Posts Tagged ‘metallic’

Old Blue Eyes

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Old Blue Eyes by Amy Crook, a painting of a whimsical-creepy skull with no jaw, a crown, and glowing blue eye sockets

Old Blue Eyes, 6″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

The King is dead, long live the king! Old Blue Eyes here is ready to rule even in the tender grip of death — is he a lich or a ghost, or leader of the skeleton army?

Or perhaps he’s a she, a queen of the undead with her spirit shining out of her eye sockets with as much fierceness as ever.

What story would you give to this clever creature?

Old Blue Eyes, detail, by Amy Crook

Old Blue Eyes, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the shine of the crown and the subtler blue glow of the eyes on this strange skull. Below, the painting’s resting in a frame, just waiting on the next chapter of their story.

Old Blue Eyes, framed art by Amy Crook

Old Blue Eyes, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Cracks in the System

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Cracks in the System, abstract art by Amy Crook

Cracks in the System, 5″x7″ pen & and watercolor on paper

Who and what falls through the cracks in the system, especially now that it seems like everything’s falling apart?

This piece is inspired by a friend’s cracked phone screen and the light that shines through anyway, the places where bits had dropped completely away, and the very strange sensation of running your fingers over the broken glass. It’s got seven little pops of bright gold to catch the light, to give a little hope that even when the system is cracked, some things still work.

Cracks in the System, detail, by Amy Crook

Cracks in the System, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see two of the shining gold spaces and some of the fine linework up close. Below, the piece is in a frame, fortunately sans cracked glass.

Cracks in the System, framed art by Amy Crook

Cracks in the System, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Things I'm a Fan Of
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Negative Space 2

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Negative Space 2, abstract art by Amy Crook

Negative Space 2, 8″x8″ watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

This painting is a love letter to imperfection, uniqueness, and letting those differences shine.

Each detail is exquisitely small, the silver paint filling in the spaces where the zen circle had voids, shining out of what had been nothingness and drawing you in.

It’s like two-dimensional kintsugi, taking what was a flaw and making it the most strikingly beautiful part of the final object.

It would be perfect to meditate on, or to serve as a reminder that where some see flaws, others see beauty.

Where would it fit in your life?

Negative Space 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Negative Space 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the softness of the paper, the subtlety of the mineral color and the bright shine of silver in the places left behind. Below, the art is in a frame, just waiting to add some beauty and zen to your day.

Negative Space 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Negative Space 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery
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Dragon Spiral

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Dragon Spiral by Amy Crook

Dragon Spiral, 5″x5″ watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

This fierce dragon has fire in her eyes and ice in her scales. She’s spiralling downward in near-abstract swishes of amethyst, graphite, and interference blue.

Do you need to be reminded of your own fierceness?

This is one of those pieces that’s most beautiful in person, where you can turn the page this way and that and catch the highlights and shadows, pulling out details that are otherwise invisible.

Dragon Spiral, detail, by Amy Crook

Dragon Spiral, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the dragon turned so her fiery eyes and brilliant scales catch the light. Below, she’s tucked into a frame, just waiting to fly to her new home.

Dragon Spiral, framed art by Amy Crook

Dragon Spiral, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Whimsical and Strange
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Moon Dog

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Moon Dog, watercolor art by Amy Crook

Moon Dog, 12″x9″ watercolor on Strathmore watercolor paper

This whimsical puppy is playing fetch with the moon. He has a belly full of stars and wide, liquid eyes, and just wants to bring something beautiful into your life.

The moon and stars have a shine to them of gold and silver paint, and there’s a nebula of splashing paint all around this moon dog.

This is a somewhat larger painting, and would look beautiful matted and framed in a child’s room.

Moon Dog, detail, by Amy Crook

Moon Dog, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the moon shining in the light, and the stars like freckles along his cute puppy cheeks. Below, the puppy is leaping joyfully through his frame, just waiting to find his forever home.

Moon Dog, framed art by Amy Crook

Moon Dog, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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Hurtling Through the Void

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Hurtling Through the Void, abstract art by Amy Crook

Hurtling Through the Void, 7″x5″ pen & ink and watercolor on Arches cover black paper

A pockmarked planetoid hurtles through the nothingness of space in this subtle, fascinating mixed media work. Reds and golds ride on the velvety charcoal background, and a subtle debossing effect makes the corona and tail of this coment seem to disappear.

This painting is perfect for someone who likes to be surprised, to find the hidden details in a seemingly simple image, to imagine their own narrative in abstract art.

Who do you know like that in your life?

Hurtling Through the Void, detail, by Amy Crook

Hurtling Through the Void, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the divots left by the ink pen and the way the red ink catches the light in chameleon colors. Below, the frame makes a portal to some outer space where you can watch asteroids go by at your leisure.

Hurtling Through the Void, framed art by Amy Crook

Hurtling Through the Void, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery
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Formations 2

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Formations 2, abstract art by Amy Crook

Formations 2, 6″x4″ Primatek and metallic watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

Unlike the peaceful blue and pale gold of the first Formations, this one has a lovely earthy red made from Minnesota pipestone, and a rich red-gold to match. The paper itself is a warm buff color that adds a third dimension to a very simple palette.

The complex shapes are reminiscent of riverbeds, borders, and other such phenomena both natural and manmade. This one makes me think of a map of some science fictional Mars, where life has found a way to exist even there.

Formations 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Formations 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the glint of gold shining against the paper and paint, bright in the afternoon sun. Below, the painting is tilted toward shadow in its frame, mysterious and distant as another planet.

Formations 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Formations 2, framed art by Amy Crook

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