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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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    Tuesday, October 12, 2010
    sketchbooks (Danny's little movie


    Maybe my rudder is bust. I've been wading around in my creative muddle puddle only inching towards any good works. Coupla paper dolls here, a few silly sewing projects there, and even some small paintings but nothing that feels whole.

    Luckily, I have almost everyone of my sketchbooks from when I started really drawing (around age 14) to now (just a few years shy of triple that). Looking through these books makes some sense of the indecision that marks these slumps, these down-in-the-dumps moments. My books hold evidence of many previous muddles and their resolutions. The books are full of indecisions and revelations, a fascination with the way people stand, sit and stare out windows in public spaces, and drawings of feet and trees.
    My sketchbooks are not my life, but they are compasses in my life. Maybe they're the rudders?

    I see that direction-giving sketchbook function in this little video that Danny Gregory made for his Illustrated Life book. For a someone (Danny) who has done so much to share his own sketchbook and drawing stories to flip through all of those magic books is just awesome. I put it here so I can watch it about fifteen million times.



    My books are also the archive of all of those public lectures I drag myself to in an attempt to keep learning and avoid stagnation. Last week I listened to Thrity Umrigar talk about her writing (growing up in India, being a journalist in Ohio for years, and putting politics into her stories). She held the room in attention as she spoke eloquently, humorously, and smartly about her work.



    I didn't quite catch a resemblance but had some fun drawing her as I recorded her words, but I need to read them I think. More about Thrity Umrigar is here .


    that's all I have to report kids, I am now back to muddling through this puddle, to making something that needs to be made. All can be revised and recycled, after all, and maybe it's the risky-living vividness of all those old sketches and all of those smart people talking that can move me along...
    Rachael

    Posted at 06:35 pm by balduffington

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    September 25, 2012   11:19 AM PDT
     
    This will really help me in completing my task easily and on time. Thanks for sharing. I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and will come back in the foreseeable future.
    mb
    October 12, 2010   08:27 PM PDT
     
    i have me quite a lot to see about all that, the short version which i'll leave here is that if it weren't for the puddles what in the world would we have to splish splash and dance around stupidly in??? be of good cheer. also, thanks for the letter, one will crawl its way back to you in due time. xomb
     

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