Found this print of a ball of twine by Roy Lichtenstein, and it made me feel like i was on the right track.
i once received this e-mail from a collector i had done two portraits for:
I thought I'd let you know, not that it means anything, but David Lichtenstein (yes, son of) and his wife, Jennifer, came for dinner the other night and raved about the two portraits that you did of us. I should see them again in the next few days - I'll give them your web site.
(blah, blah, blah)
Back to the portraits, almost everyone visiting the house comments on them.
Anyway, have a terrific new year.
Our best - *******
NOT THAT IT NEANS ANYTHING! I think that message alone made my year last year.