Posts Tagged ‘city’

Invisible Sun

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Invisible Sun by Amy Crook, a futuristic city skyline in ruins

Invisible Sun, 6″x4″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Through the haze of smoke and destruction, a sun faintly glows with the softest sheen of gold. Below, fantastic buildings are shattered, battered, burnt, and broken.

Another set of painted ruins joins the series of apocalyptic visions. This one is small, the size of a postcard. The sky is the color of sunset on a day full of pollution in the city, smog that dulls vision and steals the color and life from the landscape.

The title is, of course, from a song by The Police.

Invisible Sun, detail, by Amy Crook

Invisible Sun, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the smoking city up close, its futuristic shapes shattered and ruined. Below, the piece is in its frame, small in size but powerful in scope.

Invisible Sun, framed art by Amy Crook

Invisible Sun, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Whimsical Doldrums

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Whimsical Doldrums by Amy Crook, panorama of a bichromatic fantasy city under curlicue rainclouds, ink and watercolor on paper

Whimsical Doldrums, 18″x6″ ink and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

This particular city skyline has a very specific sort of aesthetic, grim yet filled with delight. From the curlicue clouds to the building that’s a cat, there’s whimsy to go along with the gloom.

The painting is a true panorama, covering a swathe of buildings huddled close against the rain, their outlines loose and details smudged with rainfall.

Where would this whimsical oddity fit into your life?

Whimsical Doldrums, detail, by Amy Crook

Whimsical Doldrums, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of some of the buildings in all their grimly delightful glory. Below, this panoramic piece spans the whole writing desk, even without a frame to contain it.

Whimsical Doldrums by Amy Crook

Whimsical Doldrums by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Vestiges

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Vestiges, a watercolor painting in bright blues and turquoise of alien underwater ruins, by Amy Crook

Vestiges, 8″x4″ watercolor and white ink on Fluid watercolor paper

A vivid ultramarine blue ocean, with hints of purple and turquoise both. This ocean is alien and strange, with the many-eyed whale floating along in the background, and the shattered remains of some long-lost civilization in the fore.

Whatever was once here, the vestiges that were left have their own kind of beauty.

Vestiges, detail, by Amy Crook

Vestiges, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the cracked dome up close, with our whale peeking in as it glides by in the distance. Below, the painting is in a temporary frame, waiting to adorn your home with its peculiar beauty.

Vestiges, framed art by Amy Crook

Vestiges, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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Rising Spirit

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Rising Spirit, a large watercolor of a ghostly building against a sunrise of pink clouds by Amy Crook

Rising Spirit, 24″x12″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

It’s so big!

Rising Spirit defies the scanner, being two feet in width (over half a meter for you sensible measurers) and one foot high. This one’s for everyone who asked for something larger, suitable for your mantel or above the bed.

For all its sizable ambitions, it’s soft and inviting, with a rosy spread of clouds and the ghost of past prominence rising up with the sun to celebrate the day.

The building itself is a much gentler turquoise than the images want to portray, though still greener than the arching dome of blue sky.

Rising Spirit, detail, by Amy Crook

Rising Spirit, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the ghostly architecture up close, piercing through the clouds and haloed with sunlight. Below, the piece on my little writing desk for size reference — it’s a bit larger than the usual!

Rising Spirit, watercolor by Amy Crook

Rising Spirit, watercolor by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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Shining Apocalypse

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Shining Apocalypse, watercolor ruins by Amy Crook

Shining Apocalypse, 8″x4″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Mood: The end of the world, but sparkly.

This painting is full of warm colors and sparkling mineral paints, despite the ghostly city half-destroyed against a burning sky. Carrion birds dot the sky above, circling for their dinner. The buildings have a loose, alien quality to make you wonder just where this city was, and who once lived among its now-abandoned streets.

Shining Apocalypse, detail, by Amy Crook

Shining Apocalypse, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the secret sparkle hiding in the simple palette. Below, you can see the painting framed and ready to let your imagination roam the landscape.

Shining Apocalypse, framed art by Amy Crook

Shining Apocalypse, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Cataclysm

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Cataclysm, art by Amy Crook

Cataclysm, 7″x5″ watercolor on paper

If you’re still having apocalypse feelings, here’s another vision of a terrible future for you!

The shimmering blue moon has a fissure at its heart, and another mysterious light shines through the clouds high above. The skies are charcoal and violet with whatever destruction came through, and the buildings are blackened ruins. Greenery crawls up the sides of some, while others still smoke or are ochre with rust.

Whatever city used to stand here, there’s not much left.

Cataclysm, detail, by Amy Crook

Cataclysm, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of the ruined gherkin building, and the iridescent paint on both it and the moon adding just a bit of light in the smoky darkness. Below, the painting sits in its frame looking innocuously non-prophetic.

Cataclysm, framed art by Amy Crook

Cataclysm, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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World on Fire

Monday, August 7th, 2017

World on Fire by Amy Crook

World on Fire, 8″x4″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

The implied full title of this is Sometimes I Just Want to Set the World on Fire, but I decided to go with a slightly less nihilist version for the finished piece.

The sky glows gold, while orange and red rise up from the smoldering ruins, a fog of smoke wreathing broken towers and burnt-out towns. Who knows what apocalypse visited this place, whether it’s a scene from a distant future or a less-distant one, well, some of us will find out eventually.

It’s a little Mad Max, a little Fallout, and a little beautiful even in its desolation.

World on Fire, detail, by Amy Crook

World on Fire, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of the half-destroyed linked towers and the tiny birds of prey flocking around them. Below, the painting is in a temporary frame, waiting for you to give it a permanent home.

World on Fire, framed art by Amy Crook

World on Fire, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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