Solar Wind

Posted on October 6th, 2018

Solar Wind by Amy Crook, a watercolor painting of crows and a windblown tree at sunset

Solar Wind, 18″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

A lovely, large panorama of sunset and birds and a windblown tree, this painting is a moment at the edge of night, just as the sun is slipping away below the horizon and off the page.

The clouds reflect the bloody light from below, refracting it into orange and pink as well as red. Five beautiful blackbirds ride the winds of evening, slipping past the tree that autumn’s already caught ahold of and stripped of its summer foliage.

A full foot and a half wide, this painting will need some special framing, but it would make a beautiful, warm addition to any room.

Solar Wind, detail, by Amy Crook

Solar Wind, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, an up-close view of the windswept tree and wispy clouds, as well as one of the five intrepid crows riding the breezes. Below, a very wide shot indeed to encompass this whole panorama.

Solar Wind, a panoramic watercolor painting by Amy Crook

Solar Wind, a panoramic watercolor painting by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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A Bumble of Bees

Posted on October 5th, 2018

A Bumble of Bees by Amy Crook, 17 bees with iridescent wings bumble around a background of abstract hydrangeas

A Bumble of Bees, 12″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

BEES!

There’s even a cute little bumblebee butt diving into one of these elegantly abstract hydrangeas, iridescent wings folded atop its tubby body.

These delightful busybodies are bumbling around a profusion of flowers, dipping their toes and faces alike into the blue blossoms. From their black stripes and fat yellow bodies to the shimmering white wings, these little gals exude the warmth of summer just in time for it to fade away.

A Bumble of Bees, detail, by Amy Crook

A Bumble of Bees, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the way the fat bees’ wings shimmer in the sunshine. Below, they’ve bumbled into a temporary hive frame, just waiting to find their forever field and make a home there.

A Bumble of Bees, framed art by Amy Crook

A Bumble of Bees, framed art by Amy Crook

BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Whimsical and Strange
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Ruination

Posted on October 4th, 2018

Ruination by Amy Crook, a muted watercolor painting of smoking ruins against a pale sky full of carrion birds

Ruination, 12″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Delicate smoke rises up from these ruins, buildings ranging from whole to merely rubble but all showing evidence of some cataclysm.

Each structure has its own unique character, from the delicately cracked tower to the leaning high-rise with its side shattered by whatever disaster came to call.

Painted with a limited palette of just three colors, the subtle mix of blue, rust, and grey make a gorgeous, atmospheric homage to ruination.

Ruination, detail, by Amy Crook

Ruination, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the tiny details of windows and doors, smoke and rubble and ruins. Below, the painting is floating in its temporary frame, waiting for its final resting place.

Ruination, framed art by Amy Crook

Ruination, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Saffron Moon

Posted on October 3rd, 2018

Saffron Moon by Amy Crook, an abstract watercolor with a golden yellow circle against blue-black

Saffron Moon, 12″x12″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

The barely-blue of midnight impinges on the strange saffron swirls of this big, beautiful moon. Neither abstract nor fully realistic, but a blend of both that evokes a feeling of mystery and possibility, perfect for October people.

If you make your home in the harvests and haystacks, between the pumpkins and the fallen leaves, then perhaps this would fit right in with the decor.

What’s your favorite season?

Saffron Moon, detail, by Amy Crook

Saffron Moon, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see one of the intricate little edge details where the midnight mist creeps into the gold of the shining moon. Below, this larger art is awaiting a frame big enough, holding a spot in pride of place at my writing desk.

Saffron Moon, abstract art by Amy Crook

Saffron Moon, abstract art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery
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Whimsical Doldrums 2

Posted on October 2nd, 2018

Whimsical Doldrums 2 by Amy Crook, loose ink-brushed buildings smudged with color under a grey-blue rain

Whimsical Doldrums 2, 10″x8″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

These particular doldrums have a bit more color and less stormy skies than the last set, but never fear, there’s still a secret cat.

The heavens rain down on this strange city full of everything from crystal towers to wobbling skyscrapers, a motley of unusual architecture just waiting to bring a smile to your space.

Where would you hang this to turn someone’s frown upside down?

Whimsical Doldrums 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Whimsical Doldrums 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a few of the buildings up close, their loose ink and soft washes of color bringing delight to the gloom. Below, the painting waits in a frame, hoping for a forever home to grace with its fanciful ways.

Whimsical Doldrums 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Whimsical Doldrums 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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I Won’t Be Your Winter

Posted on August 16th, 2018

I Won’t Be Your Winter by Amy Crook, a bloody red grafitti star against a silver and black backdrop

I Won’t Be Your Winter, 5″x7″ watercolor on Arches cover black paper

Bucky Barnes has one of the most tragic backstories in a whole universe full of them. A very goth approach to his painting seemed in order.

Metal runs like rain along lines that echo the plates in the Winter Solider’s arm. Graffiti of a red star bleeds down the page, the image splotched like a splatter of blood.

The title is from another song, this one from an unrelated movie soundtrack, that seemed to fit. The next line is, “I won’t be anyone’s excuse to cry.”

It felt very fitting for a man who finally got away from HYDRA and the people who wanted to use him for destruction.

I Won’t Be Your Winter, detail, by Amy Crook

I Won’t Be Your Winter, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a closeup of the “grafitti” star on the background that echoes the silver plates in the Winter Soldier’s arm. Below, the painting waits behind glass to be given its final mission.

I Won’t Be Your Winter, framed art by Amy Crook

I Won’t Be Your Winter, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of
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Harvest Moon 6

Posted on August 14th, 2018

Harvest Moon 6 by Amy Crook, 3 sandhill cranes in silhouette against a golden full moon

Harvest Moon 6, 5″x5″ watercolor on Arches cover black paper

Three sandhill cranes are flying across this minuscule moon, golden-yellow and full like a proper autumn moon should be.

After June’s Harvest Moon painting, a patron suggested I try another on black paper instead of white. It’s a very different process, and the results have a darker, more solid quality.

The stars have a little shine to them, a hint of gold to add sparkle. The cranes have a little complexity in their color, both from the Payne’s grey and the way the thick, opaque Japanese paints mix into the top layer.

Harvest Moon 6, detail, by Amy Crook

Harvest Moon 6, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of the cranes and the textural surface of the moon. Below, the painting is in a frame, waiting to fly to its new home.

Harvest Moon 6, framed art by Amy Crook

Harvest Moon 6, framed art by Amy Crook

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