Monday, March 28, 2011

What are "Jazzers"?

Made by Dean's Rag Book in England 1932, these Mickey Mouse Jazzers were fitted to the tone arm of a gramophone by an adjustable clip. They danced to the music of the period.

Illustrated Books of German Expressionists

A Pierrot by Alfred Kubin

A Beckmann Pierrot
Flip thru illustrated books of the German Expressionist Collection at MoMA .
Kirchner, Kandinsky, Beckmann, Corinth, Klee, Kokoschka and more. 1907 to 1947.

Dolly Haas: Al Hirschfeld's other half

Who was this Louise Brooks-style cutie pie photographed playing the accordion, wearing trousers and smoking a cigarette or a little pipe? It was Dolly Haas and she was a famous actress (born in Germany in 1910) who married a famous American illustrator in 1943. They were married until she died in 1994. She did European films, acted on Broadway and was in an Alfred Hitchcock film. Al Hirschfeld, her illustrator-genius husband, lived to be 99 years old. LINK
Read about Dolly here: European Film Star Postcards.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

"Song of the Sirens" Show Opens Tonight NYC

Detail of my painting, "Vulnerable Seascape" (Amy Crehore)

Here is the online preview link. If you are in NYC, please try to go to this show. It's at Paul Booth's Last Rites Gallery, 511 W. 33rd, 3rd floor. Opening is tonight from 7pm-12pm. The show will be on display from March 26th to April 23rd, 2011. I have a new painting in it, "Vulnerable Seascape".(blogged here)
You can see a much larger version of my painting on my website homepage: LINK. I worked very hard on this piece for a couple of months.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Nursery Wall, National Theater in Richmond, VA

These pictures were found on Hodgman's twitpics. Follow link for a couple more of the old nursery wall at the National Theater in Richmond, VA. I lived in Richmond for years and I don't remember seeing these. It was boarded up! But, they renovated the theater and found them. I love them.
About John Hodgman. Here is Hodgman's website: Areas of My Expertise

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Look What I Found in the Bottom of My Teacup, Ma!

lithophane image on ebay

examples above from Helen's Lithophane collection

I never heard of lithophanes before! I came across these unique curiosities while surfing for interesting old Japanese teacups. There is a whole page of porcelain dragonware teacups on ebay with lithophanes in the bottom, little pictures that are only visible when you hold them up to the light. Helen of "Helen's Lithophanes" explains what they are on her website homepage. Click on the flags at the bottom to view lithophanes from Japan, Germany, France, England, Hungary, Sweden, and America. Note: they aren't always found in teacups.
Here's Helen's Japanese page: LINK
Nick's collection of royal and historical portraits. LINK

By the way, I am currently painting an "ema" (wooden votive/prayer plaque) for an upcoming benefit art auction for Japan (April 3). More about that soon!

The World Control Panel

demo a video by steve_lodefink on Flickr.

Steve Lodefink of Finkbuilt made this.
More info at:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Del Shannon "Runaway"

This makes me feel good! (1965)

The Original "Mousegetar"

(Photo credit: Megan Duffy flickr)
I play tenor (sometimes) and I find this little guitar fascinating. This is the original tenor "Mousegetar" from the 1950s that is on display in the Disney Museum.
Read about it and listen to Jimmy Dodd play this special guitar with Doreen singing (on youtube) at

Monday, March 21, 2011

"Buy What You Love" Marianne Boesky Gallery, Chelsea, March 24, 2011

"Ophelia" (Painting by Amy Crehore)
I am in two art shows this week in NYC. The first is the "Buy What You Love" Charity Art Show for cancer organized by the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. This show will be held at the Marianne Boesky Gallery, 509 West 24th St. on Thursday night March 24th, 2011 from 6:30pm-9:30pm. I donated one of my "Little Pierrots" ("Ophelia" above) for this cause.
Here is the link to more information and partial view of images (one night only!):

Saturday, March 19, 2011

My New Painting: "Vulnerable Seascape" by Amy Crehore

Detail of new painting (Crehore)
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Detail of new painting (Crehore)
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"Vulnerable Seascape"
14" x 18" oil on linen painting by Amy Crehore 2011
(17" x 21" frame approx.)

Here is my brand new painting for a new show which opens next weekend in NYC: The “Song of the Sirens” group show: Last Rites Gallery, 511 W. 33rd Street, 3floor, NYC. Opening reception: March 26th, 7-11 pm. Show runs until April 23, 2011.

