Saturday, April 28, 2007

"Snake Tamer's Ditty"-NEW PAINTING by Amy Crehore

Click on image to enlarge and see a cinematic view.
"Snake Tamer's Ditty" copyright 2007 Amy Crehore
(detail of face here, detail of three characters on left side)

Friday, April 27, 2007

Details, Details


Here are two more pieces of the puzzle to tease you with. Some feet and a waterfall. Both images are from "Snake Tamer's Ditty", my newest Monkey Love painting. (copyright 2007 Amy Crehore)

My Puzzler Painting

Another detail of "Snake Tamer's Ditty" copyright 2007 Amy Crehore
Please click on image to enlarge!
"Yas, yas, yas"...as they say in Hokumland. Here's the number 3 puzzle piece.
Go see the other works that lead up to this on my website: my "Little Pierrot", "Monkey Love" and "Blues Gals" series. 3 years in the making. They are the visual equivalent of Hokum music. It helps to put a hokum record on!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Another Piece of the Puzzle

Detail from "Snake Tamer's Ditty" copyright 2007 Amy Crehore (click to enlarge)
Here, I am showing you another piece of my newest Monkey Love painting, "Snake Tamer's Ditty". There is a lot going on, so I will show you some close-ups first and then I will show you the entire painting. Check out my website for all of the other Monkey Love works that lead up to this one, which in some ways is the culmination of the series.

Detail of New Painting

Detail of painting,"Snake Tamer's Ditty", copyright 2007 Amy Crehore (click to enlarge)
Okay, I scanned some parts of the new painting. I need to scan a slide before I can show you the entire thing, but you can get an idea here. It's a horizontal painting like the "Banana Eater". I will show you the rest very soon.
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More Italian Nudes

P. Conti, Nudo di giovinetta, 1933
Francesco Trombadori, Fanciulla nuda , 1933
Titian, Venus of Urbino, 1538
I love all of these Italian nudes in art history. The top two are new to me. I found them while surfing the internet. These two painters were around during Antonio Donghi's time. Conti has painted a wonderful study of red hair. Check out the position of the hands and arms on all of these paintings. All are interesting compositions.

In fact, I used this Titian image in one of my works from the early '90's that I exhibited at the Portland Art Museum. link: The Art of Amy Crehore

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Nostalgia

The Three Graces by Raphael 1504
I always loved this picture of my mom (in the middle) and her sisters.
It's a classic sort of image like "The Three Graces". They look pretty darn young!
By the way, I am done with my painting. This time I mean it. It was the hardest, most convoluted painting I've ever done, I think. It also has a high degree of finish.
Stay tuned. I'll show it soon.
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Monday, April 23, 2007

Favorite Artist of the Hollywood Stars


Tamara de Lempicka was a figure painter of massive volumes who also had art deco-cubist tendencies. She was a very skilled painter who invented an unforgettable style. During her day, she was very popular and at one point during the 1930's, she became the favorite painter of the Hollywood stars. She lived in Paris, Beverly Hills and NYC and finally Mexico. "She painted them all, the rich, the successful, the renowned -- the best. And with many she also slept." - this is a quote from her daughter Kizette's book about her, Passion by Design.
In other words, she was a whore. Both with women and with men. I don't know how she found time to be one because she was quite a prolific painter. Her work is a little bit too stylized for my taste, but some of it is pure painting and a new book called, Lempicka by Patrick Bade shows many wonderful works that I have never seen before. She did lots of nudes and nude bathers and groups of figures in complex compositions. She also liked to paint people playing stringed instruments. They are rendered almost like sculptures. Read more about Lempicka, a fascinating woman artist who had a huge influence on graphic arts and interior design: Tricky Micky Art Page

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Study for "The Bathers"

"The Bathers" by Renoir 1887 Philadelphia Art Museum
Study for the Bathers 1884-85 Chicago Art Institute

I found this beautiful study for Pierre-Auguste Renoir's magnificent painting, "The Bathers". This is my favorite Renoir painting. I especially love the character of this girl with the braid down her back. She's rendered so lovingly. This painting has it all. Movement, charm, sex appeal, complexity of composition, rhythm, soul, classicism. And his style is not as brushy in this picture as in his other works.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

That's the way it goes

I said that I would unveil a new painting this past week...but, I am still finishing it up. It's been an extremely difficult painting to realize. I have been working on it intensely every single day. It keeps changing. I hope to be done very soon and then I will be able to catch up on other things.

A Botticelli Face

1482 Sandro Botticelli, Tempera on wood, Detail from "Primavera"
Picasso drawing of Marie-Terese Walter
"Italian painter Botticelli was Florentine and extremely successful at the peak of his career, with a highly individual and graceful style founded on the rhythmic capabilities of outline. With the emergence of the High Renaissance style at the turn of the 16th century, he fell out of fashion, died in obscurity and was only returned to his position as one of the best-loved quattrocento painters through the interest of Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites."
I added the Picasso drawing because I like it. It seems to have that same feeling of soulful youth that the Botticelli does, with the girl gazing directly at the viewer. Both girls are rendered like angels. I definitely relate to the painters that came before the High Renaissance- the Early Italian Primitive ones like Giotto, Fra Angelico and Botticelli.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Kamaka Pineapple Ukes


Sam K. Kamaka and his famous pineapple uke
I love Kamaka's ukes that are painted to look just like a pineapple.
"The most famous ukulele design invented by Sam Kamaka, Sr. was the pineapple ukulele. He came up with this shape in 1916 with the purpose of making a small ukulele with a fuller and warmer sound, although there is another story that the pineapple uke was just easier to make (no bending of the sides)." Read more history here:

