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Marble Pathways

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Marble Pathways, abstract art by Amy Crook

Marble Pathways, 8″x8″ Primatek and duochrome watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

This painting reminds me of the very first Pathways painting, with its sparse lines framing the white page. The beautiful black tourmaline mineral pigment provides a pearly grey base for the sparkling paint atop it, like veins of malachite in creamy white marble.

A piece that rewards repeated viewings, this abstract contains layered detail in the subtle interactions of paint, paper, and light.

Marble Pathways, detail, by Amy Crook

Marble Pathways, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the green sparkle and hints of pearly grey beneath it as the pathways shine in the sunlight. Below, a black frame gives just the right accent to this beautiful abstract art.

Marble Pathways, framed art by Amy Crook

Marble Pathways, framed art by Amy Crook

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Bloodstone Falls

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Bloodstone Falls, abstract art by Amy Crook

Bloodstone Falls, 12″x9″ Primatek and iridescent watercolor on Bristol

Beautiful bloodstone mineral pigment is mixed in with iridescent scarab red to create an earthy blend with a secret shimmer. The green sparkle shows up in strong light, like emeralds caught in the flow of river silt.

Even though the Bristol is a very smooth surface, the bloodstone still granulated gorgeously, adding a subtle texture to the image.

This Pathways painting would be perfect for an earth witch, with its half-seen shapes and magical secrets hiding in the abstract neutral tones.

Bloodstone Falls, detail, by Amy Crook

Bloodstone Falls, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the iridescent green pigment catching the light, surrounded by the reddish brown of the bloodstone mineral. Below, the piece is in a frame, all ready to find its place on a wall, desk, or in a secret niche.

Bloodstone Falls, framed art by Amy Crook

Bloodstone Falls, framed art by Amy Crook

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Purple Pathways

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Purple Pathways, abstract art by Amy Crook

Purple Pathways, 6″x4″ duochrome watercolor and interference watercolor on Arches cover black paper

Silvery blue becomes iridescent lavender, a trick of the light, a visual mirage. The black is an endless sky behind it, a void, a road not taken as the paint makes its own pathways and claims its space with sparkle and color.

It’s always hard to capture the qualities of metallic and duochrome paints with a still photo, but you can see two of the angles and imagine the rest, the changes that happen in daylight or lamplight, at this vantage or that.

It would fit perfectly on a desk or a bit of wall that you pass often, somewhere where it can catch the light, and your eye, and bring a smile to your face and some beauty to your day.

Purple Pathways, detail, by Amy Crook

Purple Pathways, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the sunlight picking out a plethora of glittery colors against the velvety black paper. Below, the piece is in a frame, showcasing its small size.

Purple Pathways, framed art by Amy Crook

Purple Pathways, framed art by Amy Crook

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Jack Frost

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Jack Frost by Amy Crook

Jack Frost, 10″x8″ watercolor and interference watercolor on Arches cover black paper

Most of the paint on this lovely black paper is white, but mixed in there’s just a little bit of interference blue. When it’s in normal light, the blue just looks white like the rest, but in sunlight or strong indoor light it adds a sparkle to this piece that makes it really magical.

Just like winter, it’s something lovely and stark that holds hidden depths of color and light.

And with the weather we’ve got out here in SF, Jack Frost might even pay me a visit this year — brr!

Jack Frost, detail, by Amy Crook

Jack Frost, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a little bit of the sparkle peeking out of the chilly frost. Below, you can see the painting in a temporary frame, like a window on a cold winter’s night.

Jack frost, framed art by Amy Crook

Jack frost, framed art by Amy Crook

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Ferns

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Ferns, abstract art by Amy Crook

Ferns, abstract art by Amy Crook

A snail’s-eye view of ferns unfolding above you like a forest, full of strange detail and secret sparkle.

The green is a mix of deep Jadeite, mysterious Duochrome Tropic Sunrise, and two different yellows, bringing a bright, new-leaf quality to the foliage. The paint lies thickly on the paper, runnels carved into it like veins in the long leaves, the green settling out to let the sunny yellow undertones shine through.

The sparkle is only really visible in strong light, a secret bit of magic like pollen dusting the leaves.

I’ve done a lot of greens and blues in my Pathways series, perhaps next time I’ll go boldly into the warm end of the spectrum.

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

Ferns, detail, by Amy Crook

Ferns, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the delicate veins running through the ferns, and the tiniest sparkle of the paint. Below, the ferns are overrunning their terrarium, er, frame.

Ferns, framed art by Amy Crook

Ferns, framed art by Amy Crook

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Rainforest

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Rainforest, abstract art by Amy Crook

Rainforest, abstract art by Amy Crook

As an antidote to Monday, I give you another contribution to my Pathways series. This one is a vibrant turquoise softened by cool blue and granular black, with the tiniest hint of shimmer hiding in the highlights.

It makes me think of the Amazon jungle rising up to the sky, taking over wherever it can.

There’s a glow of life at the core of each growth, especially along the bottom where they stretch up out of a mound of colour, reaching upward and spreading outward like plants seeking the sun.

Rainforest, 8″x8″ watercolor and iridescent watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Rainforest, detail, by Amy Crook

Rainforest, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the intricate, organic shapes of the runnels and fronds. Below, the piece is nestled in a frame, already growing upward out of sight.

Rainforest, framed art by Amy Crook

Rainforest, framed art by Amy Crook

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Winter 2

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Winter 2, abstract art by Amy Crook

Winter 2 by Amy Crook

The original Winter has some very soft greenish undertones that play beautifully off the cream of the page. This sequel has violet undertones instead from genuine Amethyst pigment, making it seem icier than its counterpart.

There’s a real, physical sparkle to this painting with the inclusion of salt crystals, but it’s very subtle and mostly evident in the way it interacts with the paint.

The winter also has another feature, a burst of color where it deliberately breaks the invisible border and reaches up toward the sky in its exuberance. Even in the coldness of winter you can find nature’s enthusiasm.

Winter 2, 9″x12″ salt and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Winter 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Winter 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can just see the subtle sparkle of the salt and the beautiful way it interacts with the watercolor mix. Below, you can see the painting with my old glasses for scale.

Winter 2, abstract art by Amy Crook

Winter 2, abstract art by Amy Crook

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