Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day, and the reason

'You are the trip I did not take

You are the pearls I cannot buy,

 You are my blue Italian lake,

You are my piece of foreign sky.'
 — Anne Campbell

Me and my boys, on this day for mothers. :)

I wasn't going to do a post for Mother's Day, I was going to stick to my once a week schedule because I didn't have anything new to post and I know that if you follow my blog you've seen these paintings PLENTY of times, but I changed my mind.

I didn't think it would be right to let this day pass without paying tribute to the three sweet reasons why I paint. If I had not become a mother I don't think I ever would have had an interest in painting portraits. I, like most parents, had the strongest desire to remember my children in every stage of their life, to acurately and tenderly capture them. I  just choose to do it in paint.

They say that if you want to do your best work, you should paint the things you love. And I love nothing as much as I love these three. *

They are my reason. My three little muses. There really wouldn't be a Crystal Cook Art blog without them. :)

Happy Mother's Day to all you mother's out there, past, present and future. I hope you had a good one.  

*and handsome hubby of course.


  1. Good that you decided to post them again.. What a great start to my morning out here..

  2. Crystal, your post almost made me cry ... it was so beautiful! Your portraits are, of course, wonderful, and your boys are fortunate to have such a great mom.

  3. So beautiful!! Love this post, so glad you decided to do it!! What a beautiful family you have:) Happy Mother's Day!!

  4. Beautiful work. You should be very proud of your family and your work that has captured them so perfectly!

  5. What a gorgeous photograph of a GORGEOES family! This is SO sweet!!!
    Mothers Day passed a while back in the UK. It's Fathers Day here next.
    I have still yet to attempt a portrait in watercolour. It scares me! Mind you, my oil portrait is coming along nicely :0)
    Happy Mothers Day!

  6. I loved looking at your art, your paintings are beautiful.Thanks for stopping by and visiting my site.
    Have a great day

  7. Happy Mother's day to you and Many wonderful wishes for your muses :)

  8. I entirely agree with everything you say: painting my children is one of the greatest joys of my life ... and in fact they are the main subjects of my portraits! You're a great talented painter, your portraits are superb!

  9. Congratulations mom artist!, you have three wonderful children and a very special talent.

  10. Oh Crystal, thank you for posting that! It doesn't matter if we've seen them before - it does nothing to diminish their beauty (just like a sunset! : ) Love the quote you chose too. What a great photo of you with your boys! Yesterday I got a framed photo of each child (that my oldest took) and I will always treasure them! It's great to capture all the stages. Have a really good week my friend! (hugs)

  11. A beautiful post on all counts, Crystal...and such a lovely and happy pic of you with your boys.

  12. Lovely paintings! Wish you a happy mother's day!

  13. You are as accomplished at motherhood as you are in art! beautiful post, painting and photos! your boys are amazing! it's wonderful to see a parent genuinely enjoying her children!

  14. Crystal , what a lovely family photo...I can totally relate to what you are saying and agree in all ways. Hugs

  15. Love the paintings of your boys. and wow what an awesome photo of and your boys.
    Wiping a tear while reading this lovely blog. Your a star.

  16. This is the most beautiful post I have ever read. THANK YOU Crystal. You rock!

  17. Aw! Sweet photo! My "boys" are now 29 and 31... but I well remember those wonderful days when they were about your boys age. Enjoy them... they grow up (and leave home, Yikes!) all too fast.

  18. Both your paintings and words are beautiful


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