Late Summer Reflections

Hi Friends,

I thought I was done with the shoe paintings, but then I found these Eddie Bauer shoes at one of the thrift stores.

Cassandra Tondro art

The tread is interesting, and I couldn’t resist giving them a try. They’re big and it was kind of hard to get them to stay on my feet. But the large size of the shoe prints works really well on a larger canvas.

Here’s the first piece I did with these shoes. Click on the image to see it larger in a browser.

Cassandra Tondro art

“Walk This Way,” 36 x 48 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

I like the contrast of the pastel colors with the black prints. I decided to do a second painting using the same shoes, and this one looks totally different.

Cassandra Tondro art

“Night Passage,” 36 x 48 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

I guess I’m not done with the shoe paintings yet! I found another pair of Skechers shoes that are fun, and I’m going to give them a try this week.

The weather is beginning to change as we head into fall. It’s still warm during the day, but it’s cold in the morning when I get up. It’s a pretty time of year, and the light is different from summer light. The sun is lower in the sky, and the light is more yellow. It feels a little nostalgic to me.

There’s a bat that visits my backyard at dusk now. I sit on the deck and wait for his nightly arrival. He zips around the yard erratically for about five minutes, then he’s off to other destinations, looking for insects to eat. I’ve never seen bats before, so I was excited to see this one. He seems to be a solo bat. I heard that they hibernate in the winter, and I’m going to miss him when he’s gone.

I’m also going to miss the Katmai bears in Alaska when they go into hibernation. The bear cams are a real life soap opera with a cast of hundreds of bears and millions of salmon. There’s grumpy Grazer and her two chubby yearlings. Otis, who’s one of the oldest bears on the river and everyone’s favorite. Bear 747 who’s built like a tank and gets so fat by the end of summer he can barely move. And lovely Holly who adopted a cub abandoned by another mother. Tune in for Fat Bear Week when viewers get to decide who wins the title of Fattest Bear of the Year!

What are your summer memories from this year? 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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