Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Amy Crehore's "Banjo Gal" Print Offer, Limited-Time Only $40

"Banjo Gal" Print by Amy Crehore
This image is from my AI award-winning "Little Pierrot" series. The original painting was exhibited in a Santa Monica, CA gallery in 2006 along with 3 other "Little Pierrots" (all of them sold).
I am offering limited edition, giclee prints of the finest quality for collectors. Each print comes in an archival sleeve with a certificate of authenticity and postcards (while they last). Individually hand-signed and numbered by me (Amy Crehore). This is a 7" square image (exactly as shown), centered on 10" x 10" Hahnemuhle acid-free photorag 308gsm white paper. Printed on the finest printer available with superior ultrachrome inks at Sterling Editions. Edition of 250.
Order a "Banjo Gal" print between now and March 3rd, midnight PST
Only pay $40. total (shipping/handling are included), one per person.
Here's the LINK
(Original price was $79., plus shipping)
To view entire series of "Little Pierrots"originals: LINK

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Old Movie Titles

"Them!" (1954) Gordon Douglas
Artist Lou Brooks has selected some nice old stills of Hollywood movie titles and blogged about them on his blog.
More of them at: The Movie Titles Stills Collection

Monday, February 22, 2010

Old Lady Lent

My friend Valerie (who lives in Barcelona) sent me these interesting images, along with this explanation: '"La Vella Quaresma" (Old Lady Lent) is a Catalan tradition. During Carnival week she fights with the King of Carnival (Carnestoltes) and finally wins, so his rule of feasting, and wild celebrations is over and is replaced by order, fasting and calm. She carries two salt codfish and is in charge of making sure children eat fish not meat during the seven weeks of Lent. She has seven legs, one for each week. The tradition was to hang her picture in the house with a sweet attached to each leg, at the end of each week the children pulled off a sweet (and a leg). On the Island of Mallorca, (top illustration) they used to saw an effigy of her in half in a public square midway through Lent and children were threatened that the Sawed Lady would come to take them away if they ate meat!'

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Matthew J Richards Plays His Banjo Ukes

I love this little video where Matthew compares the sounds of 4 different vintage banjo ukes in his collection. Such a lovely instrument! Thanks Matthew!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Very Old Game Boards

These game boards are from the early to mid 1800's. The swans and elephant are hand-colored etchings mounted on linen and the game-board showing a mine w/tunnels is a lithograph. Beautiful graphics, don't you think?
Follow this link for explanations and examples of even more games dating as early as 1588-BibliOdyssey.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Bouncing Jug

Jaques Tati - Clip from the film Mon Oncle (1958) -"The struggle of a simple man with a highly modern kitchen and a bouncing jug"... thanks Callash

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mark Frauenfelder reports from TED Conference

Ukulele Virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro got a standing ovation for his performance at TED yesterday. Mark Frauenfelder of BOINGBOING lists these quotes from the musician: "The ukulele is underdog of all instruments." "If everyone played ukulele, the world would be a better place." "What the world needs now is more ukulele." "Ukulele is the instrument of peace."
Mark says, "One of my favorite presentations of the day was by Dr. William Li, a cancer researcher from the Angiogenesis Foundation. The good news, Li says, is that 'we can eat to starve cancer.' Lots of foods contain naturally occuring inhibitors of angiogenesis, and many are even better than drugs for blocking angiogenesis (see image above)."
Read more at BOINGBOING , plus Mark will do an interview with Jake Shimabukuro soon.
Also, here is the TED conference LINK . I am following TED NEWS on twitter.
I'm looking forward to designer/illustrator Marian Bantjes speaking at TED on Friday from 2:15-4 pm. She was included in "The Scarlet Lettering", a letterpress project from the Cloudy Collection. There are still prints available if you follow the link. You may remember that my art was part of the very first Cloudy Collection card set (monkey image)!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Vintage Ukuleles -My Inspiration!

Uke design copyright 2010 Amy Crehore
I can't stop now! I have a few more vintage instruments to enhance with art - including a "minty" (in more ways than one) green Montgomery Ward duco-finished uke from the 1920's. It was found carefully preserved in the original mail order box. (It matches my "Demon" uke.) Can't wait to paint a design on that one.
Above, is a little sketch I came up with for the headstock of a blond-color vintage banjo-uke that someone kindly gave to me after my art show last year. The tuners were missing and it needed some clean-up. It's a Slingerland style-uke that has now been restored to a nice shine. An authentic set of vintage tuners were found to fit it. Luckily, my luthier loves removing rust from brackets,etc. (This one matches my Slingerland black "Tuxedo" uke.)
In fact, this weekend would be the anniversary of my "Dreamgirls and Ukes" show in L.A. .(A lot of the paintings and ukes from this art show have now found happy homes, but there are still some pieces available -if interested, feel free to contact: with inquiries.) I am also working on a couple of brand new canvases and a letterpress print right now. Lots to do!
The Art of Amy Crehore

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Boys' Choir Meowing

Boy's choir singing classical music in feline vocals

"Be the Jazz King of Your Town"

This ad from 1926 says the banjo-uke
is "the most popular instrument there is".
Follow link to read more!

thanks, katinthecupboard's flickr and

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Dali, the showman

Here are a couple of cool photos of Salvador Dali (for you, Raliegh) from Crack Two (125 rare photos of famous people). There are some other interesting photos if you follow the link. The only thing I don't like is that Manson's mug is posted underneath his victim. Too creepy for me. Hollywood Babylon is still going strong, I think.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Moise Kisling, painter of women

Painting by Kisling
Kisling 1935 (TopFoto Gallery)
Great photo book about artsts in Paris includes Kisling
Nude by Kisling
Here's a Moise Kisling nude - he did wonderful melancholy portraits of women, including Kiki (famous artist model in Paris that Man Ray photographed). Although I cannot find a website devoted to him, Google images displays a selection of great paintings: Follow this LINK. A great book called "KIKI'S PARIS: Artist and Lovers 1900-1930" (I have it at home) has many photos and stories about Kisling. He was born in Poland on Jan. 22, 1891 and died on Apr. 29, 1953. He moved to Paris in 1913, where his friends included Modigliani, Picasso and Kiki.
Thanks for reminding me about Kisling, eric orchard !