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If Not for Your Noisy Tambourine

Brooklyn illustrator has found inspiration in the "Missed Connections" ads on Craigslist and other sites, creating a series of original paintings based on those hopeful and humorous words.

"Messages in bottles, smoke signals, letters written in the sand; the modern equivalents are the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, hopeless, poetic posts on Missed Connections Web sites," she says. "Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I'm trying to pin a few of them down."

Here are a few paintings from her Missed Connections series, which will be released in book form in 2012.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

- m4w - 19 (Uptown 3 Train)

If not for your noisy Tambourine, I would not have seen you. Your green skirt looked terrible, but that leather jacket makes you look just right. I was the attractive guy sitting to your left just before you got off.

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I Had a Blue Hat

Monday, March 9, 2009

-m4w -28

You had a guitar. I had a blue hat. We exchanged glances and smiles on the subway platform. I pretended to read my New Yorker but I couldn't concentrate. You got on the Q and I stayed on to wait for the B. You were lovely.

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Red Book, Blue Book

Monday, September 14, 2009

Look: historically, I'm not a morning person. And to top it off, I was grimacing through some lower back pain that flowered over the weekend. So when you noticed me (white guy, brown hair, blue/white striped shirt, earphones, red book) and I noticed you (white girl, brown hair, nosering, headphones, blue book) for however brief a moment this morning, it was bolstering and made me forget the knife in my back. Haven't noticed you before, but if there's a next time, maybe I can slap myself out of the morning slumber and say hey. No promises, though.

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Green Hula Hoop

Sunday, March 15, 2009

-w4m 27 (East Village)

Green Hula Hoop in Tompkins Square Park Yesterday you had a bright green hula hoop around your waist and you were VERY cute. Hope you reply.

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Dear Girl With Silk Screen

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

-m4w (Ridgewood)

Dear girl with silk screen on the M - I wasn't following you; I live down that block.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

- m4w (exiting to the street)

Cursive, on leaving, stepped on my foot wish i could have stricken up a conversation

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Seeking Girl Who Bit Me TWICE Last Night While We Were Dancing

Saturday, June 6, 2009

- m4w - 27 (42nd St and 5th Ave)

So, looking for the girl who I was dancing with last night, she bit me twice. I forget her name.

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