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Wuthering Heights and Balthus



Illustrating the book, "Wuthering Heights" (1932-1935), shaped the painting career of Balthus. Many of his paintings were derived from these drawings. As you can see, it's all about angles and geometry with Balthus. That is why I find him so fascinating. For more glimpses of the book : Art Textbooks
and a quote from Balthus via Philosophical Conversations:
‘I am a very emotional man, perhaps too much so… My youth was an absolute whirlwind of Feelings, exactly like Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, which I illustrated. I was completely at home in this novel. It described my youth perfectly. I was in love with Antionette – de Watteville – and I was determined to win her. But Antionette, on top of being a difficult girl, was already engaged to someone else. I reread her letters every evening. I think that, like Heathcliffe, I didn’t want to leave adolescence.’
"The drawings that Balthus produced for Wuthering Heights proved to be seminal for him as an artist; no fewer than ten of his later best-known canvases draw compositional elements directly from these illustrations."

Monday, April 16, 2007

On Painting

I still have one more day to go on my new painting. It's psychedelic and the girl figure has a twisty-turny pose, so it's a been a puzzle to get just the right balance of angles and curves. This painting has a lot of geometry. And I'm going a litle crazy on it.
Stay tuned.

Marion Peck News

Here's Marion Peck standing in front of a magnificent painting at the opening of her exhibit at Billy Shire Fine Art over the weekend. It must have taken her a year to paint this painting. Photo courtesy of Val Gal Art . You can read more about her opening by following the link. More power to women painters! I can totally relate to the time spent, the attention to detail and layering of oil paint to get these effects. Good job Marion.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Odalisque by Gauguin

The new gallery of 19th and 20th-century art at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow includes Gauguin's "Te Arii Vahine" ("The King's Wife"), from 1896. She's posed like an odalisque, but she's the king's wife (not a slave girl). By the way, my new painting will be unveiled early next week. It has taken much longer than expected.
(Thanks to Chris Keeley at Daily Dreamtime)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Genius of Ishikawa Toraji

Playing 1936
Standing Nude 1934
Black Cat 1934

These prints by Ishikawa Toraji are inspiring in so many ways. The colors and sense of design, the gestures and narrative. It's so great to discover someone's art that I can completely relate to. See more of them here:
Hanga Gallery

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Odalisques in Art

Here are two odalisques that have a similiar feel and pose, although they are done by two vastly different artists. Caillebotte's is so naturalistic. Matisse's odaliques are all about patterns and colors. He did dozens of them.
I realize now that the new painting I am working on is an odalisque of sorts. But, it is also much more than that. It is narrative, surreal and imaginary, not posed. And my girl is not asleep.
I will unveil the painting some time this week. I still have some details to finish up. Stay tuned.
Here's an interesting essay: THE ARCHETYPAL FEMALE IN MYTHOLOGY AND RELIGION: THE ANIMA AND THE MOTHER by Dr. Joan Relke (Feb. 17,2007)
"The existence of the anima in the male unconscious is easily attested in mythology and the history of art, both largely the product of male writers and artists. With the anima such an obvious psychological reality in men, one would think that women, if they have as Jung says, a male counterpart in their unconscious, would project male images in the creation of artistic images. But now that women are free to make 'serious' art, the images that appear are rarely male. Instead, a multitude of female images have been born."- an excerpt from Europe's Journal of Psychology

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Anders Zorn 1860-1920

Studio Idyll 1918 by Anders Zorn
Red Sand 1902 by Anders Zorn
I was not familiar with Anders Zorn, but I saw a post about him on
Internet Weekly tonight.
These nudes are intriguing and very original. I especially like his nudes by the river. His sense of coloring, brushstrokes and natural expressions in the faces are wonderful. It looks like she's playing a mando-cello in the top photo.
"Anders Zorn (1860-1920) is the most well-known Swedish painter. He is famous for his paintings of the people of Dalarna, the part of Sweden where he was born, and his nudes in the open space."
More images here: Anders Zorn
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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Monday, April 02, 2007

Giovanni Bellini's Nude

Naked Young Woman in Front of Mirror 1515
Giovanni Bellini (1430- 1516)painted his first female nude when he was about 85 years old!
It was only a year before he died. I really like this painting.
"He is considered to have revolutionized Venetian painting, moving it towards a more sensuous and colouristic style. Through the use of clear, slow-drying oil paints, Giovanni created deep, rich tints and detailed shadings. His sumptuous coloring and fluent, atmospheric landscapes had a great effect on the Venetian painting school, especially on his pupils Giorgione and Titian."
read more at Wikipedia

A Corset Made of Bosch

Miss Suzanne G of the wonderful wurzeltod art blog
sent me a link to a stunning corset her friend
made out of printed Bosch fabric. Cool! Check it out:

Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Hip Fashions of H. Bosch



Details from the "Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch (Prado, Madrid)
Cherries and dice make good hats. Especially when you are wearing nothing else. Just ask Hieronymus Bosch. Oh, you can't...he's dead. Well, nevermind. He was ahead of his time obviously. These fashions he created are quite contemporary, don't you think?
"The extraordinary painter Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516) stands apart from the prevailing Flemish traditions in painting. His style was unique, strikingly free, and his symbolism, unforgettably vivid, remains unparalleled to this day."
Read more about Bosch here: ibiblio.org
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