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Podzilla & Bellaboo: state of the kitties

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

As we all know, excellent cats are a crucial component of your artist’s mental health and happiness. I’m happy to report that both kitties also survived 2017!

Belladonna, aka Thing 1

Belladonna, aka Thing 1

Belladonna is a grumpy old lady, going on 16 years this spring. She’s got some arthritis and other senior cat health issues, but 10 minutes before this picture was taken she was zooming around the apartment like a kitten, so clearly she’s still doing pretty well. We’re saving up to take her to the vet for another elder pet check-up, which involves a $250 blood test, so feel free to contribute to her wellness in any way you like.

She’s very cuddly when she wants to be, and spends a lot of time sleeping on her heated cat bed. She’s started draping herself over the back of my loveseat and onto my shoulder to demand petting, and because she’s 16 she gets what she wants. Frankly, when I’m that old, I hope someone spoils me half as well.

Pteropodidae, aka Thing 2, aka Pod, Poddleston, Podling, Podzilla, Podsworth, and Jerkface

Pteropodidae, aka Thing 2, aka Pod, Poddleston, Podling, Podzilla, Podsworth, and Jerkface

Pod is a mere 9 this past fall, and has moved into his middle age with extra bonus naps and a bit of bodaciousness in the back end. He’s also doubled down on his tendency to tuck himself into a purrito, so I always have to check blankets before I move or sit on them now.

When not sleeping underneath, he’s a spot-stealing little jerkface. He’s also due for a checkup and claw clipping, but it’s going to be a normal, reasonable amount of money since he’s not yet at the old man stage. Since he’s already spoiled enough that he gets to sleep all day and then for a change of pace sleep all night, I’m not sure much will change for him when he officially hits old age.

If you want to keep up with them during the rest of the year (and see what I’m working on, art-wise), you can follow me on Instagram for regular doses of spoiled kitties.

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Best of 2017: Artist’s Choice

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Artist's Choice: Best of 2017 from Amy Crook

2017 had a couple of missed months, a lot of heartache for a lot of people, and while I’m very glad to see the last of it, some good did come out of it! There’s some really standout pieces from the past year that feel like a refinement of earlier themes, and it was harder than usual to find a half-dozen unsold pieces to go in the Floating Gallery for you.

The blog has been quiet this past month, but don’t worry, the cats will be posing for their usual state of the thing in a few days. =^~,~^=

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News Flash: It’s a new book!

Friday, October 13th, 2017

The Guardianship of Julian St. Albans by Amy Crook on Amazon

It’s finally done! Paperbacks tba, I’m waiting on proofs in the mail, but for those of you who prefer them they’re on the way soon.

In the third Consulting Magic novel, after a peaceful holiday interlude (Rosemary for the Holidays short story), Julian St. Albans and Alexander Benedict return for more murder, mystery, magic, and… marriage?

Julian and Alex want to begin building a new holiday cottage near the Magical Source on the St. Albans’ land, and working on a magical garden for their Guardian friends, but their plans for cozy domesticity are quickly shattered as Alex is called in to consult on a strange new murder case.

Julian is drawn into his own mystery when he is trapped by a curse. Alex and their friends have to rescue Julian, solve the mounting murders, and protect each other from the malevolent force clearly at work.

As Alex and Julian work together, their magics and their relationship grow and lead them down a mysterious and exciting path, introducing them to new friends they never could have imagined.

Untrue Love by Amy Crook on AmazonThe Courtship of Julian St. Albans by Amy Crook on AmazonUntrue Love, the short story mystery-only prequel to my Consulting Magic series, is FREE through Tuesday on Amazon Kindle.

The Courtship of Julian St. Albans, the first book in this series of m/m romance, mystery, and magic, is on sale for a mere 99¢ through next week on Amazon Kindle.

Buy them today and enjoy!

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Sad News

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

No Gallery This October

My father passed away last Wednesday morning. I’m going to ground the Floating Gallery this month.

Hopefully, normal service will resume November 1.

If you still want your monthly dose of Amy Art, please check out my Patreon and Etsy.

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Art Prints at Endgame Cafe in July

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

fine art prints at Endgame Cafe, prints by Amy Crook

fine art prints at Endgame Cafe, prints by Amy Crook

The prints are up and ready to go!

abstract art prints at Endgame Cafe by Amy Crook

abstract art prints

The lovely people at Endgame have extras of everything, including some without the giant mats in case you’re hoping for a smaller print experience, heh. They’re all 8″x10″ — some of them are on spiffy shiny paper, and some of them are on a bright white matte art paper. $50 each, including good karma for supporting a local artist and a local cafe. Take home a favorite or three!

Endgame Cafe
917 Washington St
Oakland, CA 94607

the artist hanging prints at Endgame Cafe

Come by on Friday, July 7th from 6-8pm to hang out, get a sketch, and peruse the art for the First Friday celebration.

fan art at Endgame Cafe by Amy Crook

fan art at Endgame Cafe by Amy Crook

The show comes down the next day, so don’t delay!

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Showing in July at Endgame Cafe

Friday, June 30th, 2017

The Endgame Cafe

Over a dozen prints of mine will be on display — and for sale — at the Endgame Cafe in Oakland, attached to my favorite Friendly Local Game Store, Endgame Oakland.

Come by on Friday, July 7th from 6-8pm to hang out, get a sketch, and peruse the art for the First Friday celebration.

All of my 8″x10″ prints will be $50 each and include a nifty mat and backing board — there’s even a few that haven’t yet made it up onto Etsy yet.

Endgame Cafe
917 Washington St
Oakland, CA 94607

See you there!

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Art Prints are Heeeere!

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

fine art prints by Amy Crook at Etsy

fine art prints by Amy Crook at Etsy

If you’ve been wanting my art, but haven’t got the budget for an original, I have good news!

After much trial and deliberation (and surgery/recovery), nine art prints are here to launch the new line! Five of them are on spiffing metallic pearl paper, and the other four are on a beautiful bright white archival stock. They’re all 8″x10″ (a standard frame size for easy display), and you can get yours for $49 plus shipping.

If these do well, I’ll bring in more designs and even other sizes! So don’t delay, get your gorgeous new art print today.

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