December’s Floating Gallery is CLOSED!

Posted on December 9th, 2017

See you again next month!

The Floating Gallery has pulled up stakes and drifted off into the sunset!

I hope you enjoyed December’s temporary exhibits, and will be back in January for more. This month’s pieces have all been sold or retired to make room for next month’s all new art. Join the email list to get an early pass into all the future Floating Galleries.

In the meantime, my Etsy shop is still open, and there will be comics and other, stranger posts here on the blog. You can also support me on Patreon if you want to make sketch requests, get downloads, or just feel good about yourself as a patron of the arts!

Categories: Floating Gallery


Santa Cat

Posted on December 8th, 2017

Santa Cat, ink art by Amy Crook

Santa Cat, 7″x5″ ink on paper

Happy Holidays!

Santa Cat knows exactly what to do during the busy holiday season — sleep.

Rendered in gold-infused grey and red ink, and a softer grey, it takes just a few lines to suggest the shape of a sleeping cat that’s gotten into the Christmas decorations.

This would make a gorgeous holiday decoration, full of whimsy and peace, to bring out year after year.

Santa Cat, detail, by Amy Crook

Santa Cat, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see where there’s a teeny tiny bit of sparkle hiding in the ink. Below, you can enjoy the kitty napping away in its frame, pretending not to acknowledge the pun in the title. Ahem.

Santa Cat, framed art by Amy Crook

Santa Cat, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Card Design, Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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Negative Space 2

Posted on December 7th, 2017

Negative Space 2, abstract art by Amy Crook

Negative Space 2, 8″x8″ watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

This painting is a love letter to imperfection, uniqueness, and letting those differences shine.

Each detail is exquisitely small, the silver paint filling in the spaces where the zen circle had voids, shining out of what had been nothingness and drawing you in.

It’s like two-dimensional kintsugi, taking what was a flaw and making it the most strikingly beautiful part of the final object.

It would be perfect to meditate on, or to serve as a reminder that where some see flaws, others see beauty.

Where would it fit in your life?

Negative Space 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Negative Space 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the softness of the paper, the subtlety of the mineral color and the bright shine of silver in the places left behind. Below, the art is in a frame, just waiting to add some beauty and zen to your day.

Negative Space 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Negative Space 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery
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To Have Ambition

Posted on December 6th, 2017

To Have Ambition, word art by Amy Crook

To Have Ambition, 7″x5″ ink and pencil on paper

Who would have thought that cheesy ’80s pop music would spawn further art? The Gang of Four song I Love a Man in a Uniform has always held this little gem that, on some tired days, feels like my life motto.

To have ambition is my ambition

This word art piece uses beautiful sparkling inks and has elaborate decorations in varying stages of doneness to represent the unfulfilled ambitions — from fully realized illumunation around the capital to the barely-sketched design beneath the final word, process becomes product.

To Have Ambition, detail, by Amy Crook

To Have Ambition, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the shiny embedded in pretty much all of the ink used in this piece. Below, you can see how it looks in a frame, a gorgeous example of artistic hopefulness.

To Have Ambition, framed art by Amy Crook

To Have Ambition, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Pretty Words, Things I'm a Fan Of
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Teacups

Posted on December 5th, 2017

Teacups, illustration by Amy Crook

Teacups, 7″x5″ Copic marker and gel pen on paper

A lovely, solid seafoam green mug. Beautiful blue-painted china with gold accents. A standard diner cup. A travel mug that says, “I like my coffee more than I like you.” A fluted, delicate china teacup in dreamy lavender. And finally, a giant piglet mug.

There’s so many ways to take your tea and coffee, from to-go cups to a favorite mug, fine porcelain to hand-thrown pottery. Enjoy half a dozen vessels drawn with no sketches or linework in loose, graceful art marker and highlighted in white gel pen.

How do you take your tea?

Teacups, detail, by Amy Crook

Teacups, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a bit of detail on the cups, though the color is more accurate in the scan. Below, the teacups are displayed in a frame, taking up quite a lot less space than the real thing!

Teacups, framed art by Amy Crook

Teacups, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Whimsical and Strange
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Dragon Egg

Posted on December 4th, 2017

Dragon Egg, tiny art by Amy Crook

Dragon Egg, 5″x5″ watercolor on paper

This little egg is just starting to crack, its surface full of rough spirals and gradations in color. If you’re wondering what hatches out of such an egg, you can just keep scrolling and see the magnificent spiral purple dragon that it will grow into.

This lovely egg is a symbol of possibility, of potential getting ready to unfold, of something that’s almost done germinating and is ready to break out into the world

What else do you have in your life that’s like that, and how can you nuture it?

Dragon Egg, detail, by Amy Crook

Dragon Egg, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the soft textures of paint and paper, just two colors of minerals to make up this whimsical image. Below, the egg is waiting in a frame to incubate and hatch whatever’s inside.

Dragon Egg, framed art by Amy Crook

Dragon Egg, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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Dragon Spiral

Posted on December 2nd, 2017

Dragon Spiral by Amy Crook

Dragon Spiral, 5″x5″ watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

This fierce dragon has fire in her eyes and ice in her scales. She’s spiralling downward in near-abstract swishes of amethyst, graphite, and interference blue.

Do you need to be reminded of your own fierceness?

This is one of those pieces that’s most beautiful in person, where you can turn the page this way and that and catch the highlights and shadows, pulling out details that are otherwise invisible.

Dragon Spiral, detail, by Amy Crook

Dragon Spiral, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the dragon turned so her fiery eyes and brilliant scales catch the light. Below, she’s tucked into a frame, just waiting to fly to her new home.

Dragon Spiral, framed art by Amy Crook

Dragon Spiral, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Whimsical and Strange
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