Posts Tagged ‘duochrome’

Dreaming Tree

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Dreaming Tree by Amy Crook

Dreaming Tree, 6″x6″ pen & ink and watercolor on Arches cover black paper

Lines etched into the paper create the silhouette of a massive tree, its branches weighted down with foliage. The night sky visible in between the curves and shadows of it, cradled within the arms of the tree’s dreams.

Or perhaps the tree is a dream itself, or a keeper of dreams. Each line is a dream, forming the hill, the world, the earth, everything but the shimmering blue-violet of the sky.

You could even consider it dark matter cradling a nebula full of stars, shining out of the far reaches of the universe.

Dreaming Tree, detail, by Amy Crook

Dreaming Tree, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the lines indented into the paper with purple ink shining darkly out of each groove. Below, the scene rests in a frame, protected from the waking world for you.

Dreaming Tree, framed art by Amy Crook

Dreaming Tree, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes
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Uncertain Boundaries 2

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Uncertain Boundaries 2, abstract map art by Amy Crook

Uncertain Boundaries 2, 10″x8″ pen & ink and watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

Layers of boundaries obscured but not always obliterated by the shapes that form atop them. A world that is always shifting, changing, adapting to the forces that make and move borders. A history hiding in the blend of color, the sparkle of truths that won’t stay buried.

Uncertain Boundaries 2 is another Map piece, mixed media artworks that create imaginary places and invite the viewer to explore them.

What history do you think has happened here?

Uncertain Boundaries 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Uncertain Boundaries 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the half-obliterated history of these strange countries, lines still there in memory but outweighed by the present. Below, this piece is in a frame, waiting to add some mystery to your walls.

Uncertain Boundaries 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Uncertain Boundaries 2, framed art by Amy Crook

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

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Outside, abstract art by Amy Crook

Outside, 5″x5″ watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

This newest Pathways painting is quite a small example of its kind. An off-kilter view suggest the viewer is laying down, looking out at some sort of mountain landscape through vine-laden bars on a square window.

There’s a tiny bit of sparkle in this one, but mostly it’s just lovely violets on the warm buff-colored paper.

This piece would display beautifully in a frame with a white mat to set off the delicate warmth of the paper, or even floated on a dark, pearly grey to display the hand-torn edge of the paper.

Outside, detail, by Amy Crook

Outside, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the subtle variations in the violet much better, and just a hint of shimmery sparkle hiding in the deepest purples. Below, you can see this small painting in a small frame, perfect for adding color to a small space.

Outside, framed art by Amy Crook

Outside, framed art by Amy Crook

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

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Artship by Amy Crook

Artship, 7″x5″ pen & ink, watercolor, and duochrome watercolor on paper

I think it’s fair to say this is the perfect art for a fan of my work!

There’s a little hint of everything, from the secret spirals in shining duochrome paint, to the tiny fluttering paintings that make up the rudder. There’s even a warm little teacup with the purple-haired pilot riding up front.

Which detail delights you the most?

Artship, detail, by Amy Crook

Artship, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the secret spirals that only show up in just the right light. Below, the airship is drifting along in a frame, just waiting to find a home on your wall.

Artship, framed art by Amy Crook

Artship, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Cloud Skimming 2

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Cloud Skimming 2 by Amy Crook

Cloud Skimming 2, 6″x6″ Primatek and duochrome watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Believe it or not, the beautiful blue-to-gold shimmering paint in these clouds is the same one that provides the gorgeous green in Marble Pathways. The angle and quality of light combines with the paint below to give it a range of beautiful shining colors.

The three crows skim the clouds above and below with their dark wings, stirring the pale mist with their black feathers. The sun glows in the sky behind them, bringing violet dusk as it leaves in a fiery display of light.

Cloud Skimming 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Cloud Skimming 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the gold-to-blue color shift in the shimmering clouds. Below, those same shining spirals have almost vanished as the frame is angled away from the sun.

Cloud Skimming 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Cloud Skimming 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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Marble Pathways

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Marble Pathways, abstract art by Amy Crook

Marble Pathways, 8″x8″ Primatek and duochrome watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

This painting reminds me of the very first Pathways painting, with its sparse lines framing the white page. The beautiful black tourmaline mineral pigment provides a pearly grey base for the sparkling paint atop it, like veins of malachite in creamy white marble.

A piece that rewards repeated viewings, this abstract contains layered detail in the subtle interactions of paint, paper, and light.

Marble Pathways, detail, by Amy Crook

Marble Pathways, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the green sparkle and hints of pearly grey beneath it as the pathways shine in the sunlight. Below, a black frame gives just the right accent to this beautiful abstract art.

Marble Pathways, framed art by Amy Crook

Marble Pathways, framed art by Amy Crook

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

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

Calcifer, Howl's Moving Castle art by Amy Crook

Calcifer, 6″x4″ ink wash and various watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Studio Ghibli has made some of the most amazing films, and one of my favorites is the adaptation of Howl’s Moving Castle. If you’ve seen it, the title will make perfect sense!

A glow-haloed, shadowy figure dances over the water through a rain of color and light, like a shining star in a fall of them, experiencing a few bright moments of joy before snuffing out.

This painting has several kinds of sparkle to it against a soft grey ink rain, and its real beauty shines through in person.

Calcifer, detail, by Amy Crook

Calcifer, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the iridescent, duochrome, and interference watercolors sparkle through the inky haze of rain. Below, you can see the piece in a frame, just waiting for its chance to shine for you.

Calcifer, framed art by Amy Crook

Calcifer, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of
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