Blue Shoes

“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”
– Will Rogers

Blue Shoes

4″ x 4″ Acrylic on Ampersand Artist Panel

Don’t you know the reference shoes were plain old ordinary black?  I had such a good time painting this!  All the little shadows that give the laces form are fun to play with.  I added all the light I could muster up, just by playing with the shadows.  🙂

Don’t you love Will Rogers!

About Will Rogers

American humorist Will Rogers was considered the Mark Twain of his generation. He was born in 1879 in Oklahoma, of Cherokee descent, and left school early to become a cowboy. In South Africa his showy roping skills won him a job in a traveling Wild West show, and he quickly switched over to vaudeville and film acting roles. He wrote six books and 4,000 syndicated columns. An avid flier, he died in a plane crash in 1935.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lindahalcombfineart
    Aug 05, 2010 @ 18:04:50

    Very clever…both the quote and the shoes. Those tennis shoes are full of experience and personality…and stinky socks? Reminds me of my grandsons!


    • Beth Parker
      Aug 05, 2010 @ 18:16:33

      Thanks, Linda! It’s so funny how shoes bring up lots of memories! I had someone tell me about a bride in all white and her red high tops yesterday. 🙂


  2. lesliepaints
    Aug 05, 2010 @ 09:59:55

    🙂 I’m still laughing! That quote has to go on something like my refrigerator and then a painting that I can print off onto a card. I do “not” want my parrot living with the town gossip! The shoes are an awesome idea. They would also make a cool grouping of little art.


    • Beth Parker
      Aug 05, 2010 @ 10:13:32

      If my parrot lived with the town gossip, the town would be pretty dang bored! Or… it might say, “Beth is just the lady who sleeps here at night, because she’s always at work.” ha ha Thanks for the comment on my little shoes, Leslie. 🙂


  3. CarolKing
    Aug 05, 2010 @ 07:18:30

    an excellent quote today. And a terrific painting. These remind me of posters. (this painting and your previous one) which is amazing to me because they are really 4″ x 4″. Nevertheless, they look SO BIG!


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