Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I'm Back!


You guys still remember me?

I'm back!

After some very annoying computer problems (which are all fixed now) I am finally back to blogging! And let me tell you that I am feeling a little rusty. Writing a blog post, like anything else I guess, is really a lot harder when you haven't done it for nearly two months than when you're churning out a post a couple times a week.

So, forgive any incoherence or rambling thoughts in this post. I'm still getting my blogging legs back.

I've missed you guys. And thank you so much for every single one of your kind and friendly emails wondering where in the world I'd gone. You guys are so great!

watercolor work in progress 10" x 14"

Here's one of several works in progress I've been working on lately. It's a portrait of my sweet little mare that I've had since I was seventeen who is now retired and living at my parent's house. This painting is further ahead right now than what this photo shows, but I really like this stage.

 I've always been drawn to sketches and halfway finished works. They seem to have a little more personality sometimes than perfectly finished pieces. And there's just something about this stage in this particular piece that really 'speaks' to me. I'm not sure why. It just does.

I'm going to be posting just once a week from now on. My two months of forced unpluggage convinced me that less computer time is a pretty good thing.

 I played more games with my boys. And overall just spent a lot of time having fun with them.

I organized certain areas of my house that I had SERIOUSLY been neglecting (cleaner, tidier bookshelves with extra space?! Now I can go buy more books! Sssh, don't tell my husband that that was my real motivation ok?)

Read a lot of books that I had been dying to get my hands on. Huzzah!!!

Spent time with the people in my life who matter more to me than anything else. Date nights, lunch with my mom and sister, you get the picture.

Started taking photos of small and simple things that happen in my every day life. (Look for these in future posts) 

Sketched just for the fun of it, not as a training exercise.

Thought about writing and illustrating a children's book just for my boys.

In other words, I slowed down. I took time to enjoy the little things in my life that I had been taking for granted. And I loved it. Slowing down is a good thing. Sometimes we (and I mean 'me' here) get too caught up in where we want to be instead of where we are right now.

And I love my life right now too much to just sit still and watch it pass me by. Living my life is the only place I want to be.

In other news, I sold a painting internationally for the first time ever ('Emerge')! And my painting 'Here Be Dragons' won 1st place from an artist/juror that I've admired for years, Linda Stevens Moyer. :) How cool is that?

And speaking of cool. . . Check this out!


That's me breaking a board!

Hi - yah!

My boys started taking Tae Kwon Do last year and after watching their Master instructor demonstrate some AMAZING moves I knew I had to give it a try.

It is awesome and FUN!


So. . . that's what's been going on with me. Now I want to hear all about you. What's new with you guys? :)

See you next week everyone!


  1. Less computer time is a good thing! Wish I knew how to do that. Love the painting and I can't believe you broke a board! You go!

  2. I think that is a great idea :) Glad you're back, I missed you :) I love the picture of your awesomeness breaking the board. No one better
    mess with you ;) I love the pic of Zany too. Such a great likeness. Love ya sis! I Need A CUPCAKE!!!!!! :)

  3. So glad you are back!!! It's so good to see your smiling face again:) Congrats on all of your family time!! Also kudos for your International sale and first place!! And you better not be breaking boards with your painting hand, ha!!

  4. Thank God you are back.. We have been really missing you.. And you should reply to emails. Otherwise it may scare ppl.

    I have not read your entire post. I'll do that sometime. But seriously it is good to have you back..

  5. wow you have been BUSY!so much going on in your life!Congratulations on your painting being sold internationally- thats a great motivation:)(though hardly surprising!)Waiting to see some new artworks soon, welcome back!

  6. Welcome back girlfriend! Surely have missed your beautiful paintings and stories. Love that you reconnected with your sons and hubby, too! And Tae Kwon Do????? I opted for the slow, low key (albiet I could still maim someone) Tai Chi. Love, love, love it! I started doing things I've always wanted to do this year but was afraid I'd get hurt and couldn't work (or something stupid like that). I went snow shoeing. I'm entering my first art show in August. I shaved my head bald (just kidding).....whew! Good to have you back.

