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My sneakers in my cupboard – Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa

Our egos tells us we’re the only ones that have any kind of feelings. We’re the only ones with a relationship. We’re the only ones with family. You know, I think that, if you kill a spider, there is a relationship that you’re ruining. There’s a conversation going on outside with the other spiders. "Did you hear about Chris?…. Killed! Yeah…. SNEAKER! And now Stephanie has nine hundred babies to raise all alone. Well, she’s got her legs full I’ll tell you that right now. Chris was so kind, wouldn’t hurt a fly. It’s just been tough for them lately. They just lost their web last week. Those humans think they’re so smart. Let them try shooting silk out of their butt and see what they can make!”

I have a real problem finding sneakers that I like, with the result that, when I do, I buy 6 pairs in every available colour! The problem is either that the soles are too thick, almost like you’re walking on high heels or wedges, or the toes turn up, or they’ve got lights flashing in the heels, or they come too high above the ankle or they are the gaudiest colours imaginable, lime green mixed with purple! I like a plain, simple, normal sole, white pair of sneakers, not with grey and blue mixed in or stars and stripes down the sides.

The pair I’ve sketched here is one of my favourites – simple, canvas, with ordinary laces. I have them in white (my favourites!), red, navy and black. And yes, they are as clean as this, I can’t stand dirty sneakers!

  1. 30th March 2011 – FEATURED in Fantastic Primitive Art
  2. 1st April 2011 – FEATURED in Rainbow
  3. 20th October 2012 – FEATURED in Image Writing
  4. 21st October 2012 – FEATURED in Live, Love, Dream
  5. 21st October 2012 – FEATURED in Feminine Intent
  6. 18th March 2013 – FEATURED in Art Inspired by Written Words

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    Looks like a nice sneakers … Great work maree

  • Oh thank you Maggie, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 3 years ago

    This is wonderful work, Maree! I love both your spider story and your very funny sneaker story. There are some very strange( to me) sneakers out there.

  • Smile! Pleased you enjoyed that Tori, and thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 3 years ago

    nicely rendered, Maree.

  • Thanks Sally.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteover 3 years ago

    very well done and clean they are Maree!! I like your story too.

  • Thanks Gilberte, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 3 years ago

    They look so cute in this lovely image, do you have small feet?? Perhaps you buy so many because you are coming out in sympathy with the many footed spider!! Love the image and the story. Alma

  • Glad you think they’re cute Alma! And no, I don’t think I’ve got small feet, just medium – Size 5, or 38 international size. And I really DO have sympathy with the poor spider, remember the saying “Tread Softly! Your feet are killing me!” ?

    – Maree Clarkson

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldover 3 years ago

    love the spider story…and the painting!,…and I hate killing spiders.

  • Aaaah, SO glad to hear that, a true soul-mate you are! Pleased you like this one Maree, thanks a lot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 3 years ago

    Morning Maree, we never kill spiders either. In our very first rented home we had a huge one which used to come out at night and we even christened him Septimus!!! Alma

  • (Don’t know if you said halle to Maree above or to me (lol!) Oh yes, they have various names around here too Alma! My favourite chap is Mr. Flat, a rather big, flat house spider that also only comes out at night, from somewhere behind the towels!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 3 years ago

    lovely pair of sneakers Maree…great colour!

  • Ah yes, only wear them with my jeans and red shirt, the rest of the time it’s the white or black pair! Glad you like Linda!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Great image and story!! Made me smile!! :)

  • Ah, that’s so nice Angie! and thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaover 3 years ago

    28 Mar 2011

    Love the color!

  • WOWIE! this is great Dandy! *Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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