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.
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.
They needed color, so I added several more layers of shoes prints.
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“Just Do It,” 36 x 48 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
“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,