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Fairytale Sky 11

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Fairytale Sky 11 by Amy Crook

Fairytale Sky 11 by Amy Crook

Against the soft background of salt-created stars and matte teal night, the glowing moon and iridescent clouds look like enamel, more substance than mist and light. The clouds are mainly a beautiful turquoise with odd purple lowlights that appear and disappear as you move past it, lined with pearlescent moonlight along the spiral curves and sinuous shapes.

Every Fairytale Sky painting is a little different. This one’s got some serious shine that give it a beautiful feel of a fairy tale just waiting for you to step through and find your magical adventure.

Fairytale Sky, 7″x5″ watercolor, pearlescent watercolor, duochrome watercolor, and salt on paper.

Fairytale Sky 11, detail, by Amy Crook

Fairytale Sky 11, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the velvety softness of the sky and the bright enameled moon floating atop it. Below, the night is captured in a frame, safe and cool even in the day.

Fairytale Sky, framed art by Amy Crook

Fairytale Sky, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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Fairytale Sky 10

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Fairytale Sky 10 by Amy Crook

Fairytale Sky 10 by Amy Crook

I haven’t added to this series in a while, but sometimes you just want to paint swirly clouds and a big, bright moon.

I was watching Mulan the other day, and I was inspired by the beautiful way the artists rendered smoke in that movie. I’m still wembling about what to do with the sky in another work in progress, so this little painting let me explore both ideas.

I think the result is lovely, don’t you?

Fairytale Sky 10, 6″x4″ Japanese watercolor on Arches cover black paper.

Fairytale Sky 10, detail, by Amy Crook

Fairytale Sky 10, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the moon up close, its softly glowing face full of beautiful texture from the paper. Below, the piece has been put in a tiny frame, perfect to secret in a bookshelf, display on a desk, or add to an array of other art.

Fairytale Sky 10, framed art by Amy Crook

Fairytale Sky 10, framed art by Amy Crook

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Fairytale Sky 9

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Fairytale Sky 9 by Amy Crook

Fairytale Sky 9 by Amy Crook

A lovely, shadowed full moon hangs in a sky full of stars, but the real shine is from the mysterious spiraling clouds. They gleam subtly in blues and purples, stately shapes with just a hint of soft brushwork about the edges. This addition to the Fairytale Sky series is very reminiscent of the first, but refined by the iterations in between.

Sometimes I think it’s good to treat life like you’re in your very own fairytale. Do good deeds when you can, and you’ll find them returned when you least expect it. Don’t cause harm through inattention or ignorance. And always wear good walking shoes.

Fairytale Sky 9, 7″x5″ Japanese watercolor and duochrome watercolor on Arches cover black paper.

Fairytale Sky 9, detail, by Amy Crook

Fairytale Sky 9, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the subtle shimmer of the paint together with the soft shine of the stars and the bright gleam of the moon. Below, I’ve put this sky in a frame, like a window to another world, one full of magic and fairytale logic.

Fairytale Sky 9, framed art by Amy Crook

Fairytale Sky 9, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Fairytale Sky 8

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Fairytale Sky 8 by Amy Crook

Fairytale Sky 8 by Amy Crook

It’s the last day of the Floating Gallery, and I’m rounding up a week of art with another Fairytale Sky.

I used a different palette this time, a rich orange harvest moon that lights up the mist below in swirls of the same color. There’s a soft silvery green shimmer in and around those orange spirals, and a few little silver stars manage to peek out above the thick fog.

Everything about this painting is better in person, of course, from the shimmer of paint that changes color when the light hits to the soft texture of the black paper.

Fairytale Sky 8, 6″x4″ duochrome watercolor and Japanese watercolor on Arches cover black paper.

Fairytale Sky 8, detail, by Amy Crook

Fairytale Sky 8, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the mist lit up with golden sparkles by the last rays of a sunset. Below, you can see the painting in a frame, with the phone that took the picture above. It’s quite a small piece, and could go on a desk, cubicle wall, or tucked into an odd corner of architecture to bring a smile whenever you glance into that little hidden place.

Fairytale Sky 8, framed art by Amy Crook

Fairytale Sky 8, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Misty Moon 2

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Misty Moon 2 by Amy Crook

Misty Moon 2 by Amy Crook

A black crow flies against the darkest part of the sky, while mist swirls and floats all around, obscuring the shining moon. The mist drifts in wispy tentacles that light up into spirals when the light hits them just right.

Misty Moon 2, 6″x4″ watercolor and iridescent watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Misty Moon 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Misty Moon 2, detail, by Amy Crook

The scanner captures the painting in an in-between state, but you can see above how the stars light up violet and the mist glows blue when the sun hits it. Below, the painting in its frame appears more like it does to the naked eye, with the shimmering spirals hidden, and only the slithering tentacles of mist show through.

Misty Moon 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Misty Moon 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Fairytale Sky 7

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Fairytale Sky 7 by Amy Crook

Fairytale Sky 7 by Amy Crook

So, instead of painting the moon and mist and stars on black paper, this time I painted a mysterious sky of nearly-black colors, then added in the silver mist and stars and milk-white moon. I love the way the moon and mist picked up the background colors, especially the bloody cast to the moon’s shadows. A subtle addition to the series, with shine on the metallic mist and stars but not too much fancy paint this time around.

Fairytale Sky 7, 7″x5″ Japanese watercolor on Arches cover white paper.

Fairytale Sky 7, detail, by Amy Crook

Fairytale Sky 7, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see brush strokes in the silver paint, which ranges from thick enough to stand off the paper, to thin enough to barely be visible on the dark background. Below, the painting is hanging out with my iPhone, showing off its spirals.

Fairytale Sky 7, framed art by Amy Crook

Fairytale Sky 7, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Gibbous Moon

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Gibbous Moon, watercolor by Amy Crook

Gibbous Moon, watercolor by Amy Crook

It’s Earth Day, so of course I contrarily have a moon for you. Curling silvery mist wreaths upward, trying to reach the moon that’s a lot farther away than it looks, while blue stars shimmer in the far distance. The moon itself is just a little warm and golden, with the color bleeding strangely into the dark, making you wonder just what’s going on up there. Eerily beautiful.

Gibbous Moon, 7″x5″ watercolor and iridescent watercolor on Arches cover black paper.

Gibbous Moon, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Gibbous Moon, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the moon itself, warm and slightly sinister where it floats in the middle distance. Below, a few curls of iridescent mist swim into your view.

Gibbous Moon, detail 2, by Amy Crook

Gibbous Moon, detail 2, by Amy Crook

And finally, you can see it slipped into a frame and hanging out on my writing desk with my iPhone, so you can see how it looks in the wild.

Gibbous Moon, framed art by Amy Crook

Gibbous Moon, framed art by Amy Crook

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