National I Love My Feet Day & a Haiku Collaboration

Today is National I Love My Feet Day!

I created a piece that fits today's theme and am very excited to share the first in a collaborative series with poets and writers.
But first...

If there's one thing I'll never understand, it's those people that can't go barefoot.
You know the ones. They hate feet. They hate their own feet. They always wear socks. 
They turn their noses up at other people's feet. 

I don't have a foot fetish, but I seriously love feet. 
What's not to love about a mechanism that houses over 7,000 nerve endings?!
28 bones, 30 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments working together to support the rest of the amazing machine that is my body.

I don't even have "pretty" feet. My second toe is much longer than my big toe. 
(Seriously, sometimes it scrapes under on the sidewalk.) 
My feet are long with really high arches, and big, bony ankles.
 I wear a 9 1/2 to a 10 depending on the shoe, and I'm short of 5' 6" on my best posture days. 
Unless I'm somewhere that requires shoes, I go barefoot most of the time.
Therefore, I don't have the softest of soles. 
I also run and walk long distances, which leaves me with callouses and blisters.
But you know what? Those long, rough feet carry me for miles and miles.
They root me down into balancing yoga postures, and they bring me much needed joy when a rough day calls for a dance break.

I created this piece to remind me to take more time to honor my feet, but also of the connection our feet gives us to the Earth and its energy.

I am very honored to share with you my watercolor and ink illustration and the haiku it inspired, written by award winning writer and director, Quirine "Q" Dongelmans.

Rooted are the feet
To Mother Earth, universe
Show them loving care

Thank you so much to Quirine for collaborating with me on this project.
I absolutely love her writing, and I hope you do, too.
You can visit "Q's" page and read about her and her work by  clicking here.

If you like the illustration Grounding you can visit my DPW gallery to see a detailed view without the text. The unframed original will be in a low bid auction this month.

Okay then, I'm going spend some qt with my infrared foot spa. 

Thanks for stopping by, and I really hope you give your feet some extra love today.
They deserve it, and so do you.



  1. As one who loves going barefoot any chance I can - loved your article. BTW I always heard that one whose 2nd toe is longer is highly intelligent!
    As one who majored in Dance in College - I too also have a very high arch - so heels are more comfortable, but buying shoes is very difficult for my little size 4 feet! Nordstrom's is the only store that carries that size for women! You need to wear to toe ring on your larger toe!

  2. My second toe is longer, too! I absolutely love going barefoot and grew up running around without shoes on. "Dirty" feet freak out my husband so he's always asking me to wear flip flops in the house. To be fair, our floors are always dirty, even though I sweep and/or vacuum literally multiple times a day. When your windows are always open, there's only so much you can do! I like to show my feet love by rolling them out on a lacrosse ball. It's an awesome self-massage for the feet!

  3. I didn't even know there was a day for that!
    You are so creative :) lovely work.

  4. Feet, like hands are important to take care your painting and the haiku!!!

  5. Beautifully written and as always I love your elegant line art! I'm a hand and eye fetishist first and foremost but I like feet. I am one of those wimps that hates having my bare feet touch certain things (the slime in lakes, aaah) but I'm trying to get over it. Grounding is important for health, we were never meant to wear shoes!


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