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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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    Thursday, September 16, 2010
    Paper Dolls hanging from the sky and other art adventures

    So, I am sitting here at this computer looking at the 6 drafts of entries I never posted from the past few months and feeling a mix of guilt (abandoned blogger's guilt is nothing new, right, a little lame even for me) and realization. I have spent the past few months working on projects more personal than public, more transitory and tentative than solid. It takes a real something to say to get me to bliggity blog it...

    How about my first really rewarding art project in the form of dozens of paper dolls at the public market...

    I'll explain. Here in Rochester, the Public Market is a wonderful farmer's market/ public marketplace and once a year they designate a Sunday for Artist's Row . For the past three years, I've had a booth, or rather, a stall. This year I'm in 58. Some innovative, funny, smart, truly talented and hardworking artists will surround me on every side. They have about 160 vendors this year and the Friends of the Public Market (the non-profit who puts the show on) do all sorts of great things for artists. Not only are the booth fees very low, but there is set-up help and all sorts of small kindnesses. Artist's Row is Sunday September 19 from 10 to 4 (well, I have to get their early to set up all the dolls!)... Come by if you can!

    Another small kindness/ insight into making...another art adventure rescued from one of those dead-in-the-water draft entries...

    This year I had the pleasure of participating in a Self-Portrait project designed to see what Rochester looks like, it's called Art Drop . My self portrait is on the fence in front of the Memorial Art Gallery (disclosure, I happily work there) until it comes down (don't think they've decided that yet but I think it's probably soon). The very talented photographer Will Yurman interviewed me and 5 other artists about our portraits in very cool little videos there...

    I'll try, once this little excitement subsides to be better about regularly speaking up in this blog. You're reading it after all, and I care what you think...


    Posted at 10:30 am by balduffington

    September 18, 2010   02:26 PM PDT
    Wow, thanks Garth! I'm flattered and believe also that artist eyes and skills can be developed. I'll have to look up Gromaire. Thanks for letting me know you're out there...will try to be more frequent with this...
    back at cha with respect,
    September 16, 2010   02:09 PM PDT
    Ya, it has been awhile :) I have followed your blog for well 2 years now and always enjoy your offerings.
    I don't have any artistic eye or skills whatsoever but I'll tell you what really enjoy your work! Someday I am gonna buy sumpin from you and impress my friends :)
    I happened upon a book about, Gromaire and fell in love with his stuff and call me crazy but I see some similarities in styles?
    Anyhow just wanted to let you know that you do indeed have a faithful following.


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