Today's ARTLOVE is a little different - I'm highlighting the work of an artist I actually know! Well, Crystal and I have never met in person but we chat. And she is a kindred spirit. And she is AWESOME. She is at the top-of-her-game as an artist (wait till you scroll down and see her work!) but she is also an equally gifted writer. Her posts are a double treat because first you are visually mesmerized, and then you read what she wrote and you feel:
1. happy (huzzah!)
2. encouraged (she's a great motivator)
3. pumped! (has you believing you're going to paint your best piece tomorrow!)
4. warm (well, you know, she writes about family life, art, motivation...stuff I'm kind of interested in : )
and best of all she always makes me smile. And you can't underate a genuine daily smile.
And now...to her paintings!
Self Portrait of My Soul / gouache / 10"x14"
I found out Crystal likes Kathe Kollwitz as much as I do. And I think Kathe Kollwitz would have been proud of this piece. Look at that fierce look in Crystal's eyes! Protection, man!
Daily Escape / watercolour / 6"x6"
You think she just does portraits? Au contraire! Look at the reflections in the tea, and on the table - and at the awesome little wolf. This one blew me away.
Sparkle / watercolour / 7"x9"
One of my favourites. Perfect.
Snap! She can draw like no one's business!
Hope / watercolour / 7"x9"
Warm, rich colour. Crystal makes skin glow.
Pensive / watercolour / 10"x14"
Another one of my faves. So much mood in this piece. I feel like I know this young woman. Perfectly suited palette.
Joy, unrestrained / watercolour / 10"x14"
Well, how can this not fill you with love and joy? Just crazy.
A-Punk, self portrait / watercolour / 8"x10"
She makes it look easy. Look at that SKIN!
Intensity / watercolour / 10"x14"
Bundled Up / watercolour / 7"x9"
Textures, expression, composition. Love.
I also want to give Crystal a heartfelt thank you for the interview she did of me on her blog. They were interesting (and quirky) questions that really made me think. And the lightning round was completely fun ; )