Hello, I'm Rachael.
I am primarily a painter and paper doll maker and friendly multi-tasker/ troublemaker in Upstate New York.I've been keeping this little blog since 2004, I think. And there is hopefully a value in reading these words, looking at these pictures, clearly I find joy in writing 'em up and sending 'em out, even if I don't always have the time. I try to blog every once in a while but mostly I try to write a real letter every day (this year that is), draw and paint, sew, and instigate other people's creative endeavors.
Leave me a comment (I'm more likely to communicate directly than in the comments), ask me a question, do your best to share what you have to say, OK? Thanks
Links to places you'll maybe like if you...Have a drawing problem like I doLook at other people's sketchbooksat artists sketchbooks online
Sew your own goofy clothes with little to no formal training?
Burdastyle at it's best is a super resource laden facebook for sewists...I'm balduffington here
The Slapdash Sewist shares her sewing adventures and inspires
Gertie's Guide for Better Sewing gives the best of the vintage and retro tips
Are a working artist
NYFA has very very helpful resources
are anywhere near Rochester NY interested in any of these things
This is the Rochester Sketchcrawl...
And finally here are some of my friends
Genine draws joyfully as the world around her spins
Mark is just making stuff
I'll be adding more links here but I have to find a few minutes in which I'll do that. Soonish, I bet.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
wisdom about writing and drawing birds (written while holding and cancelling)
I hate to be on hold. I am on hold. So far it's been an hour and 12 minutes. I am trying to talk to a major internet company with a name that sounds like a cowboy noise, trying to cancel a very old website and a slightly newer website. Web identities I no longer need since I have this blog and the evil network that is facebook. But the good thing about holding and cancelling, is that I can also share about writing and drawing. I learned a couple two, three things last Saturday, see. This blog (unlike the old website or the slightly newer one) is at least easy enough to write and upload a little wisdom while I hold.
Simply, last Saturday (March 27, 2010) was magic for me. I was one of only a few attendees at a great workshop the novelist Ann Patchett
gave at Writers and Books
. Since I always draw when I take notes, she looked just a (very) little like this:
But it wasn't how she looked (beautiful even if tired from three days of book talking and gracious people meeting), I was most struck by what she said. Wisdom for writers from the "despot of Ann Patchett-ville" then: Ann says she reads what she has written before she goes forward, she folds the new writing in "like eggwhites"
Ann says it's important to forgive yourself if you cannot write every day, or write X number of words a day. She told us that she is a slow writer and committed to finishing the projects she starts...
And she managed from what I can tell (unscientific analysis) to inspire us all. I left the workshop and went straight to the nearest computer where I unearthed the writing project I had abandoned last year. I forgave myself and started folding in eggwhites. Thank you, Ann Patchett. I do now intend to "dance with thems that brought me" (her striking phrase for finishing the big projects)...It is indeed one of the reasons I have blogged less, because I am now writing more...I don't need to decide if it's good writing. Ms. Patchett advises against judging the book before it is finished. And I don't even know if what I'm writing is a book, I only know it's a story I need to write.
But I only wrote for a few hours, and then I ran off to draw.
And then there was the drawing. That same day six of us gathered at the Rochester Public Library downtown to draw at a Sketchcrawl. We got restless in the quiet library, though, and soon ventured to a nearby park. For me, it was all buds and birds. Genine has already posted some sketches so here's a little bird.
Oh, and I just hung-up. I will hold again tomorrow I guess, but now I've got some writing and drawing, and oh yes, some sewing to do...
Posted at 08:43 pm by balduffington