Saturday, March 15, 2008

IF : Heavy


"It's too bad you're so heavy dear, you have such a pretty face."


This was actually said to me a few years back. The lady who said it truly liked me and didn't say it to be mean. She passed away a couple of weeks ago. I wish I didn't have this memory of her, but sadly I do.



acrylics, postage stamps, colored pencils in my moleskine.

For Illustration Friday's prompt: Heavy

13 comments:

suana said...

Unfortunate that people can express themselves in such a shallow way. How little regard they have for feelings and consequences they can inflict.
You wonder what problem they have to carry, to unload it onto another..?

Christine said...

I agree with Suana - and wonder sometimes if people like that really don't think at all, before they speak. Not only in order to be considerate, but I also wonder what makes people think their opinion is the over-glowing truth, and that they have been set here to speak it.
Anyway - I like your illo, the sad look is spot-on, and the colours are wonderful.

Laurel Neustadter said...

This is such an expressive piece of art. I love the colors and textures. As the previous posters stated, people don't think before they speak and as a result inadvertently say hurtful things. This piece reminds us to think before we speak.

Fannie said...

Spoken words can sting. Sorry you were hurt. I love your meaningful submission. Thanks for reminding me to choose my words carefully. You're great!

indigene said...

Your colors, line work and words are a wonderful mix for this week's illustration! Mean-spirited people are the most unwanted heavies in society!

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Heather said...

Carrying around that memory is heavy. I'm glad you were able to turn it into something beautiful as a work of art.

Mim said...

It is a wonderful piece of art, and I can relate to those words, and the armour that you have to put up against them.

sketched out said...

You're such a positive person for one, realizing that she was simply insensitive and not trying to be mean, and two for turning the hurt into a beautiful piece of expressive art. I hope creating it helped to exorcise that memory so you can remember the good things about her.

Ellen Byrne said...

Oh, my goodness - how dense can people be?! I am sorry this happened to you. You have created a poignant piece that many of us "feel". Now run her off the road the next time you see her!

studio lolo said...

I definately remember the good things about her. I honestly think it was her generation, but not only that, she was painfully tiny all of her life, so anyone with a bit of meat on their bones seemed enormous to her. I wasn't that heavy when she said this :) Since she recently passed, I continue send her blessings.

Bron Smith said...

This is a "heavy" illustration. There is so many ways that people could take a message from it from their own experience. Beautifully done.

Forever Young said...

people like this just incense me....they have made me the way i am.....grrrrrr

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

My mother used to say the same thing to me. I truly think that people DO not think. They think that what they say - will help us loose weight OR whatever. It is truly thoughtlessnes on their part. Lucy

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