Saturday, December 28, 2013

Some End of the Year Links for You!

A very old photo of a younger me

  1. Johnny Depp to play Banjo uke in George Formby role LINK 
  2. The Junky's Christmas, William Borrough's Claymation 1991 LINK
  3. The Iceberg, a story by Zelda Fitzgerald when she was a teen 1918 LINK
  4. James Brown Mystery of Black ad: LINK
  5. Video of Francoise Gilot who still paints everyday at 92: LINK
  6. Boingboing has a new movie available for download: LINK
  7. Napoleon blowing bubbles! 1813 LINK 
  8. The Hokum Scorchers on soundcloud, recordings from early 90s: LINK

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

    Happy Winter Solstice

    "A Moonlit Ride" painting, oil on linen, 12" x 10" ©Amy Crehore
    This painting has now been sold to a very special collector in California.
    It was first shown in NYC at Last Rites Gallery, Jan. 2011.
    Happy Winter Solstice!

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

    Progress on new paintings (Crehore)

    Working on a couple of new ones in the studio. Here's my progress so far.
    CLICK photo to Enlarge

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    Kickstarter Project of the Day- "The Magazine" book project

    Oil on wood by Amy Crehore 2013 14" x 18 3/8"
    With about 50 hours to go, you can help fund the book project on kickstarter for "The Magazine".
    Here is the proposed book cover design and my final art created especially for this project (bottom). The art itself is offered as a fine art print. Follow the links for more info-
    In fact, today kickstarter made it their "Project of the Day" — Turning the first year of The Magazine into a book:— Kickstarter @kickstarter

    Friday, December 06, 2013

    "Temperance or Prohibition?", Illustrations by Winsor McCay 1929

    J. J. Sedelmaier writes about this interesting find in an L.A. used book store.
    Here's the LINK
    I have blogged about Winsor McCay before. He is a favorite of mine.

    Thursday, December 05, 2013

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    New! Book cover painting (by Crehore) for The Magazine's Book Project on Kickstarter

    Just finished this painting- 14" x 18 3/8" oil on wood © This was painted as a book cover for a printed book of select stories from The Magazine's first year. A mock-up version appears currently on kickstarter, but this is my final version of the painting. This is a fund raiser for the proposed book. They are also offering an almost full-size limited edition print of this as part of their fundraiser on kickstarter -

    Sunday, November 03, 2013

    The Richard Balzer Collection

    I spent the morning looking at these!
    Dick Balzar collects antique magic lanterns, peepshows, shadows, transparencies, thaumatropes, phenakistascopes and other optical toys.
    Go to his websites to see his collection of fantastic toys in action and to read the history.
    You won't be sorry. So beautiful!

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    A Few Costumes

     From 1906 Femina magazine
     From 16th century carnival (above and below)
    See more at Public Domain Review LINK

    Saturday, October 26, 2013

    Two Balthus Shows in NYC

    Untitled, c. 1999–2000
    Color Polaroid
    4 x 4 inches (10.2 x 10.2 cm)
    © Harumi Klossowska de Rola
    Beautiful polaroids (late studies) by Balthus at Gagosian Gallery
    and a new Balthus show at the Met for those lucky enough to be in NYC.
    Judith Thurman writes for The New Yorker blog about meeting Balthus in Rome 40 years ago and also posing for his wife (who was also a painter). Interesting! LINK
    I love the paintings and drawings of Balthus, as you know if you read this blog.
    P.S. Picasso owned a Balthus painting

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    Links for Picasso's Birthday (not about Picasso)

    Above: "Douleur" painted in 1895 by Antoon van Welie
    Happy Birthday Picasso!
    1. New exhibition by Neo Rauch: LINK
    2. Italian Man Builds Theme Park by Hand: LINK 
    3. 1887 Nude Descending Staircase: LINK
    4. Great Joni M. documentary: LINK
    5. Watch Tarkovsky films free: LINK
    6. Sad Boyfriends Modeling Etsy Creations by Girlfriends: LINK
    7. The Most Fascinating Humans of New York: LINK 
    8. Kim Deitch interview podcast on Boingboing: LINK 
    9. Peter Bagge's Woman Rebel, The Margaret Sanger Story: review LINK
    10. The Magazine will have some stories featured on Boingboing.

