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Eight for a Wish

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Eight for a Wish by Amy Crook, a gloomy watercolor of a bare tree, eight crows, and a grumpy ghost

Eight for a Wish, 6″x6″ Primatek watercolor on paper

The Counting Crows series continues!

Although the original rhyme is about magpies, there’s only murders hanging about outside my windows, so crows are what you get.

Seven charming fellows are flying in, with an eighth ahead of them already swooping along, banked to skim close to the thick trunk of this twisting tree. The ghost this time is looking more annoyed than anything; perhaps it’s not a fan of birds.

Although one of my patrons has already claimed this for their collection, you can still admire its creepy fog, spooky tree, and the gentle motion of eight pairs of wings.

Eight for a Wish, detail, by Amy Crook

Eight for a Wish, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the ghost’s very grumpy expression and the soft flutter of many wings. Below, it’s haunting this frame before it flies off to its new home.

Eight for a Wish, framed art by Amy Crook

Eight for a Wish, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, 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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Morning After

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Morning After by Amy Crook, a watercolor pastel sunrise against a panoramic foreground of smoking ruins

Morning After, 8″x4″ watercolor on paper

The sky holds the softness of spring, the delicacy of an Easter egg, the gentlest of sunrises. In front of these lovely colors, there are smoking ruins, the aftermath of some mystery calamity. Carrion birds wheel and turn on the thermals, looking for a choice meal among the destruction. The pall of smoke hanging over the burnt-out husks is no deterrent to the scavengers.

There’s a curious juxtaposition with the grey-green ruins backed by the seashell pink, baby-chick yellow, and robin’s egg blue of the sky.

Morning After, detail, by Amy Crook

Morning After, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the delicate, tiny brushstrokes that make up each hollow, destroyed building. Below, the carrion birds circle and swoop inside their temporary frame.

Morning After, framed art by Amy Crook

Morning After, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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Inktober 2018: Week 4 + The End

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Inktober is over! One ink drawing per day for the whole month, whew. Today we’ve got the last 10 of these little 2.5″x3.5″ cards, and then on to NaNoWriMo we go!

brush and ink drawing of a slice of pizza with the word YUM!

Inktober 22: Pizza

brush and ink drawing of a black cat staring into your soul

Inktober 23: Your Soul Looks Tasty

pen and ink art of an agouti scratching a capybara's chin

Inktober 24: Giddy Rodents for Kim

ink wash word art of the word MOIST

Inktober 25: Moist for Oscar

brush and ink art of a cute ghost

Inktober 26: Ghost

pen and ink line art of a Drifloon

Inktober 27: Drifloon

brush and ink word art of the word petrichor dripping onto cracked dry ground

Inktober 28: Petrichor for Molly

draw a blod and make it into a cat. call it art.

Inktober 29: Blob Cat

brush and ink art of city skyline

Inktober 30: Skyline

pen and ink art of a fanged skull in a crown resting in an arched niche

Inktober 31: Vampire Skull

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Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, 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 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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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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Inktober 2018: Week 1

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Autumn winds are blowing and fire season is almost over, which means not only October, Halloween, and Pumpkin Spice, but Inktober! I’m doing one ink drawing per day all month, pulling from a number of prompt lists. This year I’m doing everything in the Artist’s Trading Card size of 3.5″x2.5″ and sticking to black and white with the occasional cheat of grey.

pen and ink drawing of a blindfolded, dancing Naga spattered with blood

Inktober 1: Poisonous

pen and ink drawing of a coffee cup

Inktober 2: Too Early for Jeff

pen and ink drawing of 3 flying crows

Inktober 3: Crows

ink word art: do it for SPITE

Inktober 4: Spite for Corinne

pen and ink drawing of a grim reaper with a crow skull and claw

Inktober 5: Death

pen and ink drawing of a squid with the word sepoiod

Inktober 6: Sepioid for Blaine
yes, we know it’s spelled wrong

pen and ink drawing of a sleeping black cat

Inktober 7: Exhausted

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Abandonment

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Abandonment by Amy Crook, shadowy abstract city ruins in front of a stormy sky

Abandonment, 7″x5″ ink and watercolor on paper

Often the skies come first and then the foreground goes in to match, but this time the ruins grew up out of the ashes of avoidance, and the purple clouds came rolling in later.

Spiky, burnt-out buildings lean into one another, smudged with smoke and abandoned by everyone but the carrion birds.

More ruins for a world on fire, but hey, at least they’re pretty.

Ruins, detail, by Amy Crook

Ruins, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the most-intact tower and its circle of carrion birds up close and personal. Below, the bleak landscape sits in a frame, like a window to a ruined world.

Ruins, framed art by Amy Crook

Ruins, framed art by Amy Crook

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