Radial Symmetry 1

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Radial Symmetry 1, abstract art by Amy Crook

Radial Symmetry 1 by Amy Crook, $222

I got some lovely new Japanese gouache paints for my birthday, and I decided to see how they’d work on the black paper. I used double spirals inside these salt circles to give the salt more pigment, which also left darker, warmer centers where the water distributed the pigment into the paper. I used a single color of paint on this, and I found that once it dried, the color stays very consistent no matter how thickly the paint was mixed, but that the thicker paint left rounded, bead-like shapes on the paper.

I think of these a bit like beaded decorations, or possibly flowers with their warm orange centers and pale periwinkle petals. I like to imagine the piece adding a little touch of unexpected loveliness to someone’s life, tucked into a bookshelf or sitting on someone’s desk at work.

Radial Symmetry 1, 5″x5″ mixed media on paper, $222, framed, with free shipping.

Radial Symmetry 1, detail, by Amy Crook

Radial Symmetry 1, detail, by Amy Crook

The salt on these isn’t as sparkly, probably because of the matte black behind them, but I love the way the paint makes soft, glossy swells on the paper. It looks great in a simple black frame, which makes the colors really pop. You can see them reflected in my iPhone for scale, below.

Radial Symmetry 1, framed art by Amy Crook

Radial Symmetry 1, framed, by Amy Crook, $222

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