“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


I gessoed boots today, oh boy

Have gesso, will travel. I swear, I ought to just give up on the actual making art thing & just go into business gessoing stuff for real artists. (Y'all know who you are.) Because truly, that's the most fun for me. That not-thinking part is the best!

I was inspired to this bit of craziness by Paula at Molokai Girl & this post. (And, I suspect, secret telepathic messages she's sending my way.) I thought it would help me to loosen up - a constant battle. (Just ask the lovely, lovely Katie who struggles with me weekly during our Pilates sessions.) Anyway, I thought I could just do something silly, something very not-art, something I could have fun with, polka-dot up, maybe even (gasp!) butterfly up! Wouldn't that be FUN? And don't girls just wanna have fun? But as soon as the last coat of gesso was dry I began to agonize. Yes, I know that's hard to believe, but it's true! Now what, I thought? Polka-dots? "Are you crazy?", my inner cruel-spinster-teacher whispered. "It must be art - it must mean something, it must be stupendous, earth-shattering wonderful!" I tell her to shut up, but she continues to whisper, and it's her I blame for these tight shoulders & tense belly & short breaths. It couldn't possibly be me! So to thwart the stifling of my inner artist who just wants to dance with a paintbrush in her hand & let the drops of color fall where they may, I am hereby posting a photograph of these gessoed boots, in the hopes that that action will make me rush & finish them all up with the least pain possible. Feel free to ask about them - feel free to tell me to just get those babies painted! I need all the crazy/silly inspiration I can get.

And oh! Did y'all sing the title of this post to the tune of "A Day in the Life" by the Beatles? I did & now can't get the song out of my head. That's a good thing, I think.


  1. Your art can be absolutely anything you can dream up!!! That's the beauty of art...YOU make the rules...or non-rules...so you go ahead and dance wildly with that paintbrush and let the colours drop where they may...drip polka dots everywhere, to your heart's content!


  2. Take that spinster and very firmly, but gently, put her in the closet. She thinks she is doing what is right for you, but we all know she is just a bit off her rocker!

  3. Jaime & Michelle - Muchas gracias to both of you. I actually painted on the boots last night, and I gotta tell ya, I'm almost tempted to just paint the pair one solid color. The part I DID paint looked great! I was amazed. I'm thinking I may just have a whole new wardrobe of boots! But I won't. These boots are worn out on the inside & not very wearable, so I may as well decorate to my heart's content. Collage? Rhinestones? We'll see!

  4. Love the boots. Thanks for coming by my blog and enjoying my comment to you. Hey I added sparkles to my tennis shoe clogs for my meeting with Peter Max,to feel the vibes!

  5. Those boots are waitng for you to finish them! OK, so you how you like the not thinking part of gessoing? Take that thought with you and do whatever comes to mind to those boots. But DON'T THINK! Let it be random. Let it be what ever it is.
    Those boots pass no judgement no matter what you do to them. So, why should you? : )
    Now, go PLAY!

  6. Paula - Those boots are still waiting, but they've been through 3 colors so far. Right now they're baby girl pink with teeny white polka dots & the word "Believe" collaged to the side. This may be the final color. Embellishments to begin.


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