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That’s the power of Twitter, people. January 8, 2010

Filed under: Art,Dogs,On the web,Painting on Yupo,Pet Portraits — rachaelrossman @ 9:23 am








This week I painted Neil Gaiman’s dog. Yes, that Neil Gaiman. (You know, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, American Gods and so forth….) I know, right?

Here’s how it came to be – an amazing twisted journey that unfolded on the internet. Let’s call it, Six Degrees of Neil Gaiman.

  1. I read the blog, Sundry Mourning.
  2. Sundry writes a column with Swistle.
  3. Swistle mentioned The Bloggess in a post once and I started reading that too. The Bloggess has a dog named Barnaby Jones, who I painted once.
  4. The Bloggess once posted or tweeted a video, Oasis by singer Amanda Palmer. I bought Who Killed Amanda Palmer on iTunes and started following her on Twitter.
  5. I painted Amanda Palmer with a horse. Amanda Palmer is dating Neil Gaiman. The Bloggess DM’d Neil Gaiman to show him the painting. He liked it.
  6. I read Anansi Boys and Coraline and started following @neilhimself on Twitter.

Or at least that’s how I remember it.

Neil Gaiman has a dog named Cabal who is an extraordinarily handsome white sheperd. He often posts photos of Cabal on Twitter and after one such post I replied.

Mind you, Neil Gaiman has about a million and a half followers on Twitter, so I did not expect a reply. But I got one.

So that’s how it came to be that I painted Neil Gaiman’s dog, Cabal. And here he is.

Title: Cabal
Completed: January 7, 2010
Soundtrack: Porno For Pyros, “Good God’s Urge”
Beverage: Tea Forte Winter Chai
UPDATE: He liked it.




14 Responses to “That’s the power of Twitter, people.”

  1. Have I mentioned lately how amazingly talented you are? Because you are.

  2. edwardrobirds Says:

    That’s wonderful news! The painting is beautiful and Neil should love it!

  3. gina Says:

    that is very, VERY cool! i’m in the middle of “ananzi boys” right now, actually.

  4. vampiress Says:

    wow. your art is really amazing. found this through fycablel

  5. littlehousesouthernprairie Says:

    that is so, so cool

  6. love your work- I just bought one piece of Yupo this week to experiment. It is in a large brown bag tacked on my bulliten board- tell me that it won’t be too werid to paint on it?

    • rachaelrossman Says:

      Elizabeth: if you’re used to conventional watercolor paper, Yupo will take some getting used to…but it’s fun!

  7. Julio Salles Says:

    You should paint Sandman (Neil Gaiman)

  8. […] Click Here for the whole cool story, but this lady ended up connecting to one of my heroes, Neil Gaiman, via Twitter. all she did was paint a picture of his dog and through twitter sent him a message – he replied and just now he tweeted that he was on his way to getting the picture framed. […]

  9. Jess Says:

    That’s amazing! I’m re-reading American Gods right now actually, funnily enough.

    I’ve left him a few messages on Twitter here and there too, but I guess his needs for custom silver jewelry are less than for dog portraiture. 😛

  10. Laynie Says:

    Wow, you have done more than paint his dog, you’ve captured a bit of Cabal’s soul here. It’s a beautiful painting, and there is life in those eyes. It’s incredible, and I’m not surprised that he loved it!

    I’m so glad I saw his tweet about your painting, because now I’m going to follow your blog! I’m Laynie, nice to meet you! 😀

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