One of my favorite pieces I made this summer was on a steel-toed boot. I remember the boot catching my eye off the side of the highway as I returned from getting groceries in Carlsbad. But by the time I registered what I had seen, my car had already sped past and an abrupt U-turn seemed a little sketch last min on the highway. So I kept a mental note of the general spot so I could return later- and a few weeks later, I did! There happened to even be a little pull out right before the placement of the boot so I wasn't in TOO much danger retrieving it!
Once washing the boot off, the next step was to prime and lay an orange ground as a base. I was immediately struck by the shape of the shoe and loved how the tongue of the boot tucked behind the tall sides... almost like a MOUNTAIN peeking through a CANYON... The object itself had such incredible depth and offered similar shapes of one of my favorite hikes in the park- Devil's Hall!
Once the painting was completed I took my boot on a little hike up Devil's Hall. It was a little extra weight, but the hike is relatively flat so it wasn't too much of a challenge. However, this was my first painting photo shoot that included a hike as opposed to a walk. I enjoyed this extra final step of the process. My own hiking boots on my feet were able to mobilize this once forgotten boot, and it directly commented on our human footprint. I'm hoping to continue this idea and perhaps revisit even longer hikes in order to connect the art to the landscape!