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Winter 3

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Winter 3, abstract art by Amy Crook

Winter 3, 12″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Continuing the tradition, this Pathways art to calls for winter, for coolness, for the rise of trees from the depths of snow, for the white of a sky bleached by a distant sun.

Wide and low, this glimpse into the wintry forest is an odd shape that would go perfectly in a bookshelf, or matted into a bigger frame as shown here.

Where do you need the crisp bite of winter in your life?

Winter 3, detail, by Amy Crook

Winter 3, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the cool blue-violet shapes that feel like trees, or vines, or rain down a window. Below, the painting is in its temporary frame, waiting for a new home.

Winter 3, framed art by Amy Crook

Winter 3, framed art by Amy Crook

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River Hallway

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

River Hallway, abstract art by Amy Crook

River Hallway, 4″x8″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Like soothing waves of water, this blue-violet color contains surprising amounts of detail once you look past the initial impression. There’s a very subtle hint of sparkle here and there, the smallest shapes of water and spray, and of course the more obvious gradations of flow.

The tall, narrow rectangular shape echoes a hallway flowing with water rather than a more natural stream.

River Hallway, detail, by Amy Crook

River Hallway, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the tiny details, flecks of paint and flecks of white like foam and stones in the water. Below, the painting is trapped in its frame, a piece of time forever frozen under glass.

River Hallway, framed art by Amy Crook

River Hallway, framed art by Amy Crook

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Formations 2

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Formations 2, abstract art by Amy Crook

Formations 2, 6″x4″ Primatek and metallic watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

Unlike the peaceful blue and pale gold of the first Formations, this one has a lovely earthy red made from Minnesota pipestone, and a rich red-gold to match. The paper itself is a warm buff color that adds a third dimension to a very simple palette.

The complex shapes are reminiscent of riverbeds, borders, and other such phenomena both natural and manmade. This one makes me think of a map of some science fictional Mars, where life has found a way to exist even there.

Formations 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Formations 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the glint of gold shining against the paper and paint, bright in the afternoon sun. Below, the painting is tilted toward shadow in its frame, mysterious and distant as another planet.

Formations 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Formations 2, framed art by Amy Crook

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Dreaming Tree

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Dreaming Tree by Amy Crook

Dreaming Tree, 6″x6″ pen & ink and watercolor on Arches cover black paper

Lines etched into the paper create the silhouette of a massive tree, its branches weighted down with foliage. The night sky visible in between the curves and shadows of it, cradled within the arms of the tree’s dreams.

Or perhaps the tree is a dream itself, or a keeper of dreams. Each line is a dream, forming the hill, the world, the earth, everything but the shimmering blue-violet of the sky.

You could even consider it dark matter cradling a nebula full of stars, shining out of the far reaches of the universe.

Dreaming Tree, detail, by Amy Crook

Dreaming Tree, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the lines indented into the paper with purple ink shining darkly out of each groove. Below, the scene rests in a frame, protected from the waking world for you.

Dreaming Tree, framed art by Amy Crook

Dreaming Tree, framed art by Amy Crook

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Dark Grove

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Dark Grove, abstract art by Amy Crook

Dark Grove, 4″x6″ gel pen and watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

A strange, swirling white mist furls through the tops of the strange trees in this grove. Or perhaps it’s flowers, or low-hanging clouds that’s half-obscured by the reaching, rattling black branches.

The Pathways series takes a strange turn with this one, almost not an abstract at all with is tree-like shapes and hints of deliberation among the randomness.

There’s a beautiful simplicity to the materials in this painting, opaque black paint, opaque white gel ink, and the swirling interactions between the two on top of the warm buff of the soft, textured paper.

Dark Grove, detail, by Amy Crook

Dark Grove, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the ghostly white shining through the deep black and floating atop the warm buff paper. Below, you can see this tiny painting in a frame, ready to add some spook to your space.

Dark Grove, framed art by Amy Crook

Dark Grove, framed art by Amy Crook

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Formations

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Formations, abstract art by Amy Crook

Formations, 7″x5″ Primatek and metallic watercolor on Arches Cover buff paper

This newest installation of the Map series is inspired by the amazing images we’ve been seeing in the past few years of Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter.

A wobbly blue planet has its mysterious formations outlined in a warm silver that complements the creamy buff paper that makes the space around it. Everything about this painting is muted and soft, inviting the viewer to appreciate the fine details.

What would you name these mysterious geological formations?

Formations, detail, by Amy Crook

Formations, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the sun glinting off the metallic formations, the silver tone as warm as the paper. Below, you can see the piece in a frame, posing for your perusal before it heads off to its new home.

Formations, framed art by Amy Crook

Formations, framed art by Amy Crook

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Mountain Heart

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Mountain Heart by Amy Crook

Mountain Heart, 6″x4″ Primatek and metallic watercolor on watercolor postcard

Framed by a rich midnight blue sky and sparkling silver stars, regal purple mountains stand fast. You can imagine standing up at the top, bathed in the golden sunrise peeking from behind them, feeling the universe sending you love.

Organic shapes are contained within the heart, a nod to the diversity of nature. Metallic stars shine in complementing spirals all around.

This beautiful painting will add a big measure of ‘whoa’ in a small package wherever you choose to hang it.

Mountain Heart, detail, by Amy Crook

Mountain Heart, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the stars catching the light, and a swatch of the lovely rugged purple mountains framed by midnight. Below, this tiny painting is in a frame, small enough to tuck anywhere you need a stalwart heart.

Mountain Heart, framed art by Amy Crook

Mountain Heart, framed art by Amy Crook

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