The Red Shoes - a Painted Pony, Contemporary Art by Laurie Pace with the Hans Christian Anderson's story of the Red Shoes

  ©Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2020
 by Laurie Pace 
24 x 30 Oil on Canvas

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Shiny Red Shoes was so much fun to paint!  Notice the thick thick paint and the exaggerated strokes of color. 

Exaggerated is the correct word for the story of Hans Christian Anderson. 

Anderson's story "The Red Shoes" was written in  1845. If you have not read it, it was about a young peasant girl that was adopted and in her life she was very vain. She had an old pair of red shoes as a foster child that she loved so much, she had her new foster mother buy her a new pair of red shoes. They were elegant and fit for a princess. Sadly the young girl was so attached to them she would not take them off.  Along the way to church one day a mysterious older man, a soldier with a red beard remarks about her red shoes and he taps them and says "Oh what beautiful shoes for dancing, never come off when you dance". Karen's dancing red shoes took over her life. It was NO exaggeration. She danced all the time and the shoes would not come off.  She even has her feet amputated from her body, but the red shoes in her cut off feet still danced before her everywhere.  

Only through prayer is she able to reach the Lord for help, asking for mercy. By this time she lost her vanity and her heart was finally filled with peace and joy. Her soul flies to heaven and no more red shoes. 

When I was painting this I remembered the story of the dancing shoes and felt it was an appropriate touch to the feet of my pony.  A horse is never still... they run, they dance and they celebrate the freedom of the wild. This is one wild pony!  

No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also." 1 John 2:23

Laurie Pace - A Texas Artist 

Laurie Pace is an international artist with her paintings collected in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, DuBai, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, St Thomas, Romania, Greece, Croatia,  and Ecuador.


© Graphics One Design 2020