Dancing Shoes (with gold) Laurie Fox Pessemier 12 x 16" 30 x 40cm
These shoes won’t fit. Every few days I try them on again – if my feet were really, really cold they might slip in. I trim my toenails very close.
Sometimes no matter how hard I try I can’t be the person I think I should be. I am not always the painter I want to be, the salesperson, the hostess. I wish I were thinner, didn’t drink so much, didn’t let people get on my nerves. I want to speak Italian right now, laugh more, see the bright side. I want to know the answer (and it better be good).
Grape Vines in the Back Yard Laurie Fox Pessemier 12 x 18" 30 x 45cm
My friend Y and I visit every Wednesday morning on Skype. I look forward to it. We try to improve ourselves. We are suckers for self-help, and we spend a certain number of minutes every day trying to reach our goals. I know that works, because I have two musically gifted nephews who learned multiple instruments, under the eye of my sister, practicing 15 minutes a day. If they can do it, I can master Italian, write, paint, and promote our artwork -- and, oh yeah, exercise. Y sells calendars for her 3 and 30 day goal materials on Etsy. I use them.
Grape Vines at Castello di Serravalle Laurie Fox Pessemier 12 x 24" 30 x 60cm
But, no, the shoes really don’t fit. I can’t even get them on, much less walk in them. I got the shoes at the flea market at Savigno. I didn’t pay too much. They are Italian shoes, beautifully made, with little rubber divots in the heels to make them last. So I there’s still time to figure it all out.
View from Castello di Serravalle Blair Pessemier 12 x 16" 30 x 40cm
I can paint the shoes…maybe someone will come along who likes them as much as I do and they will fit (a man’s size 8). Or, I can plant posies in them, carnations maybe. I have thought of constructing a “dancing” mobile. I have terrifically high ceilings here, and a mobile could be just right. Top hat, gloves, shoes, a record hung from a shiny black cane…a swoopy chiffon scarf? Just don’t step on my toes.