Violet Midnight

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Violet Midnight, art by Amy Crook

Violet Midnight by Amy Crook

Another image I keep revisiting, the moon glowing in the night sky. I went for a simple duochrome effect, the stars and moon drawn in orange ink, then the stars turned warm and golden when the salt and water were added. I used a dark blue-violet paint, which was making such fascinating shapes and shadows on its own as it pooled and flowed that I decided not to try to add any more stars and let the velvety paint stand on its own. Then I used a metallic copper watercolor to create the haloes around the moon and stars, the color an excellent match to the orange ink.

Violet Midnight, 7″x5″ mixed media on paper, nfs.

This piece has a great contrast between the matte violet paint and shimmery, iridescent copper paint; between the flat ink and three-dimensional salt crystals; between the meticulous spiral pattern in the moon and the random, cloudy shapes in the sky.

Violet Midnight, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Violet Midnight, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Here you can really see how the interplay of colors and textures up close.

Violet Midnight, detail 2, by Amy Crook

Violet Midnight, detail 2, by Amy Crook

A simple black frame protects the salt, and makes the vivid colors really glow.

Violet Midnight, framed art by Amy Crook

Violet Midnight, framed, by Amy Crook

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3 Responses to “Violet Midnight”

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  1. kristine says:

    I love how the contrasting colors turned out and the really cool color they made where they intersected. Very nice! (and I bet this one would be a cool print even without the super-neato-salt!)

    • Amy says:

      Thanks! Actually between the salt and the iridescent paint, this one would be totally impossible to print. It would be 90% less awesome than the original, and that’s just too sad for words. 😉

  2. […] awesomeness. So, with that in mind, I mixed up a slightly different mix of the violet-black from Violet Midnight and made a piece that only used the salt for visual texture rather than physical structure. […]