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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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    Sunday, March 06, 2011
    gestating ideas (reading and thinking as baby grows in belly)

    While I've been silently (at least on this blog) expanding, I have been reading, thinking, sketching and preparing. I can't help but feel like I'm transported back to the moment when I was an undergrad art and art history student who wrote a paper comparing and contrasting Lucian Freud's paintings of pregnant nudes and Alice Neel's portraits of pregnant women with Annie Leibowitz's photo portrait of Ms. Demi Moore.

    I really wish I could find that paper now but the core ideas (how conflicted we are about looking at pregnany women) seem still relevant. I'm much happier to look at Alice Neel's almost moms and Demi Moore retaining her glamour, than I am at the strangely distanced Freud subjects.

    A lot has changed, of course, since that paper in 1992 or so and I've been trying (at least) to pay attention to such fascinating trends as :
  • mommies who blog as a business. Example number one dooce.com as written up by Lisa Belkin in the New York Times Magazine. reporters covering the world of parenting...Belkin's own Motherlode site on the times is full to the brim of ideas.
  • artists who happen to be mommies, also happen to raise smart creative children and also happen to write books and have kick-ass websites. See Amy Karol at Angry Chicken
  • pregnancy related artwork has become a business with belly casting and then there is the amazing phenom of painted baby bumps



    A few months ago, my friend Jess was two weeks late, very big and very eager to have her baby (she did, he's awesome). I doodled this thinking of her (in no way a portrait). Aesthetic thanks to Alice Neel, many thanks to Jess for inspiration on how one can be a wonderful mom and a fabulous (in her case) curator at the same time...

    Take care,
    Rachael
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