Saturday, October 31, 2009

More New Sketches by Amy Crehore

Happy Halloween! I have been sketching away these past few weeks testing ideas out for paintings (some images are shown here). I am also creating a new design for a letterpress print that will be made available to you in the not-so-distant future. This print will be about nature, girls, monkeys, and a ukulele. I am really excited about it! I want it to be a surprise, however, so I am not going to show you the image just yet. I still have a lot work to do to prepare it for printing.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Can't Get Enough of That Good Old Stuff

If you have been enjoying Steve Chasmar's (a.k.a. Steven Martin) flickr Halloween vintage photo countdown as I have, you might be interested in reading an interview with him on the WIRED website from last year. I had written about his photos on this blog and sent the link to boingboing and before you know it, WIRED contacted Steve for an interview.
Steve has posted 52 astounding images so far for this year's
One more day until Halloween!
UPDATE: Steve's Halloween set now has 78 tasty images!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fabulous New Bookplate Designs

Der Orchideengarten, 1920 magazine cover (Carl Rabus)
Michelle Duckworth won the contest with her bookplate design

Joel M. Smith's bookplate design

A Journey Round My Skull blog held it's first bookplate contest, in the spirit of the forgotten early 20th-century magazine Der Ochideengarten. The prize: Alfred Kubin: Drawings 1897 - 1909. Read Will's latest post about this rare German Fantasy magazine
and see the amazing drawings submitted to his first: Bookplate Contest !!
Wow. have to see Will's flickr set of 1919 art from this same magazine.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Remarkable Vintage Photobooth Portraits

Photobooth Group 1
Originally uploaded by lovedaylemon
lovedaylemon has a
wonderful set of really old
photobooth photos on flickr.
There are some charming children
in equally charming outfits.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloweenabaloo at Union Station, L.A.

Union Station 800 N Alameda Street (photo link )
On Halloween at 6 PM, the beautiful and historic Union Station in L.A. will be the location for the 5th annual Halloweenabaloo party with music by Flea and Ben Harper. There will be a costume party dance under the stars with a taco truck, plus an auction to raise money for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. This is a great cause. The Silverlake Conservatory of Music is a non-profit school that provides private music lessons to individuals and gives scholarships to children in need. The music stage will be framed by the work of mural artist Ernesto De La Loza. Sounds like a good time to me.
More information here:

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Passion of the Van Gogh Letters

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has made it possible for us to view the actual letters of Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo, in Vincent's own handwriting, complete with sketches.
This is endlessly fascinating stuff to me as I have already read Van Gogh's letters over and over again for inspiration ("Dear Theo", a book edited by Irving Stone). It's amazing to see the preliminary sketches (leading up to well-known paintings) that he included in these letters from 1874-1890. There are also letters to Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard (see the top image with notations about colors). There are a handful of letters from Gauguin himself that include important sketches as well!
For another blog post on this topic: BibliOdyssey

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pierrot on a Bicycle

Halloween 2009 #33
Originally uploaded by stevechasmar
This vintage photo is from Steve Chasmar's
flickr Halloween Countdown 2009 #33

Friday, October 23, 2009

Hammer Museum Presents R. Crumb's Book of Genesis

The Hammer Museum will be exhibiting R. Crumb’s adaptation of the Book of Genesis from October 24th-Feb 7, 2010. Crumb has spent the last five years working on intricate drawings for this book. "Crumb’s version of the Book of Genesis puts an entirely new twist on the Bible". SPECIAL EVENT: On October 29th, R. Crumb will be joined by art editor for The New Yorker, Fran├žoise Mouly, for a candid discussion about his life and this new project at UCLA. For more information, click here. I would go to this if I lived in Los Angeles.
October 24 - February 7, 2010

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Baby Gumm Sings "Blue Butterfly" in 1929

A rare recording of Frances Baby Gumm singing 'Blue Butterfly' from the short 'A Holiday in Storyland,' from 1929. Baby was only 7 years old when she sang this. She grew up to be Judy Garland.(thanks, nimbusmiranda )

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bemelmans Bar and Woody Allen

