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Appaloosa Horse Sculpture by crystalcookart Appaloosa Horse Sculpture :iconcrystalcookart:crystalcookart 10 0 Christmas Pony Ornaments! by crystalcookart Christmas Pony Ornaments! :iconcrystalcookart:crystalcookart 3 0 Autumn Leaves Gypsy Pony Sculpture by crystalcookart Autumn Leaves Gypsy Pony Sculpture :iconcrystalcookart:crystalcookart 23 2 Kirin Sculpture, silver and gold by crystalcookart Kirin Sculpture, silver and gold :iconcrystalcookart:crystalcookart 37 2 Appaloosa Marker Sketch by crystalcookart Appaloosa Marker Sketch :iconcrystalcookart:crystalcookart 20 1 Polymer Clay Gypsy Pony by crystalcookart Polymer Clay Gypsy Pony :iconcrystalcookart:crystalcookart 24 3 Leopard Appaloosa Pony Sculpture by crystalcookart Leopard Appaloosa Pony Sculpture :iconcrystalcookart:crystalcookart 25 1 Buckskin marker sketch by crystalcookart Buckskin marker sketch :iconcrystalcookart:crystalcookart 13 1 Shiba Inu Sculpture by crystalcookart Shiba Inu Sculpture :iconcrystalcookart:crystalcookart 38 3 Happy golden dragon by crystalcookart Happy golden dragon :iconcrystalcookart:crystalcookart 22 3 Rainbow Pony sketch by crystalcookart Rainbow Pony sketch :iconcrystalcookart:crystalcookart 16 3 Realistic Horse Portrait Bust by crystalcookart Realistic Horse Portrait Bust :iconcrystalcookart:crystalcookart 8 1 Butterfly Gypsy Pony Sculpture by crystalcookart Butterfly Gypsy Pony Sculpture :iconcrystalcookart:crystalcookart 20 1 White on Black Donkey Sketch by crystalcookart White on Black Donkey Sketch :iconcrystalcookart:crystalcookart 13 2 Donation pony by crystalcookart Donation pony :iconcrystalcookart:crystalcookart 19 3 Beauty, little black pony by crystalcookart Beauty, little black pony :iconcrystalcookart:crystalcookart 66 5


Traditional Gypsy Cob Stock 4 by s-uperflu0us Traditional Gypsy Cob Stock 4 :icons-uperflu0us:s-uperflu0us 152 7 Billy Stock 1 by s-uperflu0us Billy Stock 1 :icons-uperflu0us:s-uperflu0us 99 8 Filly's first day out. by Deirdre-T Filly's first day out. :icondeirdre-t:Deirdre-T 114 15 Shiny Friesian Stock by LarissaAllen Shiny Friesian Stock :iconlarissaallen:LarissaAllen 183 31 black friesian horse 3 by venomxbaby black friesian horse 3 :iconvenomxbaby:venomxbaby 175 7 Friesian Head by Linay-stock Friesian Head :iconlinay-stock:Linay-stock 118 15 Keegan Friesian Stock Photo by LarissaAllen Keegan Friesian Stock Photo :iconlarissaallen:LarissaAllen 505 90 My Toddler by presetsgalore My Toddler :iconpresetsgalore:presetsgalore 9 0 Horse Portrait Stock by blaisedrew62 Horse Portrait Stock :iconblaisedrew62:blaisedrew62 20 0 Clydesdale Sabino Gelding Portrait by LuDa-Stock Clydesdale Sabino Gelding Portrait :iconluda-stock:LuDa-Stock 48 1 Sorrel Horse Portrait Stock by GloomWriter Sorrel Horse Portrait Stock :icongloomwriter:GloomWriter 34 3 Here and Now by Jello88 Here and Now :iconjello88:Jello88 58 13



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Crystal Cook
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I'm aprofessional artist specializing in portraits. I love to paint faces, horses, and dogs in watercolor and sometimes colored pencil, and most recently oils. I read a lot, run long distance, eat too much chocolate and willingly watch re-runs of The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries over and over again.
So it's been a really long time (about 2 months) since I did any painting. Two months is a really, really long time for me, considering I used to do a small painting nearly every day.

But then we moved, and I don't know how many of you have actually had to sell your house to move, not just move from a rental, but it is a HUGE deal. It took up pretty much my whole life for about 6 months! There was so much organizing, purging, fixing, cleaning, painting, etc. to get ready for people to walk through our house so we could sell it. And then there was the hunting for a new house. Ugh. Well that part was fun, but the rest was pretty much a nightmare!

I told my husband the only way I am every moving again is if we are able to get some land so I can have a horse at home. :) And luckily with our new house we have all the space we need for our family and could even add to our little clan if we want to now. :) So that's a good thing.

In any case, the point of this journal was to say that with all these changes, and the recent and surprising success of my clay creatures, I've decided to cut way back on paintings. I was so burned out on commissions that I just could not even stand the sight of a brush anymore. It literally made me shudder. All my life I've been an artist, drawing and painting, and for the last 11 years or so I've been a professional artist, making a modest living with my paintings. And for the last four of those years I've been a daily painter. And while painting a small painting every day was very good for both increasing my skill level, and my business, it also burned me out A LOT.

Now I'm in my new home, the Christmas rush is over, and I have no painting commissions waiting so I'm free to paint when and if I want to. So that's exactly what I'm going to do.

In the meantime I am of course going to be sculpting little animals a lot. That has really been a joyful reprieve from the stresses of portrait commissions and something that I look forward to every day. So I'll be sure to be posting those a lot, and occasionally a painting here and there.

That's actually the whole reason I wrote this post, to lament about my inability to change my user name from crystalcookart to tumblecreatures. Apparently you have to have a fancy premium membership for such foolishness. ;)
  • Listening to: Lorde
  • Reading: The Hobbit
  • Watching: BBQ Pitmasters
  • Eating: Christmas candy
  • Drinking: Ice water


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sch2 Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hbd crystal
CalicoGriffin Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Awww so pretty, beautiful and awesome creations! Straight to watch :) Especially love clay stuff, since I'm doing a bit of them by myself too. *drowns in Your gallery*
Bilongui Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015   General Artist
I just found you and fell in love with your gallery , so I decided I have to watch you!:D (Big Grin)
Also , about the journal you wrote , If you have a chance to have a horse , don't waste that opportunity ; I'm sure you won't regret it once you have one ; I'd kill to have one in my house Love
Best wishes!:happybounce: 
SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner May 14, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Party Happy Birthday, Crystal!
Myuniverseinabox Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!!
CalicoGriffin Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Wonderful ^^ Horses are beautiful but Shiba stole my heart!
AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your ponies are absolutely adorable! You've got some wonderful art in your gallery :)
MiniZoo Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
I really like your painting style and the way you work with light 
KingdomHeartsFan6 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav! Love your art by the way, its all so lovely!!!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀
Animalsrule654 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
My aunt is amazing as you are she is awesome!!
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