Posts Tagged ‘city’

City Lights

Friday, April 8th, 2016

City Lights by Amy Crook

City Lights, 8″x4″ Japanese watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Stormclouds shroud the city in darkness, distance and fog obscuring the buildings farther away. On the close horizon, cheerful yellow blobs of light beckon the viewer to their warm interiors.

Three colors of lovely Japanese Gansai watercolors make up this simple palette, a blue-black, a violet-black, and of course the welcoming yellow which also glows over the skyline in a display of light pollution.

The buildings this time are mostly simple, traditional skyscrapers in different configurations, with a few interesting variations lurking among the lights.

City Lights, detail, by Amy Crook

City Lights, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the little glowing blobs of light defining one skyscraper from another. Below, the painting is in a temporary frame, waiting to be packaged up and sent to its forever home.

City Lights, framed art by Amy Crook

City Lights, framed art by Amy Crook

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There’s a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today

Monday, April 4th, 2016

There’s a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today by Amy Crook

There’s a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today,
6″x6″ ink and Primatek watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

As you can see, mineral paints were a theme for this month! Fall in love with granulation all over again, the magical texture you get with certain pigments, watery paint, and rough paper.

A ruined city lurks below the apocalyptic sky, tendrils of smoke rising from the burnt-out buildings. There’s a little black spot on the sun, which glows a sullen red and drips something like light.

(It’s my soul up there.)

I’d apologize for the earworm, but I’m not sorry.
It’s the same old thing as yesterday, really.

There's a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today, detail, by Amy Crook

There’s a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the dripping circle of the red sun and its odd black spot against the beautiful texture of grey-blue sky. Below, this little post-apocalyptic wasteland is tucked into a frame, a gorgeous reminder of a future that never was.

There's a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today, framed art by Amy Crook

There’s a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today, framed art by Amy Crook

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Rainy City

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Rainy City, watercolor skyline by Amy Crook

Rainy City, 10″x8″ Japanese watercolor and iridescent watercolor on Arches cover black paper

This painting has been months in the making, from the first fall of rain to the test city bookmark to the painstaking buildings themselves. A dark, nighttime echo of the Jade City, more than one person has described the cloud-shapes above as looming figures.

Intricately detailed buildings of jade seem almost translucent beneath the color-shifting sky. The rainy grey becomes blue and violet at certain angles, adding to the mysterious, otherworldly feel.

Rainy City, detail, by Amy Crook

Rainy City, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the wash of violet in the shining rain, above the gorgeous jade green city. Below, it’s been trapped in a frame like a view out an alien window, just waiting to grace your walls.

Rainy City, framed art by Amy Crook

Rainy City, framed art by Amy Crook

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Blood Moon 6

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Blood Moon 6 by Amy Crook

Blood Moon 6 by Amy Crook

This ink wash is a vivid addition to my City series, which is also the 6th of my Blood Moon paintings.

The blood moon glows with a rich red-gold radiance. The sky is home to a thousand glittering golden stars in halo around it. A dark city awaits below, reflecting the glow of them both.

Built in layers, this piece was first a wash of red and gold inks, and then a globe of light in the middle of gold-dusted night, and finally became a city. Each layer is a different kind of ink, even the gold dust.

Blood Moon 6, 8″x8″ brush & ink and ink wash on Fluid watercolor paper.

Blood Moon 6, detail, by Amy Crook

Blood Moon 6, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the shimmering gold dust in the Stormy Grey ink, and the solid Deleter Manga ink that blacks it out where the buildings rise up, with the beautiful red shining through both where appropriate. Below, you can see the piece in a frame, waiting to grace your walls with its eerie beauty.

Blood Moon 6, framed art by Amy Crook

Blood Moon 6, framed art by Amy Crook

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Jade City

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Jade City, watercolor by Amy Crook

Jade City, watercolor by Amy Crook

Every time I paint a new City, I think, this one is my favorite. It’s the inevitable consequence of hours spent filling in the tiny, monochrome details and fleshing out my imaginary worlds.

This gorgeous jade city is besieged by a magnificent purple rainstorm, the violet clouds hanging above in dark spirals while the rain streaks down the page. The patterns of the rain helped determine the shape of the city it fell upon; gaps in the runnels became the buildings in this layered, mysterious skyline.

Jade City, 8″x8″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Jade City, detail, by Amy Crook

Jade City, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the tops of a few of the buildings besieged by the beautifully textured rainfall. Below, the city waits in its frame like a window onto another, stranger world.

Jade City, framed art by Amy Crook

Jade City, framed art by Amy Crook

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Painted Ladies

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Painted Ladies by Amy Crook

Painted Ladies by Amy Crook

This is the summer of paintings that take months to complete! I started this last month with the off-kilter row houses all leaning together against a midnight sky. Then it sat around for weeks while I contemplated this sky or that sky, and finally I found clouds that match with the same whimsical, half-surreal feel as the townhouses below.

Perhaps this is where the London Addams clan lives, the houses joined up by tunnels and secret passages until it’s really one big, beautiful wall of weird. Instead of a swamp they have walled-up cellars that suspiciously moan. Instead of an unmarked, abandoned well, there’s a root cellar that doesn’t seem to stop going back and down into the deep earth.

Which of these painted ladies would you like to live in?

Painted Ladies, 10″x8″ Japanese watercolor on Arches cover black paper.

Painted Ladies, detail, by Amy Crook

Painted Ladies, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a the detail of the moon and a few of the lovely, strange roofs it’s shining down upon. Below, the painted ladies are in a frame, like a window to another, odder reality.

Painted Ladies, framed art by Amy Crook

Painted Ladies, framed art by Amy Crook

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Sky Scraped

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Sky Scraped by Amy Crook

Sky Scraped by Amy Crook

The subtle blue-green-grey of the sky in this painting was remarkably hard to capture in any of the photos. I love the stormy roil of it, almost pre-tornado as even the clouds look like they’re pouring down to become part of the skyscraper.

There’s a sense of decay in the central image, whether it’s a building half-built and abandoned, or a burnt-out husk just waiting to fall down.

I love the mysterious figure hanging out on a lone girder, rain pounding down all around it.

Who are they, and why are they up there? What do you think?

Sky Scraped, 4″x8″ pen & ink and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Sky Scraped, detail, by Amy Crook

Sky Scraped, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the figure up close, mysterious cloak trailing below like the raggedy tail of some giant crow. Below, the painting rests in a temporary frame, waiting to find its place in the world.

Sky Scraped, framed art by Amy Crook

Sky Scraped, framed art by Amy Crook

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