Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Another Look at Margaret Kilgallen

I love this little film of artist Margaret Kilgallen. (Art21)
Her Wikipedia entry says: "Kilgallen was an avid reader and thinker, looking to Appalachian music, signage, letterpress printing, freight train vandal art, and religious and decorative arts to inform her work. Her work demonstrates her respect for and engagement with craftsmanship and the stories of everyday peoples' lives. She was especially interested in "the evidence of the maker's hand."
She explained- "I like things that are handmade and I like to see people's hand in the world, anywhere in the world; it doesn't matter to me where it is. And in my own work, I do everything by hand. I don't project or use anything mechanical, because even though I do spend a lot of time trying to perfect my line work and my hand, my hand will always be imperfect because it's human. And I think it's the part that's interesting, that even if I'm doing really big letters and I spend a lot of time going over the line and over the line and trying to make it straight, I'll never be able to make it straight. From a distance it might look straight, but when you get close up, you can always see the line waver. And I think that's where the beauty is." Quote from Wikipedia 
She died at 33 years of age in 2001 of breast cancer, 3 weeks after giving birth to her daughter Asha. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Llyn Foulkes at the Hammer Museum

Llyn Foulkes will play his Machine at 7:30 pm tonight at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. I wish I could go to this. His retrospective, which opened this month, will be at the Hammer through May 19th, 2013. (10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA)

Here is a clip of him on the Machine-
Llyn Foulkes at dOCUMENTA 2012 from Kent Fine Art on Vimeo.

Watch film clips of Llyn Foulkes working on his amazing piece The Lost Frontier (1997-2005, collection Hammer Museum).

Half Moon Banjo Ukulele

Unusual banjo uke from University of Leipzig - Museum of Musical Instruments 
(Thanks twitter, @ShelleyRickey and @UkeHunt)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Celebrating Renoir's Large Bathers on his birthday

Here's my favorite Renoir painting, The Large Bathers 1884-1887 (Philadelphia Museum of Art). I actually like the combination of styles in this painting better than his works that have his trademark, brushy-style throughout.
It has great form and beauty. The smooth skin of the figures, contrasted with less-defined impressions of nature, makes sense to me. Shown below it is one of the sketches that he did in preparation for the painting. You can see how he changed the position of the girl with the braid in the final work.
Happy Birthday, Renoir!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Let's Get Drunk Again- performed by The Hokum Scorchers

The Hokum Scorchers at my "Dreamgirls and Ukes" gallery show.
(Photo taken by Mark Lowrie 2009 at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles)

"Let's Get Drunk Again" (song by Bo Chatmon 1938). This is a 1990 tape recording- Hokum Scorchers. Lou plays National guitar, Amy Crehore (me) on washboard w/cups.

The Art of Amy Crehore

Thursday, February 21, 2013

My portrait of Jessica Watson - The Art of Doing

Jessica Watson by Amy Crehore 2013, oil on linen, 8" x 10"
I created this portrait of the amazing Jessica Watson for Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield's blog dedicated to their brand new book The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well. There are many wonderful interviews in this book, including one with friend Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing .
At the age of 16, Jessica Watson became the youngest person to sail solo around the world.
The interview with her in the book is quite fascinating.
The authors share some of it today on their blog, have a look: 

You can buy the book on amazon here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Amy Crehore Originals

 Homage to the King of Cats, 2001, 18" x 22", oil on linen ©Amy Crehore SOLD
 "Checkers", 2003, 18" x 22", oil on linen ©Amy Crehore SOLD
 "Feed the Bear Blues" 2007 preliminary drawing, pencil on 8 1/2" x 11" paper ©Amy Crehore SOLD
 "Black Cat Tease", 2005  oil on paper, image 6 1/2" circle © Amy Crehore SOLD
"Geyser" Camp Uke, 2009, oil painting (on Lyon & Healy antique 1920s) ©Amy Crehore SOLD
Here are some originals of mine that have recently found new homes with collectors in NYC, L.A., Austin, etc.
The top two fine art paintings were award winners in national competitions, Communication Arts Magazine and the American Illustration annual. The "Homage" painting was also exhibited in NYC some years ago at the Museum of American Illustration in a show called "Dreams". The antique ukulele was part of my "Dreamgirls and Ukes" show in Los Angeles. The pencil drawing was a preliminary sketch for a painting that was shown in a Brooklyn, NY gallery a few years back (the painting is still available). The circle painting is one of my "Little Pierrot" series (10 Little Pierrots were selected winners in the American Illustration annual some years ago and 4 were shown in a Santa Monica gallery).
 For more information visit my website.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Walt Kuhn and Guy Pene du Bois

The painter Walt Kuhn (above) was actually one of the organizers of the 1913 Armory show in NYC as a member of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors. Here's a link to Kuhn's records.
This is Walt Kuhn's gorgeous "American Beauty" painting, 1934. It is in the collection of the Chrysler Museum (Norfolk, VA). LINK
It is one of the many portraits of performers that Walt Kuhn painted. More images here.
An artist named Guy Pene du Bois was included in the 1913 Armory show along with 299 others.
Below are some of his works (not necessarily in the Armory show, just works that I like). Mysterious and deceptively simple compositions.

Read about Guy Pene du Bois 
More images here.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

!00th Anniversary of Groundbreaking Armory Show 1913

It is the 1913 Armory Show's 100th anniversary. You can find the list of artists here .
And, oh, what a list it is! 300 artists introduced NYC to "modern art".
Read about the history of this show here.
See a cool map of layout of building and links explaining the art of 1913 Armory show.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

What am I working on?

I'm drawing with very small brushes using waterproof, fadeproof ink right now.
Just having fun.
Here's a sketchbook example that I drew yesterday. Letting the ideas flow and learning new techniques by practicing.

Inspired Poetry- A post for Valentines Day

(Detail of a painting by the talented and lovely Lang Leav)
 I can't think of a better way to spend Valentines Day than to sit around eating chocolates and reading the wonderful poetry of Lang Leav and Michael Faudet .

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Painting of the Day by Otto Dix

Self-portrait by Otto Dix 1912. He sports a bowl haircut and corduroy jacket. He is holding a pink carnation. The hand and flower are painted with delicacy, but he gave himself an intense stare. Nice contrast. (Thanks, Benjamin Phillips)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Album Cover by Dali for Jackie Gleason

Wow. Dali created this cover art in 1955 for Jackie Gleason's album Lonesome Echo.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Picture of the Day

Alert! A wild, vintage double entendre, hokum banana image:
Cousin Cora's Corp of Coy Chorines and Curious Cronies
(Thanks to Mark Dylan Sieber's facebook)

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Latest Courbet News: The Head Was Cut Off

I guess the big art news today is that someone found a painted head in an antique shop that was cut off of the "The Origin of the World" painting by Gustave Courbet, 1866. Of course, the fellow only paid about 1,200 pounds for this head and it is supposedly worth 35 million pounds.
(LINK photo Philippe Petit)
Read full story in the Telegraph.

See the NSFW masterpiece that most people are familiar with (without the head)
HERE: wikipedia 
Cropping made it so dynamic.

Here's the original sketch by Courbet (link):

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Monday, February 04, 2013

The Hokum Scorchers Perform "Stamps Blues"

This was inspired by the Tony Hollins 1941 version of the song. Lou and I recorded this in 1995. I'm playing the washboard and Lou is playing a vintage National guitar.