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An art journal page about frumpiness

“Loneliness is black coffee and late-night television;
solitude is herb tea and soft music.
Solitude, quality solitude, is an assertion of self-worth,
because only in the stillness
can we hear the truth of our own unique voices.”
― Pearl Cleage

working on pages in the exacompta journal

This is a story of my 40th birthday, years ago but still clear in my mind. I was working at my corporate job and escaped at lunch to do a little birthday girl shopping. Scoping out the Nordstrom shoe department for new black chunky heels, the salesman brought out a bunch I might like. As he took them out of the boxes one by one, they were not "me" at all. They were frumpy, dowdy, boring, old ladyish. I sat and wondered why this hip kid thought the shoes were right for me. Well of course. I was wearing a boring black suit, black flats, black hose, hoops, no scarf, gray blouse, overdue for a cut + color. Blah. It kind of sucked.

People make assumptions about you. But that doesn't mean they are right.


I cannot believe it is already November. What challenges are you doing this month? This art is for DAY ONE of Art Every Day Month at Creative Every Day. Pop over, there is still time to join!

{Materials used include fluid acrylics, photo from the fort worth arts festival printed on the little Pogo instant printer, gelly roll, smashed index card art.}

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Reader Comments (9)

i hate assumptions and snapshot judgments of people. i just do. unfortunately people do it all the time. even me.

i signed up for art every day month! thanks for spreading the word! :D

✭✭✭ {Tammy}: Opal, I think you are right. I'm guessing we all make snap judgements of other things - situations, intentions, reasons, actions... Happy to hear you are doing AEDM. It is a great challenge!

11.1.2011 | Unregistered Commenteropal

So, did you buy any shoes from this "cool kid?" I'm rolling my eyes at him but hey, what you have created as a result is truly wonderful.

I look forward to getting to know you through Art Every Day Month!

✭✭✭ {Tammy}: As I recall, I did not buy a thing from this cool kid, but that I still remember many years later, wow. Best wishes for a productive AEDM.

that is such a funny story. I work with kids who know me as "Miss Karen" and don't know anything about my personal life. I was talking with a six year old and he asked me how I knew something and I told him I learned it from my son. and then I asked him "did you know I'm a mom?" and he paused and said "Well you LOOK like a mom". OUCH!

✭✭✭ {Tammy}: Karen, Yes. You pegged it. I was a frumpy mom. I'd been forgetting about myself in those early years of momhood.

11.1.2011 | Unregistered Commenteriamrushmore

"People make assumptions about you. But that doesn't mean they are right." FANTASTIC! This is a great start to what I'm assuming will be a wonderfully creative month (I have a feeling I'm right)!


✭✭✭ {Tammy}: Kristin, Absolutely, AEDM rocks. The creative energy is just beginning to grow. It will be wild!

11.1.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin Dudish

So you weren't tempted to buy some red stilletos instead? :). I love this page! And you are making me want a pogo printer! I am doing aedm as well.

✭✭✭ {Tammy}: Tarsh, Actually I'm a flats or chunky heel sorta girl, usually you'll find me in sandals or clogs these days!

11.1.2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

No no no! No frumpy shoes allowed! I can relate though and during the past year have totally stepped up my outfits to wear things that make me feel less frumpified like dangly earrings, hairbands with flowers and heels with my jeans. Fun and very freeing.
As for this month's creativity, I am doing NaNoJouMo at D'Blogala. Basically I am making time to scribble and doodle everyday.
Thanks for sharing so much today!

✭✭✭ {Tammy}: Misty, The most funky thing I wear these days ~ earrings! I did NaNoJouMo last year, Dawn is very creative with her journaling prompts so I know it will be fun!

11.2.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMistY

I guess I wear frumpy shoes. I don't do heels. They hurt my feet and I am nearly 6 feet tall anyway. I wear round toed things like Mary Janes.

As far as outfits, I don't think I ever fit in corporate environments because I liked to wear Blue Fish clothing to work. I remember my former boss telling me if I wanted to attend press conferences, etc., I would have to dress "differently." He was all stammer-y and shy about it.

I used to get so mad when I was a punk rocker in my teens and people made assumptions about me. Like, I never listened to any other kind of music. Well, I loved Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and all sorts of 50s doo-wop.

Never judge a book...

✭✭✭ {Tammy}: Sandra, I don't think round toed shoes are frumpy - the ones the guy brought out were seriously grandmotherly orthopedic shoes. I did play the corporate part for 20 years but now I would feel so completely out of place! I agree that the assumptions people make can be so frustrating...

11.2.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandra L.

I'm doing AEDM 2 as well. I am looking forward to seeing what else you're up to this month. I am guilty of making assumptions (I keep them mostly to myself these day) however I want to say, thanks for the reminder.

✭✭✭ {Tammy}: Fran, I'm sure that I make assumptions every day, but I wonder how many are completely and totally off base? Wishing you a busy month of crazy creativity.

11.2.2011 | Unregistered CommenterFranT

i hate it when people make assumptions and judge people by the way they look.

11.3.2011 | Unregistered CommenterIda May Bueno

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