Today's artist is Crystal Cook, who has chosen two of her personally favorite watercolors from 2012.
Crystal Cook She Stood In The Storm watercolor 10"x 7" August 2012
This first one, She Stood in the Storm, is deeply personal for me and I based it off of this quote: 'She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her away she adjusted her sails" and "Sometimes God calms the storm. Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms his child."
Crystal Cook Inquisitive watercolor 6" x 6" October 2012
The most satisfying and meaningful work that I do is always a child's portrait. And Inquisitive is one of my favorites. I find it hard to say why, but it connects with me very deeply. Most of my child portraits do, but this one specifically means a lot to me.
Now for my turn, but I confess it was very hard to just choose two.
Crystal Cook Whispers and Trust watercolor 6"x6" March 2012
Crystal Cook Sweet and Mellow watercolor 5"x7" March 2012
This is a flat-out amazing depiction of a dog. Its sweet, trusting and very real presence is even more impressive than her virtuosic brushwork.
Crystal Cook is a highly skilled painter with a strong grasp of all those painterly values of composition, color, lighting, and getting an excellent likeness, but it seems to me that what truly motivates her to paint so beautifully is her deep sense of caring.