Posts Tagged ‘splash’

Ocean Waves

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Ocean Waves, abstract watercolor by Amy Crook

Ocean Waves, abstract watercolor by Amy Crook

Although it’s not named in series, this painting is definitely a relative of my previous Splash watercolors.

I asked my list whether this painting ought to be waves or a beach, and the overwhelming vote was for waves.

There’s a splash and sploosh, the blue on top of the endless deep aqua, the white above it all like foam. There’s also just a hint of shine hiding here and there that only shows up when the sun hits it just right.

If you want the warm memory of the ocean there on your desk or your wall, this is the perfect painting for you.

Ocean Waves, 8″x8″ watercolor and interference watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Ocean Waves, detail, by Amy Crook

Ocean Waves, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the waters looking darker with the shine of interference blue peeking out in subtle brightness. Below, the painting is in a frame in the sun, just waiting to go to its new home.

Ocean Waves, framed art by Amy Crook

Ocean Waves, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Series and Books
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Splash 3

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Splash 3, abstract watercolor by Amy Crook

Splash 3, abstract watercolor by Amy Crook

At first you see mostly shades of green, like a splash of sea water backlit by bright sunshine. Then you move, and the green turns to gold and blue and deeper, stranger greens. The layers and overlappings take on new significance, building complex color on top of one another in the seemingly monochrome expanse.

This is a perfect painting for someone who loves water, the ocean, and the light, and who wants to keep a little of each as a part of all of their days.

Splash 3, 7″x5″ duochrome watercolor on paper.

Splash 3, detail, by Amy Crook

Splash 3, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the blues and golds and greens blending and layering in this beautiful painting. Below, it’s tucked into a frame, the greens practically glowing in the afternoon sun.

Splash 3, framed art by Amy Crook

Splash 3, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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Splash 2

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Splash 2, abstract watercolor by Amy Crook

Splash 2, abstract watercolor by Amy Crook

You may be wondering what happened to the first Splash, and the answer to that is that the artist didn’t take off the masking tape in time, oops. Still, I really love this second version — it’s got a lot of delightfully layered texture reminiscent of waves breaking over and over, plus if you turn it on its side you can kind of see Godzilla.

I was playing with implied boundaries here, and also testing the color gamut on my printer — I’m sad to say that this doesn’t reprint well at all, because the delicate shadings of blue and turquoise turn to cyan mush.

Splash 2, 8″x8″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Splash 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Splash 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up that shows the layers of color and texture that give this work its depth and beauty. Below, you can see it in a frame, brightly lit by the spring sunshine.

Splash 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Splash 2, framed art by Amy Crook

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

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Yearning, abstract watercolor by Amy Crook

Yearning, abstract watercolor by Amy Crook

Yearning might actually be my favorite piece out of April’s Floating Gallery. Everything about it is subtle, delicate, and incredibly hard to convey with photos and pixels, but I love it anyway. There’s just something about the two shapes and the way they strain to cross the void, sending out waves of yearning like a corona surrounding the core.

What are you longing for, in your silent, secret heart?

Yearning, 10″x8″ duochrome watercolor on watercolor paper.

Yearning, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Yearning, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the upper left corner, turned to catch the sunlight and reveal the hidden treasures of color and light in its depths. Below, we have the lower right, cooler and more congruent but still sending those secret tendrils outward.

Yearning, detail 2, by Amy Crook

Yearning, detail 2, by Amy Crook

And finally, the piece in a frame, showing off the depth of texture in the paper, and hanging out with my iPhone for size comparison.

Yearning, framed art by Amy Crook

Yearning, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery
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