Rachael Rossman's Studio Blog

I'm a mom. I'm an artist. I clean up a lot of messes.

It’s here! February 27, 2010

Filed under: Not painting,On the web — rachaelrossman @ 12:59 am

If you’re reading this, chances are you haven’t yet found my new and improved site/blog at rachaelrossman.com. It’s new, it’s fantastic and I hope you’ll come visit me there.

Come check out my new digs.


Tease February 25, 2010

Filed under: Beautiful Things,In the studio,Not painting,On the web — rachaelrossman @ 11:54 am

I’m working on a super spectacular something withNikki at Design Coyote. It’s almost ready, but I really couldn’t help myself from sharing. Just a little.


In Memoriam February 22, 2010

Filed under: Art,Dogs,Not painting,Painting on Yupo,Pet Portraits,Watercolor — rachaelrossman @ 10:56 am

Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer) is a resource for and inspiration to many dog lovers world-wide. Last week, his companion Daddy the pit bull died at the age of 16.

Last year I sent a painting of Daddy to Cesar’s Burbank office; his staff put it on display and told me later that Cesar liked it very much. I hope it brings them a little bit of joy, now that Daddy is gone.

Such sweet, sad eyes.


Bluebird skies February 21, 2010

Filed under: Art,In the studio,Not painting,Painting on Yupo,Pet Portraits,Watercolor — rachaelrossman @ 6:56 pm

Oregon is, for the most part, decidedly gray. But we have been experiencing the most beautiful, clear, crisp weather for the past four or five days. Just gorgeous. But cold. Which is okay with me; we used to live in Montana and I swear I can handle 20 below as long as the sun is shining.

The pros of this unseasonably good weather:

  • I can send the kids outdoors All Day.
  • There’s better lighting in my studio for painting.
  • Everyone’s in a good mood.
  • Days seem longer.

The cons:

  • You can see every cobweb and window smudge that has gone unnoticed through the winter.
  • The discovery of these cobwebs and smudges tends to interfere with my making of art. (Can’t paint ’til house is clean. I’m crazy like that.)

My daughter and I had a coffee/hot chocolate date Friday morning at the park. We took photos of the river and some geese that will probably end up as a painting someday. My husband was downright shocked that I actually took initiative to go outside, but here’s the proof.

She always wants to have her photo taken on these steps.

We saw some geese. I think I'll paint them.

We also saw the Wienermobile, which is less artistic and more Americana.

I took advantage of the time the kids spent outdoors and finished a slew of paintings. One is so cute, but I can’t show you because it’s a gift and I can’t spoil the surprise. Here are a couple of others that I finished up.


Title: Katie

Completed: February 20, 2010

Soundtrack: Grease

Beverage: Banrock Station Shiraz-Cab

Title: Westin

Completed: February 21, 2010

Soundtrack: Grease

Beverage: Starbucks iced mocha


Next week I’m painting a Tibetan Spaniel puppy, oh my god, so cute. And a catamaran. After that, I’m all caught up and will just sit around and eat bon-bons and wait for the universe to send me more puppies to paint.


Sightings February 10, 2010

Filed under: Art,Not painting,On the web,Pet Portraits,Watercolor — rachaelrossman @ 10:40 pm

It’s been a busy week! Hot on the heels of The Pioneer Woman post, are these two nice mentions around the interwebs.

The Daily Grommet

Tails From The White House Lawn


Profiles in Furrage February 1, 2010

Filed under: Cats,In the studio,Not painting,Random — rachaelrossman @ 7:56 pm

We have three cats in our household – my self-imposed limit. Sometimes I feel that I spend 60% of my time managing kids and 40% managing cats.

They are equal parts muse and menace.

Steve is the matriarch. We found her on my husband’s college campus almost 15 years ago and she has been giving me the Stink Eye ever since.

Steve barely tolerates me.

Birch is our gentle giant, an 18-lb lug who needs a step stool to get onto our bed at night.

Birch loves everybody.

But, Ron.

Ron Weasley is my Studio Cat, a stray who found us last summer. He wasn’t the kind of stray you see lurking about for weeks that won’t come out of hiding while you’re outside. He just showed up one day, all kittenish confidence and moxie and Just. Moved. In.

Ron generally makes a nuisance of himself.

He likes to hang out in my studio, and he earns his keep by purring and batting scraps of paper around in an irresistable fashion. Mostly though, he is no help at all.

  • He sits where I want to sit.
  • He drinks out of my watercolor well.
  • He sheds on my palette.
  • He’s been known to leave footprints across my paintings.

Watercolor portraits by Rachael Rossman, now with 33% more cat fur.


Welcome, Pioneer Woman Readers! January 31, 2010

Filed under: Not painting,On the web — rachaelrossman @ 9:50 am


First, my apologies to anyone who tried to view my portfolio site this morning. It’s broke! While I can’t confirm, I can only suspect that it was a result of all the Pioneer Women visiting. What a wonderful “problem” to have!

In the meantime, feel free to browse around this blog and read all about my creative adventures. It’s a little like watching paint dry.

If you have any questions, please post them here or email me directly at rachaelrossman@earthlink.net.

This is the best picture I could find of myself in a cowboy hat. It seemed appropriate, if not outdated by 20 years.