Friday, 2 November 2012

The Red ish Shoes ....


I am not sure that buying shoes because you think they would be fun to paint
is entirely sensible
especially they only go with one piece of clothing that I own
and that one piece is quite possibly stretching it
but for some reason I really wanted to paint them
and not being known to ignore my whims means that I promptly bought them

but despite the lack of judgement regarding wardrobe coordination
and the fact that I probably could have snuck a photo of them
and just painted from that
I am liking them very much  




I would place them firmly in the comfy rather than the stylish category
but there is something appealing about then none the less
so I am sitting here in a glorious mish mash of an outfit
cobalt blue top, black crops and glowing reddish orange shoes
all topped with a paint splattered apron
which I figure pulls the whole ensemble together
as it has splatters of cobalt, orange, and red so it provides a unifying element


They only made it onto my feet late yesterday though
as they have resided on my desk for days
and have been drawn a couple of times
I drew them first in my rubbish sketchbook, which is a favourite go to for first drawings
as I don't are how they turn out as the paper is rubbish 
and so I can blame any unsuccessful drawings on the paper
but I was happy with the shapes, lines and all that
so I actually kept them in the same position
and re drew them in a book with much nicer paper


so I got awesome colours and better lights and darks
crazy the difference the different paper makes
these are the same paints and pens... but wildly different results

I then proceeded to prop them up and do a bigger version
on my favourite Draw and Wash paper
at which time I figured I had exhausted their inspirational merit
and happily dropped them on the floor and have been wearing them ever since
I have even managed to get paint on them already
so thinking they will be studio shoes
seems meant to be really ...


 Hoping all my bloggy friends on the East Coast, especially PPF'ers
 are all safe and haven't suffered too much damage
I am sending lots of positive thoughts your way... xx

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65 comments:

Laurie said...

well I love those red shoes, I have had red shoes and I think they are happy shoes,

Michellem said...

Love your new shoes - even if they aren't on your feet they were a great purchase!

~*~Patty S said...

your shoes are fabulous and just my style actually...
your drawings are always captivating and wonderful Tracey!
Fun post!
oxo

Giggles said...

Oh my goodness I got a few giggles when I first saw these shoes on my side bar...they looked like little girl shoes...so cute...when I clicked onto your site Whaaala they looked normal size big people shoes!! Adorable...I love them. They look like comfortable Clarks.... I'm a huge fan of slipons!

With all the color blocking in style you can wear those with any color they'd be great with a skirt, jeans, summer dress...so adorable!!Great painting of them!! At first I thought you meant you wanted to paint the actual shoes... all kinds of confusion going on in giggles world today....lol

Hugs Giggles

Bev said...

Well for once i disagree with u Miss Tracey, i think red shoes go with everything, i have a pair that i love, they rock with jeans and black tights totally love to wear red shoes, so wear them to death and great paintings lol

hugz bev

*jean* said...

nothing like a snappy pair of shoes to make the world seem new! super paintings, tracey!

Serena Lewis said...

OMG, girl!! Where did you get those shoes 'cos I want a pair?!!!! However, as much as I love your red shoes, red isn't my colour at all...do they come in other colours??

Wonderful sketches, Trace...enjoyed seeing them all!

minnemie said...

Oh how very FUN!!! I am not a shoe person, but I would have bought these as well. Very well sketched - I think shoes are hard to capture. You know,coming from a "stay-away-from-red-for-your-will-attract-attention" family and culture, I am always amazed here in the US how often, and with how much confidence, people seem to wear red shoes. And it totally works! SO just wear them with confidence, regardless of all the fashion "rules", and you'll be the crazy-artist talk of the town;-)

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Double purpose shoes. Cool. :D
They are lovely.

JKW said...

Wow, what a way to justify buying a pair of shoes. Absolutely love it. . wish I had thought of it. Great art by the way, definitely justifiable. :) Blessings, Janet PPF

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

Those are super awesome shoes. Perfect for whenever you need a bit of pop with an outfit...or to draw. I love all of your different pieces. Quite the different results--a great experiment. Enjoy those shoes! xx

Helen Campbell said...

