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Storm Dragon

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Storm Dragon, watercolor art by Amy Crook

Storm Dragon, 8″x8″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Fans of Spirited Away will recognize the dragon flying off in the distance, though he’s color-shifted slightly bluer to match the gathering storm clouds.

The clouds are a celebration of filigree and fluffiness, looking heavy enough to squeeze rain out of and down onto the distant, unseen lands below. The sunrise is staining everything with the last of its bright mineral pink, and it sparkles off the hidden shine in the painting when seen from just the right angle.

Spirals small and large give the clouds their beautiful texture, adding dimension to the highlights as well as the shadows.

Storm Dragon, detail, by Amy Crook

Storm Dragon, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up on the far-away dragon, and the sun glinting off the iridescent paint like individual scales. Below, you can see it in a frame, just waiting to bring some gorgeous dreaminess to your home.

Storm Dragon, framed art by Amy Crook

Storm Dragon, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Whimsical and Strange
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Seven for a Secret 2

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Seven for a Secret 2, spooky watercolor by Amy Crook

Seven for a Secret 2, 6″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

This moody series of Counting Crows paintings has its seventh addition!

The tree here has clearly been through quite a bit of storm-tossing or other rough handling, with broken branches and even the top pointing jaggedly to the sky while it spreads itself as well as it can with what remains. A murder of crows alights, and a ghostly figure awaits in the fog.

Where would you show this seventh secret?

Seven for a Secret 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Seven for a Secret 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a couple of the crows, a fraction of the full murder. Below, they’re in a frame like looking through a window into another, spookier reality.

Seven for a Secret 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Seven for a Secret 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, 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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Shining Apocalypse

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Shining Apocalypse, watercolor ruins by Amy Crook

Shining Apocalypse, 8″x4″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Mood: The end of the world, but sparkly.

This painting is full of warm colors and sparkling mineral paints, despite the ghostly city half-destroyed against a burning sky. Carrion birds dot the sky above, circling for their dinner. The buildings have a loose, alien quality to make you wonder just where this city was, and who once lived among its now-abandoned streets.

Shining Apocalypse, detail, by Amy Crook

Shining Apocalypse, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the secret sparkle hiding in the simple palette. Below, you can see the painting framed and ready to let your imagination roam the landscape.

Shining Apocalypse, framed art by Amy Crook

Shining Apocalypse, 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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Dragon Egg

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Dragon Egg, tiny art by Amy Crook

Dragon Egg, 5″x5″ watercolor on paper

This little egg is just starting to crack, its surface full of rough spirals and gradations in color. If you’re wondering what hatches out of such an egg, you can just keep scrolling and see the magnificent spiral purple dragon that it will grow into.

This lovely egg is a symbol of possibility, of potential getting ready to unfold, of something that’s almost done germinating and is ready to break out into the world

What else do you have in your life that’s like that, and how can you nuture it?

Dragon Egg, detail, by Amy Crook

Dragon Egg, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the soft textures of paint and paper, just two colors of minerals to make up this whimsical image. Below, the egg is waiting in a frame to incubate and hatch whatever’s inside.

Dragon Egg, framed art by Amy Crook

Dragon Egg, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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Dragon Spiral

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Dragon Spiral by Amy Crook

Dragon Spiral, 5″x5″ watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

This fierce dragon has fire in her eyes and ice in her scales. She’s spiralling downward in near-abstract swishes of amethyst, graphite, and interference blue.

Do you need to be reminded of your own fierceness?

This is one of those pieces that’s most beautiful in person, where you can turn the page this way and that and catch the highlights and shadows, pulling out details that are otherwise invisible.

Dragon Spiral, detail, by Amy Crook

Dragon Spiral, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the dragon turned so her fiery eyes and brilliant scales catch the light. Below, she’s tucked into a frame, just waiting to fly to her new home.

Dragon Spiral, framed art by Amy Crook

Dragon Spiral, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Whimsical and Strange
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Moon Dog

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Moon Dog, watercolor art by Amy Crook

Moon Dog, 12″x9″ watercolor on Strathmore watercolor paper

This whimsical puppy is playing fetch with the moon. He has a belly full of stars and wide, liquid eyes, and just wants to bring something beautiful into your life.

The moon and stars have a shine to them of gold and silver paint, and there’s a nebula of splashing paint all around this moon dog.

This is a somewhat larger painting, and would look beautiful matted and framed in a child’s room.

Moon Dog, detail, by Amy Crook

Moon Dog, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the moon shining in the light, and the stars like freckles along his cute puppy cheeks. Below, the puppy is leaping joyfully through his frame, just waiting to find his forever home.

Moon Dog, framed art by Amy Crook

Moon Dog, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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Devil and Ghost

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Devil and Ghost, Inception parody art by Amy Crook

Devil and Ghost, 7″x5″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper

Is this where I just admit I have sold a LOT of these chibi commissions lately? But they’re just so fun, I have no regrets.

color test ghostThese are for Halloween, of course! Arthur and Eames from Inception coming back again as the Devil and a ghost. Arthur is smarming it up in his red velvet suit, straightening his cuffs as he leans nonchalantly in wait. Eames is looking extra spiffy floating along in his vintage windowpane check.

And of course on the right I have the little sketch ghost I drew just to test Eames’ colors before the real thing. Boo!

These are drawn as close to a square aspect ratio as possible, so that they work as emoji on Slack. Their adorable 2-head-high chibi style conveys a lot of personality in a tiny space.

Arthur emoji by Amy Crook Eames emoji by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Card Design, Completed Commissions, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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