Darn it. Last year, when I had my art show in Brooklyn, NY, I stayed up near central park at my brother's place. A friend of mine flew in from California to see my show and stayed at The Carlyle hotel. For a few days, I crossed the park to visit her at this elegant hotel. Unfortunately, no one told me that the hotel bar was the home of Ludwig Bemelmans' murals.
The creator of Madeline children's books, Bemelmans exchanged his work for a year and a half of accommodations at The Carlyle for his family. Wow, that's cool. "Madeline" books were my childhood favorite. It looks like his artwork is even on the lampshades.
Oh well, I miss all the good stuff. Maybe next time. Woody Allen is playing there on Monday nights at 8:45 pm through Dec 7, 2009 with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. Luckily, I already saw Woody play clarinet. It was decades ago at Michael's Pub. I even got his autograph. If anyone is in NYC and loves Madeline and Woody together, head over to the art deco bar at The Carlyle for a fun evening.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Crehore Artwork (Sold)

Crehore Uke (sold)
Tuxedo Uke (sold)
Nighttime Ditty (sold)
The Teaser (sold)

The Wasp Uke (sold)

Slither Uke (sold)

Tickler Uke #2 (sold)

Peekaboo Uke (sold)

The Caged Wonder (sold)
Smoking Pussycat Dream (sold)

Hoop Dream (sold)

Dragonfly Vanity Waltz (sold)

Monkey Love Song (sold)
I am pleased to say that all of the fine art oil paintings and painted objects shown here have found their way to wonderful homes in the last six months (or so) of 2009. In addition, I have shipped many fine art drawings, signed prints and t-shirts to people around the world this year. I am deeply grateful to everyone who has believed in me and supported my art. Your support helps me to continue expanding my creative vision and making new works. Thank you! I will be blogging about more new art soon. Stay tuned.

Monday, October 19, 2009

More Vintage Halloween Goodies

Steve Chasmar has added some more photos to this year's Halloween set on flickr! There are many photos featuring pumpkins such as the two above. Have a look: Halloween Countdown 2009 and while you are there, you must check out last year's set which has no equal : Halloween in the Time of Cholera . I don't know about you, but where I live we have no trick or treaters. The candy bowl just sits there all night long. Steve Chasmar's photos bring all of those fond memories flooding back to me. Of course, some of the pictures are so old, you can't believe it. Waaay before my time!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

National Guitars Have Perfectly Shaped Dust Bunnies

Steve Olson, who repairs guitars for Elderly Instruments , has collected dust bunnies from guitar and mandolin bodies for years and has even catalogued them. The one pictured on the top left was found in the cone of an old National guitar. Apparently, National guitars create perfectly round and dense "tone balls" (dust bunnies) over time. Interesting! I happen to know someone in Oregon who once worked at Elderly repairing guitars and I also know a National guitar collector/repairman who would absolutely love this article which appeared in the Summer 2006 issue of The FretBoard Journal (Number 2). Thanks, Mark! BOINGBOING

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Vintage Theatre Photos

Wedding tableau, Sydney, ca. 1930 / Sam Hood
has some beautiful vintage photos of theatre in Sydney dating from the latter half of the nineteenth century. How fun!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Girl Portrait Has Leonardo's Fingerprint

Times Online has reported: "A fingerprint in the top left corner of this portrait appears to have confirmed it. The 13 x 9in picture, in chalk, pen and ink, was catalogued as 'German school, early 19th century'. It sold for $19,000 in 1998. Now some leading art experts agree that it is almost certainly by Leonardo da Vinci and worth about 158 million." Read the rest of the story here:
Looks like a Leonardo to me!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Vintage Cigarette Rolling Papers

Here are a couple of examples of cover art for Italian rolling papers (1890-1910).
Follow this link for a wonderful catalogue of images from different countries:

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bizarre Early Picture of "The Boss"

Here's a photo I found at home. What are they wearing? Floppy hat, raggy mop-top hair, jeans with patches. What are they playing? A P-90 equipped gold Les Paul guitar and a transparent Dan Armstrong Ampeg bass. What are they whispering to each other? "Vinnie, you just got busted for wearing those silly love beads!" This is an early picture of 3 members of the band Steel Mill with none other than Bruce Springsteen himself. It was taken in 1970 at the Hullabaloo Club in Richmond, VA. (Photo previously unpublished, copyright Lou Reimuller, part of a set of photos taken one afternoon, March 1970).

