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Painted Ladies 2

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Painted Ladies 2 by Amy Crook

Painted Ladies 2, 10″x8″ gansai watercolor on Arches cover black paper

It’s inevitable, living near San Francisco as I do, that I would revisit the Painted Ladies theme.

This time a soft, seafoam green permeates the beautiful Victorian row houses, each with a unique facade that nonetheless echoes its neighbors. The clouds above look like cotton puffs, fluffily floating along among the shining stars in the velvety black sky.

This paper is unique because it gets its color from a chemical process, so the black is lightfast. Though of course it’s never a good idea to put artwork in a sunny spot, it’s good to know it won’t become grey over the years.

Painted Ladies 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Painted Ladies 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of a few of the charming faces on the painted ladies. Below, they’re tucked into a simple frame, just waiting to add charm and elegance to your home.

Painted Ladies, framed art by Amy Crook

Painted Ladies, framed art by Amy Crook

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Painted Ladies

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Painted Ladies by Amy Crook

Painted Ladies by Amy Crook

This is the summer of paintings that take months to complete! I started this last month with the off-kilter row houses all leaning together against a midnight sky. Then it sat around for weeks while I contemplated this sky or that sky, and finally I found clouds that match with the same whimsical, half-surreal feel as the townhouses below.

Perhaps this is where the London Addams clan lives, the houses joined up by tunnels and secret passages until it’s really one big, beautiful wall of weird. Instead of a swamp they have walled-up cellars that suspiciously moan. Instead of an unmarked, abandoned well, there’s a root cellar that doesn’t seem to stop going back and down into the deep earth.

Which of these painted ladies would you like to live in?

Painted Ladies, 10″x8″ Japanese watercolor on Arches cover black paper.

Painted Ladies, detail, by Amy Crook

Painted Ladies, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a the detail of the moon and a few of the lovely, strange roofs it’s shining down upon. Below, the painted ladies are in a frame, like a window to another, odder reality.

Painted Ladies, framed art by Amy Crook

Painted Ladies, framed art by Amy Crook

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Far-Flung

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Far-Flung by Amy Crook

Far-Flung by Amy Crook

May the Fourth be with you! I have scifi art for a scifi sort of day.

Another addition to my City series, this metropolis is definitely in some sort of other realm, whether it’s Lost Carcosa or a galaxy far, far away. The huge crescent moon hangs above a city full of wondrous buildings, a strange skyline of some alien race or mystical future.

The painted sky gives a sense of the city glow that hangs over all urban areas, while the stars hold a subtle iridescence that makes them glow in their own right. There’s even a little texture and shadow in the sliver of moon, crowned as it is by a circlet of bright stars.

Far-Flung, 8″x8″ Japanese watercolor and interference watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Far-Flung, detail, by Amy Crook

Far-Flung, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, the sunlight has washed the buildings bright green, and made the midnight blue sky look even more mysterious. Below, you can see it in a frame, giant moon hanging high above and mysterious celadon buildings below.

Far-Flung, framed art by Amy Crook

Far-Flung, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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Big Stars Little Stars

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Big Stars Little Stars, art by Amy Crook

Big Stars Little Stars, art by Amy Crook

I admit it, I love this painting. The stars are painted in interference blue, which shimmers with a pearlescent blue light when it’s in the sun, and the background has been given a subtle wash of dark purple over the black paper that adds a depth to the page that greatly pleases me. Despite the fact that they aren’t really part of a series, the painting this most reminds me of is Red Sky Firefly.

Every star, little or big, has a wobbly hand-painted halo of light around it, dozens of points of light twinkling in their tiny patch of void.

Where in your life could you use a shimmer of delight?

Big Stars Little Stars, 5″x5″ watercolor and interference watercolor on Arches cover black paper.

Big Stars Little Stars, detail, by Amy Crook

Big Stars Little Stars, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see just a hint of the deep reddish purple permeating the paper, adding interesting shadows to the glow of the interference blue that floats atop like stars in the void. Below, I’ve tucked it in a frame, a hint of alien sky just waiting to come live wherever you need it most.

Big Stars Little Stars, framed art by Amy Crook

Big Stars Little Stars, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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City of Lights

Monday, April 6th, 2015

City of Lights by Amy Crook

City of Lights by Amy Crook

I found this bigger-than-a-bookmark scrap of paper among my things and I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it.

This fantastical city glows with periwinkle starlight, the buildings limned in white from an unseen moon. The stars floating above have just the tiniest bit of shimmer to them, enhancing the buildings below rather than stealing their spotlight.

It’s a perfect little slice of urban night life, if you love cities, dark skies, and tiny things.

City of Lights, 8.5″x2.5″ Japanese and interference watercolor on Arches cover black paper.

City of Lights, detail, by Amy Crook

City of Lights, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of the tiny buildings along this strange skyline, some of them echoing real places and some of them far more alien. Below, you can see the piece tucked into a temporary frame, small but quite the wide panoramic view.

City of Lights, framed art by Amy Crook

City of Lights, framed art by Amy Crook

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Stardust

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Stardust, abstract art by Amy Crook

Stardust, abstract art by Amy Crook

Another painting in my Aglow series, this one hearkening back to Carl Sagan again.

The space is black and blue and violet, lit with the big glow of some celestial body and scattered with the smaller glow of stars, or possibly stardust. The firefly-dots are in interference blue, so they catch the light to twinkle and shimmer.

There are hidden stars in the white, too, which shine only at the right angle.

We are all amazing.

We are all worthwhile.

We are all stardust.

Stardust, 8″x8″ pen & ink, watercolor, and interference watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Stardust, detail, by Amy Crook

Stardust, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the quote and just a hint of the sneaky extra stars hanging out in the white paper. Below, the painting is in a frame, stars glowing in the sunlight.

Stardust, framed art by Amy Crook

Stardust, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Series and Books
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Cloak of Stars

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Cloak of Stars by Amy Crook

Cloak of Stars by Amy Crook

An alien or ghost with a cloak made of stars looks out at you with melancholy eyes. Salt crystals stud the whole painting with their texture, and a blue-green duochrome paint gives it a radiant background glow.

I think my favorite thing about this painting is actually the little coral-fan of salt in the lower right corner. Strange, the things that charm you in abstract art.

What do you see when you gaze at these salt stars?

Cloak of Stars, 10″x8″ watercolor, duochrome watercolor, and salt on Arches cover black paper.

Cloak of Stars, detail, by Amy Crook

Cloak of Stars, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the sparkle of salt and watercolor against the velvety dark paper, the pyramid crystals studding the page. Below, you can see the piece in a frame, the iridescent paint glowing in the sunshine.

Cloak of Stars, framed art by Amy Crook

Cloak of Stars, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Whimsical and Strange
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