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Thirteen

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Thirteen by Amy Crook, an abstract painting in TARDIS blue with 13th Doctor stripes

Thirteen, 8″x10″ watercolor on paper

One of my patrons suggested that something related to the new Doctor Who, specifically the 13th Doctor’s sweater, would make a fun abstract in the same style as the trio styled after Marvel characters from last year. They then claimed it when the preview went up on Patreon, so clearly it was a good suggestion.

Bright TARDIS blue offsets the not-quite-rainbow stripes, color bubbling up through the image in drops and drips and drabs.

Which Doctor’s your favorite?

Thirteen, detail, by Amy Crook

Thirteen, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the stripes on the sweater, with all its texture and swirls of color. Below, the painting is in its frame, waiting for its new owner to retrieve it.

Thirteen, framed art by Amy Crook

Thirteen, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Things I'm a Fan Of
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Concentric 3

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Concentric 3 by Amy Crook, an abstract painting of bursts of shiny color against a deep amethyst background

Concentric 3, 8″x8″ watercolor on paper

Another Concentric abstract this time, one that holds some of the meditative quality of its creation.

This one sparkles in every layer, from the tiny chips of amethyst in the background depths, to the mix of shimmery special effects paints used in the foreground. The final effect is like fireworks against a violet, star-speckled sky, brightening the room with their shine.

Concentric 3, detail, by Amy Crook

Concentric 3, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a small section of the firework-like bursts of concentric rings. Below, the painting sits in a frame, resting before its trip to its new home.

Concentric 3, framed art by Amy Crook

Concentric 3, framed art by Amy Crook

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Forgiveness

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Forgiveness by Amy Crook, abstract art in the Aglow series quoting Desmond Tutu

Forgiveness, 12″x12″ watercolor on paper

Desmond Tutu wrote an entire book titled No Future Without Forgiveness, and the title resonated with the soft, earthy swirls of this painting. There’s two different pieces in my Aglow series this month, and this one called out for a quote about forgiveness to float atop the warm spiral.

A patron commented that it looked like milk being stirred into tea, which fits perfectly with the feeling of warmth and care — for oneself, for others, for the world — that I had hoped to convey.

Forgiveness, detail, by Amy Crook

Forgiveness, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the hand-lettered quote, a reminder floating on warm earthtones. Below, you can see this large painting in a frame, waiting to bring peace to your home.

Forgiveness, framed art by Amy Crook

Forgiveness, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Pretty Words, Series and Books
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Be Kind

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

Be Kind by Amy Crook, abstract art with word art text

Be Kind, 8″x8″ watercolor on paper

The second new painting in my Aglow series this month, this one’s got a quote from another wonderful human being who inspires us to be better humans — Mr. Rogers.

There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.

The message was shortened for this small painting, but still contains his threefold wisdom: be kind. be kind. be kind.

Be Kind, detail, by Amy Crook

Be Kind, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a detail of the brush calligraphy against the soft bloom of purple against blue watercolor. Below, the painting is in a frame, waiting to add a spot of kindness to your home.

Be Kind, framed art by Amy Crook

Be Kind, framed art by Amy Crook

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Inktober 2018: Week 3

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Inktober is still going! One ink drawing per day all month, often from prompts. Also still late with these recaps, so here’s week 3 of these little 2.5″x3.5″ cards, most of which were done while visiting family. Whee.

zen circle Jack Skellington face

Inktober 15: Skellington

pen and ink drawing of a pumpkin with a big hungry mouth and no eyes

Inktober 16: Hungry Pumpkin

pen and ink drawing of a fake bone divination spread

Inktober 17: Bone Divination

pen and ink drawing of a bunny face down under the words Travel Day Sux

Inktober 18: Travel Day

pen and ink drawing of a coffee cup with two keyholes in it and a pair of dogtags with keys on them dangling over it

Inktober 19: GI Joe

brush and ink drawings of the four card suits

Inktober 20: Card Suits

pen and ink word art of the word bird forming a bird

Inktober 21: Bird

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Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, People, Figures and Faces, Pretty Words, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Inktober 2018: Week 2

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Inktober is still going! One ink drawing per day all month, often from prompts. Getting caught up on the backlog still, so here’s week 2 of these little 2.5″x3.5″ cards.

pen and ink word art: Acrid

Inktober 8: Acrid for Eric

pen and ink drawing of a cup of coffee reflecting an arc reactor through a tshirt

Inktober 9: Tony Stark / Coffee OTP

pen and ink drawing of patterns drawn in curved groupings

Inktober 10: Patterns

pen and ink word art: who do you want to be before you die

Inktober 11: Birthday by The Cruxshadows

brush pen art of a wailmer

Inktober 12: Zen Wailmer

pen and ink drawing of a goblin guard

Inktober 13: Guarded

brush pen drawing of a grumpy hedgehog with the word erinaceous above

Inktober 14: Erinaceous for Grace

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Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Card Design, Completed Commissions, Daily Art, People, Figures and Faces, Pretty Words, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Concentric 2

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Concentric 2 by Amy Crook, abstract art in pale grey and vanishing violet

Concentric 2, 7″x5″ ink and watercolor on paper

Pale, pale, and bright spots of gold.

The soft grey ink wash provides a swirling backdrop to concentric rings of near-invisible violet, the designs only showing up when the light hits them just so. A bright, warm gold is scattered among the rest, like sunshine throwing physical droplets into a cool, rainy puddle.

Frame this little painting and put it on your desk, and you can always have a bit of secret shine to take a break and meditate on the hidden beauties of the world.

Concentric 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Concentric 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the art up close, turned to catch the light and reveal bright golds and hidden violets. Below, the art is tucked in a frame, just waiting to come live on your desk.

Concentric 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Concentric 2, framed art by Amy Crook

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