Lady Shapes

I realize that in my art I am often drawn into exploring the feminine body. Visual vibrations. Getting lost in soothing curves. Letting softness move back in. Shifting preferences towards Latin Gorgies like J.Lo or Eva Mendes. (Re)training my (self-critical?) eye. Life of full form and flavor is so much worth it.

I am rediscovering hunger for… life. I was always in quest of nourishment. It is just that now I am finally relying on natural impulses. I am learning to eat when and what my body craves for. Some days it is hot oatmeal, others may include cucumber sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies. Intuitive eating… a lifelong lesson to take, and to master. One spoonful at a time.

How do you deal with your body image and what is the way you believe to best nourish your body? Have you ever struggled with an eating disorder? How do eating disorders make you feel?

31 thoughts on “Lady Shapes”

  1. So glad to hear about your progess and how positive you feel about it, sweetie! You are absolutely right – we always have to listen to our bodies and learn to interpret the signals it sends us. Funnily enough, I was thinking about this very thing last night. From my work and life experiences I’ve learnt that you should never force the body but rather love it and take care of it. This way feeding it properly and understanding every craving will be like a chat with a friend and the body will thank you for it. I also believe that it’s important to concentrate on nourishing foods, pure foods, not necessarily what’s called “healthy”, which for a lot of people means avoding things like chocolate, cream, butter etc. The most important rule is moderation, but no restrictions (unless it’s essential to deal with a health problem). Any food that’s prepared properly, with love and good ingredients, is a good food.
    And yes, you are absolutely right, it takes a long time and plenty of learning, more about yourself rather than anything else.
    Sending you a big hug and wishing you a wonderful weekend!

    P.S. Love the first picture very much!

  2. Susu, these pieces are faaaaaaaaaabulous!

    I especially love the sixth one down. Adore the colors!

    I really enjoy how in much of your art work you draw/highlight partial areas of the body – very cool!

    “I am rediscovering hunger for… life. I was always in quest of nourishment. It is just that now I am finally relying on natural impulses. I am learning to eat when and what my body craves for.”

    Good for you, Susu! That’s what I do….I don’t eat at scheduled times in my day, I eat whenever my body says it’s hungry. I have a tendency to ‘graze eat’ through my day; eating frequent, small meals. I try to listen to my body when grocery shopping; allowing it to tell me what it needs for nourishment.

    Lovely post, beautiful lady!

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  3. Such interesting toughts, I really love the idea of giving your body what it needs and craves, any given day. And I’m taking on moderation, too. I have never been diangosed with an eating disorder, but I used to sometimes go really overboard with the sweet.
    I have discovered, that on the days I most love myself, others and life, I tend to eat the healthiest! And I think that even if I choose a chocolate or cookies on those days, they nourish me more:). I really love what Littlerus said before, restrictions don’t help and there are no “good” or “bad” foods.

    Anthony de Mello said in his wonderful book “Awareness” (I recommend it t everyone!:)), you will never get rid of something you fight or try to exclude, the more you fight it, the more you give it power. I think the same applies to food restrictions!

    It would be really wonderfull to hear more of your thougts on this important subject! And I must say I’m really happy for you for all the progress you have made (and that you look even more beautiful now:)).

    Have a Nice Weekend!

  4. I like the 5th photo down of your beautiful artwork. Most women have to deal with eating issues at one time or another.
    The list of what not to eat gets longer as you get older.

  5. Your drawings are absolutely stunning; so much talent. Intuitive eating is so difficult to relearn- I struggled with anorexia for five years and have been in remission for the past two (meaning symptom-free I suppose), but intuitive eating is still difficult; it’s gotten better since I no longer deprive or restrict and in the beginning of recovery it was so hard to relearn hunger cues since they were all wonky. But now, I have learned that my cravings are usually write; if I’m craving something bready, a piece of fruit is not going to cut it- it’s stunning how such a simple thing as eating can become so complicated in this world

  6. I’ve gained and lost many kilos in my life and the story will bore veryone in tears… Truth is I’m rarely satisfied with my weight, but as I grow older I’m focused on being healthy, and try to eat balanced healthy meals but only when I’m hungry. I’m usually hungry once a day. Many think it is not healthy to eat 1 meal a day, but 3 square meals a day were meant for farmers and factory workers of the Industrial Revolution age. Our times are different and ppl need less food nowadays. I agree with intuitive eating.

    Lovely sketches, they make me miss working with pastels.

  7. Those are amazing artwork Susu! You’re so talented! I never had an eating disorder and although I love junk food, I try to eat as healthy as I can. xoxoxoo

  8. That first drawing is my favourite, Susu. There is so much to discuss about eating habits and how these affect your body and your image about yourself. I am all for moderation, about getting to know your body and the body weigh that makes you feel comfortable in your own skin and that is also healthy for you. I’ve never trusted diets, I believe in changing your life style if you encounter certain issues and have to make some changes: eating home-made meals and cakes, everything cooked as naturally as possible, exercising. This is what works for me at least.

  9. Beautiful! And glad you are taking steps to nourish your body. I eat wholesome, healthy foods. I know what my body needs extra of (iron, calcium, protein) because i am vegetarian so I make sure to eat extra of those things. I exercise. That keeps me whole and happy 🙂

  10. I think that the best way to nourish your body is to learn to breathe properly, be merciful for yourself, gather amazing, positive, inspiring people around you, find a sport, which you really enjoy, eat pure and fresh food in interesting company and challenge yourself time to time. When you inhale, bring something new and good inside and when you exhale, get rid of old and heavy thoughts. Learn to be with yourself, learn to love yourself. If you really love yourself, then you only want to give nourishing things for your body and mind. Healing thoughts for you, talented artist!

  11. I love the illustrations. The first and last one especially make me think of Toulouse-Lautrec. Lovely! I’m not perfectly happy with my body – far from it – but the best way dealing with that is thinking of yourself as a person, not just as a body.

  12. Great post, dear. I love your drawings, as always, but I love more the powerful message of this post. Lots of girls are battling eating disorders, some have won, others haven´t. I´m glad your making progress which is very evident.

    As I´ve told you before, I too have issues with eating. My difficulties are reflective with stress.

    Congrats on being chosen as a featured writer for IFB. 🙂

  13. Wow! Your artwork is awesome.
    These are inspiring images.
    I’m trying to eat healthy (more steamed veg) and getting my fitness back 🙂
    Best of luck with it all.
    Have a great week.

    Joy x

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