Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bolano at Barcelona

A very conservative dress except for the teddy bear heads! From Macleans.Ca: A model presents a creation from the Manuel Bolano collection at the 080 Barcelona fashion show, January 27, 2010. REUTERS/Albert Gea LINK

Skull Theft of Geniuses

What happened to Goya's head? Apparently he wasn't the only one.
Read about it: MACLEANS LINK (Story by Brian Bethune)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

"Every Glass Sterilized" 1933

Originally uploaded by hastingsgraham
Photo of the Day.

My New Paintings in Progress (Crehore)

Figure Sketch by Amy Crehore (beach scene copyright 2009)
Partial scan of new oil painting on linen in progress by Amy Crehore
(beach scene, right-hand side)

Partial scan of new painting on linen in progress by Amy Crehore (beach scene, left-hand side with ukulele player)

Partial scan of another new oil painting on linen in progress by Amy Crehore (banjo player)

I always like the way things look while they are still progressing, so I thought I would scan parts of these paintings in mid-stream. I have been working very hard for weeks on these two new works. You can see my preliminary sketch (at top) for one of these paintings.

The Art of Amy Crehore

Thursday, January 28, 2010


These magazine covers from the 1920's are beautiful and inspiring. Simplicissimus was a satirical German Magazine started by Albert Langen in April 1896 and published through 1967. Contributors included writers Thomas Mann, Herman Hesse, Rainer Maria Rilke, and artists George Grosz and Käthe Kollwitz. Read more about history here: wikipedia
See more covers at ephemera assemblyman (thanks!) and at their website archive: Simplicissimus Magazine.

Draw Serge!

Serge by Mitch Blunt
Serge by Lionel Richerand

I keep meaning to find the time to draw one of these! Here are two fantastic drawings of Serge Gainsbourg done for
a blog curated by illustrator Jonathan Edwards. Fun!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Frida Kahlo-Inspired Video

Thanks, bafoeg1234 and

Watch her shave her nose and play a uke. Love this video. She still inspires many.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hokum Scorchers' Songs

Lou Reimuller and Amy Crehore- The Hokum Scorchers Band
I finally added 4 more Hokum Scorchers songs to my myspace music/art profile for a total of ten songs:
Have a listen.These were all recorded in the 1990's. We rarely play gigs anymore, the last one being the opening of my "Dreamgirls and Ukes" art show at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles, CA last February. Thanks, again Thinkspace! It was truly a night to remember.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Vintage Postcard of the Day ~ Pierrots

Thanks, chicks57 on flickr!

George Barsony Ceramics

Barsony FL 48 lamp
1950's and 60's black lady lamps and figurines made in Australia by George Barsony Ceramics- there is a beautiful collection of this mid-century design on flickr :
(Thanks, black-afro)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

What was the Vitaphone Process?

The video that I blogged in the previous post of the 1928 all-girl novelty band, The Ingenues, was an example of a Vitaphone film. What was Vitaphone? "Vitaphone was a sound film process used on features and nearly 2,000 short subjects produced by Warner Bros. and its sister studio First National from 1926 to 1930. This was not the original process. The first process was called Fuchessound. Vitaphone was the last, but most successful, of the sound-on-disc processes. The soundtrack was not printed on the actual film, but was issued separately on 16-inch phonograph records. The discs would be played while the film was being projected. Many early talkies, such as The Jazz Singer (1927), used the Vitaphone process. .... The business was established at Western Electric's Bell Laboratories in NYC and acquired by Warners Bros. in April 1925. Warner Bros. introduced Vitaphone film shorts (recorded in Brooklyn, NY) on August 6, 1926 with the release of the silent feature Don Juan starring John Barrymore with music score and sound effects only (no dialogue)" more on wikipedia
"In 1991 a group of film buffs and record collectors met to discuss the possibility of seeking out the shellac soundtrack discs that accompanied early 1926-1930 Vitaphone (and other) talkie shorts and features. The Vitaphone Project was formed to accomplish this goal as well as to partner with the studios (particularly Turner/WB), film archives (UCLA, LOC, BFI), and private collectors worldwide in order to get these films restored and seen again. Of particular interest were the nearly 2,000 talkie short subjects, featuring vaudevillians, bands, opera singers, and comedians made by Vitaphone from 1926-1929. In many cases 35mm picture elements exist without an accompanying soundtrack.
Since its inception The Vitaphone Project has located over 3,000 12- and 16-inch shellac soundtrack discs in private hands, has assisted on the restoration of over 35 shorts and 12 features, and has developed nearly $300,000 in private funding for restorations. There are still over 80 shorts for which picture, but no sound, exists" more here:
Vitaphone Project

