Rachael Rossman's Studio Blog

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Flashback February 19, 2010

Filed under: Art,Horses,Painting on Yupo,Pet Portraits,Portraits,Watercolor — rachaelrossman @ 10:10 am

I got my first pony in third grade. His name was Sonny and he used to scrape me off on trees when I was riding him. Then there was Babe, the palomino, who was really my mom’s horse but a little bigger than Sonny so I graduated to riding her in 4-H. In 8th grade I started riding hunter-jumpers and had the most beautiful, magical, dressage-trained thoroghbred named Theo. In high school, I fulfilled my childhood dream of being rodeo queen with a bomb-proof dapple gray named Rowdy.

In my 20s I competed in hunters on Robin, the horse I was born to ride. But even at those big shows, despite the steely nerves and the $300 riding pants, I was just one of those girls who loves horses.

This painting was commissioned by the rider’s mom. Abigail is a member of a collegiate equestrian team, and her mom sent me this photo along with many other beautiful images of Abigail and Lynard in competition. The show photos are full of action, stylish gear and even a sequin or two; but Abigail’s mom was partial to this photo most of all.

I get it. And so does every girl who’s ever sat on her horse, in the sun and brisk air, and felt right with the world.

She even kind of looks like me.


Title: Abigail & Lynard

Completed: February 19, 2010

Soundtrack: Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster

Beverage: Covey Run 2006 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


Treasured January 5, 2010

Filed under: Art,Etsy,Horses,On the web,Painting on Yupo,Watercolor — rachaelrossman @ 9:53 am

Etsy member Akkricket from Alaska included me in her Equestrian Love Treasury today! Have I told you lately how much I adore Etsy? Because I do.

I'm in good company.


My last painting of Christmas vacay January 3, 2010

Filed under: Art,Horses,In the studio,Painting on Yupo,Watercolor — rachaelrossman @ 1:13 pm

Nope, the rider doesn't get a face.

Title: Fanciful

Completed: January 3, 2010

Sountrack: Alton reading The Hobbit to the kids

Beverage:  Cooper Mountain Vineyards, 20th Anniversary Reserve Pinot Noir (last night) / Diet Coke (this morning)


First Painting of the New Year January 1, 2010

Filed under: Art,Horses,Painting on Yupo,Watercolor — rachaelrossman @ 5:03 pm


The paint's still wet on this one.


Title: Number 91

Completed: January 1, 2010

Soundtrack: Ka ‘Ano’i, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Beverage: Dutch Bros. Iced Mocha