Posts Tagged ‘blue’

Diverge

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Diverge, abstract art by Amy Crook

Diverge, 10″x8″ watercolor and interference watercolor on Arches cover black paper

The watery, shimmery blue Pathways are diverging in this layered abstract painting.

A subtle, mottled pattern of dark blues and black voids hides behind the turquoise waterfalls spilling to either side of the central path. The texture of the top layer is softened by the paint beneath it, but the sparkle shines through in the right light.

These pathways diverge, but for once you can have it both ways.

Diverge, detail, by Amy Crook

Diverge, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see one set of divergent pathways running over the soft, textured background in dark blue and darker black. Below, the pathways are contained in a frame, reminding us to look both ways.

Diverge, framed art by Amy Crook

Diverge, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Series and Books, Tentacles
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Blowfish

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Blowfish by Amy Crook

Blowfish by Amy Crook

My love affair with colors my scanner hates continues! This lovely creature is painted in two shades of purple ink, with bonus black in the eyes and the same rich teal for irises as the water she’s swimming through.

This ink wash blowfish is just adorable. She only wants to be left alone! I’m sure she’ll calm down and make friends once she knows you’re not out to eat her for dinner.

Those spines would be hard on the gullet, anyway. Ow.

Blowfish, 8″x8″ brush & ink and ink wash on Fluid watercolor paper.

Blowfish, detail, by Amy Crook

Blowfish, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see her cute little ooh-face up close, her shining eyes begging you not to try to have her for lunch. Below, you can see her swimming in her own tank, er, frame, just waiting to be transferred to her new home.

Blowfish, framed art by Amy Crook

Blowfish, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Whimsical and Strange
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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

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Red & Blue Bookmarks

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

4 Red & Blue Bookmarks by Amy Crook

4 Red & Blue Bookmarks by Amy Crook

4 fandoms, 4 characters, 4 colors! Loosely rendered black drawings with grey shading, colored in scribbled blue with touches of red. Sherlock’s got a blue scarf and red buttonhole, the eleventh Doctor has his blue TARDIS and red bow tie, the debonair 007 has a blue tie and pocket square with a red cherry in his drink, and Spock is in his regulation science blue with a red screen on his original series style tricorder.

The original art from these sketchy designs will be in the next bookmark sale on my list, if you fancy your very own, or you can pick up the set shown above at my Etsy shop.

Categories: Card Design, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of
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Stardust

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Stardust, abstract art by Amy Crook

Stardust, abstract art by Amy Crook

Another painting in my Aglow series, this one hearkening back to Carl Sagan again.

The space is black and blue and violet, lit with the big glow of some celestial body and scattered with the smaller glow of stars, or possibly stardust. The firefly-dots are in interference blue, so they catch the light to twinkle and shimmer.

There are hidden stars in the white, too, which shine only at the right angle.

We are all amazing.

We are all worthwhile.

We are all stardust.

Stardust, 8″x8″ pen & ink, watercolor, and interference watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Stardust, detail, by Amy Crook

Stardust, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the quote and just a hint of the sneaky extra stars hanging out in the white paper. Below, the painting is in a frame, stars glowing in the sunlight.

Stardust, framed art by Amy Crook

Stardust, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Series and Books
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Ocean Waves

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Ocean Waves, abstract watercolor by Amy Crook

Ocean Waves, abstract watercolor by Amy Crook

Although it’s not named in series, this painting is definitely a relative of my previous Splash watercolors.

I asked my list whether this painting ought to be waves or a beach, and the overwhelming vote was for waves.

There’s a splash and sploosh, the blue on top of the endless deep aqua, the white above it all like foam. There’s also just a hint of shine hiding here and there that only shows up when the sun hits it just right.

If you want the warm memory of the ocean there on your desk or your wall, this is the perfect painting for you.

Ocean Waves, 8″x8″ watercolor and interference watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Ocean Waves, detail, by Amy Crook

Ocean Waves, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the waters looking darker with the shine of interference blue peeking out in subtle brightness. Below, the painting is in a frame in the sun, just waiting to go to its new home.

Ocean Waves, framed art by Amy Crook

Ocean Waves, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Series and Books
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Puddle

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Puddle by Amy Crook

Puddle by Amy Crook

This piece was inspired by an Instagram photo I took of a puddle in the rain, hiding under a ledge so my phone wouldn’t get wet. I couldn’t ever get the whole puddle to show all the concentric rings coming off the drops, because the angle of the light washed everything out so you only saw the rings in a little slice from an angle.

So I created this dusky, desaturated blue “puddle” that has surprising rings around the “droplets” when you tilt it into the sun (which washes the whole thing even bluer). The interference blue is basically invisible until light catches it, and then this beautiful pattern of overlapping waves appears.

Puddle, 8″x8″ watercolor and interference watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Puddle, detail, by Amy Crook

Puddle, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the sunlight has washed this photo bright blue, but also brought out the nearly-invisible rings around each ‘droplet.’ I handed this painting to a friend and he said it was, “like being handed an actual puddle.” Below, you can see it tucked into a frame, a bit of puddle-wonderful that will never dry up.

Puddle, framed art by Amy Crook

Puddle, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes
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