Friday, July 27, 2012

Stilettos

Stilettos

No more stilettos.  Pumas are my current style. A fortune in shoes from another life filled with Saturday nights out, mini dresses, obnoxious earrings and hair extensions.  Laid back is smarter, but quite honestly, the clothes get boring.

 Happy weekend everybody. Good painting!

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  1. I LOVE them! What a great subject and done so beautifully! I am a sensible shoe girl now too. :(

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    1. I don't like having to be sensible all the time Judy; sensible is boring. Weeding those shoes out of my closet (as I frantically searched for my ring), was something I should have done a long time ago and didn't. I didn't want that part of life to be over. I was holding on.

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  2. This is beautifully painted, Linda!! Love those colors...of course, it brings back bad memories walking in Manhattan with those heels!! Ouch!! Once it got stuck in the grooves on an escalator on Lexington Avenue..

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    1. Thanks Hilda. I recall walking in Manhattan in those high heels to the point where the balls of my feet were killing me and chills were running up my legs, the pain of fashion. I even wore them traveling with some sort of chic outfit that took me days to put together. I must of been out of my mind to have put self image so high on my list of priorities. Thank God, I've wizened up.

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  3. Shoes full of life as the days you have lived together! A beautiful artwork! Nice weekend, Linda!

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    1. You too Rita. I may just keep these on a display shelf somewhere to remind me of the me that was and to celebrate the me that is: a lot more sensible and a lot less pretentious. Thanks, the watercolor was fun to do.

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  4. First thought was "fun abstract", then I realized "those are shoes", love that you went loose and the abstract feeling makes it more interesting than just shoes. Well done.

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    1. Thank you Roger. I had a good time painting it--much more than when I painted Erin. Food for thought on my artistic focus.

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  5. Is there a light sadness-or should I say blue like the background's- on this 'fun abstract shoes' painting (I'm using Roger's words, I liked his comment)? I love stilettos, but for the past 2 years I reraly wear them-it's the rain, always the rain.
    The painting is great, Linda. I really like it!
    Have a great weekend x

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    1. Lovely idea the 'Liebster blogs All' label, by the way :-)

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    2. You are smart woman Konstantina. I am sad that that era has passed; I had a good time in those shoes even though they killed me. It was fun strutting my stuff. --Rain is a problem with shoes. Never wear suede in the rain. --Or silk. What is it with women and shoes anyway? When poor Imelda was lambasted for her shoe collection, I was sympathetic towards her as well as the Philippians. Shoes are a female addiction, I suspect.

      Thanks. I thought so too. It's so difficult to choose just five when every blog we follow has something to offer. It was after I tried to track down the origins of the award that I made that decision.

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  6. Love the painting.

    I have always been a sensible shoes person--at least, since I was about 20 years old. My rule is I have to be able to walk half a mile, no problem, when I am in a driving city, and 2 miles, no problem, in a walking city.

    Within those parameters there is a lot of fashion available. Some of my all-time-favorite decades-old shoes in which 2 miles are a cinch are Dansko, Naot, Stuart Weitzman. . . even Donald Pliner. Tevas are a new favorite of mine. Very suited to Austin.

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    1. I'm a Donald Pliner fan and a bigger fan of Cole Haan. Their Air Niki collection is fantastic, worth every dime. Plus you can send the shoes in and they will refurbish them for a price lower than new. Cole Haan mules are the greatest. Then I bought my Pumas when I was having trouble with my knee. I liked them because they closed up tight to the ankle. I stuck in some orthopedic supports like I wear in my New Balance gym shoes and they did the trick. I just bought my second pair--nowhere near as pricey as Cole Haan, but cool and athletic looking in white with black for a woman who hasn't yet learned to slow down her pace, bad knee and all. Lately too, I've been going to the walking store for Eccos. It's amazing what they've done with regards to styling and all the styles are supportive and fast walking. --But occasionally I do look with regret at those sandles with the heel and recall how cool they looked with trousers and silk shirt.

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  7. Lots of movement and I love the red color flow.
    I can remember two thing about when I wore stilettos -
    I could not run as fast for the bus!
    And they made me feel feminine.

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    1. Crossing your legs looked fetching as well. But fetching too is in my past. Feminine is not. I still get excited over stuff that rolls off the backs of guys.

      Thanks Julie. I thought the free flow of wet on dry watercolor came out well too. I liked the subject and the scrambled set up. I'll probably will paint it again.

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  8. Lovely painting. I could never wear high heels, I always felt as though I was tottering and about to break my ankles, I'm now into flats.

