Seuss Heart

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Seuss Heart by Amy Crook

Seuss Heart by Amy Crook

Since I posted weebles yesterday, I thought I’d post something else today for variety.

This watercolor piece came together very organically, out of the rich pigments in my Japanese paints and my own random thought processes. I started out painting a very pink heart, and when that didn’t suit me at all, I added the deep red along one side, and then the half-circle of purple nestling up next to it. The wet pigments ran and mixed to create something much more interesting, textures that kept evolving until they’d dried completely.

A touch of the original fuchsia shows up in the left lobe of the heart, and so when I signed it, I chose a fuchsia fountain pen (also from Japan) to echo that.

The piece felt incomplete, however, so when I found this quote about love from Dr. Seuss, I wrote it into the curve of the half-circle with a violet fountain pen, knowing from experience that the ink would blur and run. Though it’s nearly impossible to read, I think the words add layer of visual meaning to the piece.

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness
is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

– Dr. Seuss

Seuss Heart, 5″x5″ pen and ink and watercolor on Arches cover white paper.

You can also get this piece printed on a handmade card on Etsy.

Seuss Heart, framed art by Amy Crook

Seuss Heart, framed, by Amy Crook

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4 Responses to “Seuss Heart”

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  1. Kristine says:

    i like this! there is a color, there in the middle, that is my pinkyred streak color 🙂 you caught 3 of my fav colors and put them together!

    • Amy says:

      Thank you! I’m not always comfortable with pinks, especially the bright fuchsia of the pigment here, so it’s good to know that it worked to challenge myself here.

      • Kristine says:

        i find a similar phenomenon with knitting, if i am working with a color that makes me feel MEH, the pattern will most likely not sing to me. so to use up that yarn, i usually have to pick a pattern i’ve already found tested-and-true!

        • Amy says:

          Well, sometimes if I force myself outside my color comfort zone, I’ll end up somewhere familiar, but oftentimes I end up with pieces I work on more than the usual, going back to them four or six times, which loses spontaneity but adds polish. It’s always a balance!

          Sometimes I end up hating those pieces, but they’re the ones other people love, too. (Not in this case, but there’ve been others)