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    Found Art Tuesday May 29 2007: CLOSE

    Close-front.jpgA few months ago, when I first started with Found Art Tuesday, I made a piece in one of those Starbucks cards, you can see the card here 

    In it, I made up a story about a woman named Betty Sue who every morning sits in her local Starbucks at the same table by the door and as she's drinking her chai, she likes to see the people come in and out, it's become a morning ritual for her, while she wonders where people are going after they get their coffee and head out the door. There's one person in particular who she enjoys looking at, a tall man with dark hair who comes in and out, and for her, he stands out in the morning crowd. She is too shy to ever talk to him and besides he's there only a minute, but she looks forward to this minute the rest of the day.

    I always wanted to go deeper into this story because I thought it would be interesting to make a sort of correspondence between the two of them, leaving notes for each other one at a time in the tables of one particular and really crowded starbucks. So this note is the first attempt of Gavin in contacting Betty Sue, although at this time he does not know her name or anything else about her. She could have a boyfriend, or really not be interested.

    I tried to write this note as if I was a guy, it was hard because this is the first time I've tried hitting on a woman, it's an awkward note from a shy guy trying to make first contact with someone he has never talked to. Yes, maybe this is something that could take place in a high school cafeteria instead of a starbucks but hey, it could happen anyway....


    This is what the note says:

    "To the red-head who sits in this table every morning and drinks chai latte:

    I see you every morning, and I see you look at me too. I wanted to say something everyday but words never seem to come at the right time, I hope you read this note and maybe one morning we can have our morning coffee and chai together.

    See you tomorrow morning!


    Is it creepy? I don't know what I would do if I got a note like this from someone I don't know. What would you think if you did? I tried to make it sweet but manly, you know?... I don't know if it works or not anymore...

    But the thing is, I'm sure it'll get a reaction, I can imagine the staff at starbucks keeping an eye out for the red head who sits at that table... hey, maybe there is one...

    Close-detail.jpgNow that I'm looking at the whole thing, drawing and all, I think it comes across like a stalker instead of a crush... and the handwriting is soooo girly!!! (I imagine Gavin is an architect, hence the drawing)

    The drawing is a labyrinth, as a symbolic path of travel. Sometimes you are close to the exit even though you can't see it.

    I used acrylics and black markers.

    This time I'm not leaving a note with my website or name because I don't want the person who finds it to know about my little experiment!

    Without further ado, I give you: THE LINKS!

    The always inspired Granola Poet 

    A very proud Mom: Kathy LaRocco

    The out-of-this-world Lena Rushing

    May-not-be-what-it-seems Shauna Ratapu 

    Pacha, where art thou?

    Reader Comments (5)

    That is awesomely covert! How fun to stir up a little innocent rumormill, and be able to write about what happens, regarding what didn't really happen! I will tune in to find out what happens! Hope all's well!

    a : )
    May 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commentermrsb
    hmmm, love the idea but I would feel very creeped out mainly because the name "Gavin" makes me think of a guy who breathes too loudly and has a seventies moustache...don't ask why, I don't know anyone named Gavin. Can't wait to hear what happens next!
    May 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterShauna R
    Reminds me of the Griffin and Sabine stories... :)
    May 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterchristina

    I can't wait until the next installment. What will Betty Sue reply. I just love how your mind works!

    May 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKathy LaRocco
    I just noticed that you missed me here... how sweet. :o)
    Sorry about that. My computer crashed and I lst all my files and everything. It took me a while to buy a new one and get everything set up again. You can read the whole story on my blog... I also updated it and posted all the found art projects for the weeks I missed.

    I don't have much time right now, I'm in the middle of starting my own business. But I try to keep up with your themes, I might be a couple of days late though. I love doing it and I keep recruiting new people. I think we might have some new participants pretty soon! :o)

    Hey, what about that found art show that we were thinking about a while ago? You seem very busy as you still want to do it?

    Sorry about posting everything here...don't have your email address anymore...

    keep up the good work!
    June 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPacha

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