Sunday, February 14, 2010


10x14 watercolor

     Last year my husband came home from work with a list of a bunch of national watercolor shows for me to enter. He had typed at the top "Crystal's to do list: Win each of the following shows." I can't even say how much it means to me to have a husband who cares so much about my dreams. I've written a lot about my kids and how they inspire me to paint, but really it's my husband who inspires me just as much. He helps me believe in myself, to try things I wouldn't normally do. He believes in me and is constantly looking for ways to help me, or encourage me. When I told him how much I wanted to write a book he instantly started making my life easier (with kiddos and housework) and gave me a fancy new pen and a note of encouragement that I still look at every so often to remind myself that I can do this, that someone believes in me and loves me. I don't think I would even be painting if it weren't for him, he signed me up for my first watercolor class right after we were married as a gift.
     I entered this painting in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors last year and when I got the acceptance letter, all I could think of was him. How he had believed in me, and that I never would have tried to enter that show if he hadn't encouraged me to do it. It helps so much to know that someone else cares as much as you do about your dreams.
     Since it's Valentine's Day I think I can indulge and be sappy and just say how much I love my husband, how greatful I am for him and how I can't imagine a life without him. There is so much more to this story than I'll say here (for which I'm sure you will thank me), but I just need to say that I would not be who I am today without him. He not only loves and encourages me, he saves me every day, and he has since the day I met him.


  1. What a wonderful Valentine's Day post. I wouldn't be where I am today without the support of my husband too.
    Love your work!

  2. There's nothing like having your husband support your dream. Especially when there are people throughout your life who don't seem to care. Great post! Happy Valentine's Day!

  3. Thanks guys! Happy Valentine's to both! Jennifer so glad you stopped by, love your work too!

  4. You are one of the luckiest women I know. You can't know how much it means to have your significant someone support you so so much in everything you do. I know from lack of experience. Not that he isn't a good husband, but he has never supported me like yours does. Be so thankful for him. I think I would be much farther ahead in my life and work if I had someone to support me on my journey. Maybe it was meant to be that way to make me stronger. I hope that is the reason. This is truly my very favorite painting you have ever done. It shows so much emotion of him playing with the sand I truly love it. Love ya Sis!

  5. Aww Jen, I love you too sista, so much! This is probably my favorite too. I am so so thankful for him, don't know where I would be now without him, and I don't mean just about art and stuff. He is my life. You are so very, very strong. I admire you so much and am always wondering how you do everything you do. I know it's not the same, but know how much I love you and support you, to the death I will!
    you are amazingly talented, I believe in you.

  6. There comes a point when you think a persons art couldn't possibly 'wow' you any more than it has already - This has happened several times with you! And yet - here I go again, being completely 'wowed' EVEN MORE than I have been already! I didn't think it was possible!
    Who needs family photographs - Your kids will have so many beautiful paintings of their lives to look back on - far nicer than photographs. And I love the story behind it too :0)

  7. Absolutely mesmerizing!
    Stay inspired!


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