Friday, October 09, 2009

Amazing Online Gallery of Pre-Raphaelite Images

Pencil drawing by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Ink Sketch by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Pen and ink drawing by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Pen and ink drawing by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
This is exciting: a large collection of 2257 drawings, studies, prints and paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites. Where?
The Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource.
Shown here are just a handful of gems by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. He made these drawings around 1849-1850. Aren't they incredibly lovely? 1."Ecce Ancilla Domini - Female Nude - Study for The Virgin", 2. Sketch of a Young Woman, 3."To caper nimbly in a Lady's Chamber to the lascivious pleasing of a Lute" and 4."Love's Mirror or a Parable of Love".
I can't wait to go back and look again. I'm inspired!

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Beauty, Virtue and Vice

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Here are some beautiful prints from the 1830's-1850's. The print in the middle is of a woman named Ellen Jewett, "a young and beautiful New York City prostitute who was found murdered in her bed" in 1836. These prints are part of an online exhibit called "Beauty, Virtue and Vice: Images of Women in Nineteenth-Century American Prints". Follow this link to view more:

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Evil Orchid Garden Bookplate Contest

detail from cover of the very first issue of Der Orchideengarten, 1919, Germany
I just got wind of this: one of my favorite blogs is having a "create a bookplate" contest. The prize is a copy of the beautiful book Alfred Kubin: Drawings 1897 - 1909. Submission deadline: 10/14/09. That's only about a week from now.
More information here:

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Steve Wolfe on Paper

Cover of the new book: "Steve Wolfe on Paper" (Whitney Museum of American Art)
Someone that I used to know in my younger days has a new drawing show at The Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC. How exciting! His name is Steve Wolfe and it sounds like he has been working very hard:
"For over two decades, Steve Wolfe has created objects and drawings of astounding craft and visual presence that investigate the intersections among material culture, intellectual history, and personal and collective memory. Working in the tradition of trompe l’oeil, his pieces often quite literally fool the eye on first inspection: tattered books, worn album covers, and vinyl records appear pristine but these are objects made from modeling paste, screenprints, drawings, and many other media, and they reproduce not just the thing but the individuality an object takes on as it is consumed by one or more individuals."
This show runs from September 30-November 29, 2009 in NYC. It will also be on view at The Menil Collection, Houston, TX, April 1, 2010- October 31, 2010.
I'll have to buy a copy of the book which is available on amazon or at Whitney gift shop.
(Congratulations to Steve! And thanks to Janet, for letting me know.)

Monday, October 05, 2009

Hot Jazz Movie 1930 with Sidney Bechet

I used to want to play soprano sax like Sidney Bechet. I even bought a vintage one and took lessons. I didn't get very far, but Sidney was my hero for a time. Here's an amazing clip from a 1930 film with Lilian Harvey and Willy Fritsch. Enjoy SIDNEY BECHET AND HIS NEW YORKERS in Berlin 1930. Be warned: there are some crazy monkeys and wild dancers in this YouTube video. This clip is a bit long, but interesting.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Winner of My Contest

Okay, I have made a decision. It was extremely difficult to choose just one title because there were so many great titles submitted. Some of them made me laugh out loud and some of them made me smile, but in the end, the most intellectual title won the prize. It's a title that I would never have thought up myself in a million years and it's not even a musical title. I'll admit that I had to look up both words. However, since the painting itself has a classical/literary feel to it, I thought that this title was appropriate. The winner of my little painted sketch is dscroggy who came up with the title "Persephone's Phenology". The runner-up is Jim Bradbury who named it "Puss n' Toots". Please write me at . I will send the runner-up a consolation prize.
Thanks to everyone who participated! Luv ya all. Amy
The Art of Amy Crehore
P.S. Please follow Steve Chasmar's Halloween Countdown 2009 on flickr. He is posting from a hospital bed in Thailand. I know it would make him happy to be able to share his wonderful collection of antique images with you.