Monday, September 26, 2011

Drop the Chalupa

Ginger Goes Boating  © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 8  oil on board

Meet Ginger. Ginger is a cute little Chihuahua who lives next door to my sister, on a canal, in the sunshine state of Florida. She is the beloved little dog of Jack and Andy. My sister snapped this pic of Ginger as she not-so-patiently paces on top of the boat while she waits for Jack and Andy to board the boat and fire up the motor. She loves to stand at the stem of the boat as they cruise slowly through the canals on the way to the gulf. She stands proudly, knowing all neighborhood dogs are completely jealous of her. Yes, all the other canal dogs would love to wear a little life preserver and feel the air blowing through their fur. She is tiny, but she is bigger than life. I dare you not to smile!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Where does Strength Come From?

Cool Dude Shoes  © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 8  oil on board
 $135.00 + shipping and handling 
"A strong woman knows she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is the journey where she will become strong."
Wow this makes you think, doesn't it?  This message popped up on Facebook yesterday and I can't get it out of my mind. It was posted by the mixed media artist Terry Parvan.  
By the way; about a year ago a man sent me an email asking why I never painted men's shoes, couldn't get that out of my mind either. So here is my first pair of men's shoes. Don't want anyone to feel left out. Oh, and the above quote can be applied to men to, don't want to leave you out on that either.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Crayons, Shoes & Shopping

General Patents  © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
12 x 12 oil on board
 $305.00 + shipping and handling
I saw these lovely slingbacks in a store recently.  The stores were buzzing with back-to-school shoppers. It reminded me of when I was a kid and how much I loved going back-to-school shopping. My Mom made most of my clothes, so what we shopped for was new school shoes and my new box of Crayola crayons. Hmmm, shoes and art supplies, that's a kick!

I would get one new pair of shoes in the beginning of each school year. I soooooo loved that. Many times we would be visiting my Mom's home town of New Ulm, Minnesota. We would go shopping in the little downtown of this adorable German city where everyone knew my Grandpa. Grandpa Tony, as we called him, because we couldn't pronounce Steinbach, owned a shoe repair shop. So every shoe store we'd go in, they would say, "Oh, your Tony's Grand-daughter. We love your Grandpa."  It was always such a wonderful experience and a wonderful memory.
 Downtown New Ulm, Minnesota