One thing about the South (or just Montgomery....see 2nd paragraph!) that always seems to be a mystery to those outside the South/Montgomery (and maybe a mystery to some of us, too) is why the children are always barefoot. Unless it is really cold...and I mean, REALLY cold.....kids are usually shoeless. In their Sunday best.....shoeless. In weddings.....shoeless. I LOVE IT!
Heirloom sewing (another Southern tradition altogether) and sweet feet complement each other beautifully and make a great portrait!
Maybe the heat's the reason. I mean, it's just too hot to be comfortable in shoes most of the time! But....my mother tells about our pediatrician who years ago always recommended that children go without shoes for their good health. Maybe then all the mothers, upon seeing how adorable the kids are without shoes, just left them in the closet until absolutely necessary. After searching the internet, it appears this may just be a Montgomery, Alabama thing!
I'd love to hear your town's story if you have one!
My latest portrait....my sweet little neighbors! My studio is near an entrance to their house and I paint by the window, so these sweethearts got to see their portrait being painted. I love hearing, "Hey, Mrs. Barbara!" at the window and see them waving and on tiptoes (little bare tiptoes!) to see what I'm painting!