Posts Tagged ‘red’

Sunset Haze

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Sunset Haze by Amy Crook, a watercolor painting of trees and a flight of birds silhouetted against the sun

Sunset Haze, 7″x5″ watercolor on paper

It wouldn’t be me if there wasn’t some kind of horizons painting with a fading sunset, flying birds, and silhouetted trees.

I went for a different sort of tree this time, though I couldn’t tell you what kind, and some sea birds for variety as well. The sun is a red haze just vanishing below the horizon, ruddy against the warm buff color of the paper itself.

A tiny bit of exotic warmth for those days the AC is turned to 11 and one is missing the summers of old.

Sunset Haze, detail, by Amy Crook

Sunset Haze, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see some smudgy foliage and tiny birds against the buff-orange sunset sky. Below, the painting is in a frame, like a window into some other, more tropical reality.

Sunset Haze, framed art by Amy Crook

Sunset Haze, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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Blood Moon 7

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Blood Moon 7 by Amy Crook

Blood Moon 7, 6″x6″ ink, watercolor, and gel pen on Fluid watercolor paper

An impressive wingspan gives the bird a gorgeous silhouette against this rich, golden-red blood moon. There are subtle copper stars twinkling in the black sky, and the whole image holds the rich texture of the paper it’s painted on.

The dramatic red and black would be beautiful in a wide black frame, but even in the narrow one in the photo it really makes a statement.

Where in your life do you need wings?

Blood Moon 7, detail, by Amy Crook

Blood Moon 7, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of the texture of feathers, of the surface of the moon, and the twinkle of stars out in the space beyond. Below, the small frame beautifully contains this dramatic work of art.

Blood Moon 7, detail, by Amy Crook

Blood Moon 7, detail, by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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Smoulder

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Smoulder, abstract art by Amy Crook

Smoulder, 7″x5″ watercolor, Primatek watercolor, and interference watercolor on hand-torn watercolor paper

This lovely, subtle Pathways painting is a reminder that even while the world burns, there’s still beauty in it.

The fiery colors are a mix of natural and artificial pigments, a limited palette with some soft sparkle and a lot of warmth that’s still muted enough to be sophisticated contemporary art.

This abstract painting would look stunning in your home or office.

Smoulder, detail, by Amy Crook

Smoulder, detail, by Amy Crook

The muted warmth of this piece is hard to capture, but the detail above shows it pretty well, along with the texture of watercolor and paper and even the tiny hints of sparkle hiding in the paint. Below, you can see it in a temporary frame, floated on a white background to show off the hand-torn, hand-painted edges.

Smoulder, framed art by Amy Crook

Smoulder, 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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Red Pumpkin

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Red Pumpkin by Amy Crook

Red Pumpkin, 6″x4″ ink wash on Fluid watercolor paper

To start we have an ode to the season — this bright red pumpkin is softened by the splotches of green-gold-brown that echo the decorations nature puts on certain kinds of squash.

The color is festive enough to stay out from Halloween through Christmas and beyond, a bit of fall foliage that will warm you throughout the year.

There is even a tiny hint of shimmer and shine in the depths of the golden areas, which is offset beautifully by the deep black of the background.

Red Pumpkin, detail, by Amy Crook

Red Pumpkin, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the shimmer hiding in the blemish and the beautiful texture of ink on paper. Below, this little pumpkin looks great in its frame, just waiting to find the perfect niche in your home to occupy.

Red Pumpkin, framed art by Amy Crook

Red Pumpkin, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Whimsical and Strange
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Red Ghosts

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Red Ghosts, abstract art by Amy Crook

Red Ghosts, 6″x6″ Primatek and interference watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Happy 4th of July! Looking at this today, I wonder if I shouldn’t have named it after fireworks instead.

The mysterious red-violet depths of the background in this beautiful abstract make the perfect grounding for the ghostly shapes that float atop them.

The interference red switches from white to shining red depending on the angle of the light, throwing off little ghosts of color and letting the looming shapes behind show through.

This is one of those paintings that will catch your eye at odd moments and show you a new detail every time you look at it. Perfect for adding a touch of beauty to your space.

Red Ghosts, detail, by Amy Crook

Red Ghosts, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the beautiful interference red catching the light, as well as the gentle sparkle of genuine amethyst and garnet paint in the complex background layers. Below, the ghosts have gone white with their faces turned away from the sun in this simple frame.

Red Ghosts, framed art by Amy Crook

Red Ghosts, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Series and Books
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Red & Blue Bookmarks

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

4 Red & Blue Bookmarks by Amy Crook

4 Red & Blue Bookmarks by Amy Crook

4 fandoms, 4 characters, 4 colors! Loosely rendered black drawings with grey shading, colored in scribbled blue with touches of red. Sherlock’s got a blue scarf and red buttonhole, the eleventh Doctor has his blue TARDIS and red bow tie, the debonair 007 has a blue tie and pocket square with a red cherry in his drink, and Spock is in his regulation science blue with a red screen on his original series style tricorder.

The original art from these sketchy designs will be in the next bookmark sale on my list, if you fancy your very own, or you can pick up the set shown above at my Etsy shop.

Categories: Card Design, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of
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