Well, I can't say I've bought a pair of shoes because I wanted to draw them... however I have bought shoes that don't go with my wardrobe but they were calling to me.
Love your shoe paintings... they do look quite comfy.:)

Anne Manda said...

Awesome shoe drawings and paintings, so glad you bought them in red, and not f.ex. grey... I'm sure I have bought shoes with lesser reasons and got less use of them! :)

Catherine... said...

Like your new shoes...it's boring black wellie weather here, not much inspiration in that. So glad to hear someone else has rubbish paper and good paper.

Sue said...

Why not buy shoes to paint....they are a very handsome pair. They also look incredibly comfy!
xx

missy k said...

Multi tasking shoes.... I like it!!!

Great sketch, great shoes!

Karenx

Jez said...

My personal style philosophy is - a woman should never be without a pair of red shoes. They're fun, they're young, and who cares what they go with.
Great drawings.

TwinkleToes2day said...

GORGeous shoes Tracey and I don't blame you one iota for buying them to paint in/on/and any other possible way it seems ;) Have a Fab Friday :0) Mo x

Fern Spackman said...

Buying shoes just to paint them seems perfectly reasonable to me... and to then be able to use them as studio shoes, well what a great bonus!! : ) I'm happy to have discovered your blog and loved reading your posts. Thanks for the comments you left on my post to this week's Artist' Play Room challenge. Looking forward to seeing more of your work (and your great objects of inspiration!).
-- Fern

Linda Brightwingsofsummer said...

I'm with Jez - heading out to buy red shoes right now! :-) happy ppf!!

Netty said...

wow, no wonder you bought those fabulous red shoes, they were obviously totally made for you.
The drawings of them are terrific and especially love all the detail in the insides. Happy PPF, Annette x

Elisa Choi said...

Your lovely shoes painting are so fun to look at! Love the colors and the shadows beneath the shoes.:)

Carolyn Dube said...

Painting is more than enough of a reason to buy anything! Good thing you found a use for the shoes after you were done painting them! Besides, the more you shop the more you are helping the economy. You didn't do this for you- you did it to help others!

Lynn Cohen said...

Can't sleep so came to peep and found crazy feetRed paint splattered feet dancing in the night artists studio while you slept miss whimsy artist you, hPPF!

NatashaMay said...

Your shoes are looking fabulous! Love them! :)

carlarey said...

Red shoes go with everything! If you need proof, refer to the Wizard of Oz.
Also, your fabulous painting may have filled me with an uncomfortable amount of shoe envy.

WrightStuff said...

Totally LOVE your shoes... in fact, have a touch of shoe envy.... and you paint them so well. My toes are twitching now... they want shoes....

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

Lovely shoes. I can see why they made it home with you. They do make an outstanding subject for painting regardless of how they fit into your wardrobe. Glad to hear that they have been duely broken in now with paint splatter. Happy PPF

Ginny said...

I love your red shoes and how they inspired you. Inspiration does come in so many different forms. I love shoes but they don't seem to love me which is why I seem to spend so much time trying to find just the right pair. Maybe, I have been looking for all of the wrong reasons.
It was interesting to me to learn how many times you painted your shoes before you were finished. I learn so much from you each week. Thank you.

Faye said...

Tracey, I want some shoes just like those! I think they would be so much fun to wear. How beautiful they would look with black. Wow! You've done a great job in your painting.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Oh, Tracey, I want those shoes!
Your paintings of them are spectacular!
Love that you find inspiration in the everyday things. :)
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Gloria said...

Loving your red shoes. They are fun! I do have a pair of red tennis shoes that I love. Awesome work, thanks for sharing.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Love red shoes! Your illustrations are excellent as usual ~ do hope you wear the shoes often ~ fun! ~ they would go great with jeans!~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Kat Sloma said...

I think buying shoes because you want to paint them is a perfectly valid reason. And you get to wear them too - a bonus!! Happy PPF!

Susan said...

I love them! I saw a girl in white Converse style hi tops in Santa Fe, New Mexico last week. She had painted (splattered) the primary colors all over them. They were funky cute, your's are a stylin' kind of cute. And hooray for you for buying them rather than leaving them to be ordinary.

Niki said...

You inspire me. You find such fun and art in the ordinary objects that surround us. (Not that YOUR shoes are ordinary--they look quite extraordinary!) I enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing.

