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Last night I went to see Mark Lesseraux and The Citizens play (which I highly recommend for they are good musicians and great entertainers). I work with Mark and he came to my solo show back in September and bought a piece that he gave to a friend who had accompanied him to my show. After the gig last night I said hi to Mark and then started to meander my way to the exit. That’s when a women stopped me and said I was the artist of a piece she had just seen earlier that night at her friend’s apartment! Indeed I was. She told me about seeing my piece on her friend’s wall above antlers (bust or just the head of some animal taxidermy which made this all the more exciting for me, I must have seen too many episodes of Oddities) and her interpretation of the piece. Which I loved hearing about. And then her friend telling her what it was and pointing me out in the audience at the show. To know someone liked something I had made enough to buy it for someone who then displays it, and then to have another person like it enough to get excited and stop me to tell me! Well all I can say was this was a first for me and as soon as I got home I made some more art!

The piece I was stopped at a show and told by someone they really liked it!

The piece I was stopped at a show and told by someone they really liked it!

Continued painting after surprised by a fan of my work.

Continued painting after surprised by a fan of my work.

3" x 3" piece I started last night after Green Piece.

3″ x 3″ piece I started last night after Green Piece.

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Last night I had a bite to eat with my friend Rachel. As always we had great conversation. Discussed ideas, goals, our progress, and actions we should each be taking. But last night was a little different. It wasn’t just what Rachel said to me nor the exact sample, but her hesitation in possible offending me. Because of my deep appreciation of critical critiques and my upbringing of hard love, I was not offended at all by what she said. It actually touched and motivated me. She wouldn’t have offended anyone in my opinion and she certainly just said what I knew already, but some times it takes a friend (or outsider) to just state the obvious and give you a verbal kick in the butt to get you off the polka-dotted futon and back to doing what you love.

She told me I should be posting more, sharing my work and not just talking about it. Using my inner aggression more. Not just when I am selling at a craft fair, but all of the time.

I went home and took a photo of a piece I did and then did seven more drawings. SEVEN! You never know what is going to inspire you. I am lucky. It was my friend and colleague and creative person herself Rachel. So take a look at one piece (will photograph the rest later) and then go thank her for me on twitter @RaqElle.

*the photo below is one inspired by the #lettersfrom project I participated in the Brooklyn Art Library. It is not the original piece it is a reaction which I may make into a series. Image

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