Posts Tagged ‘pink’

Enthusiasm

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Enthusiasm, abstract art by Amy Crook

Enthusiasm, 10″x8″ watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

One of my dear friends loves hot pink, so I borrowed some of her enthusiasm for this Pathways painting.

The result is actually quite gorgeous, buff paper offsetting the pearlescent white intermingled with the rich, glowing pinks. The whole thing has a bubbly, warm feeling to it would brighten up any space, and be especially beautiful in the sunlight.

Where in your life do you need a little Enthusiasm?

Enthusiasm, detail, by Amy Crook

Enthusiasm, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the sparkling white catching the light next to the gorgeously detailed pinks, spreading out like water on a window creating pattern out of the interaction between two spaces. Below, the piece is in a frame, its shine muted by the angle of the light.

Enthusiasm, framed art by Amy Crook

Enthusiasm, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, 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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Y is for Yarn

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Y is for Yarn, calligraphic illumination by Amy Crook

Y is for Yarn, calligraphic illumination by Amy Crook

I was having trouble thinking of something good to do for Y, when the lovely ladies in the Starship suggested what was to them the obvious solution – yarn! I got a skein of handdyed cotton yarn from the wonderful Blonde Chicken Boutique, and then set to work. She sent me this gorgeous variegated light pink, so I used my favorite periwinkle paint and purple gel pen to create a background that looked like a tangle of yarn, then embroidered in the letter and border with the lovely pink yarn. I glued the paper to a cardboard backing so it wouldn’t tear through, and now it’s all ready for your favorite knitter, Yael or Yakov.

Y is for Yarn, 5″x5″ handdyed yarn, Japanese watercolor and glitter gel pen on paper and cardboard.

Y is for Yarn, detail, by Amy Crook

Y is for Yarn, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the shine of light off the purple glitter, and the textures of real and imagined yarn juxtaposed on the mottled periwinkle background. Below, the Y is hanging out with W and A to make WAY on my desk.

W is for Watercolor, A is for Arabesque and Y is for Yarn, framed art by Amy Crook

W is for Watercolor, A is for Arabesque and Y is for Yarn, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Daily Art, Illuminated Alphabet, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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R is for Retro

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

R is for Retro, calligraphic illumination by Amy Crook

R is for Retro, calligraphic illumination by Amy Crook

Do you know a Renee or Robert who loves retro design? This R has a bit of sparkle, a bit of old-school charm, and a lot of pink and teal. The grey R is outlined in black and silver, and the red border and designs are also done in shiny glitter. I’m almost done with my alphabet, too, so if you’ve been waiting on T or V, they’ll be up soon!

R is for Retro, 5″x5″ Japanese watercolor and glitter gel pen on paper.

R is for Retro, detail, by Amy Crook

R is for Retro, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the shine of glitter on both borders, highlighting the rich, opaque pink and teal. Below, the R is hanging out with a few sneak peeks to spell STAR.

S, T, A & R, calligraphic illuminations by Amy Crook

S, T, A & R, calligraphic illuminations by Amy Crook

Categories: Daily Art, Illuminated Alphabet, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Hibiscus Pools

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Hibiscus Pools by Amy Crook

Hibiscus Pools by Amy Crook, $199

This piece is very cheerful and feminine, the shimmery pools of turquoise and salt circled by bright hibiscus pink. The thick, textured watercolor gives a wonderful background for the shiny paint and salt. The small size makes this the perfect thing to brighten up a little corner, adding color and sparkle to your daily life.

Hibiscus Pools, 4″x3.5″ salt and watercolor on paper, $199 framed, with free shipping.

Hibiscus Pools, detail, by Amy Crook

Hibiscus Pools, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the shining pink-purple and shimmery turquoise together catching the sunlight, the two metallic duochrome watercolors changing subtly as the light hits at different angles. Below, I’ve got the piece tucked into a temporary frame, though it will get a more careful framing before it comes to live at your house permanently.

Hibiscus Pools, framed art by Amy Crook

Hibiscus Pools, framed art by Amy Crook

  • Title: Hibiscus Pools
  • 4 in. x 3.5 in. duochrome watercolor and salt on watercolor paper
  • $199 for the original (tax will be added if you live in CA)
  • Frame is included at no additional charge to protect the delicate art during shipping
  • Shipping is free anywhere in the world
  • Payment plans are available, just email me
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Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Daily Art
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Well Met

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Well Met, tentacle painting by Amy Crook

Well Met, tentacle painting by Amy Crook

Wiggly, wobbly tentacles spiral up from the bottom of this strangely iridescent mauve background, only to find another of their kind reaching down from above. There’s a certain Halloweenish whimsy to this piece that I find very appealing.

Well Met, 9″x7″ watercolor on watercolor paper.

Well Met, detail, by Amy Crook

Well Met, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a bit of the subtle shimmer of the iridescent background. Below, you can see the piece tucked neatly into an 8″x10″ frame.

Well Met, framed art by Amy Crook

Well Met, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, Tentacles, Whimsical and Strange
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Seahorse Heart

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Seahorse Heart watercolor by Amy Crook

Seahorse Heart watercolor by Amy Crook

There’s no tentacles, but these cute little seahorses will have to fulfill your quota of sea creatures for today. They’re sort of making an awkward heart, and sort of having an epic staring contest while they hang out on their bit of coral together. I think the green one’s gonna blink first, though.

Seahorse Heart, 6″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Seahorse Heart, detail, by Amy Crook

Seahorse Heart, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see them up close and personal and get a better sense of their body colors, though the eyes really are a nice vivid yellow as seen in the temporary frame below.

Seahorse Heart, framed watercolor by Amy Crook

Seahorse Heart, framed watercolor by Amy Crook

Categories: Daily Art, Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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