Monday, July 31, 2006
Searching for Pre-war Hokum Music?
Here are a couple of links that are valuable resources for Hokum aficionados.
Blues Images and Document Records
If you want to find pre-war black blues, jazz, rags and jugband music, then Document Records can't be beat.
And, if you like the amazing graphics on the old race records ads, Blues Images publishes a calendar every single year featuring new images and a free CD of hokum music - all for a measly $19.95. The 2007 calendar is available now.
Friday, July 28, 2006
There will be a book signing of "Blab!17"
at the Blab!Show this year, which is scheduled to open at CoproNason Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA on Sept 23, 2006 at 8:30-11PM.
Other artists in the show include:
Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Lou Brooks, Greg Clarke, Shag, Brian Cronin, Ryan Heshka, Fred Stonehouse, and more.
It was not the first time that I painted squirrel monkeys (or native girls, for that matter). "The Organ Grinder" painting which can be seen on my website in the painting section was the first time that I used the image of the squirrel monkey with a sailor hat. That was painted a few years ago. I just posted the "Banana Eater" really large on the homepage of my website. Looks pretty darn good there.
The Art of Amy Crehore
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Shiori Matsumoto, Magical Painter
Friday, July 21, 2006
Little Pierrot Drawings
"Hula Hoop Blues" copyright 2005 Amy Crehore, pencil on paper
"Little Hokum Rag" was recently written up by Johnny on Drawn! (thanks, Johnny) which reminded me that I have been meaning to add some more drawings to my website for a long time now. So, I just went and uploaded 10 more Little Pierrot Series Drawings in the drawing section. Have a look! These are newer, more complex ones. I will add more in the weeks to come, including my Monkey Love Series drawings. And, yes, I used a coffee can lid to draw those circles!
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Art NYC, Fabulous New Blog!
Later, B.L. Ochman gave both Art NYC and my painting a nice mention.
Marshall Sponder of ArtNYC has now written a great review of my "Banana Eater" painting in his July 15th, 2006 post.
I suppose he will have to continue to wonder about what the red pelican means in my painting (actually a scarlet ibis from South America) because I don't know myself! It's a design element - I needed it to balance my composition - but, it is also a potential "character" in the fantasy. I can tell him that my monkey is from South America and so is my girl and the tree has nuts, but they aren't coconuts, they are brazil nuts. The monkey is a squirrel monkey and the location is loosly based on Devil's Island, off of French Guiana.
Check out ART NYC
Thursday, July 13, 2006
"Banana Eater" Painting
It's almost time for the second Blab! Show to roll around. I have been working hard on paintings for the show to be held at the end of September, 2006 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, CA.
Since the time is drawing near, here is a sneak peek of my spread in the upcoming issue of "Blab!" due out in September. It's called the "Banana Eater" (collection of Gary Baseman, this painting was shown in the very first Blab show Sept. 2005 at Track 16 Gallery).
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
The "Summer Show"
Monday, July 03, 2006
"The Creature" Painting (Monkey Love #9)
My newest painting is called "The Creature". I was lucky enough to actually meet Mark Frauenfelder of boingboing.net last weekend in Santa Monica. He now owns my latest Monkey Love painting. See what he has to say about it on boingboing.
Did I mention that boingboing.net is my favorite site? And Mark is a fantastic artist himself. He also has great a uke blog, Ukulelia for all of the uke lovers out there.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Internet Weekly Rocks!
A Couple More Donghi Images
Here are a couple more examples of the obscure, but important Italian painter named Antonio Donghi. They are from the out-of-print book, "Antonio Donghi", published by De Luca Editore.
Click to enlarge.
P.T. Barnum Clown
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Antonio Donghi, 1897-1963, Painter of Theater
Donghi painted during the time period of 1920 through1950- images of men, women and children on stage and behind the scenes. There are actors, singers, musicians, harlequins, jugglers, animal acts and pierrots. His style is refined with a subtle sense humor. There is a surreal, narrative quality to his work, yet he shows nothing out of the ordinary. This is the life of the theater and those who inhabit it and their relationships to each other. It's a quiet study of the people who perform for us.
Donghi, to me, is a kindred spirit. My book on this great, but obscure artist, is one of my most treasured possessions.
For more images: Antonio Donghi