Posts Tagged ‘tree’

Sunshower

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Sunshower, art by Amy Crook in the Horizons series

Sunshower, 12″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

The sunshower below the clouds in this painting is so subtle that my scanner couldn’t pick up on it, and so you get an iPhone photo so you can understand the title!

I went away from crows and opted for a flock of sparrows flying through the blue sky, staying up above the small sprinkling of sunlit rain. The tree in this one has clearly had a hard life, but is soldiering on, waiting for proper warm spring sunshine and another chance to grow.

What’s your favorite weather?

Sunshower, detail, by Amy Crook

Sunshower, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the tiny sparrows and the subtle glow of sunshine and rain under the clouds. Below, the painting is tucked into a frame, just waiting to light up your life.

Sunshower, framed art by Amy Crook

Sunshower, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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The Lovely Tree

Friday, August 4th, 2017

The Lovely Tree, watercolor painting by Amy Crook

The Lovely Tree, 4″x8″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Beautiful baby-blue blossoms adorn this tree, in contrast to the baby-pink glow of the sunset in the background. Hints of falling petals dot the sky, and barely-seen branches peek through the flowers here and there.

Pulling inspiration from the colors of the trans pride flag, this tree stands tall and proud in support of all the trans people in and out of the military, brave enough to live their truth despite the many obstacles.

The Lovely Tree, detail, by Amy Crook

The Lovely Tree, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the loose, natural details of watercolor overlapping like flower petals, and below the piece is in a temporary frame, waiting to be planted in its permanent home.

The Lovely Tree, framed art by Amy Crook

The Lovely Tree, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Things I'm a Fan Of
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Dreaming Tree

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Dreaming Tree by Amy Crook

Dreaming Tree, 6″x6″ pen & ink and watercolor on Arches cover black paper

Lines etched into the paper create the silhouette of a massive tree, its branches weighted down with foliage. The night sky visible in between the curves and shadows of it, cradled within the arms of the tree’s dreams.

Or perhaps the tree is a dream itself, or a keeper of dreams. Each line is a dream, forming the hill, the world, the earth, everything but the shimmering blue-violet of the sky.

You could even consider it dark matter cradling a nebula full of stars, shining out of the far reaches of the universe.

Dreaming Tree, detail, by Amy Crook

Dreaming Tree, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the lines indented into the paper with purple ink shining darkly out of each groove. Below, the scene rests in a frame, protected from the waking world for you.

Dreaming Tree, framed art by Amy Crook

Dreaming Tree, framed art by Amy Crook

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

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Good Evening by Amy Crook in the Horizons series

Good Evening, 6″x4″ ink and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

This painting has so much in it for being so small! The trees are loose columns sketched by the breeze and the season. The clouds range from bright pink to rich gold with every shade of orange in between. There’s even a colony of bats heading out for its nightly hunt of pesky insects or delicious nectar.

The red sun is barely a hint as it sinks that last tiny fragment down below the horizon, leaving us for the night where some of us belong.

When it comes to pollinators, are you more of a bat or a bee?

Both. Both is good.

Good Evening, detail, by Amy Crook

Good Evening, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the tiny bats flying off into the golden-orange sunset. Below, this small painting is in its frame, waiting to bring some color to your wall, shelf, desk, or mantel.

Good Evening, framed art by Amy Crook

Good Evening, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books
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Five for Silver 2

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Five for Silver 2, a Counting Crows painting by Amy Crook

Five for Silver 2, 6″x6″ Primatek watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Part five of the eerily monochrome Counting Crows series, we’ve moved along in the rhyme to a whole roost of crows and a bit of silver.

Our ghostly figure this time has a distinctly skeletal appearance, and the crows are all arrayed above her in a perfect murder. The lightning-split tree reaches up through the mist toward what little light has filtered down on this foggy day.

It’s fascinating how fog can reduce the entire world to just you and things you can barely see, isn’t it?

Five for Silver 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Five for Silver 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the titular crows arrayed above the faded figure in all her eerie glory. Below, this painting roosts in a frame, waiting to fly to its new home.

Five for Silver 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Five for Silver 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Winter Rain

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Winter Rain by Amy Crook

Winter Rain, 8″x4″ Primatek and metallic watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Shimmering iridescent rain falls in a curtain behind these stalwart winter trees, branches reaching up to drink in the moisture. Seven crows are winging in, a full murder alighting on the branches to discuss whatever business it is that corvids have on days like this.

You can imagine yourself transported to this quiet day, breathing in the ozone scent of petrichor, listening to the gentle patter of rainfall and the soft cawing of crows. A different kind of beautiful day, but perfect for a certain sort of soul.

Winter Rain, detail, by Amy Crook

Winter Rain, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the sunlight glinting off the rain, the twisty trees, and the crows coming in for a landing. Below, you can see this art framed, a beautiful slice of winter in a small package.

Winter Rain, framed art by Amy Crook

Winter Rain, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books
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Blood Moon 8

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Blood Moon 8, original art by Amy Crook

Blood Moon 8, 8″x8″ ink and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Continuing my tradition of painting things that don’t scan well, this new addition to the Blood Moon series has a midnight blue sky and a bright blood red moon, with a deep black tree intersecting both shapes.

The dusky night sky swirls around the blood moon, holding hints of the same red in its depths. The horizon is close enough that a tree seems to grow from the edge of the page, rising up in skeletal silhouette to make intricate black lace against the distant sky.

This painting is gorgeous in person, fascinating in its mix of rich texture and limited color palette.

Blood Moon 8, detail, by Amy Crook

Blood Moon 8, detail, by Amy Crook

Above you can see a much better view of the dusky blue, brilliant red, and delicately textured black of the sky, moon, and tree contrasting beautifully together. Below, you can see how elegantly this painting occupies its frame, just waiting to add its eerie light to your life.

Blood Moon 8, framed art by Amy Crook

Blood Moon 8, framed art by Amy Crook

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