Don't stick your tongue out at me, kid! by April Jarocka

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The wear and tear on the rubber bumper of a Chuck Taylor Converse shoe, tells a story of loyalty on a journey through the fragile months of youth.

These belonged to my youngest and had to be thrown out when I sadly discovered two holes in the heels of both soles! The shoes had so much character, I had to paint them, but sadly the holes themselves didn’t lend any merit to a painting. Paintings of old shoes fascinate me, but for this painting I wanted to just highlight Chuck Taylor as it is…a loyal companion in the fragile months of youth…

Oil on Canvas
15.5″ × 22.5″
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converse boot, shoe, still life, realism, oil painting, contemporary realism, april jarocka, chucks, chuck taylor

I am a contemporary realist artist who paints in oils and acrylics.
I have always been interested in branded items so in 2011 I began a series of chocolate paintings. My next series of paintings will focus on SWEETS

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  • Michele Filoscia
    Michele Filosciaabout 3 years ago

    very well done !

  • Thank you sir! It was a joy to attempt to paint :)

    – April Jarocka

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 3 years ago

    Outstanding, everything about them is exquisitely done. Now I have to get busy and write my converse tennis shoe story☺

  • Thank you for the fave, and comment…look forward to that story!

    – April Jarocka

  • bryanhibleart
    bryanhibleartabout 3 years ago

    Simple compositions often make the most interesting art :) Great realism and lovely sentimental feel!

  • Thanks for the fave…Thank you Bryan, i achieved what I wanted I think, and you’re right. It does have a good feel to it. I hope it’ll brighten someone’s wall somewhere.

    – April Jarocka

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerabout 3 years ago

    excellent image…and I love converse!!! :o)

  • Thank you!

    – April Jarocka

  • Lancsphoto
    Lancsphotoabout 3 years ago

    Really great April! How long does it take you to do something like this I wonder?

  • Well it depends Larry. On many things. Time, frame of mood, motivation, connection with what you’re painting, playlist. This one was a quick 5 day painting. Thanks for your comments Larry ~ appreciated!

    – April Jarocka

  • Harry Purves
    Harry Purvesabout 3 years ago

    Great pic April. I love the details, the signature, the wrinkles the shadow of the lase and the worn hatching on the rubber too. Its such a true to life work. They still look in better condition that the trainers I throw out, but mine tend not to wear holes in the soles, just through the uppers so it’s visible ware and tear. Great work !

  • Many thanks Harry…I must post up a slightly better picture though. Appreciate your comments

    – April Jarocka

  • Dave Callaway
    Dave Callawayabout 3 years ago

    YaaY.. done and dusted.. come up a treat.. well done April.. for me a winner and a fave.. :-))

  • Thanks Dave, so glad you like it!

    – April Jarocka

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombabout 3 years ago

    LOL super title

  • Many thanks!

    – April Jarocka

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 3 years ago

    HERE is the story your painting inspired.

  • okay, thank you very much….I’ll go read.

    – April Jarocka

    BLYTHARTabout 3 years ago

    …. even the stitches look real – great work April!

  • Thanks :)

    – April Jarocka

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