Posts Tagged ‘framed’

Innocent Stars

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Innocent Stars, watercolor by Amy Crook

Innocent Stars by Amy Crook

This piece started out as an experiment to see how the three different pens — blue, green and purple — would fare when wetted with the salt-and-water technique I used for Water Lilies 1. As you can see, the blue hardly bled into the salt at all, the purple let out some pink but stayed largely unblurred, and the green dissolved almost completely. I let it sit for a while on my bookshelf while I pondered what to do next, and eventually I decided that the swirling bright spots reminded me a bit of bright stars.

I mixed up a dark purple-blue-black and layered it into the background in messy, childlike strokes. Then I scattered some smaller salt granules over the wet paint and let it form another, softer set of stars as it dried.

Innocent Stars, 7″x5″ salt, watercolor and pen and ink on watercolor paper, $222 framed with free shipping.

The piece is framed and hanging out in my living room at the moment, just waiting to find a new home.

Innocent Stars, framed watercolor by Amy Crook

Innocent Stars, framed, by Amy Crook

Below you can see a couple of close-up details of the salt-and-ink “stars.” My camera was having trouble with the colors, though, so the first one is much more accurate than the second.

Innocent Stars, detail, watercolor by Amy Crook

Innocent Stars, detail, by Amy Crook

Innocent Stars, detail, watercolor by Amy Crook

Innocent Stars, detail, by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Daily Art, Whimsical and Strange
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Water Lilies 2

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Water Lilies 2, watercolor by Amy Crook

Water Lilies 2 by Amy Crook

This is currently sitting in a frame on my bookshelf next to Water Lilies 1, and the two of them catch the morning sun beautifully. The salt “flowers” have a soft sparkle to them that really draws the eye to their three-dimensional shapes. I especially like the way the electric blue spirals dissolve into a soft but very clear cyan that tints the salt crystals.

The nerd in me also likes that the lily pads came out with a very Pac-Man

Water Lilies 2, 7″x5″ watercolor and salt on watercolor paper, $199 framed with free shipping.

Water Lilies 2, framed, watercolor by Amy Crook

Water Lilies 1 & Water Lilies 2, framed, by Amy Crook

Water Lilies 2, detail, watercolor by Amy Crook

Water Lilies 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Water Lilies 2, detail, watercolor by Amy Crook

Water Lilies 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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The Tree Breathes

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The Tree Breathes, detail, by Amy Crook

The Tree Breathes, detail, by Amy Crook

This is another one-of-a-kind print done using my tiny etching plates. I almost forgot completely about it, ironically because it’s framed from having been in a juried show once long ago. I gently pulled it out of its matte, and then used more archival corners to re-attach it to the matte after I scanned it, and then put the whole thing back in its frame.

I think the tiny tree is my favorite of all the tiny plates I made, though I only used it (or any of them) a few times.

The Tree Breathes, 1″x2″ etching on 8″x10″ watercolor paper, $499 framed with free shipping.

The Tree Breathes by Amy Crook

The Tree Breathes by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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Green Angel

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Green Angel by Amy Crook

Green Angel by Amy Crook

This is yet another painting done off a model, from a photo this time of him lounging in bed. I wanted to imagine an angel with butterfly wings, not a tiny fairy but a full man-sized creature, fallen to earth to partake of the pleasures only to be found here. His wings are tattered from his fall but, I hope, still functional, still able to carry him up above if not all the way back from whence he came.

This small oil painting is on stretched canvas and framed in an antiqued silver wooden frame. I have it hanging by the light in my bedroom where I see it as I enter and exit, flicking the switch off and on, though I never wired it up for hanging — there’s just a nail in the wall and the frame balances there quite well without.

Green Angel, 10″x8″ oil painting on canvas, 11.5″x9.5″ framed, $599 with free shipping.

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, Nudes and Other Sexy Things, People, Figures and Faces, Whimsical and Strange
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