"somebody-- ought to-- kiss you, laura!"

faerie tale feet painting inspired by “the glass menagerie” by tennessee williams.

i had a little too much in common with laura back in high school. i didn’t have pleurosis, or a debutante mother, or a brother, but i was crippilingly self*conscious. for no good reason. shy & ever with a crush on the out*going, popular boy who dared to talk to me, laura was my spirit animal. i got her. she understood.

see below for the painting process (i love how all the gouache colours turned out!!) and then i'll take you the story icons i used to tale the tale.

 the glass menagerie pattern taped down and ready to be re-traced onto the illustration board i’ll paint on.

the glass menagerie pattern taped down and ready to be re-traced onto the illustration board i’ll paint on.

 my favourite element of this painting was the couch with the Blue Roses. if you know the play, you’ll get that.  you can also see all the blue transfer paper lines from when i traced the drawing onto the illustration board.  i'll paint around all those shapes with my background colour in a few more steps...

my favourite element of this painting was the couch with the Blue Roses. if you know the play, you’ll get that.  you can also see all the blue transfer paper lines from when i traced the drawing onto the illustration board.  i'll paint around all those shapes with my background colour in a few more steps...

 this couch was So Much Fun to paint!

this couch was So Much Fun to paint!

 couch upholstery and the background colour painted and ready to start on the icons…! (the background pink had to be painted in one sitting for the gouache to try evenly; it probably took 5 or 6 hours.)

couch upholstery and the background colour painted and ready to start on the icons…! (the background pink had to be painted in one sitting for the gouache to try evenly; it probably took 5 or 6 hours.)

 i mix & paint one icon colour at a time… you can see the “fancy” palette i use all the time– yep. a paper dixie plate. they store well to re-use touches of colour as needed. and gouache is of course re-chargeable if necessary. hurray!

i mix & paint one icon colour at a time… you can see the “fancy” palette i use all the time– yep. a paper dixie plate. they store well to re-use touches of colour as needed. and gouache is of course re-chargeable if necessary. hurray!

 the final print of “somebody– ought to– kiss you, laura!” based on tennessee williams’ genius piece of theatre.

the final print of “somebody– ought to– kiss you, laura!” based on tennessee williams’ genius piece of theatre.

 detail of signed limited edition print.  all hand titled, numbered, and signed by me!

detail of signed limited edition print.  all hand titled, numbered, and signed by me!

so to depict the tale, i used the following story icons in the background:

  • amanda’s jonquils of her debutante youth. {the yellow flowers}
  • tom’s blame-shifting. {pointer finger}  
  • tom’s escapism to the movies for the adventure they all have. {movie projector}
  • laura’s abandoned typewriting & shorthand classes. {typewriters}
  • laura’s most precious glass unicorn {unicorns!} who loses his horn {there’s one horn-less unicorn in there}
  • when she & the gentleman caller bump into the table and knock him off when dancing in the dark by the glow of the candelabrum {candelabrum!}
  • the silver slipper of a moon {moon!}.  
  • without his horn, her favourite figurine is less freakish, but just like all the others:  a souvenir.
  • the rosy colour of the new lampshade {the background}.  
  • the violet of laura’s gown. {the now-hornless unicorn.}
  • “blue roses” {painted on the settee; what popular jim thought laura said when she said “pleurosis” back in high school}

may this painting ever remind you that as self*conscious as you are, people probably don’t notice what you judge yourself by. or if they do, it makes you special. unique. different. worth being celebrated for you.

original gouache painting available framed for $450 (+$40 for safe US shipping). just contact me to purchase.

collect limited edition, signed and titled "somebody-- ought to-- kiss you, laura."  prints in my etsy shoppe HERE.

the greeting card available HERE.  

front of blank faerie tale feet greeting card is a quote from the play:

“when you look at a piece of delicately spun glass you think of two things: how beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken.”