Posts Tagged ‘interference’

Mirage

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Mirage, abstract art in the Pathways series by Amy Crook

Mirage, 8″x10″ watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

Endless-seeming dunes give way near the top to the illusion of water. The warm buff paper breaks through the dull sparkle of yellow rust and copper. The caress of wind over sand exposes variations in shape, color and texture as a muted shine is revealed behind the amber waves.

The Pathways series is turned its side here, trading trees for earth and skies for an endless search for the horizon. The mirage adds a bright pop against the rich layers of sand and ochre and copper.

If you dream of sun and sand and sparkling water, this painting will bring a little piece of that into your everyday life.

Mirage, detail, by Amy Crook

Mirage, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the sunlight catching the copper, which only appears at certain angles in amongst the sandy ochres and golds. Below, I’ve trapped the mirage behind glass, so you can safely contemplate eternity without losing yourself in the dunes.

Mirage, framed art by Amy Crook

Mirage, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Series and Books
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Le Chat Gris

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Le Chat Gris, animal art by Amy Crook

Le Chat Gris, 8″x8″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

A third Animal Spirit joins the fox and bunny with this lovely cat.

There’s a saying that all cats are grey in the dark, and this beautiful moggy glows pearly white and grey in the light of a golden harvest moon. The gold is reflected in the cat’s eyes, which hold a little of their own shine.

Bring beauty and whimsy into your home and adopt this grey kitty — you’ll never have to feed it!

Le Chat Gris, detail, by Amy Crook

Le Chat Gris, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can really see the sunlight hitting the pearlescent white of the cat’s intricate patterning. Below, they’re elegantly framed and just waiting for the right wall, shelf, or nook.

Le Chat Gris, framed art by Amy Crook

Le Chat Gris, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Sea Turtle 5

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Sea Turtle 5 by Amy Crook

Sea Turtle 5, 6″x4″ watercolor, Primatek watercolor, and interference watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

This grumpy sea turtle is giving you the side-eye as he glides through the sunlit water. He’s no more pleased about how 2016 is going than the rest of us.

The ocean is a rich blue streaked with secret shafts of sunlight that only show up at certain angles. The turtle in contrast is all of soft, natural pigments, muted and almost ghostly as he glides through his world of water and light.

This tiny painting would be perfect on a desk or in a cubicle, giving people the side eye for interrupting your work.

Sea Turtle 5, detail, by Amy Crook

Sea Turtle 5, detail, by Amy Crook

The sunlight shines on the subtle interference blue paint, above, showing off the artwork’s hidden highlights. Below, this tiny painting is tucked away in a small frame, perfect for a niche, book nook, or small bit of empty wall.

Sea Turtle 5, framed art by Amy Crook

Sea Turtle 5, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Smoulder

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Smoulder, abstract art by Amy Crook

Smoulder, 7″x5″ watercolor, Primatek watercolor, and interference watercolor on hand-torn watercolor paper

This lovely, subtle Pathways painting is a reminder that even while the world burns, there’s still beauty in it.

The fiery colors are a mix of natural and artificial pigments, a limited palette with some soft sparkle and a lot of warmth that’s still muted enough to be sophisticated contemporary art.

This abstract painting would look stunning in your home or office.

Smoulder, detail, by Amy Crook

Smoulder, detail, by Amy Crook

The muted warmth of this piece is hard to capture, but the detail above shows it pretty well, along with the texture of watercolor and paper and even the tiny hints of sparkle hiding in the paint. Below, you can see it in a temporary frame, floated on a white background to show off the hand-torn, hand-painted edges.

Smoulder, framed art by Amy Crook

Smoulder, framed art by Amy Crook

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

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Diverge, abstract art by Amy Crook

Diverge, 10″x8″ watercolor and interference watercolor on Arches cover black paper

The watery, shimmery blue Pathways are diverging in this layered abstract painting.

A subtle, mottled pattern of dark blues and black voids hides behind the turquoise waterfalls spilling to either side of the central path. The texture of the top layer is softened by the paint beneath it, but the sparkle shines through in the right light.

These pathways diverge, but for once you can have it both ways.

Diverge, detail, by Amy Crook

Diverge, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see one set of divergent pathways running over the soft, textured background in dark blue and darker black. Below, the pathways are contained in a frame, reminding us to look both ways.

Diverge, framed art by Amy Crook

Diverge, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Series and Books, Tentacles
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Blue Bunny

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Blue Bunny by Amy Crook

Blue Bunny, 12″x9″ watercolor, interference watercolor, and Primatek watercolor on Strathmore watercolor paper

The beautiful Garnet Fox has a friend in this Blue Bunny.

Blue Apatite Genuine forms a lovely swirling midnight hue for the rabbit’s base color, with shimmering interference blue atop, and a glow of bronzite and quinacridone gold surrounding this lovely bounding bunny.

Larger than a lot of my work, this painting would be perfect in place of pride, matted into a silver frame in your home.

Blue Bunny, detail, by Amy Crook

Blue Bunny, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can really see the shine of the interference blue paint, which looks like moonlight atop the midnight blue. Below, this big bunny is in a frame, waiting to bring his shining light to your home.

Blue Bunny, framed art by Amy Crook

Blue Bunny, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Garnet Fox

Monday, August 8th, 2016

 

Garnet Fox, original art by Amy Crook

Garnet Fox, 8″x8″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

The final piece in this month’s gallery is last little bit of shine brilliance, with interference red providing the delicate details on this fox’s garnet fur.

A whimsical, graphical style is paired with intricate pattern work for a gorgeous piece of art that would brighten any home or office.

Like any trickster fox, this one only shows its best side when it wants to, and in this case the lovely red shines against the rich garnet paint of its fur only when turned into the light.

Garnet Fox, detail, by Amy Crook

Garnet Fox, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the way the paint on the designs catches the light and shines in metallic red on the fox’s garnet coat. Below, she’s waiting in a frame, just waiting for the right foxhole to adorn.

Garnet Fox, framed art by Amy Crook

Garnet Fox, framed art by Amy Crook

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