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Mistwood

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Mistwood by Amy Crook

Mistwood by Amy Crook

This beautiful sheet of Twinrocker Handmade Simon’s Green paper is about 22 years old — I acquired it many years ago when I had a model named Simon, and never found the right use for it. I pulled it out specifically thinking it make an intriguing addition to my Pathways series, and I’m quite pleased with the result.

Strong green spikes rise upward, spreading out into leaves and branches, spreading further into mist and obscurity. Hints of earthy ochre lurk in the depths where surprising blues emerge through the fog. The tops of the trees disappear off the natural deckle edge of the paper, and the whole forest is bowed ever so slightly in some unseen wind.

Mistwood, 24″x18″ watercolor on Twinrocker handmade paper.

Mistwood, detail, by Amy Crook

Mistwood, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see one of the areas of “mist” where the greens break up and fade out in soft layers of color. Below, you can see the dark “trees” with their rich, strong forest colors still intact.

Mistwood, detail, by Amy Crook

Mistwood, detail, by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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Smoke 2

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Smoke 2, abstract art by Amy Crook

Smoke 2, abstract art by Amy Crook

An obvious sequel to the painting above, Smoke 2 has more variation in both line and colour. I used a different paint, one that’s a mix of greens, and varied the technique as well.

Where the first painting is full of roiling clouds, this smoke drifts up in lazy lines. It reminds me more of an altar with thin sticks of incense burning at different rates, each one sending up its own cloud of colour and scent.

I don’t smoke myself*, but I always did love incense and candles, and the different strange shapes that occur when two insubstantial elements interact, air and smoke dancing together to create something ephemeral and beautiful.

*no, not that, either

Smoke 2, 4″x6″ watercolor on paper.

Smoke 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Smoke 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the variation in colour from blue-green to forest green to olive, dissolving in wisps that are just barely visible on the thick, creamy paper. Below, the piece is in a frame, small and unassuming, but perfect to bring a little beauty and peace into an otherwise drab space.

Smoke 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Smoke 2, framed art by Amy Crook

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

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Cthulhu Waits, pen and ink art by Amy Crook

Cthulhu Waits, pen and ink art by Amy Crook

Three colors of pen, three different inking techniques, and one creepy drawing. Cthulhu glares balefully out of his cave, surrounded by strange growths and bathed in darkness. He waits for the stars to be right, for the summoning that will bring him from his sleep of death and up into the world once again.

Cthulhu Waits, 6″x4″ pen & ink on Fluid watercolor paper.

Cthulhu Waits, detail, by Amy Crook

Cthulhu Waits, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see all three inking techniques up close, the roe-like stalactites hanging down above the fine-inked blackness, with Cthulhu in his scribbly, tentacled glory. Below, you can see the piece in a frame, just waiting to drive you mad with its strange details.

Cthulhu Waits, framed art by Amy Crook

Cthulhu Waits, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Series and Books, Tentacles, Things I'm a Fan Of
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Uncertain Boundaries

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Uncertain Boundaries, abstract watercolor by Amy Crook

Uncertain Boundaries, abstract watercolor by Amy Crook

I spend way too much time explaining how much better my artwork looks in real life, but it’s always true. This piece has much richer jewel tones of purple, teal, and green that have all sort of washed out into a vague blueness when converted to rgb.

There’s rich layers of color, with some of the boundaries outlined and some erased, and some only vaguely visible. It makes me think of a map of some strange world that has evolved along with the history of the place, borders drawing and redrawing themselves as alien politics shift and change.

Uncertain Boundaries, 6″x4″ pen & ink and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Uncertain Boundaries, detail, by Amy Crook

Uncertain Boundaries, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see one of the places where new color obliterates the old, and the boundary lines stutter and fade. Below, you can see this small piece in a frame, small enough to add its bright color to any number of surprising spaces.

Uncertain Boundaries, framed art by Amy Crook

Uncertain Boundaries, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery
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New Growth

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

New Growth by Amy Crook

New Growth by Amy Crook

Spring is creeping out into the US despite the weather, with daffodils here and brave buds there. Here in California we’ve got lots of flowers and new leaves, though there’s a yellow edge to some of them with the drought.

This painting echoes those delicate new leaves and water-drenched old growth, unfurling after a life-giving rain shower.

Art can symbolize something you want in life, and be a talisman for your own movement in that direction. Is there somewhere you could use a breath of spring and a burst of new growth?

New Growth, 7″5″ Japanese watercolor on Arches cover black paper.

New Growth, detail, by Amy Crook

New Growth, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see how there’s a ghost of yellow even beyond the spray of new growth, like the mists of pollen floating on the page. Below, you can see the painting in a frame, washed bright in the spring sunshine.

New Growth, framed art by Amy Crook

New Growth, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes
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Island

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Island, abstract watercolor by Amy Crook

Island, abstract watercolor by Amy Crook

I think paintings are hardest to talk about when I really adore them. This one is such an exquisite combination of tiny details and subtle colors created both by deliberate artistic choice and by random chance that I’m ridiculously in love with it.

The paper is soft, both in texture and its creamy color, and the paints are all matte shades of real minerals, except for the places where there’s unexpected bursts of red or even sun-catching bits of green iridescence. The shape suggests an island without being any specific one, with its noodling coastlines and the surf creeping up all around it. The green is rich and deep and mysterious, inviting the viewer to look for hidden detail.

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

Island, detail, by Amy Crook

Island, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a very close look at some of the detail, in an area with a subtle wash of red hiding under the green, and a tiny patch of shimmering brightness that only shows itself in sunlight, like a lake hidden in deep jungles. Below, the painting’s in a frame, looking even more like some forgotten map.

Island, framed art by Amy Crook

Island, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes
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The Colour Out of Space

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

The Colour Out of Space, abstract watercolor by Amy Crook

The Colour Out of Space, abstract watercolor by Amy Crook

It’s Wednesday. We’re halfway through the week, so let’s have something creepy and beautiful, shall we?

The Colour Out of Space is a wonderfully creepy Lovecraft story about the things most Lovecraft stories are about, things beyond understanding that destroy the mind and body of those who come into contact with them. In this case, I used a base of black paper and layered on several shades of green, then added a splash of Iridescent Scarab red in one corner. It’s added a strange sheen to the mix of greens, which looks green in some lights, red in others, and apparently golden to my scanner.

My favorite little detail on this piece is the upper right-hand corner, which looks to me like a turned-down page marking some unknowable story.

This is one of those pieces that really shines in person, and would add a little big of beautiful mystery to a corner of your house. Or possibly cause you to slowly go insane as the alien secrets of some ancient god creep into your brain.

One of those.

The Colour Out of Space, 5″x5″ Japanese watercolor and duochrome watercolor on Arches cover black paper.

The Colour Out of Space, detail, by Amy Crook

The Colour Out of Space, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the duochrome paint as a splash of rusty red like old blood in one corner, creeping over the bright greens. Below, you can see it in a frame for size.

The Colour Out of Space, framed art by Amy Crook

The Colour Out of Space, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery
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