Posts Tagged ‘brush and ink’

Pattern Cat

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Pattern Cat by Amy Crook

Pattern Cat, 7″x5″ ink and watercolor on Arches cover white paper

This basking cat is covered in a pattern of repeating arcs which create a larger sense of pattern when viewed from a distance. It’s got its face up into the golden sunlight, with shimmering amethyst darkness all around.

There’s a little hint that perhaps the cat is scenting something good — your dinner, probably — but for now it’s just enjoying the moment.

Cats are, after all, solar powered.

Pattern Cat, detail, by Amy Crook

Pattern Cat, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a very close detail of the cat’s patterned ears perked up in the sunbeam. Below, this unique kitty is lounging in its frame, just waiting for its forever home.

Pattern Cat, framed art by Amy Crook

Pattern Cat, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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Blood Moon 8

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Blood Moon 8, original art by Amy Crook

Blood Moon 8, 8″x8″ ink and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Continuing my tradition of painting things that don’t scan well, this new addition to the Blood Moon series has a midnight blue sky and a bright blood red moon, with a deep black tree intersecting both shapes.

The dusky night sky swirls around the blood moon, holding hints of the same red in its depths. The horizon is close enough that a tree seems to grow from the edge of the page, rising up in skeletal silhouette to make intricate black lace against the distant sky.

This painting is gorgeous in person, fascinating in its mix of rich texture and limited color palette.

Blood Moon 8, detail, by Amy Crook

Blood Moon 8, detail, by Amy Crook

Above you can see a much better view of the dusky blue, brilliant red, and delicately textured black of the sky, moon, and tree contrasting beautifully together. Below, you can see how elegantly this painting occupies its frame, just waiting to add its eerie light to your life.

Blood Moon 8, framed art by Amy Crook

Blood Moon 8, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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Make Do

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Make Do, word art by Amy Crook

Make Do, 8″x8″ ink on Fluid watercolor paper

Make what you have
Do what you need

This gorgeous word art mixes rich rose, vivid violet, and luscious lavender inks. The brilliant colors and motivational message would bring brightness to any studio, office, or home.

Whenever you’re frustrated by not having the just-right tools or supplies, you can look at this lovely ink art and remind yourself to make do.

Make Do, detail, by Amy Crook

Make Do, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the edges of vivid purple and dusky blue on the big splashing word art framing the loose calligraphy of the main aphorism. Below, this bright word art is in a big frame, ready to cheer up any space with its inspiring message.

Make Do, framed art by Amy Crook

Make Do, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Pretty Words
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Advent 2016, week 4

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

2016 is almost over!

To celebrate the end of this terrible year, I drew one sketch every day. They’re in various media on cheap-but-archival 5.5″x8.5″ embossed white cards. Some of these will be available as cards, some of them will be in a special sale for my email list next month, and some of them are already spoken for.

I had the flu and then a cold for most of December, so pardon some of the weirdness. I’m mostly well now, except for a bit of a lingering cough. Wish me luck in not catching anything else for awhile!

Advent 2016 day 26: Snortoro, a Pokemon and Totoro parody mashup

Advent 2016 day 26: Snortoro, a Pokemon and Totoro parody mashup, $20

Advent 2016 day 27: General Organa, Star Wars parody art

Advent 2016 day 27: General Organa, Star Wars parody art, sold

Advent 2016 day 28: Pounce

Advent 2016 day 28: Pounce, $10

Advent 2016 day 29: Star Cat

Advent 2016 day 29: Star Cat, $15

Advent 2016 day 30: Inception in a Teacup, parody art

Advent 2016 day 30: Inception in a Teacup, parody art, $30

Advent 2016 day 31: Toast, Inception parody art

Advent 2016 day 31: Toast, Inception parody art, $30

Happy New Year!

Categories: Card Design, Completed Commissions, Daily Art, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange
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Advent 2016, week 2

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

2016 is almost over!

To celebrate the end of this terrible year, I’m doing one sketch every day. They’re in various media on these cheap-but-archival 5.5″x8.5″ embossed white cards. Some of these will be available as cards, some of them will be in a special sale for my email list next month, and some of them are already spoken for.

Advent 2016 day 11: Kiss my Cat

Advent 2016 day 11: Kiss my Cat, $30

Advent 2016 day 12: Minimalist TARDIS

Advent 2016 day 12: Minimalist TARDIS, sold

Advent 2016 day 13: Silver Ornaments

Advent 2016 day 13: Silver Ornaments, $10

Advent 2016 day 14: BODE

Advent 2016 day 14: BODE, $5

Advent 2016 day 15: Catboy Arthur, Inception parody art

Advent 2016 day 15: Catboy Arthur, Inception parody art, $25

Advent 2016 day 16: Croissants

Advent 2016 day 16: Croissants, $10

Advent 2016 day 17: Ghost Gifts

Advent 2016 day 17: Ghost Gifts, $5

PS – I’ve had the flu all week, so pardon the varying levels of weirdness and quality.

PPS – #BODE

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Advent 2016, week 1

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

2016 is almost over!

To celebrate the end of this terrible year, I’m doing one sketch every day. They’re in various media on these cheap-but-archival 5.5″x8.5″ embossed white cards. Some of these will be available as cards, some of them will be in a special sale for my email list next month, and some of them are already spoken for.

Advent 2016 day 1: Enraptured, Q/tea parody art for Kim

Advent 2016 day 1: Enraptured, Q/tea parody art for Kim, sold

Advent 2016 day 2: Revolting Spoons, for Jeff

Advent 2016 day 2: Revolting Spoons, for Jeff, sold

Advent 2016 day 3: Festive Tentacles

Advent 2016 day 3: Festive Tentacles, sold

Advent 2016 day 4: December Airship

Advent 2016 day 4: December Airship, $20

Advent 2016 day 5: Cat Love

Advent 2016 day 5: Cat Love, $10

Advent 2016 day 6: Grinch

Advent 2016 day 6: Grinch, $15

Advent 2016 day 7: Seasonal Cross-Contamination

Advent 2016 day 7: Seasonal Cross-Contamination, $25

Advent 2016 day 8: Sister Act, White Christmas parody art for CC & Dami

Advent 2016 day 8: Sister Act, White Christmas parody art for CC & Dami, $25

Advent 2016 day 9: Sherrinford the Skull

Advent 2016 day 9: Sherrinford the Skull, $20

Advent 2016 day 10: Christmas Tea for Kim

Advent 2016 day 10: Christmas Tea for Kim, sold

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Tentacles, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Catnap

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Catnap by Amy Crook

Catnap, 12″x9″ ink on Strathmore watercolor paper

If you’ve admired my sketchbook cats, this one is for you — a full-size zen kitty napping away, graceful sweeps of the brush creating a beautifully minimalist rendition of feline repose.

The larger size looks elegant in a frame, the simple black and white adding the perfect touch to any room.

The contrast between the loose stroke of the back and tail and the finer detail in the ears and face evokes the many contrasts inherent in a cat’s nature.

Catnap, detail, by Amy Crook

Catnap, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of the delightful contrast between the delicate ears and swooping tail. Below, the art is in a frame, the larger size giving a lovely elegance to the charming image. This is one piece of cat art no one will call kitsch!

Catnap, framed art by Amy Crook

Catnap, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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