Featuring diverse subject matter and a variety of media from:
Amy Crehore, Imminent Disaster, Yoko D'Holbachie, Leslie Ditto, Dan-ah Kim, Danni Shinya Luo, Angie Mason, Tara McPherson, Miso, Catherine Brooks and Tamara Cervenka aka Isobel Milena, Niagara, Lisa Petrucci, Lilly Piri, Mijn Schatje, Pink Smith, Allison Sommers and more.

The Art of Amy Crehore

(Update: Please contact with questions regarding this painting.)

P.S. I am also in the "Buy What You Love" RHMF Charity Art Show at Marianne Boesky Gallery, Chelsea, NYC on March 24th, 2011. Don't miss! LINK

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Detail of My New Painting

Here's a detail of my new painting, "Vulnerable Seascape"(Amy Crehore 2011) oil on linen, 14" X 18" plus frame. CLICK TO ENLARGE
I am in two group shows next week in NYC. One is a charity event and one is a show with all women painters. I will post more info soon and also show you the entire painting. This is only a portion of it.

"Fathom" This: Raquel Welch

Monday, March 14, 2011

Picture Book Timeline

This is so cool. Watch a slideshow of picture book history starting with the year 1658! LINK (Picturing Books Website). Some of my favs!
Saw this on twitter. Thanks, John Lechner via fmhansen!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Puppet Man's Prints 1914-1916

Richard Teschner 1914-1916

A Journey Round My Skull Blog has now become 50 Watts Blog and that's where I found these incredible "Etchings of a Puppeteer". The top one looks like something I painted 6-7 years ago. The bottom one looks like the big-eyed characters being painted today, although these were created about 100 years ago. Richard Teschner made prints, illustrated books and worked in the puppet theater. Follow the LINK to see 6 more images.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Photography as Illustration

I love these photos from the late 1890s, early 1900s. Follow the link above for more images by this artist. Also, there are even more images and info here in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

(Thanks, Carin Berger!)

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Ukulele Cover Art by Norman Rockwell

The Saturday Evening Post cover from 1928 depicting the ukulele craze and fashions of the times. Painted by Norman Rockwell.
Thanks, Ted Dawson.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Frescoes of Pompeii

It's strange to feel a kinship with people who lived 2,000 years ago, but when I look at the frescoes of Pompeii, I feel very close to these painters. The photos above are from a 2008 exhibition of 2,000-year-old paintings called Pompeian Red, the National Museum of Rome. LINK
More than 100 paintings "shed light on the beliefs, home decorations, fashions, architecture, landscape, dining tables and people who lived in the ancient city of Rome and in Pompeii before its destruction by a volcanic eruption in AD79". I would add that they were not afraid to show the act of love on their walls as seen in the second to last image (above).
Right now, I am painting a picture with a volcano in it. It's for an art show opening March 26th in NYC. I'll actually be in two shows in NYC that week. I'll tell you more soon.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Pocket Watches by Joseph Cornell

It gets me excited to see artwork that I have never seen before, such as these pocket watches from 1943-44 by Joseph Cornell, who is one of my favorite artists. Gorgeous! He loved cobalt blue!
There is a show at Schroeder, Romero & Shredder gallery that looks like a winner:

Joseph Cornell, Witold Gordon, Leon Kelly, Louis Marcoussis, Man Ray:

Les Devins (link)

The title means "Soothsayers".

On view at 531 W. 26th St. NYC until April 9.

Humorous Bathers Image 1886

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I guess long hair came in handy sometimes - the woman in distant center (smelling a rose) uses it to cover her private part. The rest are covered up by various leaves and plants. This is a chromolithograph print from 1886.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Michael Kohn Gallery to show Camille Rose Garcia's New Work.

Nice colors and textures in this new painting by Camille Rose Garcia. She has created an almost tapestry-like effect. This painting will be on display at Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles- it's part of her upcoming show which opens on March 12. Camille has an innate and superb graphics sensibility.
I share something in common with her. We have both done art for Blab! and Pressure Printing.

Dali Eating Chocolate

Thursday, March 03, 2011

The Armory Show 2011

At the Armory Show in NYC - Here's a sculpture of a girl lying naked on a role of lifesavers with people talking in the background.
Credit: The Armory Show flickr set.