This is LITTLE HOKUM RAG, the blog of artist Amy Crehore. NEWS: Current - Antonio Colombo Gallery show May 25-July 29, 2017 Milan, Italy. Upcoming - Tokyo, Japan and Los Angeles, CA both in Sept. 2017.
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!
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.... www.amycrehore.com
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.
"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!
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....
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.