viewArt orders are painfully slow right now. Like molasses. In fact, I have no new orders on the books – at all. So I’m using the down time to work on some personal art projects and try to figure out a way to keep a little income coming in when things are slow.

So, here’s my Zazzle store!

I’m adding products all the time and if you have a special request please email me. I don’t set the prices (Zazzle does) but I also am blissfully uninvolved in the production process. Within the next 24 hours you’ll see some notecards, postage stamps, a snow globe, dog shirts and even a fish tie (Father’s Day?)

I’m keeping it funky.

Rachael Rossman



I often post progress photos on Instagram and Facebook, if you’re interested in that sort of thing. Sometimes it’s fun to see how the paintings progress from blank sheet to finished product.
Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier



Rachael Rossman


Art Class

DSC_0932I’ve started something a little new – art class for kids. Every week, I’ve been gathering a tiny group of middle-schoolers (largely my kids and my niece and nephew with the occasional buddy) and teaching them art fundamentals in my studio. It’s an idea that I’ve toyed with for awhile but wasn’t sure how it would go. I have a thing about people in my space in that I get little frantic cleaning and prepping for their arrival. And then there’s the idea that I’d have to come up with lesson plans and new projects to keep the kids interested. Kids who are used to the pace of video games and iPhones – would they dig an art class taught by somebody’s mom?


Well, it turns out they do. So I’m ready to open it up to other people in the Salem area.

If you’re interested in your child attending art class, drop me an email and we’ll get you in! Classes are one hour, once a week and $10/child. Someone also suggested that I do parties so if you have something in mind, let’s chat. The classes will be in my studio in Salem, Oregon until we outgrow it.


I’m teaching drawing fundamentals (drawing what you see, positive/negative space, perspective, dimension) and we always have at least one warm-up exercise (like drawing from an upside down photo) and one project (like drawing anatomical hearts for Valentine’s Day.) The kids have fun. Sometimes we have snacks and sometimes the moms get a Bloody Mary.

Just sayin’.



Rachael Rossman


2015 (er..2016) Kickoff!

I’m making a new calendar! It’s been a few years since my last one and due to popular demand I’ve decided to do it again. You can commission a new portrait to be included in the calendar (at regular portrait prices, so the calendar part is basically free) OR you can have a previously-painted portrait included in the calendar! Portraits can be of any subject, man or beast.

Here’s what my last one looked like.


I’m really excited to kick off the new year with a new project. I hope you’ll be a part of it! You can click here for more details or on the Calendar of Man and Beast widget over there –>.

Let’s do this!

Rachael Rossman


Handmade Christmas 2014

Our kids are 11 and 13 so every year Christmas gets just a little more…expensive. (iPads and laptops and Kindles, oh my!) This year was a long, hard road in a lot of ways and I didn’t want Christmas to be another burden – on my pocketbook or my psyche. So, we decided 2014 would be a Handmade Christmas – each child making a gift for their parents and their sibling and the same rules applying to us. (Dr. Rossman eventually got a pass because he picked a super industrious project of carving a chess set. He gets point for starting.)

After initial rumblings (and I’ll admit, some tears) from the kids they got in the mood and made some truly great (and thoughtful!) stuff.


I made her a Little Free Library.


She made her dad some office art.


Her brother made her a cat pillow.


She made me a cute little vintage trailer.


He made me coupons for car washes, scalp massages and cups of coffee.


I painted a portrait of his favorite pitcher and had a decal applied to a blank skate deck. (In my defense, I started this before the broken elbow.)


He made his dad a baseball terrarium.


I made Dr. Rossman a chess table.


Even the cats got some homemade treats.

And while we didn’t go full-on handmade for the stocking stuffers (Santa’s elves, you know) I did make a few little trinkets like these “survival kits” in Altoids tins.




  • One cigarette
  • Matches
  • Carabiner
  • Bandaids
  • Pencil
  • Beard oil
  • Sunscreen
  • A stack of favorite quotes




  • Pin cushion top
  • Sewing kit
  • Facial cleanser wipe
  • Q-tip
  • Cotton ball
  • Emery board
  • Hair pins
  • Safety pin
  • Finger moustache temporary tattoos
  • Bandaids
  • Hair band



  • Carabiner flashlight
  • Sewing kit
  • Lip balm
  • Bandaids
  • Butterfly bandages
  • Paper clip
  • Loose change
  • Pressed penny
  • Kaiser Permanente ID card (see broken elbow, above)

Dr. Rossman got some killer handmade stocking stuffers, including a cat sling which no one would be photographed in.


Lavender massage oil


Woodsy beard oil and etched jar


An etched 16 oz “single serving” growler for imperial stouts

I must admit, Mod Podge and etching cream are like two of my new favorite things. I think we’ll do this again next year.

Rachael Rossman