  7. Well seems like you have been productive in your time away from the computer! Great stuff with martial arts thats bound to give you some positive thoughts)

  8. Famly time is important. Follow your bliss.

  9. I'm glad your back :D We've missed you. And what good timing - I rarely check my google reader, but I did today, and scrolled down to see if you'd been on.
    That's some pretty serious board breaking!

  10. Crystal...? Ah yes! You're the watercolourist extraordinaire! : ) LOVE the intensity of the board breaking. And so glad you're back. As Stan said: Follow your bliss ; ) It's what makes life sweet.

  11. I am SO glad you are back! You had some of us a little worried for a while there! I have really missed your posts and LOVED reading this one. It's so nice that you included some photo's too :0)
    I think that you have the right idea to post once a week. It's much easier for us groupies to keep up and not miss a thing, lol!
    That's what I do. I used to post more but found myself spending more time on the PC than on actual paintings and also sacrificing too much family time too. It's nice to keep a healthy balance!
    What's new with me? Well, I attempted a pencil portrait of my Dad and it's one of the few things I have done that I am thrilled with! And, so was he - I gave it to him for his birthday :0)
    I'm so glad you are back and will be looking forward to next weeks post! The mare is gorgeous! :0D

  12. Glad you didn't die or something. Also glad you have new ninja moves.

  13. Hurray! So happy you're back and really enjoying life! I've thought of you often while missing those awesome Crystal comments. Your mare looks like a sweetheart.

  14. Glad you're back and love the painting of your little mare! Beautiful simplicity! And I can't believe that's you breaking a board!! Spending time with friends and family is MUCH more important than being tied to the computer all the time, which is how I'm feeling some days. I have to consider taking this thing OUT of the studio! Glad you one a prize for your work (well deserved!) and sold internationally for the first time. Make sure they pay the shipping (I shipped a painting to Gibraltor a couple of months ago and it cost $800!! I didn't have to pay it fortunately! ). Now you can put "internationally known artist" on your resume:-)

  15. So glad you are back....I was beginning to get worried and was hoping that everything was OK! Love the horse watercolor!

  16. Hey I remember you! You're that artist who paints those gorgeous pictures! Welcome back!

  17. Well, welcome back!!! I think limiting our computer time is a good thing too.

  18. Welcome back Crystal! Totally agree with you on the computer stuff. Like so many things in life, it's all about DISCIPLINE!

  19. Sounds like you have a clear vision of the most important priorities! Well done! & the paintings looks wonderful...

  20. Welcome back, Crystal. So tickled to see a blog post and read all that has been going on with you. Wonderful that you are making the time you have with family and friends so special.

  21. Welcome back. Loved reading about your activities with your family. Congratulation on winning 1st place!

  22. Welcome back Crystal!
    Getting a balance is hard.. even keeping up with blogs I've followed.. it gets hard!
    Glad you found a balance xx

  23. Good to have you back and love your WIP. I agree that less computer time is good and means more time for other things like painting!

  24. good for you crystal ...congratulations on your sale

  25. Welcome back Crystal. I love your WIP. I think your writing and illustrating Children Books is an awesome idea! You would do well with that one.

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  27. Wow! Glad to know that you have been having a great time. Indeed sucha catching up is required once in a while and I think it does wonders to your art.
    The mare painting is coming out very well, looking forward to seeing the completed piece.
    All the best and hearty congratulations on your first international sale.
    P.S. The Taek -Won- Do thing sounds kinda scary. ;-)

  28. You know I'm am so excited you're back. I've missed you lots. :) You go breaking that board. No one's messin' with you. Good for you on the slow down. I'm trying my best with it, but you know how I am.
    Congrats on the sale. How awesome!
    Glad you're back and can't wait to talk. :)


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