Friday, October 12, 2018

My Canvas Has Laces 2018

One week until Shoe Bank Canada's second annual fundraising art auction My Canvas Has Laces.
The aim of this charity is to ensure that no Canadian should want for a decent pair of shoes.

For the second year I'm contributing my talent on a pair of canvas shoes.
Here are the shoes I did last year, displayed during the auction. I'm proud to say that my shoes brought in the highest bid and sold for $1100!
My shoes on display at the 2017 auction.
This year's shoes when they arrived, pristine and begging for art!
This year I decided to use a tessellation pattern I've used before and had success with. The pattern would be black and white, but not quite. The tangles would be flat white on pearlescent white, and flat black on graphite gray.
Shoes with the tessellated sections painted. Now onto the patterning.
I used interference blue paint with the black paint in one section on each side, so from one angle it looks black and from another angle it looks blue. I also added a hint of red on the dark section above the blue/black one as the colors on the shoes are red and blue.
Middle section looking black...
... and looking blue.

 These photos give an idea of what the tangles look like.

I felt they needed something a little more, so I did a single section in grays on each tongue.

Would you like to bid on these (or other) shoes? There are 21 pairs of shoes beautified by 21 artists so there's lots of variety! Go to the My Canvas Has Laces website and see what you can find. Remember, the auction is October 20; get your bid in before that.


  1. I am always amazed when artists get a pair of plain shoes and makes them a work of art. Well done!

  2. These are awesome! Should fetch a great bid.

  3. Gorgeous, Margaret. Thank you for doing this.

  4. Those are awesome Margaret, keep up the enjoyable craft