Wednesday, March 31, 2010


10 x 14 watercolor

     Here's my husband, looking pretty handsome in my opinion :). I really enjoyed painting this. It was a challenge because so much of his face was in shadow. I had to be careful with my shadow colors so I didn't end up with dull, muddy skin tones. And I can see a few areas where I was very, very close. Again it was a struggle to just stop! I kept seeing things I thought I could fix, things with the drawing not the paint itself. But of course that would have not helped anything, so I left it as it is. I think it's decent, there are things I could do better next time, but I'm not going to dwell on them. I'm just going to (hopefully) remember it for next time.

     I wanted to paint this because of the lighting of course. I really love it when I get to leave part of the paper white, it feels like an indulgence. Most of all I was drawn to his expression, it's very intense. He is a very kind man, an amazing father, and the best husband. But people who don't know him think he's a bit intimidating. I can't figure it out, but I think part of it has to do with this intense gaze he has. I love it. It's very focused.

     And I just heard my painting "Timeless Remedy" was accepted! I'm excited, it's always nice to get accepted, I'm a little tired of all those rejection letters piling up :) Thanks everyone for all your kind comments about that painting in particular, it really helped.


  1. Congratulations on "Timeless Remedy"! I am so impressed with your work. I've said it before and I'll keep on saying it, "You are awesome!" This portrait of your husband is so great. I like the eyes especially, both the color and the way the light shines on one side. You are a true artist. I wish I could do what you do.

  2. Look at those eyes. That intense gaze - it just cuts through me. Your painting not only has beauty but also has a soul, if you know what I mean. All I can say is that, its a pretty painting of a handsome husband :)

    I completely agree with you on your indulgence. For some reason, I feel good when parts of the paper is left white, too. Guess it makes me feel that like a purist. LoL.

    'Timeless Remedy' got accepted? That doesn't surprise me a bit. It's a painting with so much of feeling (like you put it) and I am glad it's getting the recognition it deserves. I am so happy for you. Keep going.

    And thanks for appointing me your chief motivator :):):)

  3. Congratulations Crystal! I looked up that piece and...of course it was accepted!! Gorgeous! You handle watercolour so well - the skin just glows. And the hair - fantastic. I'm so glad you found your way over to my blog, so that I could discover yours : ) What a pleasure...

  4. Congratulations!! That is awesome and it is quite an intense gaze! I know that sometimes i can be quite intimidating mainly because i dont say a whole lot and have a focused look as well!

  5. Roxy, thank you so, so much :) I'm so glad you stopped by! You are good for my self esteem:)

    Sujit, I mean "chief motivator", your words mean so much to me :) You really get what I'm trying to do and I'm just so glad we got to 'know' each other through this crazy blogging thing! You and me, we'll both keep going, because we just won't let up on each other right? Thanks Sujit, you are a great friend :) :)

    And yeah, that white paper thing. It's kind of an addiction :)
    Kim, thank you so much!! I'm so glad I found your blog so I can see your amazing daily paintings! It's just a bonus that you get to stop here too :)

    Thanks Kimberly :)
    Really, you don't say a lot? I wouldn't have guessed that, just because of all the fun things you say on your blog. Your blog is so happy and shows your personality so well, I just love it.

  6. your husband must really like this crystal .... v intense the face his expression is excellent ...congratulations on being accepted couldn't to see the painting on your blog

  7. Wow that's a good looking husband!!!! Gosh you are amazing!!! I'm in awe!!!

    BTW I'm the same way with my sheets!!! Gosh I feel all sorts of crazy! My hubby finds the sock thing hilarious and weird all in one! What can I say I'm one interesting cookie!

  8. Your blog is beautiful. You have an amazing talent!

  9. I'm so proud of you. YAY!!! I knew you would get in. I love this picture of your hubby. People think he is intimidating??? Why ever for. He is just a big teddy bear. Right? I think your right about the intense look. We all know better. It's awesome. You are so good and so fast. I am continually amazed. Love ya :)

  10. Wow!!! Superb in every way Crystal.
    Your hubby is showing very intense eyes, but there's nothing I can say to top what has been said before. You are a master of what you do. Good on you for challenging the works beautifully!
    Congrats on your acceptance.. way to go!!

  11. You caught the expression. Beautiful work.Congratulations.

  12. Jane, thanks so much :)

    Jen, thank you!! I certainly think he is ;) And you sure are an interesting cookie, but that's what I love about you :)

    Sandra, thank you!

    Jenny Lee, thanks sista! I know, intimidating? Whatev, I don't get it. Thanks so much for your support it means a lot to me.

    Debbie, thanks so much, really what you said means a lot to me :)

    Rishi, thank you :)

  13. Crystal, I am just in awe of your work. Rejection slips? Seems hard to believe...of course, I often disagree with art critics.

    Beautiful works!

  14. Ron, thank you! :)

    Carol, you are too kind :) thank you so much. And oh yes, I have them here to prove it. What doesn't kill us I guess. . . lol :)

  15. Beautiful painting --but then you knew already :) Really enjoyed visiting your blog and love your paintings. I am sure lot more acceptances are sure to follow.


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