Posts Tagged ‘water’

Diverge

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Diverge, abstract art by Amy Crook

Diverge, 10″x8″ watercolor and interference watercolor on Arches cover black paper

The watery, shimmery blue Pathways are diverging in this layered abstract painting.

A subtle, mottled pattern of dark blues and black voids hides behind the turquoise waterfalls spilling to either side of the central path. The texture of the top layer is softened by the paint beneath it, but the sparkle shines through in the right light.

These pathways diverge, but for once you can have it both ways.

Diverge, detail, by Amy Crook

Diverge, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see one set of divergent pathways running over the soft, textured background in dark blue and darker black. Below, the pathways are contained in a frame, reminding us to look both ways.

Diverge, framed art by Amy Crook

Diverge, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Series and Books, Tentacles
Tags: , , , , , , ,


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
Tags: , , , , ,


Kelp

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Kelp by Amy Crook

Kelp by Amy Crook

Ah, the foibles of subtle art and electronic reproduction. The monitor tries to wash out this painting into cyan or acid green, but don’t let it fool you, there is a gorgeous seafoam green color to these rising strands. It has a very subtle feeling of being underwater somewhere brightly sunlit, so that the water is washed to white and the kelp glows from within, with only the densest leaves showing darker greens.

This painting is a dreamy abstract watercolor that gives a sense of weightlessness, of drifting slowly upward with a slight sway from some hidden current.

Much like its spiritual relatives, Winter and Midnight, I could stare at it for hours and still find new little details hiding among the pale splashes of paint.

Kelp, 8″x8″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Kelp, detail, by Amy Crook

Kelp, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see some of the subtle details that get washed out in the scan. The color in that photo comes out a little too green, but you can get a better feel of how soft and peaceful it is. Below, the sunlight streams in on this piece in its dark frame.

Kelp, framed art by Amy Crook

Kelp, framed art by Amy Crook

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


Copper Octopus

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Copper Octopus watercolor by Amy Crook

Copper Octopus watercolor by Amy Crook

Somehow all of my painted octopi end up looking a bit worried, as though they’re not quite sure how they ended up here in this painting and they’re definitely concerned that there will soon be a kraken. This little guy is painted almost entirely in shining metallic paints, the water in three shades of blue and the octopus himself mainly in a bright coppery duochrome adobe. His shadows and highlights are made of normal watercolor, but his eyes are the same shining blue as the water he’s swimming in.

Just don’t startle him. He might ink.

Copper Octopus, 7″x5″ iridescent, duochrome and normal watercolor on paper.

Copper Octopus, detail, by Amy Crook

Copper Octopus, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the sunlight shining off of his distinctive copper skin and lovely sapphire-blue eyes. Below, he’s briefly occupying a frame and fretting about all the imaginary dangers of his empty undersea world. Perhaps you can take him home and let him take on a few of your worries as well, while he’s at it?

Copper Octopus, framed art by Amy Crook

Copper Octopus, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Daily Art, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Tentacles
Tags: , , , , , , , ,


Pond

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Pond, abstract art by Amy Crook

Pond by Amy Crook, $323

I decided that I wanted to go back to the original visual image that came to me with the salt pools and depict them in blue-green ink, with ripples going out, fading as they go from each pool. I imagine these like the frozen moment after the drop has hit, the ring of bigger crystasl around the edge like the splash, and each subsequent ring of paint a ripple growing fainter as it travels away from the center point. The whole piece has a very soothing, Zen-like quality to it that I quite enjoy.

Pond, 7″x5″ mixed media on paper, $323, framed, with free shipping.

The blue-green quality of this color is a bit hard to capture, the scanner wants to turn it blue and the camera wants to turn the white paper red, thus making the paint very green when the whites are corrected back.

Pond, detail, by Amy Crook

Pond, detail, by Amy Crook

Of course, like all my three-dimensional salt paintings, it ships tucked safely into a simple frame.

Pond, framed art by Amy Crook

Pond, framed, by Amy Crook, $323

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Daily Art
Tags: , , , , ,


Mystic Cave

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Mystic Cave by Amy Crook

Mystic Cave by Amy Crook

This painting contains the four elements in harmony, the sky above and earth below, water stretching out from the rocky shore and the glow of a fire coming from the cave. I originally started it for the cover of a book, but we ended up going a different direction. Still, it’s one of my favorite small paintings, simple and peaceful with a small hint of a hidden secret.

The edges of the canvas aren’t finished, but the painting can be hung as is, or slipped into a frame.

Mystic Cave, 9″x12″ oil painting on canvas.

Categories: Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes
Tags: , , , , , , , ,