These Boots are Made for Dancing!

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg.”

– C. S. Lewis

These Boots are Made for Dancing!

5.5″ x 7.5″ Watercolor & Acrylic on Yes! Primed Linen

This painting was done from a reference by KreativeK at WetCanvas.  Thanks, Kay, for sharing this great photo.  Yes! is a really fun surface to paint on.  It’s smooth and normally accepts watercolor beautifully.  I think this particular pad has been compromised by extreme temperatures in my sign shop, because the watercolor was wanting to bead up.

I imagine I have over 4 hours in it.  First I drew the boots with a watercolor pencil.  I then outlined all of the lines with a Sharpie.  All of the colors, except the black and white, were painted in with watercolor.   The black is Golden Fluid Acrylic and the white is Winsor & Newton Iridescent White acrylic.

For the background, I smeared some iridescent white on with a pallet knife and my fingers, then mixed some yellow and red watercolor into some of the white acrylic and smeared it on.  When the boots were completed, I filled in the white background with watercolor.

Are you ready to go dancing?  he he he

Is anyone having trouble posting with  It has been terrible for me, yesterday and today.  😦

About C. S. Lewis

Anglo-Irish author C. S. Lewis, called Jack by his friends, is best known for his children’s fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. He was born in 1898 in Belfast but settled in England after serving in World War I. He belonged to a writing group with J. R. R. Tolkien, whom he credited for his religious awakening. Lewis went on to write many Christian-themed books. His marriage to Joy Gresham, who died of bone cancer, was memorialized in the movie Shadowlands. He died in 1963.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thewhiteswan
    Oct 06, 2010 @ 10:00:30

    This looks great so far, Beth. Really fun and colorful! Now I want to try that paper, thanks for the info on it.


  2. lesliepaints
    Oct 05, 2010 @ 21:10:37

    Thanks for this info, Beth. 🙂


  3. lesliepaints
    Oct 05, 2010 @ 08:52:21

    When you say linen, do you mean linen paper? I like the effect with this, but you say the watercolor beads up? I really like the colorful boots. They are fit for a barn dance! Super colorful!


    • Beth Parker
      Oct 05, 2010 @ 09:16:43

      Thanks, Leslie! The do look perfect for a barn dance.

      The description on the cover of the pad says… “Plate Smooth Finished Triple Primed Cotton”. Here’s a link to more information about it. It literally feels like a piece of fabric with primer on it. When I first got it, it took watercolor beautifully. This pad has probably just been compromised somehow.


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