Insomnia City

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Insomnia City, watercolor by Amy Crook

Insomnia City, watercolor by Amy Crook

I couldn’t sleep the other night, so I pulled out some paper and my new palette of almost-black paints and painted. It started out with similar spiral clouds as Dirigible, but instead of filling up the whole image, I created a stormy blue-grey sky and then painted the city below in a deep, dark plum color. I wanted to give the whole thing a but of surreal whimsy while keeping the feel of a proper skyline, and keeping the buildings from actually running into the clouds. I kind of like how the lower right ended up shadowed by its incoming cloud bank there, too.

Insomnia City, 8″x4″ watercolor on paper, nfs (sold).

Insomnia City, detail, by Amy Crook

Insomnia City, detail, by Amy Crook

Above I turned up the saturation a little so you could see the subtle purple and blue and the contrast between them. Below, you can see the piece in all its muted glory, tucked into its temporary frame and hanging out with my iPhone in the sunshine.

Insomnia City, framed art by Amy Crook

Insomnia City, framed art by Amy Crook

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