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Filigree Planet

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Filigree Planet by Amy Crook

Filigree Planet by Amy Crook

And here we have the final piece with the spirals of doom. I was really in love with the planet itself before I got out the pens, and then I was so delighted by the filigree look on Monday’s piece that I decided all the space around this one needed it. It’s slightly less masochistic than the piece I’m still working on with the black pen-and-ink spiral texture, which means it actually got done whereas that one’s back on hold until my wrist forgives me in a few more days.

The warm, bright purple of the glitter stands out much more clearly on the black paper, in the way of these things, framing this richly textured planet with whimsical spirals. There’s a very subtle bit sheen to the dark salt crystals that formed as the piece dried, but it’s very subdued compared to the bright glittery “stars” surrounding the planet.

I first painted the actual periwinkle wash, then I took a darker, warmer violet and dripped it wetly onto the still-damp wash. Finally, I added a few drips of salt water to the mix and, after a bit more interference, let the whole thing dry. The spirals came last, and in stages over the course of a couple of days.

Filigree Planet, 5″x5.25″ Japanese watercolor and glitter gel pen on Arches cover black paper.

Filigree Planet, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Filigree Planet, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Above you can see the sun lighting up the glittery spirals and just glinting off the salt at the center of the piece. Below, I tilted the piece away from the light so you can see the difference in color. It’s interactive!

Filigree Planet, detail 2, by Amy Crook

Filigree Planet, detail 2, by Amy Crook

Finally we have it loosely tucked into a 5″x5″ frame, though it doesn’t really fit as it’s just a wee bit too wide. It’ll need to be matted into a bigger frame for final display, which I can do for you if you like for an additional fee.

Filigree Planet, framed art by Amy Crook

Filigree Planet, framed art by Amy Crook

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

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Squiggle Bookmark by Amy Crook

Squiggle Bookmark by Amy Crook

And here we have the perfect bookmark for sketch Sunday, or, ridiculous squiggles like I used to draw on all my notes back in school (you know, when the dinosaurs roamed the earth). I used one of those incredibly silly gel pens with the ink that changes color, and you can see the variations in the color from a bright blue at the top through midnight and ending up a distinct violet shade.

I’m pretty sure I did this whole thing over the course of two conference calls, but yes, it took just as long as you think it did. While I find this sort of pattern makes for a good “fake embroidery” on collars and cuffs in drawings, I don’t think I’ll ever use it for anything quite this big again. Too much squiggling!

Squiggle Bookmark, 1.5″x8″ mixed media on paper, nfs (sold).

Squiggle Bookmark, detail, by Amy Crook

Squiggle Bookmark, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the teeny tiny pattern up close and personal. Below, the bookmark is nestled with a book to show you that no, it’s not small, I’m just slightly mad, as is appropriate for an artist.

Squiggle Bookmark, with book, by Amy Crook

Squiggle Bookmark, with book, by Amy Crook

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Daily Art
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Tentacle Deeps 32

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Tentacle Deeps 32 by Amy Crook

Tentacle Deeps 32 by Amy Crook

This tentacle painting is much more subtle and mysterious than the usual, covered almost entirely in salt crystals. There’s a dark violet-black background hiding under all that salt, and then iridescent violet tentacles. Then I inundated the whole thing with my potion of salt, water and paint. After it dried, I went in with black ink and brought the tentacles back up out of the sparkling murk I’d created.

The effect in the end is both murky and sparkly at the same time, and really does make me think of deep R’lyeh where mysteries slumber, waiting to rise up through the blue deeps to the surface.

Tentacle Deeps 32, 5″x7″ salt, sumi-e ink, and watercolor on paper.

Of course it’s terribly hard to catch the feel of this art in a scan or photo, so much of it changes with the light and angle, but I’ve taken some detail photos to try.

Tentacle Deeps 32, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Tentacle Deeps 32, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Above is the usual photo from the bottom of the tentacles, but this time it almost looks like an 80s fantasy movie set after they applied all the glitter. You can see the swirling colors and shapes, and the tentacles dark and mysterious running through it. Below, I took a shot of the longest tentacle and the varying textures in and around it. I liked the way that one turned out with its shining squares on the left and sand-like salt crystals to the right, so I made you yet another wallpaper. Don’t you feel special?

Tentacle Deeps 32, detail 2, by Amy Crook

Tentacle Deeps 32, detail 2, by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, Free Wallpapers, Series and Books, Tentacles
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Violet Way

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Violet Way, abstract art by Amy Crook

Violet Way, abstract art by Amy Crook

This is a larger piece like Golden Moon, done with the same black paper. This time I used a pearlescent violet paint and created a swath of larger stars, then filled in with smaller, salt-free spirals to give a feeling of clustered stars, like looking up at the Milky Way. This paint looks white from some angles and a lovely pale violet from others; the scanner picks up the violets pretty well, so for once I think the colors are pretty accurate.

