Rachael Rossman's Studio Blog

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

Barter is Back February 14, 2010

Filed under: Art,Dogs,Painting on Yupo,Pet Portraits,Watercolor — rachaelrossman @ 9:34 am

A few weeks ago, I posted a comment on Twitter about wanting to redo my website, but not knowing where to start. A designer in Texas responded, we “tweeted” back and forth, and voila! we worked out an art-for-art trade. 

The result of my work is this 20×26″ memorial to her pup, Brody. I don’t often get to work on paintings this large, but I loved it and hope to do more of them. In the meantime, please click over to Nikki Jeske’s site at Design Coyote and check out her mad design skills. My new website is coming soon and I promise it will blow your hair back.


Title: Brody

Completed: February 13, 2010

Soundtrack: Aaron Copland and Boston Symphony Orchestra

Beverage: Assorted caffeine and cocktails


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


Anticipation February 8, 2010

Filed under: Art,Dogs,In the studio,On the web,Pet Portraits,Watercolor — rachaelrossman @ 8:32 pm

My website has been down for 8 days. Eight! Ordinarily, that is not panic-inducing but considering that my traffic went from maybe 150/day to FIVE THOUSAND after the Pioneer Woman post – there has been some subsequent, and I think appropriate, panic.

Thank goodness for Google, because I think that’s how most people are finding me here at the blog when they are turned away from my portfolio site by nasty error messages.

But, rather than dwelling on the horrible horror that is my (now former) web hosting company, I’m very excited to announce that I’m working on a brand new site with the talented Nikki at Design Coyote. The design is super cool and I can’t wait to show you.

The cool part is that we are doing it as a trade and I am painting her a huge portrait of her dog Brody. So huge in fact, that I might have to paint it on the floor because it doesn’t fit on my desk.

See? It's huge!

I guess I could clear off my desk, but I would have to rearrange and reorganize, and then I’d get side-tracked and I wouldn’t get any painting done at all.


Survivor February 7, 2010

Filed under: Art,Painting on Yupo,Portraits,Watercolor — rachaelrossman @ 2:22 pm

I started this painting last week but life got in the way. The job. The kids. The laundry. I went back to finish it on Friday but it was gone. I leave all my painting taped to a drawing board until it’s signed and sealed, but this one was missing. The tape was still there, but no painting to be found.

I blamed the kids.

I blamed the cats.

I looked and looked.

I found it in the garbage.

Title: Anthony

Completed: January 7, 2010

Soundtrack: Johnny Cash, Live From San Quentin

Beverage: Dutch Bros Iced Mocha


The Things People Say February 4, 2010

Filed under: Art,Pet Portraits,Watercolor — rachaelrossman @ 9:56 pm

I know this is incredibly cheesy, but I sometimes feel like my paintings are my babies. And I’m kind of like a surrogate. I really enjoy the journey that each painting takes me on, but in the end, I know it’s not for me. It’s going to live with someone else.

I get many great thank-yous from clients and in some cases, gift recipients. They share stories and memories. Sometimes they cry.

That’s some powerful stuff. Here are some of my favorites.

“Rachael,  I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for the beautiful painting of Foster that you sold my wife.  She gave it to me for Christmas, and needless to say, I was completely thrilled (and floored).  We’ve recently had to have him put to sleep, and no photo of him captures his personality and love of life like your painting does.  The lady at the art gallery that framed it said there was a bit of interest from people wanting to purchase.  Obviously, this is a priceless item to me and will never be sold. Again, I can’t thank you enough.”

 “The picture you painted of my daughter Kate leading her horse Emmy out of the barn was truly outstanding. Everyone that sees it is just in awe. I really can’t thank you enough. It is one of the best investments I have made in art (and I have quite a collection of originals from Western Artists).”

“You know they say that art is supposed to move the individual or instigate emotion. This did it for me. As I think back on his personality, this was him. Curled, soft, disheveled. Tears. You know I had him for 18 years and he was my guy. Perfect.”


Do you have one of my paintings living with you? I’d love to see photos of them in their new homes, and share your stories here!


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.