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    Twitch Uke Paint Job (Crehore)

    I took this photo with my ipad in my new studio. I think the paint job is now complete
    on my Tickler #3 Twitch Concert Uke. It is time to hand it back over to the luthier for the final touches. There is a green and black inlay at the bottom. I'll take some better photos later on.

    Wednesday, October 09, 2013

    Some New Views

    Some new views: top photo is looking out into my backyard from a window in the house (neat 15 ft. Alice in Wonderland hedge). Bottom photo: a photo of the golf course up the hill from my new house. It has a nice view of the big butte. I can see the coast range in the distance up there as well. I'm looking forward to taking many new hikes!

    Tuesday, October 08, 2013

    A Halloween Cat in a Pot

    photo credit: Amy Crehore
    I took this photo many years ago at my old house. I can't be sure if this is my current cat or another dear cat that I had for only a few months. My cat has really round eyes and this cat's eyes are a bit slanted, so I think it is possibly the other cat (who got hit by a car). Very similar markings.
    The big green flower pot was left behind at the old place during my recent move.
    I probably gave away half my stuff during the move.
    I am now at a new location about a mile from my old house.
    It is just a question now of unpacking boxes and getting my studio back in shape to work again.
    More soon....

    Friday, September 20, 2013

    What am I up to?

    I'm busy sorting and packing for a move this month. That is why my art projects (the new uke and paintings) are temporarily on hold and my blog posts are less frequent. I found this old passport photo of me taken upon graduating college. I was off to England to live for a while. Ah, memories.

    Monday, September 16, 2013

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Surreal photo of the artist Magritte 1969

     RenĂ© Magritte photographed by Michael Cooper for Vogue UK, February 1969. via link
    Magritte Drawing
    Love From A Distance by Magritte

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

    Charlie Chaplin, Sunnyside 1919

    Here are a couple of fantasy stills from the film "Sunnyside" (1919)
     starring Charlie Chaplin as the Tramp.

    Tuesday, September 03, 2013

    Some Links for You

    Shown here: Just a detail of a larger illustration that I did for The Magazine . Art by Amy Crehore 2013.
    (My original illustration art for this has now been sold, oil on wood)
    I recently did an illustration for The Magazine (digital subscription magazine)
    Issue 24 August 29, 2013
    Article is Hacked Off by Rosie Spinks. Editor Glenn Fleishman @GlennF
    Here are some more links for fun:
    1. How Video Games Revived the Dying Art of Japanese Woodprinting, article John Brownlee Fast Company Design LINK
    2. 1972 Interview with Moe Howard of Three Stooges LINK 
    3. Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky has tons of ventriloquist dummies on display LINK
    4. Crazy French Clown Photos1900-1930s LINK
    5. Pre-Raphaelite Mural uncovered in William Morris' Red House LINK
    6. Magritte cover art for Minotaure issue 10 1937 LINK
    7. French staircase, early 19th century LINK
    8. Hilarious Mennen Talc Ad from 70s LINK
    9. Leo Dohmen, photographer with surrealist period 1929-1999 LINK

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    Saying Goodbye to Weed Smoker's Dream

    A nice collector from Texas just bought my "Weed Smoker's Dream" painting. It was part of my "Dreamgirls and Ukes"solo show in L.A. (2009). I spent the day packing it up for shipment.
    (painting shown above ©Amy Crehore)
    For my next post, I'm going to pass along some cool and funny links that I have collected.
    Stay tuned.

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    Girls with Ukes

    "Song of the Wind" (SOLD) 2009 6" x 6" oil on linen by Amy Crehore
    Another new collector came along and snagged this little painting last week. One of the girls in the painting is holding a round camp uke. This piece was part of my Dreamgirls and Ukes solo show in Los Angeles.
    This week, I am working on an illustration job and trying to finish up the new "Twitch" ukulele. I will show my finished paint job soon, so please stay tuned!

