Friday, July 22, 2011

The Seven Links Project

My good friend Sandra (who is an amazingly talented artist and an amazingly sweet and funny person) tagged me in the 7 Links Project, which is "To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again."

So, here are my top 7 links in these categories:

Your most beautiful post
Your most popular post
Your most controversial post
Your most helpful post
A post whose success surprised you
A post you feel didn't get the attention it deserved
The post you are most proud of

Then I tag other bloggers and it goes on and on. I think this is a great idea because there are some gems hidden in most bloggers archives so this is a great way to dust them off and let them be seen again.

Here we go!

My most beautiful post - 'Painting With Feeling'  This is one of my favorite paintings because of the memories it brings back to me, and I think that there are few things more beautiful than a newborn baby's tiny hand wrapped around your own.

'Timeless Remedy'
10" x 14" watercolor

My most popular post - 'Motivational Monday - Why Do You Paint?'  This one surprises me with how popular it is, it continues to get more hits than any other post of mine every day I guess because it's a universal question among artists, we're all trying to understand why we feel so compelled to spend time and make sacrifices so we can create. At least I know I am.

'Blue Eyed Innocence'
5" x 7" watercolor

My Most Controversial Post - 'Adventures with Claybord' This was a tough one to pick, I don't write a whole lot of controversial posts, but it was filed under 'ranting and raving' and I sure felt controversial while painting it so there you go.

24" x 24" acrylic on the dread claybord

My most helpful post - Perplexed - a step by step watercolor portrait I think this is the most complete step by step post I have on my blog and I think I was able to get my working process down a little more coherently this time. :) But I also think that any of my posts filed under Motivational Mondays might be helpful when you find yourself ready to strangle your artistic muse, if they'd just show up that is. ;)

10" x 10" watercolor

The post whose success surprised me the most - Ten Things I've Learned From Painting a Self Portrait Lots of comments on this one, which made my day because I was INSANELY nervous to post it. Maybe because we're all a little self conscious, especially when it comes to painting ourselves, or looking at ourselves for extended periiods of time which you kind of have to do when painting yourself. Sheesh!  

8" x 10" watercolor

The Post you feel didn't get the attention it deserved - Valentine This was one of my first successful paintings and I just really like it. And I wrote about my husband, who is awesome and my best friend. :)

10" x 14" watercolor

The Post You Are Most Proud Of - Like No One Is Watching I felt like with this post I was able to write exactly how I felt and that people who read it 'got it', you know? And the painting was a success for me because I was able to put things I'd been studying about edges into practice. Also it's my boy, which I guess is self explanatory. :)

'My Light'
10" x 14" watercolor

This was a lot of fun to look back at my posts and paintings. Now I pass the torch and hereby tag these fellow bloggers. Huzzah!!

Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. So much fun!! All of your paintings are fabulous and it was great to look back at several and read your reasoning for choosing them. You are awesomely talented!! Some day I want to paint like Crystal!

  2. Well Crystal, there is not a single post you have ever blogged that hasn't made me both smile and also sigh in complete awe! Every post is consistently brilliant. The ones of your beautiful children are always so touching too. The land of blog just wouldn't be the same with out Crystal Cook :0)

  3. what a fantastic idea! most especially since we get to see older posts. i'm in awe of your work, it's beyond amazing! loved thi!! enjoy the weekend! :0)

  4. Crystal, you are a dear. You know I love your work, you are an awesome artist. Thank you for naming me as one of your picks. I don't know if I can fulfill the requirements as I've deleted many of my blog posts to clear up space and help my blog load faster and I will not be able to name 7 people as you and Carrie have already been taken.....:) I will try.

  5. These are all beautiful paintings. You can really see the passion that went into each of them.

  6. Crystal, A wonderful post --I was reading along and admiring your paintings, re-checking your highlighted posts--and I was really surprised when I saw my name in your tag list! Thank you so very much, I am honored. You have given me a challenge and I hope I will rise up to it:)

  7. A great post, Crystal, and all the paintings are fabulous!

  8. Thank you Crystal. This sure seems fun. As I go through my older posts I am sure to find things that I liked and then forgot about. Your list is impressive. Most of them are my favourites too, particularly the step by step painting demo, Valentine and Like no one is watching.
    Have a nice time.

  9. I have to agree with all of the above FABULOUS paintings Crystal, you certainly have a wonderful style and your confidence as an artist shows through.....(with envy, ann)

  10. Crystal loved your post and it must have been a difficult task for you to choose among such wonderful pieces.

  11. Crystal I am amazed to find my name on your list. I'm also terrified as there is no way I feel I measure up to the talent both as an artist or in writing an interesting post like so many of the sites I visit. For someone with your talent to find my work worthy is somewhat overwhelming. Thank you.

  12. Very much enjoyed your look back at some memorable posts...

  13. I was hoping you would pick me. I like this kind of tag (I don't like kissing tag).

  14. Glad to see what you think of your work. This was so interesting. Love all your paintings.

  15. Another fabulous post, Crystal. It is fun to stroll through the archives from time to time.

  16. Thanks dear Crystal! What a great idea - and I loved strolling through your list. I find it really interesting to see other artists opinions on their own work! You continue to inspire me and I really loved "Motivational Monday"s. My fav of yours I think is "Sparkel". Love. Hmm... I will get cracking! ; )

  17. Love this idea and fun to see what everyone chooses. Very beautiful work here and look forward to more. Will enjoy following what happens with this awesome idea!!

  18. all of your paintings have "a light" / glow in them. amazing. how do you achieve that.


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