautiful.
All of them.
Fat, skinny, in-between.
Old, young, middle-aged.
Pale, dark, freckled.
Muscular or flabby, baby-faced or elderly.

Don’t take all of your cues about what bodies “should” look like from the media.
Without judgement, quietly observe the diversity of people you see every day.
Appreciate as if each person was a rare and beautiful creature.

webheartKnow that you, yourself, are a rare and beautiful creature too.

Happy Holidays!

Love & Joy to You!

elizabeth patch

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the original sketch (and blog post) for this Christmas card illustration

© elizabeth patch illustration

and just for fun: Ladyland Holiday Insanity!

Body Image, High School, Etc.

It is simple human nature to have some focus on appearance, attractiveness and beauty. But it has become an unhealthy obsession in the consumer culture of the 21st Century. Nurturing any one of a girl’s talents, skills, dreams, passions and ideas is an excellent way to change the negative body

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Book in Progress: Amanda's Big Dream

This summer I’ve been drawing, drawing, drawing!
Trying to finish the line work  for Amanda’s Big Dream ,
written by author and eating disorders specialist Judith Matz.

We hope to have the book ready for publication sometime this winter…
of course, after I finish adding all of the color!

Amanda loves to skate and dreams of

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Food For Thought

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Food For Thought

Eating *________  won’t hurt.

Obsessing about it will.

*fill in the blank

Have you ever felt
negative emotions for eating “forbidden food”?

Do you think you are
a weak, worthless person who
will never succeed at anything
because you broke a rule about eating?

Maybe you’ve heard a

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Positive Body Image for Girls

Amanda’s Big Dream is the story of 9-year old Amanda, who dreams of a solo in the Spring Ice Show. When Coach Sarah makes a comment about her weight, Amanda doubts if she can ever become a star. Will Amanda give up her dream? Finally, a children’s book about positive body image without a focus on weight

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Great Big Adventures!

Imagine you have been invited to an active weekend adventure:
hiking along beautiful mountain trails,
sailing on a crystal clear lake,
exploring an historic city on foot,
canoeing along a lazy river,
biking through rustic landscapes . . .

Imagine that the only goal of the adventure is to have fun.
Nobody cares if you

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Picnics & Pleasure & Guilt

The pleasures of food
are part of a full & happy life.

So here it is, another American holiday coming up, the 4th of July.

And like most celebrations,
friends & families share food together.
Unfortunately, guilt and stress over
what to eat, what to avoid,
losing control or “going off the diet”
can ruin what could otherwise

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