Saturday, March 31, 2012

Oregon Coast Tour 1940

Bathers at Cannon Beach in 1940
LINK for the coast tour, photos taken in 1940 (Oregon State Archives).
Not all that much has changed! You can see why I love Oregon.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Os Gemeos Left Their Mark on L.A.

I'm a little late blogging this one. The Prism Gallery in L.A. had this amazing show and installation by Os Gemeos (twin brothers from Brazil), but it closed a week ago. I wish I could have seen this. I saw a huge show of theirs at Deitch Projects in NYC a few years ago that blew me away. I'll never forget it. Fecal Face blog has a ton of photos of the opening here. It looks like they created another magical environment. They spent six weeks on the installation alone. Los Angeles was lucky to have them.
George Condo is next at the Prism.

Van Gogh's Birthday

This is a little thumbnail from Van Gogh's illustrated letters to Emile Bernard. He has written notes on the sketch: "blue", "orange". Dig the checkerboard dress on the woman with the fan. Happy Birthday, Van Gogh! More letters here: Morgan Library

Art Dress for Spring

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I like this dress design...down to the shoes. It is by Hermes.
For more examples of "abstract art" dresses 2012 go here.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Marjorie Miller Illustrations 1924-35

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Here are three illustrations by an artist named Marjorie Miller. I can't find out much about her, but I really like them. They have a Japanese flair. Here's a link to a couple more . Apparently she only illustrated from 1924 to 1935. That doesn't surprise me, but she was good!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

15th Century Italian Book Box

So fascinating! For carrying books (made between 1465 and 1485).
It is hard to stop looking through the Morgan Library's collection:

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Barraud Brothers

One of my favorite painters is a Swiss painter named Francois-Emile Barraud. Follow this red link for more examples of his fine work (shown above is a painting of a young girl). I blogged about him before.
He died at age 34 in 1934 of tuberculosis. If only he had lived longer. He had a couple of brothers who were also excellent painters (of similar style).
Their names were Aurele and Aime.
Painting by Aurele Barraud
Painting by Aime Barraud
Video about them (showing yet another brother- Charles):

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Van Gogh Again

I just received this book in the mail: Van Gogh's Letters edited by H.Anna Suh. It is thick and fully illustrated with 250 paintings and sketches (320 pages). I had already read his letters to Theo many times over the years, but this book is a true art book. It only costs  about $13.50 on amazon. What a bargain!
(Contains 150 of his letters.)
By the way, did you see this? A painting called "Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roses" has now been x-rayed and said to be a true Van Gogh work because there is an underpainting of wrestlers.
The flowers look odd and the wrestlers look odder still. (Or not odd enough.) But, what do I know?
READ Article or HERE

Timeline of Women's Suffrage

Photo of the day: Suffrage Parade 1912 NYC
Very interesting!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Haunted House 1908

Directed by Segundo de Chomon
You can find a bunch of other films made by this guy on youtube.
(thanks, Kim Deitch)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New book: The Art of Daniel Clowes

I just ordered this new book on amazon .
Here is a sneak peek.
There are some sketchbook drawings on boingboing, too,
and a contest to win an autographed copy of the book.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

My Drawings for "Rose Quarry" and "Basker's Cove"

 7 1/2" x 10" pencil sketch for "Basker's Cove"(on 8 1/2" x 11" paper) by Amy Crehore
 Finished oil painting on linen of "Basker's Cove" 18" x 24" by Amy Crehore 2012
You can see how this painting started as a very, very rough sketch. It evolved as I painted it. There were many changes underneath and it took a lot of paint and months of work to reach this final effect. (Click images to enlarge)
 10" x 11 3/4" pencil drawing for "Rose Quarry" (on 11" x 14" paper) by Amy Crehore
Finished oil painting on linen of "Rose Quarry" oil on linen 12" x 14" by Amy Crehore 2012.
The "Rose Quarry" painting turned out pretty close to my original drawing. My preliminary rendering of the figures was more fully realized than "Basker's Cove", so this  painting seemed to progress more easily. I painted an undercoat of red and that seemed to help it along as well. And, it's a much smaller painting.
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(see also here)

See more of my artwork here:
(contact: for information about my original art)

Goya Glows in "Lights and Darks" Exhibit

Here are some examples (click to enlarge) from the new Francisco Goya (b.1746-d.1828) exhibit lent by the Prado to CaixaForum Barcelona . Read more: Art Daily . The Prado has a nice album of the show on facebook. These were painted in the late 1700s. Goya is simply amazing!

The Art of Amy Crehore
Art of Amy Crehore

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Jared Joslin's Circus Self Portrait featuring a greyhound.

The top illustrations are from a medieval book called "The Book of the Hunt" (15th century). One painting even shows veterinarians tending to dogs. I'm fascinated by greyhounds at the moment. I saw someone walking a miniature Italian greyhound not long ago in an argyle sweater (yes, the dog was wearing it). I hear they can move very fast, but they also have fragile bones. Greyhounds were popular in the 1920s (shown: Margaret Gorman and Dog 1925). LINK and LINK 
Here's an antique bronze sculpture and a vintage crate label for Greyhound Brand lemons. And last, but not least, is Jared Joslin's amazing Circus Self Portrait from 2007. Here is the link to his website.
They all inspire me and I'm a cat person!
UPDATE: The first "Book of the Hunt" was actually written in 1387 by Gaston Phebus.
The Art of Amy Crehore (website)
Art of Amy Crehore (blog featuring my new work)

Monday, March 12, 2012


Strikingly beautiful "Demonio" image from the Hours of Catherine of Cleves, Dutch Illuminated manuscript (1435-1460)
LINK (The Morgan Library)

People that live underground

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There is something about children who live underground and play with big ants and other bugs that appeals to me. Illustrations by Sibylle Von Olfers for this 1906 book can be found on 50 Watts. Read the Story of the Root Children at the Digital Children's Library.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Another New Painting: "Basker's Cove" (by Amy Crehore)

"Basker's Cove" painting by Amy Crehore copyright 2012, oil on linen, 18" x 24"
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(see it large here, too)

Detail of "Basker's Cove"
Another Detail of "Basker's Cove"
Thanks for blogging this painting, BoingBoing.