Monday, February 28, 2011

New Running Shoes and Two Atomic Paintings!

I am sorry I have not posted anything in over a week! I have been feeling a bit lazy for some reason. I think it is the weather. It has been cool one day and then somewhat warm the next. Within a two week time frame, there has been rain, wind, sunshine, and even a bit of snow! I, for one, want a major snow event but I think it's not going to happen. March start tomorrow and before we know it, spring will be here.

Nevertheless, I have lots of new ideas for blog topics. I am going to post about vintage repro shapewear and how to do a proper 40s lip. I am also going to talk about my latest sewing adventures. Let me tell you, what a saga that has been!

So, without further ado, I have been painting again. I went to art school and studied Spanish. From makeup, painting to pottery, I love all things art. In the process of decorating my home, I have also been creating a couple of Atomic-era pieces.

Here is one acrylic painting, based on the pattern on the 50s atomic barkcloth runner on my dining room table:
Here is a view of the original print:
One of my favorite blogs is Straight Talking Mama! Fiona is a doll and I LOVE her style! A while back she posted about Retro Renovation. I saw her post and was so inspired:

http://straighttalkingmama.blogspot.com/2011/01/i-want-it-all.html


In honor of this fabulous wallpaper, I created this painting using complimentary colors of blue and orange:

Along with being affected by the weather and painting, I have been running way more! During the dregs of winter, I found myself making excuses not to run/workout. I recently decided 'enough was enough' and now I am back to my 5 days a week/5 miles per run.

In addition, I have been putting off buying new running shoes. The 'cardinal rule' of running shoes is to replace them every 500 miles or every 6 months! I have been so bad! I have not replaced my shoes since August! During my Friday morning run, my left knee began to felt irritated. I realized it was time to buy a new pair. I have found running bliss in Saucony's Pro Guide 2, which is now the 3:
I was so happy to find these shoes on Zappos.com on sale for $76.00USD! I am especially pleased to find these in pink! My previous pair only came in gray/white, green/white, and blue/white. I had the blue/white. I am a sucker for all things pink and I cannot wait for these to arrive!

10 comments:

  1. I love that new art. I see one in my future too. Hum. I better get painting!

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  2. Your paintings are really lovely Tara!
    I also prefer "colors" on my runners. My most recent are white and gray Nike's with bright green accents. =)

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  3. Thanks, Dollie! I love your kitchen atomic fish painting! Too atomi-tastic!

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  4. Thanks, Melzaelf! I also opt for colorful running shoes but lately Saucony has been quite demure. Therefore, I was really pleased with the new color options for the Pro Guide 3!

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  5. oooh I love your art! As I have a resident artist (my husband) I feel I should start commissioning pieces by him for our walls!

    I should start running or at least do something more than sitting on the sofa, I am sooo unfit I feel actually ashamed, I used to be superfit as I used to dance 4-5 hours a night 4 nights a week but that's long gone and sadly so has my figure, I feel inspired art & fitness wise!

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  6. OMGoodness. The painting are wonderful. WOW...that is all I can say...WOW.

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  7. your so darn talented..I cant even draw.
    my fave is the red and orange pintura.

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  8. Thank you, Fiona! That is great that your husband is an artist too! Creating vintage, atomic art is a great way to decorate!

    If you love dancing, it is a great way to stay in shape! You can swim, walk, and even go for a bike ride. Dancing is a blast but I do not get to do it often!

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  9. Thank you for the kind compliment, DFWgirliegirl!

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  10. Muchas gracias, La Dama! When I was in college, I studied Spanish and art. I love acrylic painting but metal sculpture is my favorite medium. I have not done it in years since I no longer have access to the materials and and equipment.

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