I have done something unpredictable, kinda. While trying to find a pair of shoes which were neither winter boots nor summer sandals, I sauntered past the keds, and there they were. With my trusty sharpie marker, I went to work. I think the life lesson metaphor is: some of the strokes are messy, some are irregular and wobbly, some are executed with a shaky hand, but viewed as a whole, the design works, and the wobbly, messy, irregular shaky ones get lost, and what is left is a work of art. My friend George said, "Wow, you turned a pair of $25. sneakers into a $500. piece of art." The third graders at Jeremy Ranch Elementary enjoyed them when I taught them zentangles last week, and yes, I did strongly suggest to them to ask their parents before coloring on their clothes...or to buy their shoes with their own money. (We've had experiences with third graders.)
AND, thanks to all who have commented. I still can't figure out how to comment back, even though I've enabled all comments on the dashboard. I do appreciate your positive feedback. Best wishes.....and Happy Feet.