Top 10 Reasons to Love

Love is in the air and I can't think of anything better to celebrate... LOVE how we love thee! I sat down over the weekend with paper and pencil to make a list of the top ten reasons to love and (troubled by the weight of these days and a tiny head cold) I couldn't think of any.  So I wrote my friend Kevin who when I asked him at the start of the year, "What is your purpose?" He answered, "To love." And in the way of a true friend he lit up my heart with this list...

1. Love needs no reason, no explaination, it springs forth slowly or quickly but always suddenly touching one's entirety with truth beyond the way we question and inspect every other realm of being.

2. Love gives all and receives all without demands or expectations.

3. Love bridges distance between, that we feel support, strength, hope- with love surrounding there's connection no matter stretches of time or miles apart.

4. We see vaster, feel deeper, go beyond the known, for love cracks open our previous borders of what was possible.

5. There's no greater challenge, no greater reward, to walk a path of love, one will always feel purpose.

6. Love is a language beyond words, beyond even species. Animals & plants grow healthy surrounded by love.

7. By loving now we send future hearts handholds to grip as they climb into discovery of what love can be.

8. By continuing to love we receive strength from all hearts of the past.

9. Love is the best food, literally & metaphorically, it nourishes & heals.

10. There are infinite reasons, love needs no reason.

Love how we love thee... tiny little illustration of lover xo

Love how we love thee... tiny little illustration of lover xo

May your days be warmed by the love that is in and around us all.

Happy Valentines Day! 


Crystal Hartman

...And an enormous Thank You to Kevin Johnson for this beautiful list of reasons to love.


Studio Colfax, Denver

Thank You Studio Colfax for hosting us last weekend for the opeing of Reoccuring Butterflies, an exhibition of my art (illustrations, paintings and handmade silver jewelry) showing through May in downtown Denver!

If you are in the Colorado capital and love art, swing by... I promise a very fine time.

Studio Colfax

2418 East Colfax

Denver, Colorado 80206

Open Dail with handmade, artisan goods and fine art 11:00 till 7:00

Happy Weekend!





Pollinators and Willowtail Springs

With the generous support of the Durango Arts Center and Willowtail Springs, I write you from a cabin surrounded by flourishing meadows, cedars, sage, cacti and wild honeybees!  I am diving into studies of pollination and pollinators for a series of drawings, paintings and jewels to help share their story. Please join us on April 11that Studio Colfax, Denver Colorado during the opening reception for an exhibition of this work and further studies on fertility and life... I guarantee a very fine time!

Studio Colfax - 2418 East Colfax, Denver Co. 80206
(my work will be featured throughout April, you can visit most days from 11:00-7:00)

WillowTail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center -
Durango Arts Center -
** check it out, my work is featured in the DAC online exhibition this month!  Curated by Elsa Jagniecki


Image from inside the studio at Willowtail Springs Artist Residency 


Outside the studio and beside the lake at Willowtail Springs... Oh so beautiful!