Posts Tagged ‘orange’

Halloween Pathways

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Halloween Pathways, abstract art by Amy Crook

Halloween Pathways, 7″x5″ watercolor on Arches Cover black paper

Deep charcoal supports and subdues the bright Halloween orange in this latest Pathways painting.

The image suggests bold autumn trees, lit by the last orange rays of sunlight slanting towards them. Or is it a bright potion bubbling over the sides of an iron cauldron? Perhaps you see the stripes on some deadly orange monster instead.

The simple-seeming monochrome hides a depth of color and detail that will give you hours of peaceful contemplation while you sit and sip cider and think of Halloweens to come.

Halloween Pathways, detail, by Amy Crook

Halloween Pathways, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the the way the charcoal blackness of the paper draws the orange into itself, lending a base of deep gloom to the holiday brightness of it. Below, the painting is tucked into a frame, just waiting to haunt your home.

Halloween Pathways, framed art by Amy Crook

Halloween Pathways, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Series and Books
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Autumn Leaves 2

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Autumn Leaves 2 by Amy Crook

Autumn Leaves 2, 7″x5″ ink wash on paper

A motley of red autumn leaves tumble in the breeze on this loose, lovely ink painting.

The colors range from soft reds to warm golden browns, getting lighter and looser as they fade into the background.

Oak and maple, aspen and apple, they celebrate the glory of fall.

What’s your favorite season?

Autumn Leaves 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Autumn Leaves 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the rich ink glow against the white paper, this oak leaf evoking all the colors of fall. Below, the piece is displayed in a frame, safe from the vagaries of wind and winter.

Autumn Leaves 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Autumn Leaves 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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Windblown

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Windblown by Amy Crook

Windblown, 8″x4″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Brilliant oranges, pinks, and golds paint the sky as the red sun sinks below the horizon. A lone figure stands next to the tree, both of them tousled by the unseen winds. A raven heads for them both, graceful despite the headwind.

What’s the story here? You could hang this up in your home and contemplate the possible tales as you go about your day, each glimpse sparking a new line of thought.

Windblown, detail, by Amy Crook

Windblown, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of our big black bird, flying headlong into the wind. Below, the whole windblown tableau is waiting in a temporary frame to find its permanent home.

Windblown, framed art by Amy Crook

Windblown, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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Halloween Trees 2

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Halloween Trees 2 by Amy Crook

Halloween Trees 2 by Amy Crook

The original Halloween Trees is only a year old, but it feels very different from this sequel. The sky is softer and has more cloud shapes, and the trees are a less imposing brown rather than the starkly silhouetted black. Even the crows are different, coming in for a landing instead of taking off into the sunset.

The brilliant swath of pink behind the lightning-struck tree lets that whole bank of clouds really glow. The three trees each have their own character, slightly different patterns in their branches that make it clear even without leaves that they’re not the same species. If the crows are roosting in the middle one, one might wonder what lives in the lightning-struck tree on the left?

Halloween Trees 2, pen & ink, brush & ink, and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Halloween Trees 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Halloween Trees 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the tiny birds up close, coming in to land in the lacework of branches. Below, the piece is in a temporary frame, just waiting for its new home.

Halloween Trees 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Halloween Trees 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange
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Orange Lily

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Orange Lily by Amy Crook

Orange Lily by Amy Crook

It’s been a very blue month, so let’s celebrate today with some gorgeous orange!

I’ve been wanting to experiment with some more splash-y flowers, and I decided to brighten up this month’s palette with some orange, red, and gold.

The scanner flattened out a lot of the beautiful layering that you can see in the framed and detail photos (which means there won’t be any reprints, so if you want it, get it now!). There’s a cool pinkish red mixed in with the deep and bright oranges and the warm gold, which really gives the impression of peering into an opening flower.

The splash of green brings the image into focus, and the gold in the very middle makes beautiful stamen for this lovely lily.

Orange Lily, 6″x4″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Orange Lily, detail, by Amy Crook

Orange Lily, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the beautifully layered oranges, reds, and golds that make this lovely lily so exquisite. Below, it’s been planted in a frame, ready to brighten your home or office.

Orange Lily, framed art by Amy Crook

Orange Lily, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes
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Glass Fish

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Glass Fish by Amy Crook

Glass Fish by Amy Crook

This translucent fishy is swimming in a lovely blue-green bowl, fins fanned out like tattered silk. There’s just a hint of scales along his body, and his big black eyes and grumpy mouth make him adorable as well as elegant.

His body is a rich, bright orange with hints of red and gold, but you can see the water through the transparent paint.

He’s a bit like a painting of a glass sculpture of a fish. Very meta.

Glass Fish, 7″x5″ watercolor on paper.

Glass Fish, detail, by Amy Crook

Glass Fish, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the elegant sweep of his transparent tail. Below, he’s nestled in a frame, swimming happily in the tiny space. Unlike real fish, paintings don’t need big tanks.

Glass Fish, framed art by Amy Crook

Glass Fish, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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Ignite

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Ignite by Amy Crook

Ignite by Amy Crook

Some fireworks to start off 2015!

This is the third in my Aglow series, taking the hues completely away from purple and black and setting them alight.

I want this painting to inspire you to coax the spark of hope and creativity in yourself to a proper bright bonfire. Ignite your passions, ignite your career, ignite yourself.

Ignite, 8″x8″ watercolor and duochrome watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Ignite, detail, by Amy Crook

Ignite, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the rich red with the gorgeous metallic word both catching the sunlight and looking like they’re on fire. Below, you can see the piece in a frame, with perhaps the most accurate colors of the three images.

Ignite, framed art by Amy Crook

Ignite, framed art by Amy Crook

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