Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Something Good Came From Christmas...

All of these beautiful photographs from before i was.

See her in the mirror?

There's something absolutely jaw dropping to the off-kilter frames, faded colors, stark figures. Amazing. The beautiful blonde is my mom, the brunette my grandmother, and the man my grandfather.
And I'm sorry, but digital photos ain't got nothing on these. I'm feeling inspired to try my hand at some digital collage work a 'la Eduardo. We'll see.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Holidays!!

For my final project of my independent study I tackled the Vandercook, an absolutely amazing beast of a press.
After wrestling with scans, Owosso, file sizes, express mail times and running the press solo....viola!

Christmas cards!

So for those of you too lazy to send me your address, here's what you missed.

Happy Holidays!!

Monday, December 3, 2007


It may have taken a semester of html induced headaches but kristinarafalski.com went live tonight.

Take a peek.

Friday, November 30, 2007


Here's the finished illustration from the sketch I posted earlier this month. My fave piece of the semester thus far.

I feel a series coming on.

Detail 1

Detail 2

(Lack Of) Communication

People text. E-mail. Instant Message. Teleconference. Communicate mostly in Myspace messages. This list goes on.

Technology has allowed us to eliminate personal communication entirely. Being the social beings that we are, I doubt this can be good. Convenient sure. And less crippling to those with social anxieties. But still not good, nonetheless.

It doesn't sit well with me.
Here's the illustration that resulted.

And here's some detail shots.

Crows symbolize communication. They also symbolize tragedy.
I chose to use the tin cans and string because they are an obviously poor and inferior way to communicate.
The scissors indicate an imminent disconnect.

Thursday, November 22, 2007


I've finally set up an etsy account, (for all of you out there dying to own some of my work, haha.) Come check it out.

Tell your mom. dad. brothers. cousins. baby's. momma's. best. friend.


Friday, November 16, 2007


I've always been really into social/philosophical issues. So much so, that I actually read books on the stuff for fun, which lead me to my most recent read, Freedom Evolves, by Daniel C. Dennett. The author delves into the scientific and philosphical discourse on the existence of souls-including analogies involving avocadoes, artichokes, and even robots.

Which leads me to my next piece(s) for studio. Below is my initial sketch for the first piece.

The prettyboy in the sketch is the amazing Andrew Davis, check out his blog, posted in my "know this" links.

Thursday, November 1, 2007


This is some of the best collage work I've seen in a while by Brazilian artist Eduardo Recife.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

new/old inspiration

The following are a few samples from Kenichi Hoshine done during a collaboration between him and James Jean - A Polite Winter.

Pretty stuff.

Makes me want to use more figurative work in my paintings, explore how to incorporate whimsical imagery with serious themes. All the while avoiding the phrase, as Lee says, "cute as hell". Experimenting with flat form and texture has been fun, but not quite right. Not that I intend to eliminate these stylistic elements, but supplement them. There's something missing.

Sometimes its funny to me how artistic progress seems to be a whole lot of two-stepping forward and baby steps back.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


The independent study rolls on.

These are my first successful monotypes.
There's something so meditative about painting thousands of wee windows...

Friday, October 19, 2007

One Week Of Art Works

Someone find me a wall.

There has got to be something so absolutely freeing about doing work like this. The ability to NOT be attached to your work creates the opportunity for constant progression, re-invention, direct collaborations.

I want to do something like this.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


He called Obama a white man. He preaches old school victimology to the african american community. He wears the self-proclaimed "negro crown". He pushes his ideals onto the next gen of political figures and slanders them beyond recognition if they don't do as he says.

Jesse pleaaase.

My initial concept for the piece focused mainly the incident down in Jena, Louisiana-nooses, KKK masks, the whole nine. Yeah. Hmmmm. No.

After some additional research, (and having a teacher ask me what the hell i was doing--thank you Don), I re-did my whole concept with much better results.

Stylistically its a bit of a departure from what i usually do. See?

But i like it.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Mina Perhonen

Why can't i find clothes like this around here?

I'm in love with her patterns and embroidery.

Check out her website.


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Senior Studio Update

So, apparently people are burying statues of St. Joseph
upside down in their front lawn with the hopes that it
will help them sell their house. You can purchase such statues
online at www.catholicsupply.com for $6.95 plus shipping and
handling. With homes sales at a five year low, these little
buggers are selling like hot-cakes.

Sigh. The Capitalization of religion. Makes me all warm and fuzzy.

Here's some of my process work, straight from the sketchbook.
(I <3 my sketchbook)

And here's the final image.

JesseJacksonology soon to come...

Friday, October 5, 2007

Mark your calendars folks....

I've got something in the works for this.
Maybe I'll post my progress.
Maybe I won't. That way you'll have to
swing by scrummage and see it for yourself.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

I <3 Sterling Hundley

I'm usually pretty horrible at keeping track of the names
of my favorite illustrators. I try, I do, really. But I'm more
or less the kinda girl who keeps random clippings from
the Illustration magazines and annuals (no magazine is
safe with me. snip. snip.) with no clue who they belong to.

But, thanks to a guy I know, one has been identified.

Sterling Hundley. This guy is amazing.
I've posted a few of my favorite images of
his below. Check them out and check him out.

www.sterlinghundley.blogspot.com - check out
some of his older blogs, he breaks things down,
explaining the assignment, description, and how
he came to a solution for each piece.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

It's a baby buddha!

Last week i did my first gocco prints.


It was fun in a way that painting hasn't been for a while.
In a happy accidents kind of way.
This independent study is going to be a blast.
I've posted a few of the prints i did below.

For whatever reason, a lot of my work lately has involved
religious symbols. (Strange, since i am not a religious

I've been tossing around the idea of putting together
a large body of work on the capitalization of religion for
a gallery installation titled -

"we're not talking capital G's"

Maybe. Hopefully.

I'll be posting my first piece from senior studio as soon as
its dry enough to be scanned. Something about Saint Joseph
and a five year low in home sales. Fun stuff.

p.s. visit savegocco.com!

Friday, September 21, 2007

and then.... i was a blog

yes. i have hopped on the blogspot bandwagon.

and for those of you who don't know-

this is me.

and this is what i do.

there'll will be plenty of new stuff to come

so stay tuned....