Sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun. Last summer I did a small painting for my friend Tricia’s show. The theme was “shoes”. I have been drawing and painting shoes from way back, and so I delighted in this opportunity to try something new. I have a pair of toddler jellies that I found at a yard sale several years ago and this was a good time to play with that image.
Too Coy 2010 10” x 10” Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
I had fun drawing the image and filling it in with color, but nothing beats my fabric, and I wondered what it would be like to blow the shoe image up and re-create it in fabric.
Boogie Shoes 2011 36 1/2” H x 31” W
This piece was done on whole cloth that I painted using SetaColour paints. It was painted on a hot August afternoon, and I sprinkled salt on the wet paint and let it dry in the summer sun. The batik was something I picked up just because I liked the color. I love when things work together to help create a piece of art. It’s almost like it creates itself.
Here’s a detail of the stitching. The grid quilting was done with a combination of YLI Candlelight thread (used in the bobbin) and Kreinik machine quilting thread. This was my first experience with the Kreinik machine thread and I was really pleased with how well it worked.
You might have guessed from my last post that when I find an image I like, I like to create it multiple times. There will be more shoes in my future, including this one, in process:
Twelve Step, in process hand-dyed and hand painted fabric, silk screen, applique
Are there any images you like to revisit over and over again?