Midnight Blue

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Midnight Blue, art by Amy Crook

Midnight Blue, art by Amy Crook

This piece is a deliberate echo of last week’s intricate Cross the Sky, but both simpler and using the iconic blue and yellow color scheme from Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

The stars are monochromatic, first using spirals of orange-gold ink, and then a softer gold mixed to match. The moon is salt-free this time, inked in and then gently blurred with the gold watercolor to give it, too, a bright glow. The pure blue watercolor is bright and joyful, and it dried with a lovely texture in the denser areas. I thought about going in with some black to darken it up, but I like the cheery glow of the piece as is.

Midnight Blue, 7″x5″ pen & ink, salt and watercolor on paper.

The pure blue watercolor is bright and joyful, and it dried with a lovely texture in the denser areas. I thought about going in with some black to darken it up, but I like the cheery glow of the piece as is.

Midnight Blue, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Midnight Blue, detail 1, by Amy Crook

You can see the gentle blurring of the moon below, and the line where a pool of pale gold paint dried.

Midnight Blue, detail 2, by Amy Crook

Midnight Blue, detail 2, by Amy Crook

It looks quite nice in its frame, with the bright colors offset by the black wood.

Midnight Blue, framed art by Amy Crook

Midnight Blue, framed art by Amy Crook

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  1. […] a different textural feel to this one on every level, despite being similar in many ways to Midnight Blue. The paper is thicker and of a much softer texture, the salt pools are saturated with bright yellow […]