I did this preliminary drawing for a new theme I am working on: shoes and feet. As I mentioned on the “Wendy’s Artwork” page of my website, I became interested in shoes and feet as the subject matter for artwork while waiting at the Canadian Consulate for three hours to process our final immigration paperwork. I had my sketch book and pencils with me, so I started sketching people. I noticed a couple of people with some interesting looking sneakers, so started sketching. What I found interesting was how people’s shoes and the way they positioned their feet expressed mood and personality.
I’ll be doing this study in oil pastels, but will be also be using oil on canvas, and perhaps watercolor for some of my work in this series. I’ve been sketching and taking lots of reference photos of interesting shoes. I’ve even asked people if they mind if I take photos of their feet, and then explain what I am working on when I get blank, puzzled stares. Most people are quite happy to oblige, some are flattered, and some just appear to figure that artists are a weird bunch, but they’ll humor me.
I’ll be posting more images and works in progress as I continue with this series and would love to hear comments.