Peacock Blue

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Peacock Blue, abstract art by Amy Crook

Peacock Blue, abstract art by Amy Crook, $269

When I was a kid, I had occasion to visit a peacock farm for reasons I really don’t remember now, but I was allowed to gather whole bouquet of discarded feathers. I had them in the corner of my room for years, slowly mouldering in a vase, and I’ve had an odd love for them ever since. My favorite colors are in the cool end of the spectrum, and while I don’t wear a lot of bling I do love shiny, iridescent decorations still.

This piece started with pure ultramarine blue spirals, and then I added salt and droplets of water while the paint was still wet. Once I had the results, I decided to carry through the bright blue through a softer blue and out to cool green. As ever, it’s impossible to really reproduce certain shades of teal with a monitor, but then, I always think these pieces look 100% better in real life.

Peacock Blue, 7″x5″ salt and watercolor on paper, $269 framed, with free shipping.

Peacock Blue, detail, by Amy Crook

Peacock Blue, detail, by Amy Crook

I am totally in love with the way watercolor pigments ebb and flow in watery washes, leaving them darker at the edges and softening unexpectedly in layers of texture as the water dries. In fact, I’m using Mist as my computer wallpaper right now, which is all about those textures created when paper, water and pigment interact. Speaking of wallpaper, I used a completely different detail photo to make myself you an iPhone wallpaper.

This piece comes in a frame to protect the salt during shipping and generally make everyone’s life easier, and you can see it framed and ready to go below. And if it looks like the same frame I always use, that’s because it is, but there is no shortage of plain black frames in the world, so never fear.

Peacock Blue, framed art by Amy Crook

Peacock Blue, framed art by Amy Crook, $269

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