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011New red pointe shoes were waiting backstage for Camille. They were the color of hot peppers, like the ones her grandmother had kept hanging by the wood stove. The spicy ones that she loved. The memory made her smile. There was a note attached to the ribbons but it was not signed and she no idea who could have given her such a fine gift. Scribbled in the barely legible handwriting were five words: They will give you courage. Had her lack of confidence being showing? She had not told a soul. Camille sat down and slowly put on the shoes, tied the ribbons. They felt good on her feet, broken in and comfortable. Was it her imagination or could she really feel strength rising up into her legs? The orchestra began to warm up. Camille parted the curtains and walked to the barre. She was ready.

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You may recognize these boys from a recent painting. I was feeling a little Photoshop-ey the other night and I couldn’t sleep so I opened the file and played. I was thinking a little about Illustration Friday‘s theme this week. Messenger. The first thing to mind were birds as messengers between this world and the next. I think perhaps in this digital piece the story of the boys has changed in that we are not looking at twins here but one boy, his thoughts and soul divided. Perhaps a part of this boy’s self is ready to fly on to a new adventure, maybe one such as growing up, and the other part of him that wants to stay just as he is. See the rocks he carries in his hand in the hopes that they will weigh him down.

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