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 sketch figure drawing male model

Elizabeth Patch, 20 minute figure drawing from male model.

The model at the figure drawing class
was a big guy in ordinary street clothes.
He did not fit the mold of the young, muscular and movie-star handsome models seen in fashion shoots or advertising.

And yet, this man was a great figure 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.

Every one in the class was focused on quickly analyzing and scribbling down an impression of the man before us.

What is the relationship between his knees and hips,
stomach and shoulders?
Where is his center of gravity?
What is the exact shape of his left ear?

The traditional artist’s practice of figure drawing
is a process of learning to see, without judgement,
what a body really looks like, instead of what we think it should look like. 

The first time I drew from a live, nude model I was 19 years old.
I was embarrassed, confused and overwhelmed.
I knew what women’s bodies “should” look like from magazines, advertisements, TV and movies.
This was a body unlike anything I had ever seen before!

The effects of motherhood and age shaped her body and face.
She had jutting bones and sagging flesh.
There were angles and curves that shifted and changed with every movement she made.
We had to look with unflinching intensity.
She was a real, live magnificent human being.
We all struggled to capture her astonishingly beautiful, “imperfect” human body on paper.

My drawings were awful,
but by the end of the session, I had a revelation:
All bodies are beautiful.
ALL bodies.
Fat, skinny, in-between.
Old, young, middle-aged.
Pale, dark, freckled.
Muscular or flabby, baby-faced or elderly.
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.


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

webheartKnow that you are a rare and beautiful creature.

Happy Holidays!

Love & Joy to You!

elizabeth patch

© elizabeth patch illustration

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

© elizabeth patch illustration

and just for fun: Ladyland Holiday Insanity!

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

continue reading to see the illustration!

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

continue reading to see the illustration!

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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Spring Cleaning: Emotional Junk

Spring Cleaning!

New growth is everywhere.
Time to rake up all the winter debris, prune the roses, plant out some new seedlings.
Spring is also the time that I get the urge to clean out closets, drawers, the attic, the garage.
And every year I ask myself the same question:
Where did all of this

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