Thursday, March 9, 2017

Labadie Missouri

     Here's a new 8 x 8 in acrylic and glazes from a photo I took a couple of years back.  I was enamored by the geometric shapes in this pic.  They give the composition it's strength, I think.  

     It's completed in soft glazes of color.  


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Sunset shadows

I'm trying a new style, as well as a new medium.   Acrylic is not usually what I paint with, but I've been exploring it lately, since a friend did a demo for me a couple of weeks ago.  

     Here is a painting from a picture I took one evening, while driving in Illinois.  I caught sight of this scene, with it's intense red-orange as the sun was setting.  I've been wanting to paint for awhile.  Fun...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Jessica Simpsons

These are dark purple, even though it is hard to tell.  I combined this with some bling, as if the wearer is getting ready for an evening out on the town.   

     Jessica Simpson has an eye for fun fashion......


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Lederhosen Bear

I found this little bear at the thrift store the other day.  I just loved the little lederhosen outfit, and his cute little teeny eyes..... Little did I know how he was going to torment me.... (I'll do ANY shoes rather than attempt this little furry dude again)


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Shoes 5

I picked these up, believe it or not, because the lining was this intense orange, with a gold accent lettering with the manufacturers name. (Nina, from Spain).

     I am learning a lot about name brand shoes in this process, and having fun exploring shoes I never would have even LOOKED at, in the past..... haha


Friday, February 10, 2017

Is summer around the corner?

Boy, this has been quite a winter... Our city and state (Missouri) has not experienced the blizzard conditions of the east coast, or the terrible mudslides of the west coast... I feel for those folks.. I'm sure this winter is getting tiresome for them, and they are hoping for spring....

     I found these cute sandals, with this darling shape (I wish they would actually FIT me, because I could wear these)  Anyhoo, I thought they needed an accompaniment... sunglasses... fun to paint.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Spectator shoes

Spectator shoes.... I don't know how they got that name, but my mom was a shoe designer before she had children, and she told me that the two toned shoes like this were called spectators.   I guess these would be too high, and too uncomfortable to be "participant" shoes for anything athletic, at least... ha ha 

     The little black part of the strap is an elastic to help ease them on the heel.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Change it UP

Decided to change it up today.  I found these and just HAD to paint them... I remember I used to give a sketchbook assignment to my high school drawing students, "draw one of your shoes", and then I specified that they needed to draw one with laces..... Oh My, you would have thought I was torturing them..... I DID know that it required good powers of observation, which I new would challenge them... but then again.. that's the whole IDEA.. ha ha ha 

    Soooo, I gave  myself the same challenge, only with PAINT.

(Boy, I wish Someone would leave my a comment sometime... I look everytime to see if anyone has replied, and I get so hopeful, oh well)


Friday, February 3, 2017

Well, well, well

Well, I'm through the month of 30/30 challenge, but I want to keep the ball rolling.  I decided to do some more shoes, cause I like them.  I visited a few thrift stores, looking for funky heels, and ended up in an upscale resale shop that only sells designer items..... VERY COOL, I might add.

     I couldn't afford their prices, even for pre-owned shoes, if I was just going to paint them, so I made a deal with the manager.  She said, although their policy is NO returns, she would let me take them, if I left my credit card number, and then I COULD return them, if  it only took a couple of days, or so.....WELL, I got right on it !  I finished a little 6 x 6, and thought I'd return the shoes today, and guess what?  Of course, I can't find the receipt..... OH, that's just my luck.... hopefully she will be working today, and will have her copy of the receipt and will tear it up, when I return them.

      Wish me luck.   Here's the shoes by Sergio Rossi (69.00-USED)

 


Monday, January 30, 2017

Day 30

Day 30 of the 30/30 challenge

     I just can't seem to 'keep it simple', even though I try.   I had to add this painting in a frame, because it looked so empty in the background... Oh, Whoa is me... ha ha 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Day 29

Day 29 of the 30/30 challenge

     I almost always have asparagus in the refrigerator, so they were a 'given' for a painting.  These little lemons have done their duty in several paintings, too. 

