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There’s a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today

Monday, April 4th, 2016

There’s a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today by Amy Crook

There’s a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today,
6″x6″ ink and Primatek watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

As you can see, mineral paints were a theme for this month! Fall in love with granulation all over again, the magical texture you get with certain pigments, watery paint, and rough paper.

A ruined city lurks below the apocalyptic sky, tendrils of smoke rising from the burnt-out buildings. There’s a little black spot on the sun, which glows a sullen red and drips something like light.

(It’s my soul up there.)

I’d apologize for the earworm, but I’m not sorry.
It’s the same old thing as yesterday, really.

There's a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today, detail, by Amy Crook

There’s a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the dripping circle of the red sun and its odd black spot against the beautiful texture of grey-blue sky. Below, this little post-apocalyptic wasteland is tucked into a frame, a gorgeous reminder of a future that never was.

There's a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today, framed art by Amy Crook

There’s a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Discontent

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Discontent by Amy Crook

Discontent, 10″x8″ watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

There is something very wintry about this painting, the shivery glow of light behind the sharply pointed tree without a hint of spring in the air.

Beautiful and eerie as a winter’s twilight, this piece would make a striking addition to your home or office.

Discontent, detail, by Amy Crook

Discontent, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the sharply directional branches in this wintry, windblown tree. Below, the piece is framed in matte black, adding to the drama.

Discontent, framed art by Amy Crook

Discontent, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Plague Doctor Who

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Plague Doctor Who, parody art by Amy Crook

Plague Doctor Who, 5″x7″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper

One day, I sat at my art table and made a list of all the commissions I have pending, because I’d like to re-open the queue someday and that means finishing the art already owing. Then, I drew this instead, which nobody asked for. Because reasons.*

Of all the Doctors I’ve watched, Eleven seemed the likeliest to wear a plague mask, and also the easiest to tell apart from the others with subtle costume cues. And by subtle, I mean the fez.

Also, plague masks are cool.

*pun reasons

Categories: People, Figures and Faces, Things I'm a Fan Of, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Three for a Girl

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Three for a Girl, watercolor by Amy Crook

Three for a Girl, 6″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

A third installment to one of my favorite series of last year, Three for a Girl continues the Counting Crows theme with another eerie tree and ghostly figure.

The titular girl is almost lost in the mists, fog drifting through and obscuring everything but the tree and its trio of visitors.

Three for a Girl, detail, by Amy Crook

Three for a Girl, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see how the off-black paint granulates into beautifully textured mist, pigment pooling in the hollows of the watercolor paper. Below, the painting is waiting in a frame, a season and a mood in one small, eerie package.

Three for a Girl, framed art by Amy Crook

Three for a Girl, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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January Patreon Sketches

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

My wonderful supporters on Patreon get the option to request sketches at the $5 and $10 level (color!), and this month I got 4 requests.

Abandoned Book for Kim, sketch by Amy Crook

Abandoned Book for Kim, who was feeling melancholy

Death Does Netflix and Chill, sketch by Amy Crook

Death Does Netflix & Chill, for Jeff, who wanted to see Death on holiday

Favorite Treats, sketch by Amy Crook

Favorite Treats, for Blaine who wanted my favorite food (I cheated)

Exes and Ghosts, sketch by Amy Crook

Exes and Ghosts, for Molly who asked for musical and got an earworm

Untrue Love by Amy Crook, a Consulting Magic short

 

PS – If you’ve been curious about my writing, the little G-rated “how they met” short Untrue Love is on sale this week — for free!

This story shows us Alex’s first case, when he was an insufferable little university student instead of an insufferable adult. He meets Agent Murielle Lapointe, with whom he’s still working years later in the novels, and they work together to catch a killer.

 

Categories: Completed Commissions, People, Figures and Faces, Things I'm a Fan Of, Words Words Words, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Ghosts of Years Gone By

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Ghosts of Years Gone By by Amy Crook

Ghosts of Years Gone By, 5″x7″ watercolor and duochrome watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

These ghosts are here to remind you of years gone by, of triumphs and tragedies lurking in your past. That one on the left seems particularly intent in communicating its message, so maybe check you’re not about to repeat some horrible mistake from your past? Or perhaps it’s trying to encourage you in its creepy, staring way.

Their eyes have an eerie blue-green glow to them, which pops out of the soft creamy paper and deep matte colors of paint. There’s beautiful granulation in that adds amazing texture and detail to their ghostly, half-real forms.

What ghosts are waiting in your past to show you the path forward?

Ghosts of Years Gone By, detail, by Amy Crook

Ghosts of Years Gone By, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, this blue ghost seems particularly intent on getting its message across. Below, they’re lurking in their frame, a spooky-cute reminder of past triumphs and lessons.

Ghosts of Years Gone By, framed art by Amy Crook

Ghosts of Years Gone By, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Hanged Man

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

Hanged Man by Amy Crook

Hanged Man, 5″x7″ pen & ink on paper

A fair bit of lurking horror crept its way into the Floating Gallery this month, starting with this stark black-and-white ink drawing. It’s full of rich texture, from the bark of the tree to the criss-cross of the burlap in our hanged figure’s costume.

The question to ask yourself is, is this a scarecrow, an effigy, or some poor, unfortunate soul?

Hanged Man, detail, by Amy Crook

Hanged Man, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the fine detail of the rope, the bark, and the creepy burlap-sack mask. Below, the tree looms large in its frame, an unseen wind gently blowing the figure off true.

Hanged Man, framed art by Amy Crook

Hanged Man, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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