Hello, I'm Crystal Cook welcome to my blog! I'm a full time mother of three and part time artist, whenever I can fit it in. I specialize in portraits of children in watercolor, but also use pastel, charcoal and colored pencil. I just finished this pastel in black and white and was pretty pleased with how it turned out. I was very drawn to the child's concentrated expression along with those full cheeks and lashes. But the thing that inspired me the most was the strong back light that framed that sweet face and caught the soft hair that only babies have. This was a fun piece to do, usually I work in watercolor which requires me to plan more in advance and usually takes me a while to finish. But this time I just sketched it out fairly quickly and tried to be as expressive as I could with my marks while still capturing a likeness. I think I need to break out the pastels more often it helped me get out of a rut I was in and inspired more creativity in me. Who knew a few little sticks of powdered pigment could bring such a change in my perspective?
I'm a mom, wife, artist, writer, eater of chocolate, and lover of all things furry and fluffy, except for tarantulas. I am passionate about painting watercolor portraits and any other subject that looks shiny, or fluffy when sitting in the sun. I create something every single day, it keeps me sane and makes me happy. I've won some wonderful awards with my artwork, been priveleged to be included in some prestigious invitational, group, and solo exhibitions, I've taught workshops using my techniques in watercolor for beginner to advanced artists, and have been blesssed to be able to connect my artwork with collectors around the world. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog.