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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 do
  • Look 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.

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    Saturday, September 18, 2010
    Drawing (beginning and continuing)

    Whatcha drawing?

    Flies.

    Thanks mom. That's the drawing joke I like best. Only I don't consider drawing a joke, it's a crucial skill/habit/way of living that informs my everyday and generally makes me happier.

    I'm often meeting people who want to draw and it's my profession to help people learn to make art, so I'm really excited about this New York Times opinionator series about drawing...seems good solid advice to start and honestly, you can learn to draw.
  • Phantom Skill (drawing at the Opinionator )
  • Also I heartily reccommend Roz's blog for drawing enthusiam and also good drawing...she's wonderful...

    I can learn to draw better. Or so I believe. That's why I keep practicing in my sketchbook. Below are a couple recent sketches from this current book...


    This was a sketch before we last went camping...


    And these are my notes from a great talk by John Kastner and Nanette Nocon about their book What's Up With Yuk?

    And not to creep you out, but here's what my dolls look like in plastic. Dolly (that's her name) grew angel wings or something...

    She and me will be at market tommorrow! I'm freakishly excited...must go draw to quell my excitement...

    take care,
    Rachael
  • Posted at 01:50 pm by balduffington

     

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