Posts Tagged ‘fish’

Three Gold Fish

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Three Gold Fish by Amy Crook

Three Gold Fish, 6″x4″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Three bright, shiny golden fish swim through a world of lovely purple water and swaying green seaweed. It makes me think of a fish tank, a little bit, or a pond somewhere with the sun filtering down and the plants growing upward.

Everything in this has a little sparkle to it, though the metallic fish are by far the brightest.

This small, strange watercolor would be perfect for a spot that’s too small for a fish tank, but in which you want to see a glimmer of gold and contemplate the peaceful life of a fish.

Three Gold Fish, detail, by Amy Crook

Three Gold Fish, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the shine of golden fish, sparkling water, and even the waving fronds have a little of it. Below, the fish are in their tank, er, frame, waiting for their forever home.

Three Gold Fish, framed art by Amy Crook

Three Gold Fish, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Tentacles
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Inktober 2016, Week 3

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Three Inktober weeks down, one to go! It was another week full of Grand Days Out, so there’s a lot of easy stuff and a bit of more complex ink art. Some of these will be available as cards, some of them will be in a bookmark sale for my email list next month, and some of them are already spoken for.

Inktober day 17: autumn leaves for Kim

Inktober day 17: autumn leaves for Kim

Inktober day 18: X-Men comic cover for Dami (and also a silly local cover contest)

Inktober day 18: X-Men comic cover for Dami (and also a silly local cover contest)

Inktober day 19: Cat Butt Zen

Inktober day 19: Cat Butt Zen

Inktober day 20: Headache Fish

Inktober day 20: Headache Fish

Inktober day 21: TARDIS with a cat flap for Eric

Inktober day 21: TARDIS with a cat flap for Eric

Inktober day 22: Rainy Day Forest for Molly

Inktober day 22: Rainy Day Forest for Molly

Inktober day 23: Sherlock holiday card design

Inktober day 23: Sherlock holiday card design

Categories: 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
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Blowfish

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Blowfish by Amy Crook

Blowfish by Amy Crook

My love affair with colors my scanner hates continues! This lovely creature is painted in two shades of purple ink, with bonus black in the eyes and the same rich teal for irises as the water she’s swimming through.

This ink wash blowfish is just adorable. She only wants to be left alone! I’m sure she’ll calm down and make friends once she knows you’re not out to eat her for dinner.

Those spines would be hard on the gullet, anyway. Ow.

Blowfish, 8″x8″ brush & ink and ink wash on Fluid watercolor paper.

Blowfish, detail, by Amy Crook

Blowfish, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see her cute little ooh-face up close, her shining eyes begging you not to try to have her for lunch. Below, you can see her swimming in her own tank, er, frame, just waiting to be transferred to her new home.

Blowfish, framed art by Amy Crook

Blowfish, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Whimsical and Strange
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Goldfish 2

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Goldfish 2 by Amy Crook

Goldfish 2 by Amy Crook

I posted this goldfish as a work in progress on Instagram, and through the magic of the internets I turned him into plot bunnies! He’s heading out tomorrow to his new home, and in return I have a whole rainbow of rabbits to keep me company during NaNoWriMo.

Goldfish 2, 7″x5″ watercolor and duochrome watercolor on paper.

Plot bunnies by Ann Tudor LLC

Plot bunnies by Ann Tudor LLC

Categories: Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Two Fish

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Two Fish, watercolor by Amy Crook

Two Fish, watercolor by Amy Crook

Two fish, different, but still swimming together in the vibrant purple depths. The bottom fish flashes between purple and blue, and the top fish has gold-to-green duochrome paint on one half, and gold-to-orange on the other.

To me, this painting is about support. The bottom fish is always there, just on the edge of awareness, ready to rise up when he’s needed.

Two Fish, 4″x8″ Japanese watercolor and duochrome watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Two Fish, detail, by Amy Crook

Two Fish, detail, by Amy Crook

You can really see the blue, gold, and orange catching the sunlight above, turning the purple water to a muted, matte background for the fishes’ brilliance. Below, the fish are swimming in a temporary frame, bright in the middle of darkness.

Two Fish, framed art by Amy Crook

Two Fish, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Whimsical and Strange
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Goldfish

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Goldfish, watercolor by Amy Crook

Goldfish, watercolor by Amy Crook

Last Thursday I finally got around to tearing some big sheets of paper I had into smaller, more Amy-sized sheets. Then I just had to play with the results, so I asked a friend to pick a color, and she said gold.

After a bit of playing and a bit of waiting, I ended up with this very bright red-orange-yellow background. Then I flipped it over, and found a fish in the shapes. I used a dark red and my lovely duochrome orange-gold paint to bring out the shape of this little guy, just a few strokes of paint to make a fishy.

Goldfish, 10″x8″ Japanese watercolor and duochrome watercolor on Arches cover white paper.

Goldfish, detail, by Amy Crook

Goldfish, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the shine of the paint I used to put some of the gold in the goldfish. Below, the piece is sitting in a frame, and you can see how vibrant the colors really are.

Goldfish, framed art by Amy Crook

Goldfish, framed art by Amy Crook

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Angler Fish 1

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Angler Fish 1 by Amy Crook

Angler Fish 1 by Amy Crook, $250

After I painted this bloody red background, deliberately deep and dark, I thought that a glowing blue Angler fish would be the perfect thing to go on top of it. I love the contrast between the abstract, color-field-like painting in the background, all matte and dark Japanese watercolors that sank into the textured black paper, and the drawing-like simplicity of the fish on top. She’s got deceptive amounts of detail, from the subtle shading on her creepy blank eye to the deliberate comic “shine” marks around her phosphorescent lure. The paint itself is a little bit shiny, with some duochrome Aquamarine mixed in with the white and turquoise to create a shiny paint that sits on top of the background rather than blending in.

Also, she’s magnificently creepy. Win!

Angler Fish 1, 7″x5″ watercolor on paper, $250 with free shipping.

Angler Fish 1, work in progress, by Amy Crook

Angler Fish 1, work in progress, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the murky background painting along with the little pre-sketch I did to fix the design in my head. I didn’t want to pencil directly onto the paint, so I just doodled it on a bit of scratch paper instead. Below, you can see a close-up of the angler’s lure and her shiny paint looking very bright against the matte depths behind her.

Angler Fish 1, detail, by Amy Crook

Angler Fish 1, detail, by Amy Crook

And finally, you can see the fish in her frame! I keep saying her because, of course, male angler fish are wee, pathetic little things doomed to die in the service of their species. I feel comfortable putting these links off my site here, because none of you ever read this far down, anyway.

Angler Fish 1, framed art by Amy Crook

Angler Fish 1, framed art by Amy Crook

  • Title: Angler Fish 1
  • 7 in. x 5 in. watercolor, Japanese watercolor, and duochrome watercolor on Arches cover black paper
  • $250 for the original (tax will be added if you live in CA)
  • Frame is not included, but can be added for $50 (shipping included)
  • Shipping is free anywhere in the world
  • Payment plans are available, just email me
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