A friend and I had been wanting to get together to do art for a while. Kara has the perfect space for an art gathering and the idea of painting shoes had come up previously. The time had finally come for a shoe decorating event for women only. Female bonding with shoes, music, food & wine - what could be better?
I arrived with shoes in hand not really sure what I was going to do. Kara & friends provided acrylic paints, Sharpies, metallic markers, buttons, trim, baubles... I knew inspiration would come if I just would get started, so with green tea at hand (No wine for me! Even one glass can do me in!), I dived in. I squeezed out several colors that called to me and started painting.
We all had so much fun, we met again the following Sunday. This time I brought a pair of newer shoes that I had bought on clearance. They were an odd grey color so I had covered them with black shoe polish a few weeks ago. I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I've always loved Zentangle type drawing and decided to use one of the metallic paint pens to Zentangle my shoes.
So, looking for something fun creative and fun to do with a friend or two? I highly recommend organizing a shoe decorating party!
What's next? Not sure.
However, I have noticed our local Good Will occasionally has .99 sales on jeans...
Deep into my career as an elementary school teacher, I started asking myself if I was still an artist. Can you be an artist if you're not doing any art? Am I a writer if I'm not writing? For me, ARTIST is a verb. Writer too. Do what you love and JOY will come. Maybe money too, but I've discovered without joy, everything else is meaningless.