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How long did it take you to paint that?2019-01-18T09:29:35-07:00

This is by far the most common question people ask me. The answer should be straightforward, but to be honest, it is harder to answer than might be expected.

If I kept a time card for each of the paintings starting with “collecting photos / experiences” and continued to tracked the time spend on that specific painting till it is matted and framed I could provide an answer for the number of hours spend on each painting. Depending on the painting, the amount of time would vary greatly from the unusually quick painting that “takes” only 4 hours to the painstakingly labored over images that takes over 40 hours. However, this straight-forward “time card” approach doesn’t quite tell the entire story.

In tracking how much time something took me to create, I would need to acknowledge my indebtedness to multiple authors and artist who have taken the time to write a book, produce a video and teach a class so that I might learn. I would also need to consider the hours involved in skill building; college notebooks – and many church bulletins – full of doodles; color models created on random sheets of paper and in my computer… and how does one consider the time spent researching new materials, brushes, substrates and mediums. Should I also include the things I really don’t want to acknowledge – the failures – paintings that were started with wonderful visions – and then, somehow fell short of my ideal?

When experts examine some of the masters most praised artwork, they often discover something the artist rejected. Another image the artist deemed unworthy to be seen, and painted over. If those artists learned something from that “underpainting”, something that they then applied to the new image, did they include the time it took to paint the rejected image in their assessment of the amount of time it took to paint the wonder that we prize today? Maybe someday I will ask Michelangelo and Da Vinci about this.

So – if you ask me how much time a specific painting took… you can expect me to hesitate before I answer.

Where Do you get your Inspiration?2017-05-17T19:29:40-07:00

Several people have asked me this unassuming question.  The easy answer is  – “From creation around me.”  The complicated part is that I am constantly inspired by so many things, that I will have to continue painting far into eternity to complete all the images I imagine!  Constrained by time, as I currently am, I have multiple, specific goals for my artistic endeavors:

I desire to produce images that are beautiful.  It is my goal that my artwork inspire your day.

I strive to include elements of time, motion, heat, cold, and/or light created effects.

I also aim to improve composition and color use, while innovating with the chosen medium.

These focuses combine to direct my choices of images to paint.

Where do you get your inspiration?2017-05-17T07:58:17-07:00

Several people have asked me this unassuming question.  The easy answer is  – “From creation around me.”  The complicated part is that I am constantly inspired by so many things, that I will have to continue painting far into eternity to complete all the images I imagine!  Constrained by time, as I currently am, I have multiple, specific goals for my artistic endeavors:

I desire to produce images that are beautiful.  It is my goal that my artwork inspire your day.

I strive to include elements of time, motion, heat, cold, and/or light created effects.

I also aim to improve composition and color use, while innovating with the chosen medium.

These focuses combine to direct my choices of images to paint.

Why is there a size listed under “additional information”?2017-05-17T07:58:17-07:00

Why is there a size listed under “additional information”?

The size listed in this area is actually the approximate size we expect the shipping container to be.  In order to protect your painting we add 2″ to each side of the painting, allowing for packing material.  We do not ship unframed paintings rolled, as this would put a curl in the substrate and could damage the image.   If your purchase is framed, the frame too must be protected.  We add additional packaging to the outside frame dimensions for the additional packing material.

How long till my purchase is shipped?2017-04-22T16:43:59-07:00

How long till my purchase is shipped?

In most cases, we ship your original from our studio within 2 weeks of your order.  Some paintings may be able to be shipped sooner, but occasionally the packing materials we require may not be immediately available.  Each of our paintings is put in a custom made box, so as to provide the optimum protection for the valuable artwork.

What did you create that with?2017-05-17T07:58:17-07:00

Crystal began by drawing… her early works featured a mixed media approach that used colored pencils (Prismacolor) and colored felt tip pens.  A good example of these early works is this mountain lion drawing.

In college, Crystal was challenged by a professor (Thank you Marj Weichal!) to try adding watercolor backgrounds to her images.  Several brush strokes later… and many of the images that Crystal paints are predominately watercolor.

Crystal also works in acrylics, which are especially useful for painting murals and gallery wrapped canvases.  Crystal enjoys the vibrant colors acrylics provide.   Oil paints have also been on her pallet, as they are well suited for work on metal.  The subtle blending abilities of oils – together with a longer working time, make oil paints the media of choice on some projects.

REVIEWS:

Perfect bedroom accent

5.0 rating
January 10, 2019

When I saw the painting on your site, I knew it would look amazing on my bedroom wall. I appreciated your help with the matting and framing choices. I received it in good condition and was able to hang it up immediately! It is perfect.

Gwen S

Love the color and movement in my painting

5.0 rating
January 10, 2019

Crystal used some reference photos I took during a recent vacation and combined them into a beautiful painting for our living room. Thank you so much Crystal!

Andrew Crow

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