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Sky Scraped

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Sky Scraped by Amy Crook

Sky Scraped by Amy Crook

The subtle blue-green-grey of the sky in this painting was remarkably hard to capture in any of the photos. I love the stormy roil of it, almost pre-tornado as even the clouds look like they’re pouring down to become part of the skyscraper.

There’s a sense of decay in the central image, whether it’s a building half-built and abandoned, or a burnt-out husk just waiting to fall down.

I love the mysterious figure hanging out on a lone girder, rain pounding down all around it.

Who are they, and why are they up there? What do you think?

Sky Scraped, 4″x8″ pen & ink and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Sky Scraped, detail, by Amy Crook

Sky Scraped, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the figure up close, mysterious cloak trailing below like the raggedy tail of some giant crow. Below, the painting rests in a temporary frame, waiting to find its place in the world.

Sky Scraped, framed art by Amy Crook

Sky Scraped, framed art by Amy Crook

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I Hear the Rain

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

I Hear the Rain by Amy Crook

I Hear the Rain by Amy Crook

I wembled about this painting a long time — this amazing, dramatic sky sat on my art table for weeks before I drew in the tree, and then weeks more while I waffled about what else it needed.

Finally, I gave in to my gothy heart and drew this gorgeous graveyard, the mysterious silhouettes blending beautifully with the descending torrent of rain.

The painting gets its title from the Violent Femmes song “I Hear the Rain,” which is about being buried in a shallow grave and hearing the rain pound on the earth above you. It seemed apropos.

I Hear the Rain, 8″x4″ pen & ink and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

I Hear the Rain, detail, by Amy Crook

I Hear the Rain, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the way the gorgeously layered rain crashes down through the silhouetted graveyard. Below, the piece is in a temporary frame, just waiting to find a new home.

I Hear the Rain, framed art by Amy Crook

I Hear the Rain, framed art by Amy Crook

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Vampire Bat

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

Vampire Bat by Amy Crook

Vampire Bat by Amy Crook

Continuing in the same vein as Tuesday I have another minimalist brush painting, this time of a big-eared bat. With his swooping wings and giant ears, something about his face makes me think inevitably of Gary Oldman as aged Dracula. Clearly the costumer and I were working from similar inspiration.

I actually had to do this one twice, I dropped the brush onto the paper on the first go, which can be a happy accident in some things, but not this one. I’m actually happier with the second version anyway, so it all works out.

I just want to rub his fuzzy little belly!

Vampire Bat, 7″x5″ brush and ink on paper.

Vampire Bat, detail, by Amy Crook

Vampire Bat, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see all the details in his adorable little face, including the glinting reflection in his eyes. Below, he’s resting in a frame, just waiting to fly over to you.

Vampire Bat, framed art by Amy Crook

Vampire Bat, framed art by Amy Crook

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Two for Joy

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Two for Joy by Amy Crook

Two for Joy by Amy Crook

If this painting feels familiar, that’s because it’s a relative of last month’s One for Sorrow 2. The figure this time is more androgynous, and their clothing seems to be blowing against the prevailing winds that bend the trees to their will.

Just like its predecessor, this piece has a lot of soft, pale fog that gets lost when it’s reproduced, but adds a lot of rich texture to the original. You can see it in the trees in the detail photo, a delicate sweep of wind moving across the paper grain.

Two crows sit low on a branch in the lee of the wind, harbingers of some unnamed joy. Whose joy and about what is left up to the imagination of the viewer, or perhaps it belongs to the apparition staring blankly back out of the page.

Two for Joy, 6″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Two for Joy, detail, by Amy Crook

Two for Joy, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the staticky figure staring back at you, his clothing seemingly blown by an opposing wind. Below, I’ve displayed the painting in a temporary frame, where it awaits its new home.

Two for Joy, framed art by Amy Crook

Two for Joy, framed art by Amy Crook

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One for Sorrow 2

Friday, May 8th, 2015

One for Sorrow 2 by Amy Crook

One for Sorrow 2 by Amy Crook

I’m not entirely happy with the title One for Sorrow 2, but this painting definitely needed that name, prior use notwithstanding. The single baleful crow sits high in the branches of the windswept tree, its image smeared out into the fog like an apparition, as though the bird is more of a ghost than the figure below.

There is a lot of very pale detail in the trees and sky which is hard to photograph, but shows up beautifully in person and adds another layer to the sense of windswept, foggy unreality. The detail photo shows a little of the sky, but it’s hard to spot on the sun-drenched page.

The lovely, textured greys are also not entirely black, but have a mix of reddish brown bloodstone in them to give the whole piece a more organic, grounded atmosphere.

One for Sorrow 2, 6″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

One for Sorrow 2, detail, by Amy Crook

One for Sorrow 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can just barely see the texture in the fog, a hint of wind and motion and shapes looming large and distant. Below, you can see the piece in a temporary frame, just waiting to haunt your house.

One for Sorrow 2, framed art by Amy Crook

One for Sorrow 2, framed art by Amy Crook

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Boring Yorick

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Boring Yorick, a Sherlock sketch by Amy Crook

Boring Yorick, a Sherlock sketch by Amy Crook

I doodled up this little Sherlock sketch last year to go in someone’s Christmas present (*waves*), and I thought perhaps today was a good day to share him with you.

Sadly, Yorick wasn’t even murdered, so Sherlock finds the whole thing deadly dull. As it were.

Boring Yorick, 5.5″x4.25″ pen & ink on parchment cardstock.

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A Series of Uncanny Fears: Coulrophobia

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

A Series of Uncanny Fears: Coulrophobia, pen and ink art by Amy Crook

A Series of Uncanny Fears: Coulrophobia
pen and ink art by Amy Crook

It’s been a while since I drew one of my Series of Uncanny Fears, and clowns seemed like a natural choice to bring them back. This happy guy just wants to bring joy and laughter to the world. Joy, laughter, and murder.

Definitely murder.

If you’re not too scared, you’ll have a chance to take him home in July’s Floating Gallery, which opens next Tuesday!

A Series of Uncanny Fears: Coulrophobia, 5″x7″ pen & ink on paper.

A Series of Uncanny Fears: Coulrophobia, detail, by Amy Crook

A Series of Uncanny Fears: Coulrophobia, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a detail of his cheerful face with its lopsided, toothy grin and big, happy red nose. I’m sure he’s not thinking about eating you, honest. Below, you can see him safely tucked away in a frame, just waiting to come sit quietly in a corner of your home.

A Series of Uncanny Fears: Coulrophobia, framed art by Amy Crook

A Series of Uncanny Fears: Coulrophobia, framed art by Amy Crook

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