Posts Tagged ‘japanese watercolor’

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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Tenebrific

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Tenebrific, word art by Amy Crook

Tenebrific: causing gloom or darkness,
5″x7″ pen & ink and watercolor on paper

One of my lovely Patreon patrons asked for this word as her art prompt this month, and so I used it for last Wednesday’s word art.

In anime, when misfortune has come to a character they draw blue lines from their hairline down their face to show it, and this lovely lovely violet-black Japanese watercolor echoes that by drawing down the gloom in long lines. The figure below is in the blue-black from the same palette, ghostly and gloomy, carrying its own darkness within.

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Categories: Pretty Words, Series and Books
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City Lights

Friday, April 8th, 2016

City Lights by Amy Crook

City Lights, 8″x4″ Japanese watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Stormclouds shroud the city in darkness, distance and fog obscuring the buildings farther away. On the close horizon, cheerful yellow blobs of light beckon the viewer to their warm interiors.

Three colors of lovely Japanese Gansai watercolors make up this simple palette, a blue-black, a violet-black, and of course the welcoming yellow which also glows over the skyline in a display of light pollution.

The buildings this time are mostly simple, traditional skyscrapers in different configurations, with a few interesting variations lurking among the lights.

City Lights, detail, by Amy Crook

City Lights, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the little glowing blobs of light defining one skyscraper from another. Below, the painting is in a temporary frame, waiting to be packaged up and sent to its forever home.

City Lights, framed art by Amy Crook

City Lights, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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Tentacle Deeps 49

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Tentacle Deeps 49 by Amy Crook

Tentacle Deeps 49, 8″x8″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

The Tentacle Deeps rise again!

Someone asked me on Periscope what my favorite thing is to paint, and I immediately answered, “Tentacles,” and was reminded that it’s been ages since I added to this series.

The photos don’t really do it justice, the bright green on top is cheerful and the rich teal blends into it beautifully. The tentacles are in a deep blue-black mix that adds depth, darker layering over lighter as we got closer to the viewer.

Tentacle Deeps 49, detail, by Amy Crook

Tentacle Deeps 49, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a detail of the tentacles, growing bluer and fainter as they fade into the background. Below, the painting sits in a frame, perfect to be part of a grouping of art, or just to fill that little patch of bare wall. With tentacles.

Tentacle Deeps 49, framed art by Amy Crook

Tentacle Deeps 49, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Tentacles
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