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Painted Ladies 2

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Painted Ladies 2 by Amy Crook

Painted Ladies 2, 10″x8″ gansai watercolor on Arches cover black paper

It’s inevitable, living near San Francisco as I do, that I would revisit the Painted Ladies theme.

This time a soft, seafoam green permeates the beautiful Victorian row houses, each with a unique facade that nonetheless echoes its neighbors. The clouds above look like cotton puffs, fluffily floating along among the shining stars in the velvety black sky.

This paper is unique because it gets its color from a chemical process, so the black is lightfast. Though of course it’s never a good idea to put artwork in a sunny spot, it’s good to know it won’t become grey over the years.

Painted Ladies 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Painted Ladies 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of a few of the charming faces on the painted ladies. Below, they’re tucked into a simple frame, just waiting to add charm and elegance to your home.

Painted Ladies, framed art by Amy Crook

Painted Ladies, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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Growth 5

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Growth 5, abstract art by Amy Crook

Growth 5, 5″x5″ pen & ink and watercolor on watercolor paper

It’s a celebration of purple this month! The inner circle moves from deep violet to black etched over with the sheen of purple ink. The outer edges mix the intricate circles grouped together like fish eggs with the splash of brightly-mixed ink, purple bleeding into pink.

Like all of my Growth paintings, there is a suggestion of sending parts of the central self out into the aether, of reaching into the void despite the obstacles and finding something beautiful in it.

Where in life do you need a little bit of growth?

Growth 5, detail, by Amy Crook

Growth 5, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see how the purple ink separated into almost luminous pinks, reds, and violets, but there are some little circles left intact to hint at the structures that once were. Below, the art is in a small frame, waiting to bring unexpected beauty to a neglected corner of your home.

Growth 5, framed art by Amy Crook

Growth 5, framed art by Amy Crook

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

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Firefly Moon, watercolor by Amy Crook

Firefly Moon, 6″x4″ interference watercolor and Japanese watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Fireflies flash and hide in this misty, delicately textured night scene. The sky is full of soft clouds and the subtle shine of stars behind them, the bright moon glowing against the fog.

The beautiful green shines when the light hits it, but nearly vanishes when it’s in shadow, just the way real fireflies only sometimes glow with their mysterious phosphorescence.

Did you used to chase them on lazy summer nights, trying to hold the stars in the palm of your hand?

Firefly Moon, detail, by Amy Crook

Firefly Moon, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the green shine catch the light and glow against the misty sky behind it. Below, this tiny beauty is waiting in a frame so you can keep those summer memories always close at hand.

Firefly Moon, framed art by Amy Crook

Firefly Moon, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Spring Dusk

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Spring Dusk, original art by Amy Crook

Spring Dusk, 6″x6″ pen & ink and Japanese watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Bright orange butterflies dance through the spring like living blossoms, going past a tree just starting to bud. New leaves shine bright green against the violet of falling dusk, and the last vestiges of sunset glow golden at the horizon.

Winter trees, autumn trees, and now a lovely spring tree helps to round out the seasons in my Horizons series.

Which season is your favorite?

Spring Dusk, detail, by Amy Crook

Spring Dusk, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the new leaf green against the black branches and violet dusk, with a single butterfly fluttering into the frame. Below, the tree stands proud in its frame, ready to bring a touch of spring to any room.

Spring Dusk, framed art by Amy Crook

Spring Dusk, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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Dream Bigger

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Dream Bigger, abstract art by Amy Crook

Dream Bigger, 8″x8″ Japanese watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

“Don’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.”

This newest painting in the Aglow series has a secret message. The silver lettering nearly vanishes into the lovely swirl of pink and warm grey, but shines brightly for those who need to see its message.

This is the perfect art for someone who needs to be reminded not to let themselves get stuck in smallness. The beautiful mix of bright and earthy tones around the central glowing light will add a gorgeous secret to any room.

Dream Bigger, detail, by Amy Crook

Dream Bigger, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the sneaky secret message lit bright silver by the sunlight. Below, you can see this lovely piece glowing in its frame, just waiting to remind you to be the best of yourself.

Dream Bigger, framed art by Amy Crook

Dream Bigger, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Series and Books
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Dragonfly Airship

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Dragonfly Airship by Amy Crook

Dragonfly Airship, 7″x5″ Japanese watercolor and pen & ink on paper

This is the first of the end-of-gallery Airship series that really gelled in a beautiful, detailed way. The gorgeously patterned dragonfly wings work with the body of the ship. The windows on the body imply a fascinating sense of scale. The ornamentation hovers somewhere between the whimsy of steampunk and the sleekness of retro-futurism, with the flower-petal propeller adding the final touch of whimsy.

This painting is perfect for sparking the imagination, sending your mind on short flights of fancy to keep your day floating along peacefully.

Dragonfly Airship, detail, by Amy Crook

Dragonfly Airship, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a detail of the painted pattern, evoking without copying a firefly’s delicate wings. Below, the art is sitting in a frame, just waiting to fly off to its new home.

Dragonfly Airship, framed art by Amy Crook

Dragonfly Airship, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Kea

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Kea, watercolor by Amy Crook

Kea, 5″x5″ Japanese watercolor on Arches cover white paper

Kea are a type of parrot native to New Zealand, and they’re mischievous little jerkfaces. There’s a great video of them online basically destroying a police car, digging all the sealant out of the crevices around the windows and doors and causing all kinds of trouble. So, of course, I had to paint one! This was a (belated) birthday gift for my NZ friend, Caroline, who assures me that their reputation as jerks is well-deserved.

They have mossy grey-green plumage on the outside that makes excellent camouflage, but under their wings and tails there’s this gorgeous gold and orange with the darker green barring that’s just amazing.

Categories: Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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