Posts Tagged ‘salt’

Descent

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Descent, abstract art by Amy Crook

Descent, abstract art by Amy Crook

A violet night sky is peppered with the texture of stars. Shimmering halos surround these rocky meteors as they descend through that peaceful sky, trailing glittering fire behind them. There’s red and green and lavender and some hints of blue and brown and gold. The sunlight changes everything, and a closer look shows shining crystals jutting up off the page, intruding into the third dimension.

This painting took a lot of fits and starts and several different forms before I was happy with this final work. All of the pieces work in harmony to tell a visual story, instead of fighting to find meaning between them.

Descent, 7″x5″ salt, watercolor, and duochrome watercolor on paper.

Descent, detail, by Amy Crook

Descent, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of some of the meteors, see the rich red and shimmery green, and the lavender halos lighting up against the violet sky. Below, you can see the painting all tucked into a frame, protected from the elements and ready to grace your wall, desk, or shelf.

Descent, framed art by Amy Crook

Descent, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery
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Cthonian Skies

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Cthonian Skies by Amy Crook

Cthonian Skies by Amy Crook

The Floating Gallery has touched down for December, and I thought I’d start your Monday off strangely.

The swampy greens in this strange sky are laced with shimmering iridescence. The moon shimmers darkly beneath spirals of gold, and strange salt-formation stars radiate yet more gold into the gloomy mists of night. Perhaps this is what Cthulhu saw in his native skies, or what he sees now in the slice of reality he occupies as he slumbers deep beneath the waves — beautiful, maddening dreams of a night that never was.

Cthonian Skies, 5.5″x8.5″ pen & ink, salt, watercolor, and iridescent watercolor on acid-free embossed paper.

Cthonian Skies, detail, by Amy Crook

Cthonian Skies, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the sunlight making long shadows from the salt crystal stars, and the textures of paper and paint interacting. Below, it’s loosely attached to a frame for size. The final product will be properly matted and framed for shipping, to protect the nifty salty bits.

Cthonian Skies, framed art by Amy Crook

Cthonian Skies, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes
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Pollen

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Pollen by Amy Crook

Pollen by Amy Crook

Continuing with my new tradition of reworking old art, this piece has very little resemblance to its forebear. The soft black paper is entirely covered in a dark, velvety red like old blood, and each little salt pool has a halo of iridescent garnet. The salt pools, originally a dull pink from the Himalaya sea salt, have been dyed a bright shimmering blue to match the tentacles. They reminded me of glowing motes of pollen drifting on the breeze, which is how I got the name.

I’ve got to admit, I really hope I don’t ever have to inhale these alien grains of pollen. I’d hate to see what kind of allergy attack they’d produce — or find blue tentacles growing in my brain.

Pollen, 5″x5″ salt and watercolor on Arches cover black paper.

Pollen, detail, by Amy Crook

Pollen, detail, by Amy Crook

The big central crystal in this formation refused to be dyed blue, so it’s the only bit of the original pink left in the piece. Above, you can see the shimmering iridescent paint fading into the deeper background color — a natural-mineral paint called, appropriately, bloodstone. Below, the piece has been tucked into a frame with some extra tentacles to make it feel at home.

Pollen, framed art by Amy Crook

Pollen, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Tentacles
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Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey, Doctor Who art by Amy Crook

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey
Doctor Who art by Amy Crook

Everyone needs a tiny TARDIS in their lives, don’t they? This one is rocketing through the wibbly wobbly timey wimey spaces between possibilities. It looks pretty turbulent, with streaks of blue and green and strange stars of sparkling salt all around.

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey, 4″x6″ pen & ink, salt and watercolor on Arches cover white paper.

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey, detail, by Amy Crook

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey, detail, by Amy Crook

One problem with painting in gorgeous bright, clear blues is that they get a bit muddled by my scanner, but you can see the contrast in the piece much more clearly above. The TARDIS floats alongside sparkling salt and strange shapes, with the Doctor and perhaps even a Companion or two tucked safely inside.

Below, the painting hangs out in a frame, safe from the forces of time and space. For now.

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey, framed art by Amy Crook

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange
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Convergence

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Convergence, watercolor by Amy Crook

Convergence, watercolor by Amy Crook

There is a distinct feeling of motion to this piece in person, the sparkling salt stars coming in from above and below, the inky black sweeping on on the sides, all converging in the center of the page. I kind of wanted to add a TARDIS to the picture, but I couldn’t figure out the right place to put it that wouldn’t ruin the sense of forces converging in the vastness of space. You can just imagine it’s floating there in the center with its shields up, the invisible force drawing everything inward.

The salt-crystal “stars” are a bit lost to my scanner, but you can see them much better below, along with a slightly better sense of the colors, though the rich, deep royal purple is just not coming through on my monitor, alas. This is definitely a piece that’s better in real life.

Convergence, 10″x8″ Japanese watercolor and salt on Arches cover white paper.

Convergence, detail, by Amy Crook

Convergence, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the texture of salt crystals studded over the paper, and the swirling nebulae of color they swim in. Below, the piece is in a frame, hanging out with my iPhone and looking awesome.

Convergence, framed art by Amy Crook

Convergence, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of
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Black Iron Filigree

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Black Iron Filigree, watercolor by Amy Crook

Black Iron Filigree, watercolor by Amy Crook

Another of my mysterious dark backgrounds has been brought to light, though in this case I gave it even more darkness to contend with in the form of matte black filigree. There’s a bit of salt on this piece to add a tiny bit of unexpected sparkle, too, and when framed in black it gives the impression of peering through a carved screen into the mysteries beyond.

Black Iron Filigree, 5″x5″ watercolor and salt on watercolor paper.

Black Iron Filigree, detail, by Amy Crook

Black Iron Filigree, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the tiny sparkle of slat crystals hiding among the matte curls, adding a little magic to the mystery of the swirling blues and purples of the background. Below, you can see the piece framed with my phone for scale.

Black Iron Filigree, framed art by Amy Crook

Black Iron Filigree, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Daily Art, Series and Books
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Silver Filigree

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Silver Filigree by Amy Crook

Silver Filigree by Amy Crook

At this point, I have to conclude that not only do I love to draw it, I just adore the word filigree. This one’s a little different from its predecessors, though, with the filigree fading from silver into mist as it pours down into the dark, strange painting. Not a single speck of glitter was used!

Silver Filigree, 5″x5″ Japanese watercolor and salt on Arches cover black paper.

Silver Filigree, detail, by Amy Crook

Silver Filigree, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see how the spirals grow fainter and more transparent as they travel away from their origin. Below, you can see the painting in a frame on my bookshelf, where it lived all through Sharpie week.

Silver Filigree, framed art by Amy Crook

Silver Filigree, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Daily Art, Series and Books
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