Birthdaze

I turned 43 this month. Birthdays in my 20s were spent saying what everyone else was saying, “I’m getting so old!” when in fact, we weren’t, really. It’s just something people said. “I’m a quarter century old, can you believe it?” and other nonsense. It meant nothing, but we didn’t know it at the time. We were taught to dread THIRTY, but frankly I don’t remember much about my 30s. That decade I was overworked, overtired, overstressed, overweight and frankly – over it. It’s a foggy mélange in my memory of mortgage-getting and baby-having. I woke up at 40. A series of unfortunate events may have been the ugly catalyst for my awakening, or maybe it would have happened anyway. I’ve heard people say that their 40s are the best – and the worst. You’re at the peak of responsibility – career, kids going to college maybe, perhaps taking care of parents, marriages get strained, hormones change – there’s a lot going on. But what if you take all those lemons and make lemonade? What if you start going to the gym, eating right, listening to your spouse, listening to your kids, plant a garden, get a job that suits you, say no when you need to, let toxic relationships go, get a bike, wear red lipstick and five inch heels and minis if you want, travel, watch baseball….What if you start living instead of waiting for your life to start? Instead of thinking things will get better some day, make them better today? Then maybe, just maybe, you could celebrate your birthdays with the same glee that you had as a kid when you told people your age in six-month increments. Maybe you would ride your bike in stillettos. Maybe you would tell anyone who would listen, “I’m 43 today!” because you were proud of it.

”I think midlife is when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear: I’m not screwing around. It’s time. All of this pretending and performing – these coping mechanisms that you’ve developed to protect yourself from feeling inadequate and getting hurt – has to go. Your armor is preventing you from growing into your gifts. I understand that you needed these protections when you were small. I understand that you believed your armor could help you secure all of the things you needed to feel worthy of love and belonging, but you’re still searching and you’re more lost than ever. Time is growing short. There are unexplored adventures ahead of you. You can’t live the rest of your life worried about what other people think. You were born worthy of love and belonging. Courage and daring are coursing through you. You were made to live and love with your whole heart. It’s time to show up and be seen.” -Brené Brown

 

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P.S. If you are thinking about ordering art for Christmas, I highly recommend ordering now! It keeps me from going crazy in November.


Rachael Rossman

 

Coattails

PWMy mom called me earlier this week, “I saw your paintings on Ree’s Thanksgiving special.” I had just walked in the door from work and my mom was watching the Food Network east coast feed which is 3 hours earlier than mine. Even knowing this, I turned on the TV, still wearing my heels and other trappings of my day job while I simultaneously put down groceries and opened the door for Ladybird to go out in the back yard. The dog stood on the threshold, looked dubiously at the drizzle and went back in.

“I won’t get that show until 8 o’clock,” I said, setting a mental alarm that had little chance of going off.

Yes, I know there are DVRs for that. No, I don’t have one.

What I can do is tell you that The Pioneer Woman Thanksgiving Special is going to re-run and if you’re into it, you can see my paintings of her children in the background, which is pretty cool.

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They are also prominently featured in her Walmart commercials! This is almost as cool as the time a friend saw someone had ripped off my painting of The Bloggess and was selling them alongside Frida Kahlo prints.

That’s how you know you’ve really made it.


Rachael Rossman

 

Rachael and the Terrific, Wonderful, Unbelievable, Very Good Sale

IMG_4072Since I started my Real Job, my paint brushes have grown cold and lonely and my marketing has grown uninspired and desperate. It happens now and then…Sometimes when you’re selling art you forget why you do it in the first place – because you like making The Art. Because you need to make the art. Because you like the feel of a brush in your hands and paint under your fingernails. Because you like staying up late with a glass of whiskey and the soundtrack of Rent, ETC.

What I’m saying is, it feels good to have a full dance card.

So I’m offering a Super Good Super Rare Very Good Deal on art in case you have been on the fence or would like to order for Christmas or whatever.

Through September 30, all custom watercolor portraits are half price, 5×7″ and up.

I might be crazy, but I’d rather be a crazy busy painter than an crazy bored painter. Paintress? Whatever.

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My angst is your gain. Email me at Rachael@rachaelrossman.com to order.


Rachael Rossman

 

Christmas in September

Koonce smAs a rule, I don’t like to skip over holidays, especially my favorite – Halloween – and I’m fighting my natural tendency to procrastinate by saying this, but…it’s time to start thinking about ordering your Christmas art.

I know, I know.

But here’s the deal – I have a 9-5 now like a regular Joe and I want to make sure Santa gets all his pet portraits in time to deliver. SO – to entice you, encourage you, maybe even inspire you, I’m offering a little pre-holiday sale this week.

This week, buy one painting, get the second half-off. Any size.

All you have to do is email me at rachaelrossman@earthlink.net with the size(s) you want and I’ll send you an invoice. All that’s left for you to do is sit back, gloating in the knowledge that you’ve accomplished your holiday shopping before pretty much anyone, and then listen to the ooohs and aaaahs when your beloved unwraps their gift in a couple months. Can you keep the secret that long?!

Let’s do this.


Rachael Rossman

 

Muchas Fridas, and a Sale

I’ve been on a bit of a Frida Kahlo kick lately (Still? Again?) and have had the luxury of being able to paint some stuff just for myself. I’ve only got a few commissions on the books, which I  plan to work on this weekend. And I’m feeling really prolific, so I’m offering a Buy One, Get One Free Sale for 5x7s. That’s two original paintings for the price of one and I rarely do that deep a discount but like I said, I’m feeling artsy.

Email me at rachael@rachaelrossman.com to order. I will probably only honor the sale for a couple of days so be sure to get on my list!

Now, back to Frida. There are quite a few, and prints are available! Some of the originals are still for sale too (prices below)

Print prices:

  • 11×14″ $50
  • 8×10″ $40
  • 10×10″ $45 (Frida and Diego)
  • 10×20″ $55 (Full length Frida)
  • 10×13″ $50 (Frida with Shawl)
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Frida in Gold, 10×20 watercolor on Yupo, $550. Prints available

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Frida, 11×14 watercolor on Yupo, $500. Prints available

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Frida and Diego, 10×10 watercolor on Yupo, Original SOLD. Prints available

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Frida Looking Upward, 11×14 watercolor on Yupo, $500. Prints available

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Frida in Drag, 11×14 watercolor on Yupo, $500. Prints available

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Frida Winks, 11×14 watercolor on Yupo, $500. Prints available

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Frida with Shawl, 10×13-ish watercolor on Yupo, SOLD. Prints available

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Frida with Cigarette, 11×14 watercolor on Yupo, Original SOLD. Prints available

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Young Frida, Day of the Dead.11×14 watercolor on Yupo, $500. Prints available

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Frida with Cigarette, Day of the Dead. 11×14 watercolor on Yupo, $500. Prints available


Rachael Rossman