Thursday, April 28, 2011

Plexus Magazine:French Erotic Cover Art

Plexus, issue 25, June 1969
Cover: painting by Michel Plaisir

Plexus, issue 27, September 1969
Cover: Julie Leblanc

These are great. I have never seen these before! My friend Will over at 50 Watts Blog has acquired a bunch of late 60s-early 70s copies of the French magazine PLEXUS. For more covers like these (and weirder) follow this LINK. Thanks for sharing, Will!
There is even one cover featuring an umbrella that looks a little like a painting (A Curious Shelter) I did last year.

Using an Eyelash for a Paint Brush

Willard Wigan painted the figures of Kate Middleton and Prince William with an eyelash
A microscopic sculpture of Prince William and Kate Middleton
is on display in at the Castle Fine Art Gallery in Birmingham.
Willard Wigan painted these tiny figures with an eyelash!
BBC News: LINK

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Debbie Reynolds to Auction Off Marilyn's Subway Dress and Chaplin's Bowler Hat

Debbie Reynolds was pretty cute and here she is posing with a ukulele in the 50s (her website: LINK). Who knew she played? Probably for a film role. "Reynolds has amassed a large collection of movie memorabilia and, according to wikipedia, beginning in June and continuing into December 2011, she will auction off this collection. Among the more than 3500 costumes, 20,000 photographs, and thousands of movie posters, costume sketches, and props to be sold are Charlie Chaplin's bowler hat and Marilyn Monroe's white subway dress (skirt is lifted up by the breeze from a passing subway train in the film The Seven Year Itch). The latter is expected to fetch between one and two million dollars."

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A mysterious face drawing and how it came to be

What is this? Some kind of face or something? Yes, that's right. It's a mysterious, recurring birthday cake face drawn by the father of Steve (of The Sneeze ). That's my summary of part 1. I'm going to skip ahead to part 2 of the story and, if you have a few minutes, I hope you will read part 2 and part 3 because it's a hilarious story of how this "face" came to be.
(Thanks, Drawn! twitter via Julia Wertz twitter)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Faber Books

Faber Books' photostream on flickr
is fun to look at. For instance, this book
cover, "The Doll Who Came Alive", from their set of classic children's books.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Drawings of Butterflies by Nabokov

The author’s own copy of Lolita. [via the Nabokov Museum]
Photograph of a young Nabokov with butterfly doodles by the man himself.
A drawn inscription in his final novel, Look at the Harlequins! To Véra, of course. [via Cornell]
Flavorwire posted some of Vladimir Nabokov's drawings of butterflies in honor of his birthday next week (April 22). He adored butterflies from a young age. Nabokov used the title pages from some of his books and inscribed them to his wife, Vera, and other family members. Follow link to see more:

Friday, April 15, 2011

Marie-Therese Walter, Picasso's Blonde Muse





Photos by Béatrice Hatala, courtesy Gagosian Gallery. © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Gagosian Gallery in NYC (522 West 21st) opened another Picasso exhibit last night. This time, the public will be able to experience stunning portraits of Marie-Therese Walter, Picasso's blonde, athletic muse & lover. (The exhibition is curated by Picasso biographer John Richardson together with Diana Widmaier Picasso, granddaughter of Marie-Therese and daughter of Maya Picasso.)
The portraits of Marie-Therese are some of my favorite works by Picasso. I had not seen these two beautiful drawings before. They have a wonderful sense of calmness about them.
This show will be up until June 25th, 2011. Gagosian Gallery
Read more here: LINK: Marina Cashdan article at Huffington Post

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Beautiful Musical Pierrot Costume with Cats

My friend Will from 50 Watts pointed out this interesting blog to me and I am grateful.
There I found LINK to image above (amazing cat/pierrot outfit from 1900).
The blog is authored by Steve Roden, a Pasadena artist who has a current art exhibit here (
SUSANNE VIELMETTER)
called "Stone's Throw"(until April 23, 2011).

