Ha! That got your attention 🙂 But it’s not what you think.
I was watching a BBC documentary tonight about body image. The show featured men and women of all ages who worry about how they look. Some diet excessively. Some spend hours in the gym. Some distort their faces with botox. Some (men and women) spend hundreds of pounds a week on clothes, make-up and hair and skin products.
Three things struck me about that:
- everyone looked better before they applied the make-up and product
- I always thought it was evil that women were persuaded they needed to spend money on covering themselves up before going out in public. I hoped feminism would change that. It hasn’t. All that has changed is that young men now feel they have to do the same.
- What a hideous waste of time and energy it is, and how joyless their lives are.
But the show also featured a few people who don’t care how they look. An elderly obese actress who loves her food and a middle-aged, very overweight couple who live as naturists and very rarely wear clothes. They might not have looked buff (FAR from it!) but all three of them oozed happiness
“Who would you rather spend time with?” asked the show’s host. And of course the answer was obvious. We would all choose the people who simply accepted themselves as they were and asked us all to do the same.
I think that’s why I like my blind drawings much better than the ones I spend ages on. In drawing quickly and without looking, I create art that is emotional, revealing, and that has a chance – just the smallest chance – of touching others. No, the drawings are not photo-realistic. No, they are not even anatomically accurate. But they are honest and heartfelt and without pretence.
In these blind drawings, I am naked.
This is #293 in a year-long series of self-portraits. The others are here.