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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, September 28, 2010
    Blessed be the Irrational! (excitement about a lecture by Dan Ariely at RIT 9.29.10)

    Ah yes! Chaos!
    I'm still working on that...but before I clean it all up, I might as well pull out and appreciate a little of the irrational, the ridiculous, and the illogical. I used to draw from that place; observed form mixed with a lot of distortions and diversions. As in this old sketch from a very old sketchbook (I'm thinking 1991 or 2)...

    I'm thinking of the irrational because Dan Ariely is coming to Rochester tomorrow as part of the Carolyn Werner Gannett lecture series at Rochester Institute of Technology. I love these lectures because basically I can count on a fascinating hour, someone to listen to and draw, and at least a few ideas that stick to my ribs...

    Here's the little bit I know about Ariely...
  • He has clearly learned from his pain...an amazing essay somewhere between research and life is here. I think every doctor and almost doctor oughtta read that.
  • He believes we're all predictably irrational and makes a strong argument for our behavior...

    And when I think of when I think of the irrational in art I can't help but think of Good old Pere Ubu and the absurd theatre of Alfred Jarry. Some someone on the youtube recently updated Jarry with Sarah and Larry. No shitski!

    When I was about 16, I impulsively painted a small box with California Sunshine nail polish using the most random text I could think of. A plaintive plea as you can see.

    I'm still learning my logic. But not always so inclined to use it...I'll bring my sketchbook if I make it to the Ariely lecture domani...

    take care,

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