Thursday, March 31, 2011
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.
via Calico Teddy where you can see more Mickey plush .
(Thanks to artist Kim Deitch and his wife Pam- interviewed on this link)
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)
REMINDER: "SONG OF THE SIRENS" ART SHOW
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)
CLICK TO ENLARGE
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!):
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
My New Painting: "Vulnerable Seascape" by Amy Crehore
Detail of new painting (Crehore)
Scroll down for full view of painting!
Click on image to enlarge
Detail of new painting (Crehore)
Please click on image to enlarge
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,
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.
(Update: Please contact email@example.com 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
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Link to image (British Museum)
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.
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.
Thanks, Internet Weekly!
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
Click to enlarge
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.
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.
The Armory Show 2011 a photo by The Armory Show on Flickr.
The Armory Show 2011 a photo by The Armory Show on Flickr.
Credit: The Armory Show flickr set.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
RIP Jane Russell
Movie Star Jane Russell just died. LINK
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