Sunday, July 11, 2010



10 x 14 watercolor

      I painted this beautiful little horse a few years ago, I fell in love with the expression in his eye and his gorgeous dark grey coat and silver mane. He belonged to a good friend of mine and I knew his sire very well. He looked so much like his father. I thought his name 'Legacy' very fitting. He was stunning, and a joy to paint.

     Lately I have just not been feeling my artwork. And it's frustrating, very frustrating. I mentioned this a couple weeks ago but I didn't want to dwell on it, so I threw myself into a new painting and drawings and just felt. . . blegh. I got nothing.

      In an effort to change those feelings I am shaking things up on my blog. I'm going to have a new blogging schedule where I post Monday thru Friday. I'm taking it as a challenge. Sometimes that's just what I need :) Here's what I've come up with.

Monday: Motivational Mondays - I've seen this around the blogosphere and decided I want to make it a weekly feature here. Something I really like to read on a blog is what motivates people to create, it inspires me to work harder and is just plain uplifting. I'm pretty excited about this one actually, I hope you like it too :)

Tuesday: Sketchbook Tuesdays - This will be the same as sketchbook Mondays, just moved to Tuesday. Because Motivational Tuesdays just didn't sound as cool as Motivational Mondays :)

Wednesday: Work In Progress Wednesday - This is another one I've seen around the blogging world (it's pretty popular with writers in particular) and since I'm kind of a slooooow painter I need to have a day to post my work in progress. And I'm fascinated with the process of artists and I thought maybe you guys would be too :)

Thursday: What's Inspiring Me Now - I thought I would originally just have this be 'artists that inspire me' but really there are lots of things that inspire me. This is where I talk about and show you what that is. It could be paintings, drawings, photography, writing, or even just something from my everyday life.

Friday: Finished Works Friday - I am going to try really hard to have something new here every week, but in the event that I don't (my life can be crazy hectic sometimes, I'm sure you can relate) I will post a piece of my finished work, whether it's something new or old.

    What do you think? Sound good? Any suggestions? I'm all ears :)

     Also, I'm sorry if I haven't made it around to your blog lately, I'm trying my hardest to visit everybody! Thanks to all of you for stopping by here whenever you get the chance, you're the best!


  1. Hi Crystal,

    Sorry you are in a slump, I'm feeling the same way. I thought after going to a workshop I would be really inspired, but I'm just tired. Of course it doesn't help that we've all been sick and traveling a lot.

    I think you're new blog schedule will be helpful, and ambitious. I'm looking forward to visiting and contributing:)

    Hope you get you're motivation back soon, Congrats on your half marathon! It could be that you've been focused on that. You're creativity may spring back now that you've accomplished that goal.

  2. Wow, this definately sounds like a challenge but I certainly am looking forward to peeking in. I have been having a bit of a difficult time with my creativity recently also but I am sure that I will be inspired again soon I hope.......... Love your horse!

  3. Sounds like a great plan, and very ambitious. Good luck and I look forward to your posts!

  4. It sounds great! I'm sure it will be just the thing you need. I look forward to posts from you DAILY (yay!). And I really know what you mean about feeling blah. I hate phases like that. But just to give you my opinion, this horse is lovely and your peony was just gorgeous!

  5. Sounds great, I always admire bloggers who can set up days for specific things...I wish I was that organized or that patient.

  6. Hey Crystla, I get like this too, its hard being an artist but I think it sounds like a good idea to motivate yourself with a schedule if your feeling a bit down.
    Love Legacy the colours are beautifully placed, nice soft quality.

  7. This is a great idea Crystal. But life can be hectic, so don't worry yourself if it doesn't always go to plan! - I went a whole week without posting recently! Sometimes it's just the way it is and we do need to have the time outside the blog, to be able to have something to post on the blog! And your posts are always worth waiting for! :o))

  8. Your plan for the weekly schedule is excellent and should be of help in getting you out of your slump. Try not to feel too down about the lack of motivation to work - it happens to everybody sooner or later. I get that way every so often and have found if I just go with it and not worry about it obsessively then I do find some inspiration to return to work after a fairly short time, although I have gone as long as a year without doing much - clinical depression gets in the way sometimes but thank goodness for modern medicine and supportive friends and family!


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