Posts Tagged ‘crow’

Four for a Boy

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Four for a Boy, atmospheric art by Amy Crook

Four for a Boy, 6″x6″ Primatek watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Mist obscures everything in this painting but the outline of a gnarled, drooping tree, branches bare in winter with just the tiniest hint of buds at their ends. Four black birds approach through the fog, and a figure all but dissolves into mist himself.

Is it foggier than it looks, or is the figure merely a trick of the eye?

This fourth installment of Counting Crows would make a lovely, creepy addition to your home, something to contemplate when the sun has burned away the mists of the day.

Four for a Boy, detail, by Amy Crook

Four for a Boy, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the eerie figure staring out from the mists, surrounded by the tree’s bare branches. Below, the piece is safely in a frame, just waiting to find the right house to haunt.

Four for a Boy, detail, by Amy Crook

Four for a Boy, detail, by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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A Murder of Crows 3

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

A Murder of Crows 3, art by Amy Crook

A Murder of Crows 3, 6″x4″ ink wash on Fluid watercolor paper

Blues and violets and soft lavenders glow against the rich black of the tree and crows, the sky softly textured as if with a mist that’s parted to display the shining moon in all her glory.

Nine dark crows are coming to roost in the sparse winter tree, its branches ravaged by some accident of the past, lightning or storm or some other act of man or nature.

A full moon brings clarity and insight with it, shining its light into all the branching processes of your decisions and thoughts.

A Murder of Crows 3, detail, by Amy Crook

A Murder of Crows 3, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the blue midnight sky, glowing violet moon, and deep black of the twisty tree and gathered birds. Below, it’s in a temporary frame, just waiting to fly to its new roost.

A Murder of Crows 3, framed art by Amy Crook

A Murder of Crows 3, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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Pink Sunset

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Pink Sunset by Amy Crook

Pink Sunset, 6″x4″ ink wash on Fluid watercolor paper

This magnificent pink and gold sunset uses a mix of rose and amber inks to create a glowing bank of clouds, with just a hint of red near the horizon. A softer brown brings the trees and birds into closer focus than the darker silhouettes of black in some of the other Horizons pieces.

Although the colors in this are intense, the overall effect is gorgeous rather than gaudy, like a tiny window into a world where the sun is forever painting the sky in bright, glowing hues.

Pink Sunset, detail, by Amy Crook

Pink Sunset, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the intense pink clouds and soft, textured brown of the intricate branches. Below, the tiny art is tucked into a frame, ready to bring a bright burst of color into your life.

Pink Sunset, framed art by Amy Crook

Pink Sunset, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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Harvest Moon 3

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Harvest Moon 3, art by Amy Crook

Harvest Moon 3, 6″x6″ ink wash and gel pen on Fluid watercolor paper

Remember, remember, the fifth of November — happy Guy Fawkes Day, Brits! Don’t forget to check your bonfire for hedgehogs and Watsons (same thing, really).

This ink painting uses a gorgeous wash of honey-gold to create a lush harvest moon, and then a deep, opaque black for the sky and silhouetted crow flying across the moon. There are slightly shimmery copper stars in the vast blackness of the sky adding a touch of life to the dramatic image.

There is a beautiful sense of movement as the crow glides across the moon, not quite centered but wonderfully detailed despite being a single color of deep black.

This golden harvest moon will add a bit of mystery to its new home.

Harvest Moon 3, detail, by Amy Crook

Harvest Moon 3, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see all the lovely pinfeathers in silhouette against the orange moon. Below, the piece is stunning in its frame.

Harvest Moon, framed art by Amy Crook

Harvest Moon, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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Inktober 2016, Week 4

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Inktober is complete! I caught a mild cold or allergy attack or something, but I managed to power through thanks to some huge mugs of strong tea and a couple of hot toddies. Some of these will be available as cards, some of them will be in a bookmark sale for my email list next month, some of them will show up in the Floating Gallery tomorrow, and some of them are already spoken for.

Inktober day 24: Growth 7

Inktober day 24: Growth 7

Inktober day 25: A Murder of Crows 3 (sold)

Inktober day 25: A Murder of Crows 3 (sold)

Inktober day 26: ridiculous haunted Haunter

Inktober day 26: ridiculous haunted Haunter

Inktober day 27: Harvest Moon 3 (sold)

Inktober day 27: Harvest Moon 3 (sold)

Inktober day 28: Twelfth Doctor holiday card design

Inktober day 28: Twelfth Doctor holiday card design

Inktober day 29: Rimmer and Lister from Red Dwarf arguing about Pokemon, for Jeff

Inktober day 29: Rimmer and Lister from Red Dwarf arguing about Pokemon, for Jeff

Inktober day 30: bookmark of autumnal goodness

Inktober day 30: bookmark of autumnal goodness

Inktober day 31: Twelfth Doctor "Time Ends" for Ian

Inktober day 31: Twelfth Doctor “Time Ends” for Ian

(almost) ALL the things! Missing days 18 & 21, which are elsewhere.

(almost) ALL the things! Missing days 18 & 21, which are elsewhere. Surprisingly few lame sketchy days overall!

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Card Design, Completed Commissions, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, 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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Windblown

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Windblown by Amy Crook

Windblown, 8″x4″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Brilliant oranges, pinks, and golds paint the sky as the red sun sinks below the horizon. A lone figure stands next to the tree, both of them tousled by the unseen winds. A raven heads for them both, graceful despite the headwind.

What’s the story here? You could hang this up in your home and contemplate the possible tales as you go about your day, each glimpse sparking a new line of thought.

Windblown, detail, by Amy Crook

Windblown, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of our big black bird, flying headlong into the wind. Below, the whole windblown tableau is waiting in a temporary frame to find its permanent home.

Windblown, framed art by Amy Crook

Windblown, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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Three for a Girl

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Three for a Girl, watercolor by Amy Crook

Three for a Girl, 6″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

A third installment to one of my favorite series of last year, Three for a Girl continues the Counting Crows theme with another eerie tree and ghostly figure.

The titular girl is almost lost in the mists, fog drifting through and obscuring everything but the tree and its trio of visitors.

Three for a Girl, detail, by Amy Crook

Three for a Girl, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see how the off-black paint granulates into beautifully textured mist, pigment pooling in the hollows of the watercolor paper. Below, the painting is waiting in a frame, a season and a mood in one small, eerie package.

Three for a Girl, framed art by Amy Crook

Three for a Girl, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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