Posts Tagged ‘tree’

The Autumn of Ashes

Monday, November 6th, 2017

The Autumn of Ashes, ink art by Amy Crook

The Autumn of Ashes, 8″x4″ ink on Fluid watercolor paper

A ghostly apparition, white fog, and a leaf-crowned tree.

A bright pop of color slowly embraced by the fog, warm red-brown bark supporting the green and gold foliage of early fall. A cool grey figure that might be a spirit or might just be hidden by the mist.

What stories can you write for this image?

This is the perfect painting for someone with a head full of fairy tales who just needs a starting point to get their fingers moving.

The Autumn of Ashes, detail, by Amy Crook

The Autumn of Ashes, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the way the tree fades into the fog, and the tiny bit of mysterious shimmer hiding in the red-brown bark. Below, the piece floats in a frame, full of subtle detail the scanner can’t capture.

The Autumn of Ashes, framed art by Amy Crook

The Autumn of Ashes, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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The Fading Year

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

The Fading Year, ink art by Amy Crook

The Fading Year, 5″x7″ ink on paper

A dormant tree twisting up through the fog. A single leaf floating down on the swirling currents, the final breath of the old year. Winter is crisp in the air, breathing down your neck, hiding in the muffling mist.

The season of hot cocoa, warm sweaters, cloudy skies, and chilly nights is upon us, and I’m thrilled! I know other people love the spring and summer, but I’m definitely one for autumn and winter. This painting celebrates that quiet time where one season turns into the other, and the last of the color fades from the world for awhile.

The Fading Year, detail, by Amy Crook

The Fading Year, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of the swirling fog and the single red-brown leaf drifting down through it. Below, the painting is framed and sitting in my writing desk, waiting to inspire some introspective spookiness.

The Fading Year, framed art by Amy Crook

The Fading Year, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes
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Inktober 2017, day 17-23

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

How is October almost over? Halloween is coming up so fast this year. Enjoy this week’s mix of commissions, Patron sketches, and weird doodles!

Inktober day 17: Shiny Pumpkaboo (sold)

Inktober day 17: Shiny Pumpkaboo (sold)

Inktober day 18: Quick Skull

Inktober day 18: Quick Skull

Inktober day 19: Thyme, Sage, Mint, & Rosemary bookmarks

Inktober day 19: Thyme, Sage, Mint, & Rosemary bookmarks

Inktober day 20: That Fall Feeling

Inktober day 20: That Fall Feeling

Inktober day 21: Dill, Parsley, Chives, & Basil bookmarks

Inktober day 21: Dill, Parsley, Chives, & Basil bookmarks

Inktober day 22: Collard Greens recipe, for Sekrit Patron

Inktober day 22: Collard Greens recipe, for Sekrit Patron

Inktober day 23: Hermione & Luna, for Disco

Inktober day 23: Hermione & Luna, for Disco

Categories: Card Design, Completed Commissions, Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Pretty Words, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Six for Gold

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Six for Gold, small watercolor painting by Amy Crook

Six for Gold, 6″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

Six paintings in this series now, amazing! All of the previous ones are in their new homes, but there’s a print set that will bring them all to you. Or, of course, you can take this one home and start your own collection of crows.

The figure in this one is particularly eerie, and the tree is beautifully bent by a wind you can’t see but can only imagine. The crows are weathering the mist with equanimity, waiting to ride the breezes off to wherever they roost.

Six for Gold, detail, by Amy Crook

Six for Gold, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the eerie little figure waiting beneath the wind-twisted tree. Below, this painting lurks in its frame, a moody little scene just waiting for a wall.

Six for Gold, framed art by Amy Crook

Six for Gold, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, 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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Willow

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Willow by Amy Crook

Willow, 12″x9″ watercolor on Strathmore watercolor paper

Labor Day is over, so here’s some art to start your week!

The last rosy blush of sunset gives way to bands of color in the clear sky. A hint of wind blows the branches of a willow and carries two ravens in their flight.

If you’re the sort to count corvids, two is for joy!

Willow, detail, by Amy Crook

Willow, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the subtle fade of color through the sky, and the detailed silhouette of the ravens. The framed photo below shows the colors best, and demonstrates the larger size and really highlights the way the tree breaks the borders of the sky, adding a surrealist tinge.

Willow, framed art by Amy Crook

Willow, framed art by Amy Crook

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