Saturday, April 27, 2013

Farewell


Wolfgang had a rare track season Saturday off today (track meet yesterday), so he took advantage by getting various pieces of "business" taken care of.  This involved dragging me around since I hold the pla$tic.

All missions were accomplished, and I managed to squeeze in an illustration for this week's Illustration Friday prompt:  Farewell.

One of our $top$ was the running store to get him a new pair of running shoes as he's sent another pair into retirement.  As I looked at his old beat up pair that has gone over 600 miles or so, I was reminded of that scene in Shaolin Soccer.  Remember the one?

The team has just made the big time and gotten a shoe endorsement deal, so they have a little ritual for their old beat up shoes.  "Today we say good-bye to our old shoes and our old way of life, so... BYE BYE!"  Then the shoes get the last laugh.

So I decided to have a little ritual for Wolfgang's old shoes and draw them as they head off into their retirement of mowing the lawn, chopping wood, cleaning the dog kennel...

BYE BYE!

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  1. 600 miles! Yowza! I'd say Wolfgang got your money's worth out of those shoes.

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    1. So right, I've got a pair in the same style myself and they Just. Won't. Die.

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  2. Yep. I agree with Terri. Definitely got your money's worth outa them.
    I always love your drawings of old shoes. They have so much character! Amp used to never want to throw anything away - including his old shoes, so I would take pics of them so he wouldn't forget what they looked like. A drawing woulda been so much better!

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    1. That's a great idea! Take photos of things they won't throw away! I do think old shoes have a lot of character - the more beat up the better. Make nice art subjects too, they never complain.

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    2. I have a camera SD card that is labeled, "Art." As I've slowly made my way through the kids' drawings, 3d stuff from school, favorite blankies, etc. (to get rid of), I pull out the card, put it in the camera and snap.

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  3. Ooh Brooks. Recently learned I'm within 25 miles of THE Brooks factory outlet -- bonus! Now I don't have to wait 'til they get as tattered as Shaolin Soccer dude's before springing for a new pair (as long as I get last year's model (Ghost)).
    Now, if I had a "shoe endorsement deal"....that'd be different!

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    1. Really? Neighbors with the Brooks'? I'm facebook friends with them, but no endorsements for me either. Run Happy!

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  4. My old shoes always seem to get downgraded to yard shoes, but painting them is a lot better. Nice!

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    1. I think "yard shoes" is a pretty universal shoe retirement plan, but I think they appreciate a nice portrait too :)

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  5. These shoes are real character actors. Love what you did with them.

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  6. I have 3 pair running shoes, all of which are worn down to smooth, practically. One pair, I still use - and when I do, you better believe that I slow up on the decline, especially if the road is wet... not that I have any speed, but you never know. Anyway, this is supposed to be the week of getting new shoes because I'm walking a 10k tour of the city this weekend. Maybe I'll make it to the store tomorrow. I'm inspired by your drawing.

    Btw, do Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. have any use for those nice of the top, bad on the bottom, running shoes?

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    1. I know what you mean, I get ascared running downhill when my shoes get all smooth bottomed. You never know. Happy shoe hunting.

      I usually don't donate shoes that are past their useful life. Case by case basis.

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