That's the power of Twitter, people.

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.



18 Responses to “That's the power of Twitter, people.”

  1. Jenny, Bloggess Says:

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

  2. rachaelrossman Says:

    Aw, shucks.

  3. edwardrobirds Says:

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

  4. gina Says:

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

  5. vampiress Says:

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

  6. littlehousesouthernprairie Says:

    that is so, so cool

  7. Elizabeth Parsons Says:

    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?

  8. rachaelrossman Says:

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

  9. Rob Pivarnik Says:

    What a great portrait. I wish I could afford a commission. I have two kitties who would look amazing in your style.

    In other news: Yes, Twitter is awesome. If not for Twitter (and Neil Gaiman), I never would have been called “middle-aged” in the pages of New Yorker magazine.



  10. Kevin Says:

    Cabal’s eyes are marvelous in your painting – I keep scrolling back up to look at them

  11. velocibadgergirl Says:

    Wow, that painting is GORGEOUS. 😀

  12. AmyK Says:

    What a great story! Twitter is powerful indeed, and so are your paintings.

  13. Cassie Says:

    I’m not sure if I would have ever seen your website if it weren’t for Neil posting a link here, this painting is gorgeous! You have awesome stuff 🙂 Glad to have been pointed in your direction.

  14. ChristyMathis Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! You have a wonderful talent!
    It’s so wonderful to be able to give back to the artists we adore!

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  17. boo reynolds Says:

    That is an amazing story . I love your work too.

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