     I was concerned about the compositional flow of this one, with the asparagus leading the eye into the painting.  It was fun to paint this one.. Only 2 more to go !

 


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Day 28 - Royal Reds

Day 28 of the 30/30 challenge

     Something different today.  I was inspired by a subject my friend, Dawn, set up to paint a couple of years ago,.  She did some small fish, and I loved the way they turned out, always meaning to go over to Olive St. and visit a seafood store and get some.   This was in my freezer, so it saved me a trip.

     These shrimp are very large, and taste like lobster.  We (my sister and I ) discovered these at a restaurant in Biloxi Mississippi a few years back.  

     They are sometimes available at Schnucks, and come from the coast of Argentina...


Friday, January 27, 2017

Day 27

Day 27 of the 30/30 challenge

     To me, purple hyacinths are the first indication of springtime.  Although this one came from the store, it still makes me think there will be warmer days ahead, soon..... These days, any positive thoughts are Welcome.....

     The smell is delightful, too.


Day 26

Day 26 of the 30/30 challenge

     I always enjoyed the shape of this bowl.  I love the perwinkle color, too.  

     These new apples (for me, anyway) are called ENVY, and they are really wonderful.  You can't find them just everywhere, but it is worth looking for them at your supermarket.....


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Day 25

Day 25 of the 30/30 challenge

     I finished this one this morning with time to spare..... That's what happens when you stay in your studio, and don't run around all over town.   ha ha ha 

     This is another of the pairs of heels I bought at the thrift store, because of the shape, and the strappy feel to them.   More fun to paint than to wear, I'd say...

 


Day 24

Day 24 of the 30/30 challenge

  I got behind with posting here, NOT with painting, however.... ha ha 

     It is actually the 25th today, but yesterday was SO busy, I didn't get my painting on the blog....


     Here is the one for yesterday... It took awhile to paint it, too... ha

 


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Day 23

Day 23 of the 30/30 challenge

     Busy day..... My sis and I are doing genealogical research for our family.  We go into the downtown city library and see how much info we can find for our family story.  Yesterday we found our mom's high school yearbook, she graduated in January, 1930.   SO CUTE !  Loads of pics we had never seen before, plus the illustrations which she did for the various groups, athletics, clubs, etc. She always used her art, all her life, to make a living. 

     Well,didn't finish this until late, and didn't have time to post. so Here it is...

Oh, yes, I forgot to tell you, I have this THING about cute little bowls, too.  I have so many !   These are a few of my most favorite .

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Day 22

Day 22 of the 30/30 challenge

     Well, I'm having fun with these shoes.   I guess I really enjoy the shapes.  Hope you enjoy them, too.

     Since they are solid black, I dressed up the color with a piece of fabric that I bought awhile ago to make a tote bag out out.... Obviously, I never made the tote bag.  (I was famous for buying fabric and then finding it years later, just as I left it).... I know, I'm not proud of that, but this time I got good use out of it.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Day 21

Day 21 of the 30/30 challenge


     I found this cute vintage book at the thrift store, and could just picture the red shoes on it.  I had fun with it, and realized recently that I love painting shoes of all kinds . 

      I DO remember having my students in drawing class years ago, do contour drawings of their shoe, and sketches of their shoes in their sketchbooks, and I always had a fun time doing those drawings, too.  Do I have a 'shoe fetish' ?



Friday, January 20, 2017

Day 20

Day 20 of the 30/30 challenge

     I really should try to get my compositions a little simpler so I can finish this challenge, but for some reason, I am unable to do that. 

     This Hall pitcher is a vintage one, like from the 50s, maybe.  I used to share a booth at the Eureka antique mall with my sis, and I still have a few things from that era, plus, I developed a love for all things vintage like this, and have to buy them...... even if I have to rationalize a bit better now.

     I loved the shape of this pitcher, plus the color.  The glass is an old one that my grand daughters love to drink their water out of.....