Caitlyn (ladyphlogiston) said...

Love them! And using them as your "pop" of color seems perfectly reasonable to me - I had tons of friends who would have worn that outfit in college. Admittedly I don't know how fashionable those friends were....

Joni Nickrent said...

it's hard to resist a great pair of red shoes! Love your whimsical and wonderful painting!

Missy said...

I'm all for the comfy shoes and those are cute. Great shoe art!

Siggadisart said...

Your shoes are beautyful, big lke.

Molly said...

i love them! were they red to start with and you decorated them or did you paint them red, too? what kinds of paints did you use on them?

Nigel Roberts said...

Well I've seen painted boots and wellies before now, so why not shoes?

Love the drawings.

Mitzi Wolfe Zohar said...

Those shoes are super cute and so are your drawings. What a great idea to use the same subject with different papers to see how it affects the finished drawings.

Fallingladies said...

Great shoes, i am not a shoe person in general but i would wear these. Your paintings are perfect... It is amazing the difference good paper made!

Christine said...

I LOVE your new shoes...the shape, the colour...nicely painted indeed.

Terri Morse said...

Tracey, your post just tickled me. Thanks for the smiles. I can see why you were attracted to the shoes. They are really cute and they have some serious style :) I love your illustrations. They would look great framed and hanging in your studio. Hugs, Terri

lilasvb said...

love those red shoes

VonnyK said...

Your shoes are gorgeous, I love the colour. Buying just to paint hey, there could be a problem with that. At least you are wearing them now. I learned the hard way (and thanks to your advice)that you have to have good paper to get a good painting.
Wonderful pics.
Von

denthe said...

These shoes are lovely and they look rather comfy. Great buy, good on you for not ignoring your whims ;-)

Gina Sismilich said...

Wizard of Oz with comfort built in! If you are away from Kansas - they look like the shoes to wear! Wonderful sketches!

Theresa Plas said...

Wonderful Tracy! So glad you bought them and shared:) It's fun to see what inspires artists! Happy PPF to you!

Bluebell Woods said...

love your style, nice shoes too. Will be following now
Janice

Jessica Sporn said...

Thank you for giving me another reason to buy shoes! These are just lovely -- I would have bought them too! Love your posts -- always. Happy PPF!

bohemiannie! art said...

Adorable shoes...and sketches. I never in a gazillion years would've thought the paper could make that much difference. I tend to be a junk yard dog and my supplies show it. I'm beginning to think I really SHOULD get into the good stuff.

Denise Mulligan said...

I love red shoes, but they are hard to where. They are so cute. I actually think my sister has the same ones! I would have never thought of drawing them, what a great idea.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

I love red shoes. I actually tired on a pair similar to these and would have gotten them had they fit. Guess I could have painted them. lol I too have a junk or rubbish sketch book to test things in.. Funny how knowing its junk frees me to do what I want and experiment. HPPF and Happy red shoe wearing. :)

Ritu Dua said...

absolutely love your shoes...happy shoes to fit in your 'happy feet':)...the colors make me happy too :)

Rita said...

love, love love the reddish shoes!

Catharine said...

Love the red shoes! I am a total fan of red shoes, have a least 3 pairs, call them my happy feet :)

Colleayn said...

I love these shoes! They would match almost everything I wear since I have been on a red clothing click. Have fun in these.

lorik said...

These are great shoes! And I have a pair very similar.
I love your artwork... you have given them life... a personality of their own.

Viola said...

Regardless of the type of paper, you have drawn the shoes very well! But I reckon paper is importent and can make diferent results..

Linda K said...

what a fun post! I'd love to own a pair of those shoes-in red of course :) Your sketches are really wonderful. And from now on I'm going to blame my paper for all my mistakes :):)
PS My area had been w/o power for 5 days last week but all is well for now.

Gloria said...

I love those shoes. Your outfit sounds great! Especially the painted apron which ties it all together! I am glad you gave in to your instinct for I think these shoes will make you smile every time you look at them.

Rita said...

Oh, I think these would be inspirational studio shoes, for sure!! Can you imagine how they would look with wild, multicolored socks! ;)