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

    Girl and Bogeyman photos 1920s

    More photos on Hyperallergic blog (photos via ebay listing)

    Girl on Beach Autochrome 1913

    Isn't this lovely? An autochrome from 1913 showing a girl in her bathing outfit looking just so contemporary. I live for images like these.
    More by Mervyn Joseph Pius O' Gorman: LINK

    (Thanks Kim Deitch facebook and Carlos Lara twitter )

    Thursday, August 15, 2013

    Tickler # 3 Uke: The "Twitch" headstock

    I'm still working away on the paint job of Tickler #3. Here's a glimpse of the progress. See the cat wood fingerboard with the green and black binding (which continues around the headstock)? And the carved bow tie on the cat? I will show you the rest soon. Still not quite done, but getting there....

    Thursday, August 01, 2013

    Painting Progress: Tickler Uke #3 (Crehore)

    I sketched out my idea on the body of the uke and blocked in some color. I have a general idea of how this will go, but things can always can change as I paint. I will strive for a harmonious design, yet the main image will be very much like one of my oil paintings. I am using the green inlay, the carved bridge and the shape of the headstock as an integral part of my painted design. This photo shows some of the side wood (gorgeous mahogany), black binding and green/black inlay at bottom.
    (See previous posts for earlier steps in progress)

    Sunday, July 28, 2013

    Painting Tickler Uke #3 (Crehore)

    I sketched this design out for the body of the new "TWITCH" concert ukulele that Lou
    Reimuller built. See my earlier post for the headstock design. More to come.

    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    Progress - Painting Tickler Uke #3 (Crehore)

    Painting a custom ukulele is a delicate process- especially a uke that I designed and that took more than a few years to realize. I am slowly working my way down from the headstock to the body.
    See the tiny green bow tie that Lou carved? It will be mounted under the cat's chin. It is only one of the sculptural details on this very special concert uke. P.S. This cat is far from finished, this is just a progress photo taken with my ipad.

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    Tickler Ukulele #3 -Paint Job (Crehore)

    I've already shown you glimpses of my custom-built Tickler Ukulele #3 in progress, but here's a peek of the actual headstock being painted.
    The bottom photo shows a test strip of a few do-dads painted on a sample piece of maple.
     Lou Reimuller (luthier) did the most beautiful job building this wonderful concert ukulele and it is really getting to the final stages now. Yes, it has been slow going, but this uke is special.
    I just hope my paint job will live up to the rest of the amazing and intricate details on this uke.

    Sunday, July 21, 2013

    Gorgeous Sepia Tone Photos of London 1877

    Photographer: John Thomson
    Recruiting Sergeants At Westminster
    [Street Life in London] 1877
    London School of Economics - Digital Library
    Photographer: John Thomson
    Italian Street Musicians
    [Street Life in London] 1877
    London School of Economics - Digital Library
    Design Observer's John Foster has posted a whole bunch of amazing photographs taken by photographer John Thomson of the street life in London in the late 1800s. Thomson's bio and photos were found via Luminous Lint, a website that specializes in fine photography.
    Follow the link below to view more of these spectacular street photos
    and read the article at Design Observer:

    Friday, July 12, 2013

    More cool links from Little Hokum Rag

    Amy Crehore Studio July 2013
    As I begin to start the next two paintings in new my series, I am blogging a new list of links that might be of interest-
    1.  Amazing ukulele w/flashing lights (youtube)Le Le AvantGarde by lighting ukulele LINK !
    2. The link above was tweeted by Bosko and Honey of Ukulele Safari (thanks!)
    3. See models buried in sand w/bathing caps & red lipstick, the surreal fifties The Nifty Fifties !
    4. Collection of 7 videos of 60s/70s bands/performers doing the song Season of the Witch LINK !
    5. Giant sculpture of Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) from Pride and Prejudice in lake HUH magazine !
    6. How a Bat is like a Bow String from Science Now: LINK  (Thanks Internet Weekly) !
    7. BoingBoing featured my newest painting A Gymnast's Memory of Fall LINK !
    8. Internet Weekly also featured same painting in their wonderful Art LINKS section!
    9. Internet Weekly featured my A Bellhop's Memory of Spring the week before that. LINK !
    10. Mardecortesbaja also posted my Gymnast's painting. Thanks, Lloyd!

