Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Girls with flowers in their hair. It's Classic. All of the girls in my "Monkey Love Paintings" have tropical flowers in their hair. They are wearing nothing else! Coincidentally, this hair flower fashion seems to be hot right now.
Friday, January 26, 2007
1955 Paint-by-Number transformed by Amy Crehore (click on image for larger view)
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
When I am painting and I need some handy reference material, I sometimes reach for my collection of vintage Golden Nature Guides (published by Golden Press in the 1950's). I can find any sort of plant or animal in these beautiful little books. Here's a link to buy them new:
Friday, January 19, 2007
Pierrots were popular seaside attractions in Victorian England.
"Pierrot groups first appeared in Britain’s coastal resorts during the 1890s after being instituted by a singer and banjoist, Clifford Essex. He established the first pierrot group after a visit to France in 1891, having been struck with the appearance of traditional pierrots of French pantomime. They became an established feature of seaside entertainment until the Second World War. Each troupe occupied its own pitch and performed on a portable wooden stage, usually erected directly on the beach.", Tate Papers Spring 2006
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
I've been locked away in my studio and I can't seem to answer my important emails or post on the blog very much this week. I'm trying to finish some paintings and the only way to do it is to block out the world!
Monday, January 08, 2007
I always loved the vintage labels on fruit and vegetable crates, cigar boxes and soup cans. Here are a couple of links to places you can buy them or just look at them:
Lou Reimuller not only plays hokum music and invented the Teenar, but he also makes useful things out of ready-made objects like this Fruit Crate Label Bed he designed (seen above).
Saturday, January 06, 2007
I love these plush dolls by Hannah Hoch. They were shown in the recent Dada exhibit that travelled from the National Gallery in D.C. to the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. I'm sorry to say that I missed the exhibit, but I am now enjoying the book, "Dada" by Leah Dickerman.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Drunken Monkey Fez
The Fabuous Daturas, Main St. Grill, Richmond, VA 1977- Little Lacy wearing a fez (a.k.a.Ted Polk), Sunset Lou (Lou Reimuller), & Datura Morris (Raliegh Powell)
Monday, January 01, 2007
Happy New Year! I'd like to bring in the new year with Magritte's painting, "The Bather" 1925.
This painting was thought to be inspired by none other than the thoroughly modern Louise Brooks ("Lulu" shown above). Both images wonderfully represent the Art Deco period. For more photos of Louise Brooks and Ziegfeld Follies girls try this link: empousa.multiply.com