Author Archives: Rachel Dory
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Rainwater Revival Barrel

I was asked to paint a rain barrel to be auctioned at The Rainwater Revival event in October – very fun project! My barrel will be on display at the Natural Gardener for the next month until it finds a new home with the highest bidder, proceeds benefit water conservation efforts. Come on by!

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The Most Important Job

As an artist, my life is dedicated to creating. I always have been driven to create, in large part I think because the things I make are my way of communicating with myself, other people, and other. Bathing in the elusive, clear, cold river of inspiration is a humbling and wonderful feeling, and is the […]

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Comic Con Austin

Sean and I had told the kids almost a year ago, “next time Comic Con comes to Austin, we’re going!” Well, it came. When we saw that is was $40 per person to get in, we almost bailed – but a promise is a promise, and kids are free. I lucked out and borrowed a […]

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My General Store

Just had this random idea for a decade-or-lifetime-long art project Here’s what it rolled out like in my mind: Open a store, virtual or otherwise. Doesn’t matter so long as it exists. Call it “My General Store.” Stock it entirely with items that I use in the context of my daily life. That’s what the […]

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The Gift Project – First One.

When I was first invited to go to Australia by GoMighty, they asked me “what will be your goals there?” The first thing that came to mind was ocean. Vast, open ocean with an island nation in the center – I imagined Australia as this moving, surging ship that would show me new things. I […]

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Opera House

I wrote this little poem while sketching the Sydney Opera House for my gift project in Australia. ______ walk by the Harbour and watch sails, adrift catching the sind, so one behind the other three, and then four curved in foam cream of the sea shells from a fickle clam agape to reveal their  glistening […]

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Air New Zealand is an Excellent Therapist

Sadly, the very first thing that sprang to mind when I found out I was going to Australia wasn’t “HOLY cow I get to see a live koala for the first time ever!” or “I am going to see the Sydney Opera House in PERSON!” It was “Oh no. How am I going to handle […]

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My Airplane Nightmare: Read at Your Own Risk

Disclaimer – if you read this and start having this dream, I’m not paying for your therapy. As promised in my post about how Air New Zealand helped me with my fear of flying, here is a brief description of my recurring anxiety dream involving an airplane. I am going to get this out quickly and […]

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The Importance of New

As I swim through this deliciously soupy jetlag and reflect upon what I experienced in Australia this past week, I have been stumped as to how to begin to describe this epic journey. Even thinking about one day of the trip is a daunting task, as each was so full of new things. So, I […]

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Poem in a Bottle

One of the first goals that came to mind for my upcoming #GoAustralia trip for Go Mighty  was to send a message in a bottle. The currents off the Eastern coast of Australia near Sydney are perfect for tossing a bottle into the ocean and having it actually end up on another continent – and […]

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