Sunday, July 23, 2006

Shiori Matsumoto, Magical Painter

Painting Copyright 2006 Shiori Matsumoto
I have a pen pal in Japan named Shiori Matsumoto and she is one terrific painter. She's a surrealist, too, and we have a lot in common. Our subject matter, for instance: girls, cats, curtains, theater, mystery. Check out her website gallery:

Friday, July 21, 2006

Little Pierrot Drawings

"Hula Hoop Blues" copyright 2005 Amy Crehore, pencil on paper

"Little Hokum Rag" was recently written up by Johnny on Drawn! (thanks, Johnny) which reminded me that I have been meaning to add some more drawings to my website for a long time now. So, I just went and uploaded 10 more Little Pierrot Series Drawings in the drawing section. Have a look! These are newer, more complex ones. I will add more in the weeks to come, including my Monkey Love Series drawings. And, yes, I used a coffee can lid to draw those circles!

The Art of Amy Crehore

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Art NYC, Fabulous New Blog!

There's a new blog called Art NYC which featured my "Creature" painting this month after seeing Mark Frauenfelder's recent boingboing post about it.
Later, B.L. Ochman gave both Art NYC and my painting a nice mention.
Marshall Sponder of ArtNYC has now written a great review of my "Banana Eater" painting in his July 15th, 2006 post.

I suppose he will have to continue to wonder about what the red pelican means in my painting (actually a scarlet ibis from South America) because I don't know myself! It's a design element - I needed it to balance my composition - but, it is also a potential "character" in the fantasy. I can tell him that my monkey is from South America and so is my girl and the tree has nuts, but they aren't coconuts, they are brazil nuts. The monkey is a squirrel monkey and the location is loosly based on Devil's Island, off of French Guiana.
Check out ART NYC

Thursday, July 13, 2006

"Banana Eater" Painting

"The Banana Eater" copyright 2005 by Amy Crehore
It's almost time for the second Blab! Show to roll around. I have been working hard on paintings for the show to be held at the end of September, 2006 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, CA.

Since the time is drawing near, here is a sneak peek of my spread in the upcoming issue of "Blab!" due out in September. It's called the "Banana Eater" (collection of Gary Baseman, this painting was shown in the very first Blab show Sept. 2005 at Track 16 Gallery).
Click on image to enlarge.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The "Summer Show"

Here are a few photos from the opening of the "Summer Show" in Santa Monica, CA. on June 24th, 2006. I am standing with Audrey Wells and John Radzik (top photo) and with Mark Frauenfelder (bottom photo). They came to meet me and see my art. It was a thrill of a lifetime meeting all three of them. A few weeks earlier, Mark bought my monkey painting, "The Creature", based on a sketch that I had shown him.

Monday, July 03, 2006

"The Creature" Painting (Monkey Love #9)

"The Creature" by Amy Crehore copyright 2006

My newest painting is called "The Creature". I was lucky enough to actually meet Mark Frauenfelder of last weekend in Santa Monica. He now owns my latest Monkey Love painting. See what he has to say about it on boingboing.

Did I mention that is my favorite site? And Mark is a fantastic artist himself. He also has great a uke blog, Ukulelia for all of the uke lovers out there.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Internet Weekly Rocks!

Be sure to check out Internet Weekly's Art Archive for the most interesting and wonderful links to unusual, provocative, classic, beautiful and humorous fine art and illustration. They always have delightful surprises every single week from all over the world.