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Whimsical Doldrums 2

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Whimsical Doldrums 2 by Amy Crook, loose ink-brushed buildings smudged with color under a grey-blue rain

Whimsical Doldrums 2, 10″x8″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

These particular doldrums have a bit more color and less stormy skies than the last set, but never fear, there’s still a secret cat.

The heavens rain down on this strange city full of everything from crystal towers to wobbling skyscrapers, a motley of unusual architecture just waiting to bring a smile to your space.

Where would you hang this to turn someone’s frown upside down?

Whimsical Doldrums 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Whimsical Doldrums 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a few of the buildings up close, their loose ink and soft washes of color bringing delight to the gloom. Below, the painting waits in a frame, hoping for a forever home to grace with its fanciful ways.

Whimsical Doldrums 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Whimsical Doldrums 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Whimsical Doldrums

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Whimsical Doldrums by Amy Crook, panorama of a bichromatic fantasy city under curlicue rainclouds, ink and watercolor on paper

Whimsical Doldrums, 18″x6″ ink and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

This particular city skyline has a very specific sort of aesthetic, grim yet filled with delight. From the curlicue clouds to the building that’s a cat, there’s whimsy to go along with the gloom.

The painting is a true panorama, covering a swathe of buildings huddled close against the rain, their outlines loose and details smudged with rainfall.

Where would this whimsical oddity fit into your life?

Whimsical Doldrums, detail, by Amy Crook

Whimsical Doldrums, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of some of the buildings in all their grimly delightful glory. Below, this panoramic piece spans the whole writing desk, even without a frame to contain it.

Whimsical Doldrums by Amy Crook

Whimsical Doldrums by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Battle Scarred

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Battle Scarred, abstract art by Amy Crook

Battle Scarred, abstract art by Amy Crook

There are two distinct layers to this painting, both filled with shining metallics. The copper in the back is marked and scarred like armor that survived a great battle, with blue glittery enamel filigree over the top, decoration that either came after the battle, or survived unmarked by whatever damaged the surface below. Or perhaps it’s a tracery of some magic used to preserve this artifact of past battles, won or lost.

Battle Scarred, 5″x7″ watercolor, salt, metallic watercolor, and glitter gel pen on paper.

Battle Scarred, detail, by Amy Crook

Battle Scarred, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the copper paint catching the light, the sparkle of the glitter pen and the salt interacting. The blue pen has picked up a slight green tinge in places from the color beneath it, and the metal ranges from a blushing copper to more golden to the green of tarnish in places. Below, you can see the piece in a frame, sunlight giving it a brilliant sheen.

Battle Scarred, framed art by Amy Crook

Battle Scarred, framed art by Amy Crook

This one-of-a-kind piece will be available in the Floating Gallery for July; you can join my list to get an early chance to buy.

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery
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Spiral Dragon

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Spiral Dragon by Amy Crook

Spiral Dragon by Amy Crook

Red Sharpie scales cover the entire page, showing through and informing the shapes of everything above them.

Dragons are often identified by their colors. Red and blue make purple, make violet. This dragon has fire in his eyes and ice along his belly.

Is his breath hot or cold? Is that smoke or mist curling from his mouth? Do those spikes cauterize as they pierce, melt the strongest armor or chill it to shattering, or neither, merely sharp, merely tipped in shining red?

Seemingly endless spiral scales are there to protect him, but as Neil Gaiman says, “dragons have one soft spot, somewhere, always.”

Spiral Dragon, 8″x8″ Sharpie marker, watercolor and iridescent watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Spiral Dragon, detail, by Amy Crook

Spiral Dragon, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the sunlight reflecting off the iridescent sapphire of the dragon’s underbelly, and the way the red Sharpie spirals show through everything. Below, you can see the piece in a frame, just waiting for the perfect wall.

Spiral Dragon, framed art by Amy Crook

Spiral Dragon, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange
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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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Harvest

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Harvest by Amy Crook

Harvest by Amy Crook

I did all of the inking for this in one very long afternoon, resulting in many aches & pains and a warm feeling of accomplishment. I left it for a few days, considering whether to watercolor in the moon and a bit of color on the figure, but in the end I decided I liked it best just as it is. I even did a little watercolor study on a bookmarklet to see how the paper took the paint.

I really like the contrasting textures in this, from the orderly crosshatching on the ground to the scribbled tree bark, the dense pattern of spirals in the sky and the pen shading on the figure suggesting rough cloth. And the dramatic air of mystery about it, who is the figure and is it even a person, hanging there backlit by the huge harvest moon.

Harvest, 6″x4″ Micron pen on archival inkjet paper.

Harvest, detail, by Amy Crook

Harvest, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see some of the different textures, along with a USB cable for size reference. I used my set of Micron pens to get a range of line widths, but even the thickest lines are quite fine. Below, you can see it in a small frame with my iPhone and the little color study, though I think if I was to frame it for permanent display I’d put it on a mat with photo corners so the edges of the image aren’t obscured by the frame.

Harvest, framed art by Amy Crook, photographed with watercolor study

Harvest, framed art by Amy Crook photographed with watercolor study

Categories: Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Brass Gates to Midnight

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Brass Gates to Midnight, watercolor by Amy Crook

Brass Gates to Midnight, watercolor by Amy Crook

Swirls of brass run through the range from the brown of oxidization to the bright gold of fresh polish on this half of a pair of gates, the other open and swung out of sight, inviting us through to the sliver of midnight forest we can see behind it. Astute eyes will pick out the shapes of starlit evergreens in the darker black, along with the little secret hanging out amidst the curls of brass. This one is, to me, as much of a fairytale as Monday’s art, an invitation into the lands of imagination that’s always open.

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

Brass Gates to Midnight, detail, by Amy Crook

Brass Gates to Midnight, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, the gold paint shines in the sunlight, and the silver stars glow up above. If you click on the image to see it larger, you can even get a good view of the little green-haired fairy lad chilling amongst the curls of brass. Below, it’s hanging out on a wall with my collection of duckies, and a ruler since my iPhone wasn’t feeling tall enough for the task.

Brass Gates to Midnight, framed art by Amy Crook

Brass Gates to Midnight, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Whimsical and Strange
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