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Brass Gates to Midnight 2

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Brass Gates to Midnight 2 by Amy Crook

Brass Gates to Midnight 2 by Amy Crook

Last year I painted Brass Gates to Midnight, and posted it to the blog even though it never quite felt finished to me. I decided to pull out the old piece and rework it. I spent several hours with my brown and gold paint adding depth and weight to the gates, turning the spirals from insubstantial mist to thick vines frozen in a riot of growth. I added a sheen of starlight on the dark trees, and even gave the tiny fairy tucked in the gates a bit more detail and color.

The inner spaces of the gate remain black, blocking our sight to the lands we can see through the gap and over the top. Are you tempted to push them fully open and wander into the starlit places beyond?

Brass Gates to Midnight 2, 5″x5″ Japanese and iridescent watercolor on Arches cover black paper.

Brass Gates to Midnight 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Brass Gates to Midnight 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the little brown-and-green fairy hiding in among the brass curls of the gate. Is he luring you in, or warning you away? Perhaps it’s a bit of both.

Below, you can see the piece in a frame, like a window onto another set of possibilities.

Brass Gates to Midnight 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Brass Gates to Midnight 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Whimsical and Strange
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