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    1. I'm collecting flats too these days Ann. I do like the way they look with ankle length, stove-pipe pants-- I think, they don't call them that anymore? They're sort of Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina when she goes to Linus's office and whips up dinner from nothing but tomato juice and soda crackers. Ah Hollywood. Audrey's clothes were stunning in that movie; Edith Head out did herself--or maybe it was Valentino, Audrey's favorite?

      When I was a kid. I wanted to be a fashion designer. I wanted to go to Pratt Institute of Design. My mom wouldn't let me. It was in New York. They had no dorms, no safe housing for coeds. She was afraid. I wasn't. I was seventeen and invincible.

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  9. LOVE this chaotic jumble of female shoe excess! I, too, have a closet full of high heels that rarely see the light of day. They make for a fun and energetic painting!

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    1. Susan. Congratulations and how exciting to be in that publication. I noticed that yesterday, but was out of computer time. I will be back to see the spread. You deserve it. Your horses and the action in your paintings belong in the winner circle.

      Isn't it odd how shoes get out of order in the closet. No sooner do we organize and straighten and then they start walking out the door to be found under our desk, to the side of the easel, in front of the back door waiting to trip us up. Stilettos are a fun subject, not to be taken too seriously; they can't canter.

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  10. Your art in my blogger dashboard ALWAYS draws me over to look! Love the colors and the composition. I've never worn stilettos! But I love how they look.

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    1. Your name in my blog list catches my attention too. I just came back a happier person for my visit. I do look forward to your posts. Your work is so engaging--and I do like your new slick page layout. Very clever. Very sophisticated. You're a bright spot in Blog World if not in the office of the Daily Rag.

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  11. Estimada LWROTH: me parece un tema muy noble el de los zapatos, y estos me parecen muy bien expresados en tu acuarela. En estos momentos, casualmente, estoy trabajando en este mismo tema. Me agrada tu entusiasmo por el dibujo y la pintura. Lamentablemente no puedo complacer tu pedido, no tengo más fotos del desarrollo de mis trabajos que te interesaron. Lo siento. Lo que si puedo hacer es documentar algunas de mis próximas obras. Si te parece bien puedo enviarte ese material a tu e-mail.
    Gracias por tus elogios y bienvenida a mi Blog.

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    1. En su presentación de diapositivas proceso de trabajo, que creo que es genial, yo era sólo curiosidad por saber cómo se comenzó a fotografiar el desarrollo de esa composición con dos elementos principales ya poner en marcha. Entonces parecía que ir a rellenar las partes que los han llevado dos juntos - el perro y la cabeza. Eso es bastante interesante. Por favor, perdónenme si soy demasiado curiosa, como ya he explicado, yo soy un estudiante del retrato. Cada bit de información que puede recoger ayuda.\n\nGracias por tu amable comentario sobre los zapatos. Pensé que salió bastante buena para lo que yo llamo una pintura de calentamiento, una pintura sólo por el gusto de hacerlo.

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  12. beautiful painting...and deep on many levels. I had fun reading all the comments and thinking about my own shoe situation. My high heel days are over too---and my favorite comfortable shoe is Ecco. I highly recommend them! I remember the first pair I got I kept thinking "it's like walking on clouds"--I could be their spokesperson. Kudos to you for honoring your pretty shoes from yesteryear in a painting..it's brilliant!

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    1. Those were the days my friend. I thought they'd never end till I found Eccos--and got sick and tired of being slowed down by shoes that were gorgeous killers. During my ring search, I took the opportunity to weed out the most offensive of the lot. There's more to go, but I've called the ring search off. I needed to regroup. Oops, I haven't looked in my trunk yet. These spot checks will go on for a year or till some-excuse-for-a-special-occasion when this baby may just pop out and gift herself with a new, totally different bauble to fill the void.
      It'll probably be a carload of paint. Oops, now is as good a time as any.

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  13. Absolutely beautiful - and so well done! Vibrant, interesting - great, unique subject matter - especially how they are strewn about so. I have to tell you that my "most valuable critic" came walking into the room when I had this picture up and she said, "That's beautiful!" So it passes a really tough test (she probably likes every 5th thing I do, at least moderately).

    By the way, my days of wearing heels are over too. (Just kidding).

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    1. Thank your wife for me; I can tell she's a woman of taste---perhaps suffering from the same shoe fetish as the rest of us that she could recognize them through the abstracted jumble? And thank you. You know there's a lot of us who are through with such nonsensical self torture.

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  14. Love this one Linda! The colors are dazzling, exciting, and full of fun! Bold, striking, wild, and carefree brush strokes help to make this painting very successful. Bravo! Wow!
    A pleasure to look at again and again.
    Take care.
    Your art buddy,
    Michael

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    1. Thanks Michael. It seems that I do paintings like this when I am avoiding the unfinished works lying around the studio. I just want to lighten the load with something silly and fun and not involving a lot of mess.

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