Friday, September 6, 2013

Smooth and Supple

'Smooth and Supple' 
5 x 7 inches oil on panel
$100 plus $7 US shipping/$15 International

Hello??? Anyone still out there?? It's me Crystal. You know, that crazy, geeked out girl who used to paint a lot? :D 

Yes, I've been gone a while haven't I? Weird. Life has been crazy hectic lately, we just put our house up for sale so the last few months has been a blur of packing and cleaning, organizing, and everything else that needs to be done to get your house ready for perfect strangers to walk through it and go into a crazy amount of debt to buy it. ;) 

I also have been busy with commission work, that's taken all my focus away from daily painting. But I am going to try, really hard, to try to post a new painting or drawing once a week. I feel like that's all I can manage right now, but I recognize that I NEED to do something. Or at least. . . a work in progress post once a week so you guys don't completely forget about me. :) 

This horse could count for 'J' in my alphabet series had I not cropped out his legs and body. Because he's actually jumping in the air. 

I also have broken quite a few compositional rules with this one. But I don't care. I LOVE this painting. And breaking rules is sort of a job requirement for artists. We're rebels at heart. ;) See you next week everybody! Thanks to all of you for checking in with me! Hugs to all of you, and virtual cupcakes too. 

Listening to: Pinback
Reading: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Watching: Revolution
Snacking on: Chips and salssa
Drinking: Dirty Diet Coke's as often as I can get them (the best thing ever and totally bad for you but well. . . see above about rebels and such)

Reference photo by Deidre T on deviantART, thank you! 


  1. We missed you SOOO much...don't do that again!!! This horse is beautifully painted, Crystal! I love all those beautiful purples and splashes of reds...Good luck with the house and your commission pieces..!!!

  2. Hey, there you are. Lovely one Crystal. Moving can be quite the chore so I hope it gets easier. I like to think of it as a time of renewal because it's usually when you discard the unnecessary and start fresh. Blessings to you and your family.

  3. Over the top busy! Hoping the whole selling/house hunting thing goes well. Don't know how you do all that you do, but you have certainly created a beauty with this piece, no surprise. And you're co-hosting AHA show, great show by the way!

  4. Hi There Friend! Love your tumbles and if you finished the commissioned paintings, please do share with us here! I loved the sneak peak of the big oil portrait -- how's that going? Life always keeps us on our toes at one time or another, but we'd always be here for you...

    Talking about selling your house -- are you guys moving to another city, or just want to move to a different place? Selling a house can be stressful, you take care there! And good luck with the sales!

  5. You read Neil Gaiman? He's awesome! I just started reading Sandman a while ago!

  6. I am a firm believer in stretching, bending and breaking rules - they are made for that!!!
    Your horse [and the title] are perfect! The colors are so vivid and rich.
    I like Neil Gaiman, too. Have you read "American Gods"?

  7. Actually I'm relieved that you haven't posted for a while because I hate not being able to keep up - and so many of the people I'm following are doing the 30 in 30 challenge that I can't possibly keep up with them all! I'm having a hard time fitting any art in at all at the moment because Sherlock has had an operation on his leg and has to be rested for 6 weeks - that means nothing but lead walks just to the garden for the toilet. Poor thing is so sad that I feel too guilty leaving him without company :0( So, my studio time has taken a mighty bashing this last few weeks and I'm thinking it's going to be a good couple of months or more before life can get back to some kind of normality. Meanwhile, instead of being able to paint myself, I have your wonderful paintings to look at instead. And this horse is utterly beautiful! And I particularly love the colours against the black background. Just exquisite! Oh, and I'll be listening to your AHA show tomorrow. Can't wait! :0)

  8. I wanted to wave HELLO! I just heard you on Artist Helpin Artist - WOOP!

    OMG Girl! Your art is simply FANTABULOUS!It is watercolor painting at at whole new level. Thank you so much for sharing your work :-D

    When you have time - swing over to my new art licensing blog for a peek ;-)

  9. you are missed! this is another gem! they seem to slide off your brush like liquid gold! good luck with everything.

  10. Funny how busy we can get!!! Love the painting!

  11. I had really started to think where are you.. :)
    By the way this is superb. And what composition rules are you talking about!!! :)
    I hope your new place is even more inspiring for you.

  12. Busy, busy busy....It seems to have it us all. I'm hardly getting time to blog.

    Just caught you on AHA (commissions) Great Job, Crystal.

    Love the painting btw!

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