Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tough Choices - A is for Apple, a new painting challenge

'Tough Choices' 
6 x 6 oil on masonite
Not For Sale

For a while now I've wanted to do a series of paintings based on the alphabet and I thought that now would be a great time to do that since I've kind of felt like I needed a new creative challenge. And can I just say how EXCITED I am about this? I love thinking up new subjects or themes based on a letter. 

Last night I laid out all my photos (yes all of them, because I'm awesome and old school like that) and sorted them into piles of paintings I'd like to do based on letters. This is going to be a fun project. I'm excited. Wait. . . I already said that. 

Anyway, here is the first painting in my alphabet series, A is for Apple. This is a painting of my youngest son when he was about two. He simply could not decide on which apple to eat, so he compromised by taking a bite out of all three of them and then leaving them there with little mice sized bites taken out of each one, thus interrupting my still life set up. The cute little stinker. 


  1. I love this idea!! I can't wait to see what you paint. How fun! Will "S" be for spiders? ; )

  2. What a fun, sweet story behind your beautifully lit painting! You can see the concentration in his cute toddler face... a sweet memory recorded.

  3. If I am not wrong I have seen this before in watercolor. I loved it then and I love it now all over again..

  4. I love this one! It has such a cute story behind it too... I can just imagine three apples with three little bites taken out of them! I really love your bold brushwork and colours too - this is something I want to experiment with - I'm so used to being precise, but I would love to let go! Somehow you manage to do it without losing that 'Crystal Cook' look... :0)

  5. Something new to egg you on. Great keep going.

  6. Nice way to start a series. I like you idea and your paintings.

  7. great concept for a series and i love that look of determination! beautifully done!

  8. It's so amazing how your oil paintings look like watercolors...this is a gorgeous piece!!!
    Wonderful series!!!

  9. this is beautiful! thanks for sharing, I love your art Crystal! :)


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