Rachael Unplugged

19095724_10154377213681199_5245482235823725212_o (1)I’m going on a real live vacation (it’s our 20th Anniversary!) and one of the things I’m going to try desperately to do is UNPLUG.

Now – let’s get real. I love my phone. I love that I can find the answers to trivia we don’t agree on. I love photo documentation. I love instagram. I love communicating primarily by meme. However –  I am going to try my very best to avoid the hustle for one week. I want to secure as many orders as I can this week, then I’m signing off for vacay.

So here’s what I’m gonna do – I am offering half-price custom watercolors until Friday.

Email me at rachaelrossman@earthlink.net to order…I’ll send you an invoice and ba-da-bing I will do my darndest to stay away from all things business-y for one week.

Email me – it’s a smokin’ deal.




Rachael Rossman



The museum thoughtfully provided a Selfie Station.

The museum thoughtfully provided a Selfie Station.

Let me begin by saying I didn’t cry.

And I was pretty sure I would. I mean, I am the person who gets choked up at all manner of awards ceremonies, announcements, thank-you speeches, pageants, sports events, commercials…so I was fully expecting to be a bit messy at the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit. However, I managed to hold my self together pretty respectably.

Without giving too much away for the folks that are planning on seeing this exhibit (through August) I was pleased to see a few paintings of Frida’s that I was not familiar with, in addition to many sketches and other works. Dr. Rossman preferred Diego’s work, but I told him it’s probably because he doesn’t understand the beautiful torture of being female. He shrugged.

The exhibit, which is on its only North American stop in Phoenix, is glorious. There were many photos of Frida, as well as a gallery of architectural photos taken by her father, Guillermo Kahlo. There was a luscious installation of the traditional clothing Frida favored, as well. One adorable aside: the groups of high school girls on a school trip dressed in Frida garb. OMG cute. That might have made me tear up a bit.

I saw some of the original prints of photos that have been inspiration for my Frida portraits, which was a treat.

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Yes, I wore heels because I like to dress with a sense of occasion.

The Heard Museum itself, is phenomenal. We spent three hours there, until my feet protested. The permanent collection features a compelling exhibit about the history of America’s Indian schools. I love looking at paintings, but my favorite kind of museums feature tableaus of daily life and artifacts. The Indian School exhibit was fantastic and highly recommended. We still have an Indian School in my current city, Salem, so it was especially moving.

There was also an extensive collection of Katsina dolls and jewelry. I drooled over the turquoise.

Dr. Rossman really dug the Rick Bartow exhibit. It was cool because he was from Oregon.

I’m not exactly sure if I will ever see Frida’s work in person again. It’s very possible that this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it was not without gravity. I was struck by the difference in her commissioned work versus the self-portraits and other paintings she did for herself, without restriction or expectation. There is a passion that comes through in work an artist does for no other reason than the need to do it.

Rachael Rossman


Frida! Friday!

2015-07-12 18.01.27This week, we are going to Phoenix to see the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit at the Heard Museum!

I am so excited I can hardly stand it.

If you follow me on Instagram @rachaelrossman, you can expect tons of photos, probably including some mascara-smeared selfies.

I know it’s just a roomful of paintings, but I’m reminded of something Jenny Lawson once wrote about meeting Neil Gaiman:

“The only thing more terrifying than the thought of never meeting your idols is the thought of them actually having to meet you.”


In other news, I don’t have many paintings on the books, which means I’m starting to get antsy. That’s good news for you, as I’m offering BUY ONE, GET ONE and special sales prices for custom watercolor portraits!

5×7 (Buy one for $200, get one FREE)

8×10 (Buy one for $400, get one FREE)

Half price on paintings 11×14″ and larger. Regular prices are here.

Email me at rachaelrossman@earthlink.net with orders and inquiries.

Rachael Rossman


I’m going to see Frida!

2015-07-16 07.56.14OMG you guys I’m so excited. The Heard Museum in Phoenix is exhibiting Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and I am going. TO SEE FRIDA. Short of visiting Casa Azul, this is the absolute best. Like, bucket list stuff. To top it off, we’re also planning to visit Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s compound in the desert. He’s another one of my design idols and I am pretty sure that by the end of this magical day I will be a full-on puddle of mascara-streaked emotion. Dr. Rossman is already on high alert.

I will be posting photos on Instagram @rachaelrossman, so be prepared for a deluge in mid-May.

If you would like to be a patron of my artistic endeavors, consider placing an order for a custom watercolor. This week, I’m offering 25% off because, FRIDA.

Email me at rachaelrossman@earthlink.net to order.

Now…what am I going to wear????


Rachael Rossman



Awhile ago, I bought a huge lot of 35mm slides from the 50s and 60s – some unknown family’s entire collection of well-dressed, well-traveled memories. They have provided much inspiration for artwork over the past few years and even though I don’t know whose they are, I am glad I have them, and that they’re being enjoyed. I am the person at Goodwill that “rescues” old family photographs and hand-painted portraits that someone’s family has discarded. What a softie.

The past few weeks, I have been painting from old photos – some from my family and some from that mystery family. Someday I’ll have the time to go through the stacks of old photos rescued from my grandparents’ house when it was sold a few years ago. I’m sure there are many in there that I haven’t seen and many, many that are “paint worthy.”

Also, I’ve brought out the old Arches paper to experiment with some more traditional style watercolor. It requires a lot more patience than I current possess, but, like yoga, it’s good practice.

Since I’m painting moms, and Mother’s Day is coming up – I’m offering 25% OFF portraits ordered this week. The first few orders should even be ready by Mother’s Day, so first come, first served.

Email me at rachaelrossman@earthlink.net and check out prices here.

Grandma Bo

Grandma Bo

Grandma Janet

Grandma Janet

Rachael Rossman