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Bear and Alphie

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Bear and Alphie, pet portraits by Amy Crook

Bear and Alphie, 7″x5″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper

Bear is a big, old dog and the third puppy to get his portrait done for Courtney! And to finish up  the quartet we have her own cat, Alphie. We decided to draw him as a happy murder baby, despite being asleep in nearly all the photos she sent me. You can practically see his butt wiggle!

Doing caricatures of pets is an interesting exercise! I exaggerated Alphie’s ears and Bear’s big head, and made the body rounder for the kitty, but smaller for the big puppy.

Tails both have the requisite amount of floof, however.

My commissions queue is jam-packed right now, but if you’re interested in reserving a spot drop me a line!

Categories: Completed Commissions, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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Indigo and Ciara

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Indigo and Ciara, pet portraits by Amy Crook

Indigo and Ciara, 7″x5″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper

These two adorable puppies are part of my recent foray into pet portraiture!

Indigo and Ciara are buddies, and so they got paired up on the same page. They’re each drawn to fit inside a 3″x3″ square, just like the chibis from earlier, only this time it’s cute doggos instead of people!

Courtney sent me several pictures of each of them, and then we chatted about what poses to put everyone in. She’s especially fond of Ciara’s cocked head, and Indigo’s cute little puppy grin.

They’re good dogs, Brent.

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Sunshower

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Sunshower, art by Amy Crook in the Horizons series

Sunshower, 12″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

The sunshower below the clouds in this painting is so subtle that my scanner couldn’t pick up on it, and so you get an iPhone photo so you can understand the title!

I went away from crows and opted for a flock of sparrows flying through the blue sky, staying up above the small sprinkling of sunlit rain. The tree in this one has clearly had a hard life, but is soldiering on, waiting for proper warm spring sunshine and another chance to grow.

What’s your favorite weather?

Sunshower, detail, by Amy Crook

Sunshower, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the tiny sparrows and the subtle glow of sunshine and rain under the clouds. Below, the painting is tucked into a frame, just waiting to light up your life.

Sunshower, framed art by Amy Crook

Sunshower, framed art by Amy Crook

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

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Exploring by Amy Crook

Exploring, 6″x6″ pen & ink and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Through the fantastic foliage, the tiger stalks its prey. Or that’s what this adventurous tabby cat is imagining. Colored-ink lines give a cartoonish appearance that’s meant to evoke a Disneyish feel (though Disney is usually a bit more coy about cat butt).

If you’ve ever met a cat, you know this is a very common view, however, and soon enough it becomes commonplace. The real question isn’t about the end of the cat facing us, but where the other end is headed off to and what it will find it its explorations.

Exploring, detail, by Amy Crook

Exploring, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the lovely details of ink lines and watercolor shading on the foreground foliage. Below, the kitty is in a frame, to be viewed as though through a cat door as it heads out on its adventure.

Exploring, framed art by Amy Crook

Exploring, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Whimsical and Strange
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Blue Moon 5

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Blue Moon 5 by Amy Crook

Blue Moon 5, 6″x6″ ink wash and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Every painting in the Blue Moon series is vastly different, and in that much this one remains consistent with its predecessors.

Photos can’t do justice to the deep, rich teal and turquoise of the moon and sky here, the ink bringing a glowing clarity to the colors that just doesn’t come through on a monitor. Shining silver stars dot the sky around our big blue moon, and an osprey dives through the light on its way to get its unfortunate prey.

What are you saving for a blue moon?

Blue Moon 5, detail, by Amy Crook

Blue Moon 5, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the diving raptor close up, all the detail of beak and feather against the blue moon. Below, the painting is in a frame, resting up for its long journey home.

Blue Moon 5, framed art by Amy Crook

Blue Moon 5, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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Good Evening

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Good Evening by Amy Crook in the Horizons series

Good Evening, 6″x4″ ink and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

This painting has so much in it for being so small! The trees are loose columns sketched by the breeze and the season. The clouds range from bright pink to rich gold with every shade of orange in between. There’s even a colony of bats heading out for its nightly hunt of pesky insects or delicious nectar.

The red sun is barely a hint as it sinks that last tiny fragment down below the horizon, leaving us for the night where some of us belong.

When it comes to pollinators, are you more of a bat or a bee?

Both. Both is good.

Good Evening, detail, by Amy Crook

Good Evening, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the tiny bats flying off into the golden-orange sunset. Below, this small painting is in its frame, waiting to bring some color to your wall, shelf, desk, or mantel.

Good Evening, framed art by Amy Crook

Good Evening, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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Three Gold Fish

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Three Gold Fish by Amy Crook

Three Gold Fish, 6″x4″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Three bright, shiny golden fish swim through a world of lovely purple water and swaying green seaweed. It makes me think of a fish tank, a little bit, or a pond somewhere with the sun filtering down and the plants growing upward.

Everything in this has a little sparkle to it, though the metallic fish are by far the brightest.

This small, strange watercolor would be perfect for a spot that’s too small for a fish tank, but in which you want to see a glimmer of gold and contemplate the peaceful life of a fish.

Three Gold Fish, detail, by Amy Crook

Three Gold Fish, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the shine of golden fish, sparkling water, and even the waving fronds have a little of it. Below, the fish are in their tank, er, frame, waiting for their forever home.

Three Gold Fish, framed art by Amy Crook

Three Gold Fish, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Tentacles
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