Sunday, October 26, 2008


I love my shoes AND my shoes love me! Last Thursday I met with my quirky art group and the meeting was art to wear. We were asked to bring a pair of canvas shoes to paint. When you wear your shoes you are showing your artwork to the world around you. Anyway that is the premise.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to paint; however I decided since it was SHOES I wouldn’t think about it. It is not like I am going to prom or to an inaugural party. SO I just started painting and decided to use lots of color. I tend to limit my color palette and decided these needed to be fun.

Half way through I thought that I would never wear them since they looked like something a 12 year old would wear; however I find them quirky and fun. Wow and it was from the "Quirky Art Group" with the Swell Sister Society. Interesting!

I wore them to the grocer store today. I can honestly say I don’t know if anyone looked at them because I forgot they were on my feet. I guess feeling stupid will not be an issue.

I really like the idea of wearable art. One of a kind pieces of clothing. It is something I would like to explore more. Yeah....Like I really have time right now. BUT I will file it for later. I am thinking that a ball cap would be fun and it would be a little more visible than shoes. At any rate I think it was a great experiment and I enjoyed it. AND I will wear them. I am thinking of wearing them to work tomorrow.

Anyone who likes fun and off beat things should think about getting some acrylic paint a pair of canvas shoes (or canvas tote) and make your own statement. Who knows you may like it and it's useful.

Quote for the day: Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength. – Betty Friedan

Friday, October 17, 2008

Painting On

Well again it has been awhile since I posted. I have been painting and pondering entering more shows. I need to find out if anyone besides me finds my work worthwhile. Not the right word to use but you get the idea.

I thought about entering Freefall in a show back east; however shipping would be a bit daunting to me. I am not sure how it would ship.

I also entered the Pink show at the Tangent Gallery. If they don’t take this piece that is fine and I will keep it. I actually like it. I has been interesting having this hanging on the wall and the many comments

from friends.

I just found out we are invited to show in November at a new gallery in Sacramento. Not much time; but I want to get my work out there so I am painting this weekend when I can. I have had a dream of showing in a gallery and it is actually going to come true. Scary and wonderful at the same time

Oh yeah it is the Folsom Renaissance Faire. Busy Busy Busy!!!!!!

Quote for the day: ‘When one of your dreams come true, you begin to look at the others more carefully.” Anonymous

Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday Too Early!

Well it has been a couple of weeks since my last post. I am only up because I cannot sleep these days. Our economy is in the toilet. although I have been very busy at work and at home. I am thankful for my job. Let me see if I can recap.

I am finishing up a piece for the “Pink” show and hope to send in the submission this weekend. I think it is great. I haven’t heard anything from the “5x5x5” show. Perhaps they did not like my submissions. Oh well I will keep trying. There are a couple of shows coming up that I hope to enter. I am really into my reuse of materials since my cash flow is really dismal at this time to buy anything new.

Here are a couple more pieces in the “little monster” series I am doing. I so love these little guys. There is a show “In Your Dreams” in the spring in New York. I think that would be a fun show to send in a submission.

The Swell Sisters met last night and we worked on our own projects; however I just socialized with the group. It is hard for me to work on anything serious in a group of 30 women all talking at once. It was a blast though.

Our show is fast approaching and I will be showing “Free Fall” since I finally finished the piece. We open on December 13th - Second Saturday.

Recently I met few of my swell sisters and we had a concrete play date. What fun and it opens up many possibilities. For my piece I just took mannequin bodies form (actually only the front half) and covered it in concrete and

will lay it out in the garden. I guess I need to take a picture to share.

My friend Jilly is willing to show me how to mosaic. I am going to have way too much fun!

Also next weekend is Folsom Faire and the last faire of the year. Busy! Busy! Busy!

Quote for the day: There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. – Pablo Picasso

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