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Inktober 2018: Week 2

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Inktober is still going! One ink drawing per day all month, often from prompts. Getting caught up on the backlog still, so here’s week 2 of these little 2.5″x3.5″ cards.

pen and ink word art: Acrid

Inktober 8: Acrid for Eric

pen and ink drawing of a cup of coffee reflecting an arc reactor through a tshirt

Inktober 9: Tony Stark / Coffee OTP

pen and ink drawing of patterns drawn in curved groupings

Inktober 10: Patterns

pen and ink word art: who do you want to be before you die

Inktober 11: Birthday by The Cruxshadows

brush pen art of a wailmer

Inktober 12: Zen Wailmer

pen and ink drawing of a goblin guard

Inktober 13: Guarded

brush pen drawing of a grumpy hedgehog with the word erinaceous above

Inktober 14: Erinaceous for Grace

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Inktober 2018: Week 1

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Autumn winds are blowing and fire season is almost over, which means not only October, Halloween, and Pumpkin Spice, but Inktober! I’m doing one ink drawing per day all month, pulling from a number of prompt lists. This year I’m doing everything in the Artist’s Trading Card size of 3.5″x2.5″ and sticking to black and white with the occasional cheat of grey.

pen and ink drawing of a blindfolded, dancing Naga spattered with blood

Inktober 1: Poisonous

pen and ink drawing of a coffee cup

Inktober 2: Too Early for Jeff

pen and ink drawing of 3 flying crows

Inktober 3: Crows

ink word art: do it for SPITE

Inktober 4: Spite for Corinne

pen and ink drawing of a grim reaper with a crow skull and claw

Inktober 5: Death

pen and ink drawing of a squid with the word sepoiod

Inktober 6: Sepioid for Blaine
yes, we know it’s spelled wrong

pen and ink drawing of a sleeping black cat

Inktober 7: Exhausted

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Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Completed Commissions, Daily Art, People, Figures and Faces, Pretty Words, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Tentacles, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Sardines

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Sardines by Amy Crook, whirling layers of silver sardines circling against a turquoise ink backdrop on buff paper

Sardines, 10″x8″ ink and watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

Monterey Bay Aquarium has a room where you can stand and watch sardines endlessly dance in circles around you, living flashes of silver in a meditative display.

The thick, buff-colored paper supports a brilliant turquoise ink wash with the perfect amount of watery softness to its shapes. Layers of abstract fish shine out of the blue in shade of silver that catch the light.

An infinite loop of motion and life!

Sardines, detail, by Amy Crook

Sardines, detail, by Amy Crook

Above you can see the abstract fishies up close, all light and shadow and overlapping motion. Below, the painting is in its tank, er, frame, on its way to its new home.

Sardines, framed art by Amy Crook

Sardines, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Completed Commissions, Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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Solar Wind

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Solar Wind by Amy Crook, a watercolor painting of crows and a windblown tree at sunset

Solar Wind, 18″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

A lovely, large panorama of sunset and birds and a windblown tree, this painting is a moment at the edge of night, just as the sun is slipping away below the horizon and off the page.

The clouds reflect the bloody light from below, refracting it into orange and pink as well as red. Five beautiful blackbirds ride the winds of evening, slipping past the tree that autumn’s already caught ahold of and stripped of its summer foliage.

A full foot and a half wide, this painting will need some special framing, but it would make a beautiful, warm addition to any room.

Solar Wind, detail, by Amy Crook

Solar Wind, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, an up-close view of the windswept tree and wispy clouds, as well as one of the five intrepid crows riding the breezes. Below, a very wide shot indeed to encompass this whole panorama.

Solar Wind, a panoramic watercolor painting by Amy Crook

Solar Wind, a panoramic watercolor painting by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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A Bumble of Bees

Friday, October 5th, 2018

A Bumble of Bees by Amy Crook, 17 bees with iridescent wings bumble around a background of abstract hydrangeas

A Bumble of Bees, 12″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

BEES!

There’s even a cute little bumblebee butt diving into one of these elegantly abstract hydrangeas, iridescent wings folded atop its tubby body.

These delightful busybodies are bumbling around a profusion of flowers, dipping their toes and faces alike into the blue blossoms. From their black stripes and fat yellow bodies to the shimmering white wings, these little gals exude the warmth of summer just in time for it to fade away.

A Bumble of Bees, detail, by Amy Crook

A Bumble of Bees, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the way the fat bees’ wings shimmer in the sunshine. Below, they’ve bumbled into a temporary hive frame, just waiting to find their forever field and make a home there.

A Bumble of Bees, framed art by Amy Crook

A Bumble of Bees, framed art by Amy Crook

BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Whimsical and Strange
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Harvest Moon 6

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Harvest Moon 6 by Amy Crook, 3 sandhill cranes in silhouette against a golden full moon

Harvest Moon 6, 5″x5″ watercolor on Arches cover black paper

Three sandhill cranes are flying across this minuscule moon, golden-yellow and full like a proper autumn moon should be.

After June’s Harvest Moon painting, a patron suggested I try another on black paper instead of white. It’s a very different process, and the results have a darker, more solid quality.

The stars have a little shine to them, a hint of gold to add sparkle. The cranes have a little complexity in their color, both from the Payne’s grey and the way the thick, opaque Japanese paints mix into the top layer.

Harvest Moon 6, detail, by Amy Crook

Harvest Moon 6, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of the cranes and the textural surface of the moon. Below, the painting is in a frame, waiting to fly to its new home.

Harvest Moon 6, framed art by Amy Crook

Harvest Moon 6, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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Cloud Cover

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Cloud Cover by Amy Crook, an ink-painted winter tree against a cloudy blue-grey sky with two crows

Cloud Cover, 8″x10″ ink and watercolor on artboard

A sky filled with clouds, covered from horizon to infinity with smudging swirls of blue-grey in an endless cover. A skeletal tree rises up against it, the details fine as lace. Branches tangle and twist, while a black bird comes to rest, wings a blur of motion, and another flies close.

A lot of this month’s paintings are dichromatic, ink on paint, a mix of a beautiful, nearly abstract background with a black-painted foreground. This one is made of a dark, opaque ink that holds texture and gives a sense of dimension as well as the simplicity of silhouette.

Cloud Cover, detail, by Amy Crook

Cloud Cover, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the textures of ink, board, and paint weaving together to make a beautiful tree. Below, the painting is in its temporary frame, like a window into a piece of autumn.

Cloud Cover, framed art by Amy Crook

Cloud Cover, framed art by Amy Crook

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