Rubber Sole

Hi Friends,

After making the tire track paintings, I was thinking about what else I could use to create patterns. The answer that came to me was shoes! But not my good shoes.

I went to a local thrift store and looked for shoes with interesting designs on the soles. I found two pairs that I liked and brought them home to experiment with.

Cassandra Tondro contemporary art

Cassandra Tondro contemporary art

My first thought was to just use black, like the tire track paintings. I put the shoes on, stepped in black paint, and walked on the canvas. Here’s how they looked with only black.

Cassandra Tondro contemporary art

Cassandra Tondro contemporary art

They needed color, so I added several more layers of shoes prints.

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Cassandra Tondro contemporary art

“Just Do It,” 36 x 48 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Cassandra Tondro contemporary art

“Autumnal Dance,” 40 x 40 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

At first I thought they looked too busy, but over time the busyness has grown on me. I like the transparency of some of the paints and the way the layers move forward and recede back. I decided to own what has become one of my styles — busy and a little chaotic yet pulled together into a cohesive whole.

Which other brands of shoes have interesting soles? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,
Cassandra

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  1. Rubber Sole I love these paintings! “Autumnal Dance” is beautiful. You continue to inspire during chaotic times, Cassandra. Thank you ❤️

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