An attraction for shoes showed up repeatedly throughout the my first year of blogging revealing an obvious fetish for the subject.
Reviewing all the drawings,(displayed earliest to latest), it's also obvious that I prefer sporty, comfort shoes. There's only one pair in the bunch that looks like I might wear skirts occasionally. It's misleading. Jeans and a shirt are me. Which one does not belong in this group?
The best drawing is of my snow boots. The rest are still-lifes that have been set up. The boots are drawn flat out, no frills for a no frill item.
The worst drawing is the unfinished drawing of my water aerobics shoes. Though the laces fascinated me,I got bored with the tedium of drawing them-- and, for that matter, with the water aerobics class I bought them for. When I'm in the water I have to swim, be submerged. Jumping around a lot is only great when playing water volley ball.
The photographs of my black patten tuxedo-like dress sport shoes and my white patten flip-flops are pretty cool; they stand on their own as photographs. All black or all white subjects are very difficult to both photograph and draw. The project is more about lighting and the color of it than anything else. To turn these photographs into drawings, would have taken more than a few minutes, more than a day.
What did I learn from doing these drawings? Shoes are fun--but I'm frowning at having set them up in pretty, unrealistic still-lifes. On their own, like the boots, they tell you something about the artist. How could shoes tell us more? More of them lined up in a row and chosen at random perhaps? The painting would be autobiographical,a more revealing portrait of the wearer. --I like the idea.
Finding oneself as a painter takes looking closely at the work that's been done. That's my mission this week so that come the new year, I'll know better how and on what to spend my time. In 2010, I followed whims, the object was to draw regularly. In 2011, I'd like to see more focus in my work.