Sept 22, 2017
oil on panel, 8"x8"
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Call me a 3 year old, but I always thought it was funny that calcetines (socks) sounded so much like calzones (underwear). Growing up in a Spanish-speaking home, this is what we found humorous.
Ok, side-tracked. Onto the painting.
I will have to admit, this painting is not one of my favorites. Technically speaking, it's all over the place and it's a bit too abstract for my liking.
I don't think the Paloma during happy hour and the 2 glasses of chardonnay helped me when I sat down to paint. Not at all. But, you can't have it all.
And if you couldn't tell, I'm a bit self-critical.
This crop was taken from a reference photo Jose took of me in my denim dress, with my oversized travel camera backpack in these very socks. I always bring these socks with me when I travel, even if I look silly as I sleepily waddle around an airplane during a 10+ hour transatlantic flight. I decided to paint these specifically out of the entire reference photo for a challenge in composition and value (what's new) and to show a part of me many people don't know about (unless you're traveling with me on one of those long a** flights). They're pretty ugly to be honest, and they were only a $3 emergency purchase on Amazon, but they are the most comfortable socks I own.
Which got me thinking: women rarely show their "ugly" sides and, quite frankly, their vulnerable sides. It's so interesting for me to witness this as a woman; there is so much judgement with what we think others will think of us, and what we will think of our very selves. Fast-forward this thought, and women who are in relationships start to "let loose" and not care about what they look like in front of their significant other. I could definitely get that, as I'm about to get married myself and I could say I have "let loose" in many different areas, but there is a difference in being confident in who you are/what you're wearing/what you say/what you do/etc and just letting it all go. This difference is such a fine line, but it's so empowering when you find it and live it.
I wanted to bring that to light in this painting: female empowerment and self-love begins with confidence in your very self and who you are, and if you want to wear those Charmander, fired up, over-sized socks outside of the confines of your home to check the mail or pick up some milk, do it with pride.
"I'm going to wear a turtleneck Pikachu onesie, and not care what anyone thinks about it, because it's comfortable and I like it on me" should be the new black.
Is it strange to wear these large socks out on the street to get the mail? Maybe. But I'm totally ok with it and I'm going to continue doing so, especially wear them on airplanes because those tubes are so dang cold.
(And if you wondered what these socks had to do with this series, it's the message AND I'm about to hop on a flight to Southern California to continue wedding planning.)
TGIF! I can't wait to share paintings from this weekend with all of you- stay tuned for some goodness!