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    Drawings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

     Avarice 1556
    Spring 1565
    Mountain Landscape by a River 1553
    (Click images to enlarge)
    A few years ago, I bought an old copy of Pieter Bruegel The Drawings (Complete Edition) by Ludwig Munz , a Phaidon book from 1961. The book is thick and a little musty, but I never get tired of looking at these drawings (just as I never tire of  Goya's Los Caprichos of 1799). Shown above are some examples that I found online. (Follow link to see more.) The landscape drawings, in particular, have proven to be a wonderful reference source for me as they show the architecture of mountains and streams from afar.
    I always think about Van Gogh when I see Bruegel's drawings.
    He must have studied them intensely. I can see a definite Bruegel influence of style and subject matter in Van Gogh's own drawings.

    The Art of Amy Crehore


    Monday, July 08, 2013

    What Have I Been Up To?

    "Cloudy Day Blues" 12" x 12", oil on wood ©Amy Crehore 2009 (sold)
    I'm sorry that I haven't posted anything for over a week. I hope you all had a great 4th of July holiday! I hurt my right arm and had to rest it for 5-6 days. It feels better today, so I am able to give you an update. A couple of paintings have sold including the new one "A Gymnast's Memory of Fall". The other painting is from 2009, shown above.
    I have been reading the book "Summer in February" which is also a new movie . It is about artists living in Cornwall, UK in 1913. These artists include Dame Laura Knight, her husband Harold, and A.J. Munnings. It is a novel based on real people by Jonathan Smith. I have not only discovered the artists that I just mentioned by reading this book, but also some painters who came before them Jules Bastien-Lepage (the Cornwall artists all worshipped him, his magnificient Joan of Arc hangs in the Met) and Marie Bashkirtseff who wrote a journal which I now want to read.
    I'm getting back to drawing and painting now!

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    New Painting: "A Gymnast's Memory of Fall" (Amy Crehore)

    Here's my second painting in my new series. It is called "A Gymnast's Memory of Fall".
    Oil on linen, 12" x 14" ©Amy Crehore 2013 (Update: this painting has been sold)

    I want to thank Boing Boing for blogging this- here's their LINK
     You can also view this painting larger here. 
    Both paintings are now on the homepage of my website-
    The Art of Amy Crehore
    First painting in the series is called "A Bellhop's Memory of Spring".

    Sunday, June 23, 2013

    Some Links for Your Enjoyment

    "The Steps" by painter Jeffrey Smart
    1. Interview with wonderful poet & artist Lang Leav - Mirrors Magazine (Lang, thanks for the mention of my art!)
    2. Lang Leav's new poetry book, Love & Misadventure, is now available on amazon  and elsewhere (I received my delightful copy on Friday!) Audio clip: LINK
    3. Interview with writer Lloyd Fonvielle at the uncouth reflections blog
    4. Lloyd Fonvielle's recent e-book: Missouri Green 
    5. 10 tips for a healthy life from world's oldest person LINK
    6. The Coralino Project LINK . Very interesting! Grow some coral.
    7. Chinese Medicine paintings Zhang Huan (click on slideshow to see paintings made from herbs) LINK 
    8. Writer Amy Tan has a ukulele (she likes to spell it ukelele) LINK 
    9. Jeffrey Smart, the painter, died recently LINK (a wonderful painting of his is shown above). Check out google images for more. I just discovered him upon his death.
    10. "Tall" painting (Holton Rower) on youtube: LINK 
    11. Kozmicdogz Breaks Loose posted my studio picture, Thanks, Tom!
    12. Another artist that I just discovered - Dame Laura Knight - she did some wonderful cove/cliff paintings around 1917. Here's a LINK 
    13. Beer with painter Julie Heffernan LINK
    14. Blue Jasmine trailer LINK (Woody Allen's new film coming out in July).
    15. Modern Arts Notes Podcast with painter Eric Fischl LINK 
    16. Gweek 100 podcast featuring A. J. Jacobs: LINK  Congrats, Mark Frauenfelder for 100th episode of Gweek! (Our Hokum Scorcher's music is on Gweek 014, 015 and 017)
    17. L.S. Lowry at Tate: LINK
    Stay tuned to this blog.
    I will be posting the number two painting in my new series very soon.
    See my first painting in the series here (A Bellhop's Memory of Spring)

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    New Painting: "A Bellhop's Memory of Spring" (Amy Crehore)

    Here's one of my new paintings. It is called "A Bellhop's Memory of Spring" ©2013 Amy Crehore , 12" x 14", oil on linen. I will post another one in this series soon. (Image is slightly cropped on left side due to scan.)