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)
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.
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.
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)
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)
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...
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.....
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 .
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.
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' ?
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.....
I am really having fun with this month's challenge. I get excited about my paintings, and have fun struggling with the next composition. (It also gives me a perfect excuse to visit the thrift store across the street for more finds) ha, although my husband accuses me laughingly of being a hoarder..... I am NOT.... ha...
A close up of yesterdays bouquet... I must paint these quickly, because, being in the strong light of my set-up, the flowers open up while I am painting, and it makes it hard to get the shapes and values right. quick is best, as a photo does little good in this situation.
Today's painting is my favorite subject (or one of my favorites) Flowers...
Trader Joe's has the best flowers, especially appreciated when spring seems so far away here in St. Louis. I loved the color on these, the outsides are a muted orange, but even when they were only buds I could see a brilliant red center. Had to have 'em.