Today’s prompt is slippers, but the ones I actually own are a dark blue and nothing particularly special. When looking for more interesting slippers to sketch, I found these elaborately designed nordic knitted mukluk slippers, and initially got cold feet, so to speak, due to their complexity, and kept searching. Then I decided, what the heck? Why not tackle something ridiculously complex and see if some quick scribbles and a bit of loose watercolor can manage to make it look like the intended reference. The thing I love most about watercolor sketching is how even the most elaborate objects can be quickly “faked” in a way that makes them magically passable as the real thing. I won’t be picking up furry slippers like these any time soon, however, as in reality I rarely ever get actual cold feet and would sweat right through them. Which is just gross.
My body temperature always runs extremely warm and although this seems like a blessing in winter, I actually feel robbed of being able to properly enjoy winter slipper fashion. Beyond the normal, everyday slippers, you can get perfectly ridiculous ones that look like cute stuffed animals. You can step right into the belly of a little kitty cat or shove your foot right up the butt of a koala. Sure it’s super weird, but the idea of having a little plush friend with you at all times is kind of endearing. Rather than slip on my boring navy blue slippers, I could be enjoying the fabulous experience of stepping into a platypus! Sadly, due to my incovenient tendency to overheat, I’ve never had the pleasure of this doing this. Thinking about it now though, it seems like it might be hard to walk about with platypus feet. But, the point is, I’d love to have the opportunity to find out.
My mother bought me a pair of slipper socks for Christmas one year and I still wear them occasionally when it gets cold enough for me. This is that somber gift that lets you clearly know you’re no longer a child and it’s time to get sensible. I also love that if you’re still wearing slippers past lunchtime, you’re sending a firm message to the world that it can get by without you today. Of course, there are people who still hop in the car while wearing slippers. Once, in a Walmart, I saw an entire family shopping in their pajamas. This was disconcerting, to be sure, but I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt. It was clearly a life or death decision between staying home, lazy and starving, or getting those Pizza Poppers. Ultimately, I guess I’ll just have to dream of what it might be like to wear cozy slippers and be a bit daring myself by sketching the most complex pair I can find. Sometimes, it’s great when you don’t have to be constrained by the silly bother of getting cold feet.
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