Violet Way, 10″x8″ iridescent Japanese watercolor and salt on Arches cover black paper.

Like most of my salt paintings, this one started in the spirit of experimentation. I just bought some new watercolors from Japantown (along with ALL the pens), and I wanted to see how they’d work with the salt. techniques. I made a special effort to mix extra paint into the water droplets after they were on the paper, and you can see how it looked while I was working on it below.

Violet Way, work in progress by Amy Crook

Violet Way, work in progress, detail 1, by Amy Crook

You can see one freshly-painted spiral at the bottom, and then the water droplet just above that and to the left is opaque with swirled paint. It settled out after a while, as you can see in the droplets further away, but the salt pools have a definite coating of iridescent paint you can see in the next photo.

Violet Way, work in progress, detail 2, by Amy Crook

Violet Way, work in progress, detail 2, by Amy Crook

Below you can see a more oblique shot of one tiny detail in the finished piece, one single pool of salt surrounded by the little echoing spirals. I really love the way you can see each individual salt crystal, especially if you click through to the larger version of the image.

Violet Way, detail, by Amy Crook

Violet Way, detail, by Amy Crook

I’ve also made a computer wallpaper, should you like to splash my artificial stars across your computer screen. Finally, you can see it in its frame below, attempting to turn itself into a mirror. Glass reflects, who knew?

Violet Way, framed art by Amy Crook

Violet Way, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Free Wallpapers
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Moonglow

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Moonglow by Amy Crook

Moonglow by Amy Crook

Sparkly green and purples sit suspended in deep, rich black. For some reason it reminded me of one of my favorite oil paint colors, even though it’s not at all the same shade of purple, but I still named the piece Moonglow after the paint.

The watercolor paint I used in the salt pools separated, with the green pigment all going into the salt and leaving the sparkly violet swirls attached to the paper for a very nifty effect. I carried it through with purple and green glitter gel pen, adding smaller spiral stars and drawing in the eerie, barely-there moon.

I’ve totally embraced my sparkly side, too, and bought more glittery pens in Japantown as well as some pearlescent paints. Expect to see more shiny!

Moonglow, 7″x5″ iridescent watercolor, salt and glitter gel pen on Arches cover black paper.

Moonglow, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Moonglow, detail 1, by Amy Crook

The first detail photo, above, totally exaggerates the separation of the paint, the sunlight making the salt practically glow while the purple spirals catch the light. The second one, below, shows the play of green and purple gel pen in the moon. Spirals!

Moonglow, detail 2, by Amy Crook

Moonglow, detail 2, by Amy Crook

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Blue-Violet Spirals

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Blue-Violet Spirals, abstract art by Amy Crook

Blue-Violet Spirals, abstract art by Amy Crook

A companion to Monday’s piece, this one overlaps the one big purple spiral that’s barely visible in the background with a play of lighter ones in bluer tones. The lightest is a lovely periwinkle, and the three colors together (and really this whole series) reminds me forcefully of my crayon box from childhood. The pure tones of this paint scan horribly, though really the dark purple really does sink into the black paper to become barely visible the way it is here. You can see the play of shapes better in the bigger version of the scan.

Blue-Violet Spirals, 7″x5″ Japanese watercolor on Arches cover black paper.

You can see the color better in its frame below despite the glare, especially the darker background spiral.

Spirals Trio, framed art by Amy Crook

Spirals Trio, framed art by Amy Crook

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Green Blue Violet

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Green Blue Violet, abstract art by Amy Crook

Green Blue Violet, abstract art by Amy Crook

In contrast to the warm, cheerful harmony of Red Orange Yellow, today’s piece has the spiky green and swirly blue fighting over the tiny violet salt pools. Both of the paint colors were quite granulating, giving a rich texture to the large areas, and interesting color variation where the paint separated. The salt pools also had separating paint, the rich violet turning to pink salt and blue-violet spirals.

Green Blue Violet, 8″x8″ watercolor and salt on paper.

Here you can see the midnight blue swirling around one of the last salt pools it’s captured, with the earthy, grass-stain green just barely visible in the background.

Green Blue Violet, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Green Blue Violet, detail 1, by Amy Crook

And below you can see a salt pool that’s surrendered to the blue paint, which creeps in between the crystals to dye them in camouflage.

Green Blue Violet, detail 2, by Amy Crook

Green Blue Violet, detail 2, by Amy Crook

You’re welcome to email me if you’d like some help figuring out how to bring this piece into your home, or just want to chat away from the comments.

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