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Kelp 2

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

abstract art of turquoise blue cascading upwards on black paper, with occasional horizontal breaks in the flow, by Amy Crook

Kelp 2, 7″x5″ watercolor on Arches cover black paper

Shining fronds in beautiful blue-green rise up through the charcoal depths of this lightfast paper, with the occasional horizontal detour into shelf-like protrusions.

Another installment in the Pathways series, this painting takes a simple monochrome palette and breaks it into glittering particles. Each little piece of color seems to shine with its own shade of blue, green, or silver, shifting oh-so-subtly as it moves through the light.

Where do you need something beautiful to catch the light in your life?

Kelp 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Kelp 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the subtle sparkle of mica-laden paints and the beautiful rivulets of thick paint and dancing void. Below, the painting is sitting in a frame, a waving undersea frond trapped in its own little aquarium.

Kelp 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Kelp 2, framed art by Amy Crook

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Whorled

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

an abstract watercolor of overlapping turquoise spirals accented in coppery gold by Amy Crook

Whorled, 8″x8″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Swirls and whorls and spirals decorate this beautiful turquoise abstract. The shining texture of the overarching spiral gives it a dragon-like feeling, with its copper eye and snakelike head at the center.

The detail photo has perhaps the best color, but like so many things in life this one has to be seen live to be properly appreciated.

One patron said, “Oh, it’s another Moana painting!” and while they’re not wrong, this one has more of a sly, sideways reference, bursts of shining heat within the ocean’s cool blues rather than a direct quote.

Whorled, detail, by Amy Crook

Whorled, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the sun shining off the iridescent paints, bringing out the coppery and turqouise tones. Below, the painting is framed and waiting to bring something shiny into your day.

Whorled, framed art by Amy Crook

Whorled, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery
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Growth 10

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Growth 10, abstract art by Amy Crook

Growth 10, 6″x6″ pen & ink and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

This is the first time in the Growth series that we’ve got actual growing things instead of mere seeds. The central core is a warm, inviting mix of earthy browns, and there are even green sprouts curling outward toward the universe, anchored by the rich red roots.

Have you put down roots, or are you still floating in the void, hoping to find something to nurture your growth?

Growth 10, detail, by Amy Crook

Growth 10, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the red-brown roots and green sprouts, as well as the earth-brown seeds and the rich mix of watercolor that make up our growing world. Below, the painting is in its frame, and already trying to outgrow it!

Growth 10, framed art by Amy Crook

Growth 10, framed art by Amy Crook

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Cracks in the System

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Cracks in the System, abstract art by Amy Crook

Cracks in the System, 5″x7″ pen & and watercolor on paper

Who and what falls through the cracks in the system, especially now that it seems like everything’s falling apart?

This piece is inspired by a friend’s cracked phone screen and the light that shines through anyway, the places where bits had dropped completely away, and the very strange sensation of running your fingers over the broken glass. It’s got seven little pops of bright gold to catch the light, to give a little hope that even when the system is cracked, some things still work.

Cracks in the System, detail, by Amy Crook

Cracks in the System, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see two of the shining gold spaces and some of the fine linework up close. Below, the piece is in a frame, fortunately sans cracked glass.

Cracks in the System, framed art by Amy Crook

Cracks in the System, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Things I'm a Fan Of
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This Does Not Define You

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

This Does Not Define You, a Moana-themed watercolor by Amy Crook

This Does Not Define You, 8″x10″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

They have stolen the heart from inside you
But this does not define you

Sometimes a movie just has a perfect moment that you want to capture — in this case the climactic scene of Moana. The girl and the goddess have a moment of understanding – whatever is done to you, you can still define yourself: you know who you are. It’s a sentiment that should be and sadly isn’t universal in our victim-blaming society, sigh.

Who do you know that needs this reminder?

This Does Not Define You, detail, by Amy Crook

This Does Not Define You, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the way the interference green shines out against the turquoise and white, with just a touch of purple to define ‘you’ differently. Below, the painting is in a frame, catching the light.

This Does Not Define You, framed art by Amy Crook

This Does Not Define You, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Pretty Words, Things I'm a Fan Of
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Rainy Day

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Rainy Day, abstract landscape by Amy Crook

Rainy Day, 6″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Much like the fleeting shine of each individual raindrop, this painting is an optical illusion in your palm. On its face it seems like a softly violet abstract, with a depth and texture like a city street in the rain.

If you turn it into the light, blue ripples appear in the puddles, the last sun of twilight reflecting off the moment the drops hit just right.

Rain is so peaceful and soothing sometimes, and this painting is like a rainy day you can pull out at any time. What are you saving it for, and for it?

Rainy Day, detail, by Amy Crook

Rainy Day, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the illusion appear, shining swirls and ripples of light on the wet street. Below, you can see the piece in a frame, its illusion of rain peeking through in the sun.

Rainy Day, framed art by Amy Crook

Rainy Day, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes
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Hoarfrost

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Hoarfrost, abstract art by Amy Crook

Hoarfrost, 7″x5″ watercolor on Arches cover black paper

Frost forms in the dark and cold, climbing up unseen supports to turn the world into an alien landscape. This icy black-and-white beauty has a slight sheen of copper, the hint of sunrise glinting off its shapes and surfaces.

This latest Pathways painting is a small window into a world of chill beauty — perfect for those winter babies among us who love the idea of frost all year round.

These paintings have a kind of contemplative complexity to them, for all their simple palettes and design. A moment of meditation at your fingertips.

Hoarfrost, detail, by Amy Crook

Hoarfrost, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the shine of copper mixed in with the white, like a sunrise just peeking over the horizon and reflecting off the night’s frost. Below, the painting rests in its small frame, waiting to add a little bite of winter to a bookshelf, niche, or hidden corner.

Hoarfrost, framed art by Amy Crook

Hoarfrost, framed art by Amy Crook

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