Artist-Turned-Explorer Discovers New Civilization

April 10th, 2015 | No Comments | Conversation



OUTLIERS Artist-Turned-Explorer Discovers New Civilization


K. Lynn Bailey, Field Correspondent


When visual artist and children’s book author and illustrator Sudie Rakusin stumbled upon the word sehnsucht (ze: n zuxt), she finally had the word to describe a feeling she had had her entire life. The German word references an inconsolable longing for a place and things that seem familiar but have never existed on the Earthly plane in our own experience; a desire for what is sometimes called our own “far-off country” or more


Unwind Time Books is on its way to iTunes!

September 9th, 2014 | No Comments | Conversation

Every time I create a new means of sharing my art with the world, there is a steep learning curve. I have to figure out everything – like where and how to affordably print a hardcover book; how to create a box that will hold a deck of cards and a book side-by-side; or how to design and market an app – and it always takes longer than anyone expects.

So, it is with great relief and even greater excitement, that more


The Evolution of a Bird — Painting

May 16th, 2013 | 2 Comments | Conversation, Papier-Mache Creatures

If you’ve been following along in this photo essay of the creation of one of my papier-maché birds, you’ve seen the sketching phase and the sculpting phase, which brings us up to the painting phase! (If you missed the sketching & sculpting phases, those posts immediately precede this one.)

My imagination goes wild during the sketching phase, but it is in this final phase that I get to fully bring my vision into the world. This is when I add color, more


The Evolution of a Bird – Sculpting

April 26th, 2013 | No Comments | Conversation, Papier-Mache Creatures

This is the second post in my photo essay on the evolution of one of my papier-mache birds. If you missed the first installment, which showed the sketching I did as I was planning this piece, you can see it here.

The images in this post show the process of building the bird’s form and covering the body with the initial coat of paint.

As always, I welcome questions! Please leave me a comment below.

I’ll be back next week with photos of more


The Evolution of a Bird – Sketches

April 19th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Conversation

Late in 2012, I was preparing for my solo show at Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill and I began creating papier-mache birds to hang from the ceiling. You can see some examples of my finished work in my Gallery. The birds have become quite popular, and I am enjoying them so much that I thought it might be fun to show you the process I go through in creating one.

Because there are many phases in the creation process, I more