Thursday, January 14, 2010

1928 All-Girl Banjo Band

Duke Davis' Custom Banjo

The Beautiful Creations of Haitian Artists

George Valris and Wife

Riguad Benoit
Andre Laurent
The Haitian sequined flags are from the
Haiti Art Cooperative. The paintings are from the Haitian Art Society website. I have blogged about Haitian art before. I have always loved the paintings, voodoo flags and sculptures. My heart goes out to Haiti right now... more than ever.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I'm a Polaroid Gal, too!

Playing costume dress-up with a friend for photo (I'm on right-that's not my real hair!)-Polaroid photo
With my little brother at Xmas-Polaroid photo
Fake Woodgrain on the back of the new Polaroid PIC-1000
My grandfather had the coolest camera of all-time: a Polaroid that took black and white photos. I was hooked and I became a Polaroid girl when I grew up. I had my Olympus 35mm for serious photography, but my Polaroid was the one that I took on trips. I used it often to quickly capture events as they happened and to record sudden inspirations. Some of these images found their way into my paintings.
Polaroid is making a comeback! Lady Gaga has signed on as creative director of a specialty line of Polaroid products.
I'll be the first in line to get one. I miss my Polaroid.
The Art of Amy Crehore

Monday, January 11, 2010

Queen of Clubs

Queen of Clubs
Originally uploaded by stevechasmar

Bauhaus had lots of women! Don't you know?

The Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art runs until January 25, 2010. There is a special website of the exhibit with lots of history and photos:
This is "MoMA’s first major exhibition since 1938 on the influential school of avant-garde art. Founded in 1919 and shut down by the Nazis in 1933, the Bauhaus brought together artists, architects, and designers." Also, there is an interesting new book about the women of Bauhaus that I might just have to pick up, after reading this article and others:
Haus proud: The women of Bauhaus by Jonathan Glancy in the Guardian,UK.
Here's the link to the book:
Bauhaus Women by Ulrike Muller .

Thursday, January 07, 2010

History of the Book!

History of the Book, Amsterdam's photos is an amazing flickr collection "presenting typographical material of different countries - most of it from the Netherlands for the period 1470-1800 and France 16th century printers. This collection of photos is 'work in progress' of the chair for the History of the Book at the University of Amsterdam."

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

En Patufet

Cover of the first issue of En Patufet 1904

These beautiful images are from various issues of "En Patufet". I found them on Juan Navarro's blog: (thanks, Valerie).
' "En Patufet" (top image) was the title of an influential children's magazine in Catalan published from 1904 to 1938, and again from 1968 to 1973.
Patufet is also the main character of one of the most famous folktales of Catalan origin.
He's usually presented as a very little kid the size of a rice grain, wearing a big red barretina so that his parents can better spot him around the place.' LINK:

Monday, January 04, 2010

What Am I Working On?

In Progress- small detail of a much larger work by Amy Crehore
In Progress- detail of larger painting by Amy Crehore
I'm working on a couple of paintings right now. Here, I'm showing you some details of unfinished works. The top one will actually have ten figures in it. I also have some ukulele things going on and a letterpress in the works. This month, and into the new year, I'll be very busy creating new art. Stay tuned to my blog as things unfold.

The Art of Amy Crehore

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year 2010

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“Her Majesty the Ballerina” (by Figuier), is from a satirical Catalan almanac from 1907. (My friend Valerie from Barcelona sent me this artwork and explained it to me). The caption says: "The flower of the stage is anointed with mistletoe, Young and old who approach her fall prisoner at her feet". Valerie says this was a wicked old way to catch birds: 'The word "viscosity" derives from the Latin word "viscum" for mistletoe. A viscous glue was made from mistletoe berries and used for lime-twigs to catch birds.'