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Auction ends tonight for Crehore One-of-A-Kind "Ema" art on eBay, 100% donated to Japan fund

AUCTION SUMMARY LINK to all pieces in this auction (Christina Conway, curator)
It feels good to help Japan in some small way! An "ema" is a traditional Japanese prayer plaque.
My design is new and original. It was hand-painted with oil paint on wood. I am also donating my preliminary sketch.
100% of the proceeds will benefit Give2Asia Earthquake and Tsunami 2011 Fund
REMINDER: This auction for my 2 pieces will end at around 11:25 pm Pacific Time tonight, April 10, 2011.

Great Examples of Slang from Flapper Era

Read More on BOOK FLAPS BLOG (via boingboing)
Some of my favs below from July 1922 Flapper Magazine (Flapper Dictionary):

Alarm Clock—Chaperon.

Anchor—Box of flowers.

Apple Knocker—A hick; a hay-shaker.

Apple Sauce--Flattery; bunk.

Barlow—A girl, a flapper, a chicken.

Bank’s Closed—No petting allowed; no kisses.

Barneymugging—Lovemaking.

Biscuit—A pettable flapper.

Billboard—Flashy man or woman.

Blushing Violet—A publicity hound.

Boob Tickler—Girl who entertains father’s out-of-town customers.e.

Cancelled Stamp—A wallflower.

Cake Basket—A limousine.

Cellar Smeller—A young man who always turns up where liquor is to be had without cost.

Clothesline—One who tells neighborhood secrets.

Corn Shredder—young man who dances on a girl’s feet.

Dincher—A half-smoked cigarette.

Edisoned—Being asked a lot of questions.

Face Stretcher—Old maid who tried to look younger.

Frog’s Eyebrows—Nice, fine.

Handcuff—Engagement ring.

Houdini—To be on time for a date.

Meringue—Personality.

Munitions—Face powder and rouge.

Noodle Juice—Tea.

Nosebaggery—Restaurant.

Nut Cracker—Policeman’s nightstick.

Pillow Case—Young man who is full of feathers.

Police Dog—Young man to whom one is engaged.

Potato—A young man shy of brains

Smoke Eater—A girl cigarette user.

Stilts—Legs.

Trotzky—Old lady with a moustache and chin whiskers.

Umbrella—young man any girl can borrow for the evening.

Wind Sucker—Any person given to boasting.


Saturday, April 09, 2011

Kohala Girls played National Guitars

The Kohala Girls circa 1934 featuring Letritia Kandle on National Tricone Resophonic
The Kohala Girls play "Chile Blues" - Instrumental


We love vintage National guitars and National guitar family instruments at our house.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Charity Ebay Auction Ends April 10! Crehore Original Hand-painted "ema" and sketch in "Artists Help Japan" Ebay Auction



CLICK ON THE TWO LINKS ABOVE TO BID!

I am participating in an "Artists Help Japan" auction on ebay. Curator Christina Conway came up with the idea of having the artists paint "emas" (traditional Japanese prayer plaques). 100% of the proceeds will benefit Give2Asia Earthquake and Tsunami 2011 Fund. Follow this LINK!! You'll have until late evening April 10, 2011 to bid on my art.
Artists: Amy Crehore, Fawn Fruits, Joel Nakamura, Kelly Vivanco, Aaron Meshon, Allison Sommers, Yoskay Yamamoto, Jeya, Zoe Williams, Lili Piri, MALL, Axelhoney, Lorena Alvarez, Celene Petrulak, Amy Huddleston, X03, plus more being added! (Note: Audrey Kawasaki has been added and more.)
I will be shipping my pieces to the buyer(s) personally and will include a note.
(This auction is under "ebay Charity Works", puck.rye)

Thanks, Christina Conway, for all of your hard work in setting up this amazing auction.
My wish is for calmness and joy for all people of Japan.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Writers and their Cats

Edward Gorey and family
I'm a sucker for this. Not only are the photos in black and white, but its a whole blog devoted to Writers and Kitties
Follow the link and you will find some excellent photographs such as the one shown above.
Thank you! It warms my heart to see these images.