When was the last time you asked yourself, “How healthy art my bones?” As I inch along into the middle of my sixth decade, this question has been showing up on my radar.
Peering into the future while experiencing my body’s changes – those creaks and little groans – has made me start thinking about how to take better care of my body. Then along comes my fellow online business friend, Irma Jennings, who suggests that I consider creating a painting with bones – broken bones if possible.
Irma is a recent fan and follower of my work, in particular my “Window Within a Window” series. I welcomed her suggestion and challenge. (Jennings coaches and teaches people on the importance of food in maintaining bone strength and health. You can learn more about her programs and recipes at Food4HealthyBones.)
In my own life, I grew up in a household that was way ahead of its time with regard to eating well. White bread was not permitted, hot breakfasts were required (I and my 3 siblings took turns making it for everyone), soda was only available on Sunday evenings, homemade bread was the norm, vegetables were served every dinner and pizza was eaten in friend’s homes. I am grateful for this education and the setting of eating habits I have continued throughout my life. I wonder how this approach to food has paid off for me in the long run…?
As I often do when exploring a new painting concept, I began researching healthy versus unhealthy bones.
The visual discoveries were enlightening as per the photo you see above.
First, I had to comprehend how fragile our bones can become if we do not take care of them. It was the first time I was able to comprehend what osteoporosis is and why our bones break easily as we get older and/or don’t eat and exercise. We hear this message, but to actually see it, rang an alarm.
Not only were these images educating, they also served as an inspiration for a painting concept and had me asking, “How could I assist in showing to others the importance of healthy bones? Could I do that via my paintings?”
Artistically, I have always been attracted to patterns found in nature, including cellular and molecular images. This new direction opened the door for me to start painting them.
My first bone painting, “Trabeculae,” a small 11×14 oil $495.00, shows how the internal structure (the spongy part of the bone or trabeculae) can develop from healthy to unhealthy. You can see this as you look at the painting from left to right. Notice how the density changes.
I then expanded this concept with “Bone Balance,” a 36×48 oil, $3,995.00. Why do you think I use the back lighting in these paintings? How do you react to these paintings? Did you find the surprise element in “Bone Balance?”
In addition to painting bones, two months ago I hired a personal trainer. Now Bob and I are getting our bodies – and our bones – in better shape. It took a few weeks for my body to adjust – Yo mama! – but already I have reeped the benefits.
Where will this new bone path take me? The more I paint, the more I am jazzed about the possibilities. Do you have any ideas to pass along?
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