Monday, October 31, 2011

Take My Little Sneaks on a Hop

Little Sneaks © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 10 oil on canvas- $170.00

"For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin-real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember time waits for no one."   by Souza

Every now and again I have to reminded of this quote by Souza above. Especially when I get caught up in the thoughts and feelings around the idea I will be happy when I'm selling more art or  when I get my art on-line or when I have 10,000 followers or when I etc etc etc.   You know what I mean Jelly-Bean?

On a different note: join me and some of my fellow artist friends on a  BLOG HOP. This is a group of artists that were brought together by an e-course called Flying Lessons from Artist, Author, & Possibilitarian Kelly Rae Roberts . Please hop on by the below blogs and leave a comment to let the artist know you stopped by.  This is an talented group of artists. You will see all types of art from jewelry to mixed media. Have fun hopping...

Amaranthine Violet:
Beatriz Peñas B.:
Beth Cougler Blom:
Carmen Patti:
Carol Bray:
Christina Fajardo:
Cindy Jones Lantier:
Connie Rawlins :
Dana Brock:
Deborah Velásquez :
Elissa Brown:
Hillary Courson:
Jacquie Williamson:
Jane Paynting:
Janet Forrest:
Jennifer DeVille:
Jill Lambert :
Julie Hamilton:
Kanchan Mahon:
Karen Claverie:
Kari DeSaulnier:
Kathleen Conard :
Kathleen McKinnon:
Kathy May:
Kelley Miller:
Kelly Corso:
Kelly Hoernig:
Kim Hyer:
Kris Lanae Binsfeld:
Lenore Angela:
Linda Barutha:
Lisa Michele Products:
Liza Zeni Baker:
Lynn Richards:
Lori Leissner:
Lori Moon:
Mary Cottingham:
Mary Sterk:
Megan Schmitt:
Melanie Douthit:
Michelle Dwyer:
Michelle Reynolds:
Rachél Payne (Rae):
Rain Hannah:
Rhiannon Connelly:
Ruth-Mary Smith:
Sherry Richert Belul:
Shirley Ann:
Stacey Chadwick
Susan M. Walls-Beverly:
Teresa Cash-Czech:
Tina Carlborg:
Tonya Love:
Ursula Smith:
Zulma Cadena:
Mary Cottingham
Special Thanks to Michelle Reynolds for the use of her artwork(! For more info on classes by Kelly Rae Roberts visit or check out her new Hello Soul. Hello Business. Thanks for hopping with us!


  1. Hello Amy, I'm so grateful for this blog hop as I hadn't seen your work yet; it's fantastic! "happiness is the way" that is so very true, keep that in your heart always and life will leap and bound ahead for you. Liza x

  2. Love you little shoes, Amy! And your quote is so right, isn't it? If we are so concentrated on some distant destination, we miss all the wildflowers on the way. Be Blessed!


  3. Hopping by to say hi. Keep creating!

  4. I love all your shoes and boots. I love this blog hop because it's giving us a chance to see each other's blog and our artist side of each of us. Painting is where my heart is!

  5. What a wonderful reminder that we all need to keep with us daily! Your pet paintings are awesome.

  6. oh my goodness! you've got the shoes to go hopping in! love the girls boots w/ chintz{?} in them! lovely...

  7. I love your little hopping shoes :) Your work is charming, and Im so thankful for this blog hop because I am finding some incredible blogs!

  8. you are very talented Amy, lovely art, Happy Hopping x

  9. Thank you for reminding us Amy, "Happiness is the Way"!

  10. I'm loving stopping by and seeing everyone's work. Lovely paintings! I'm visiting San Antonio this week! My second trip to Texas!

  11. Wow thank you so much Leonarda, Chelle, Kelly Miller,Jynene,Constance, Carol,Lisa and Lisa and Lyzazeni for hopping by and leaving a comment. I will hop on over and see yours soon.

  12. wow amy. this painting is so realistic. when i first saw it i thought how cute, she makes little shoes. great job on this one.

  13. OMG Amy, those shoes are ADORABLE!!!

  14. Amy, I agree with everyone above! :-) Your work is so realistic, it is amazing! I love the quote you included! So happy to get to know you! Thanks for hopping! :-) Kris

  15. Love the little sneakers! They are so darling, and sooooo real looking! Glad I came by your blog. Happy hopping!

  16. Just flying by! Shoes - one of my favourite subjects! The little teeny ones are so cute. Your work is beautiful - you are so talented!
    Clare x

  17. Love the quote!! Yes we have ALL ALREADY ARRIVED! Isn't that wonderful.
    Sweet painting as usual! Look at all your comments - you have arrived in a big way! xoxo

  18. Such a great quote at the beginning of your post. It's funny how often a person needs to be reminded that everyday life is the exciting part. Thank you for that. Love your puppy portraits. You're a very talented woman!

  19. Beautiful art work... Love the quote too. Keep flying.

  20. Love the quote and those sweet sneakers- keep flying high!

  21. Love your art, thank you for being part of the Fly Tribe.

  22. Stopping by from Blog hopping..:) Love your shoes.
    Very unique and fun!

  23. loving this idea of a blog hop, taking a break and waiting for glue to dry, love, love those heels :)

  24. Hi Amy (((Happiness is the way))) Enjoyed stopping by your blog. Jane x

  25. I love the quote you posted as I ALWAYS find myself looking forward to the NEXT THING... I need to post ti somewhere to always remember and live for today.
    Your work in gorgeous too... I thought you were a photographer at first and it was so different that you were photographing shoes! Such beautiful paintings and an interesting take on our obsession with shoes... thank you!

  26. Finally making around to everybodies blog! Your shoes are amazing, they look like photographs. Have a great weekend.-Kelly

  27. Amy...your shoes and boots are a delight. Love them! I remember stopping by your blog at the beginning of our flying course. Happy to have found it again! Julie

  28. Amy, love your painting, beautiful as always. I also your your words, what an inspirational quote! All just perfect!

  29. "Little Sneaks" is charming! Good reminder for living now and being happy now.

  30. Oooh. I love those little hopping sneakers. AND the amazing quote. I really love your original and creative style! :-)

  31. very creative having this type of theme like shoes! so awesome and much talent