Wednesday, August 09, 2006


It's Louise Brooks again in the tutu. I have been super busy lately painting for the Blab show and I don't have much time to really post anything.
The show itself is hush hush, so I won't be able to show you any sketches until after they put up their website. I am also supposed to paint for a Palm Springs show that opens the same day, Sept. 23, 2006. More on that later!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Shock-headed Peter or Der Struwwelpeter

One of my favorite children's books and a true inspiration to me is this 1920's version of the 1845 classic by Heinrich Hoffman, "Slovenly Peter".
Poems about naughty children with beautiful woodcut-style illustrations. This version is hand-colored. Read about Hoffman here:
"Der Struwwelpeter"

Monday, August 07, 2006

Two New Interviews, Amy Crehore

"Hula Hoop Blues" Copyright Amy Crehore 2005
In case you might have missed them, there are two new interviews with me online at:

Go See Scoop

This a hokum blog and I just have to mention Woody Allen's newest film, "Scoop". I agree with those critics who say it is his funniest film in years. And it's one of his best, I think. He plays a hilariously old-fashioned vaudeville-style magician. The gorgeous Scarlett Johansson is his comedic sidekick. Or maybe he is her sidekick. Very beautifully filmed with a great script. Hugh Jackman rounds out the great cast. A "perfect" little movie complete with it's surreal deathship. You'll have to go see it to find out what that is. I think England suits Woody.
As a side note, look what I just found! A blog about Woody's jazz band:
I still have my autographed postcard from Michael's Pub in NYC signed by Woody himself many, many years ago.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Balthus, King of Cats

"Nude with Cat" 1949, copyright Balthus
A year or two ago, the Portland Art Museum sponsored a show of paintings from the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia. I was fortunate enough to get to see this painting by Balthus that I would never have seen otherwise. It certainly is one of my very favorites: the composition of angles, the spontaneity, the look on the girl's face, the unselfconscious pose, the delighted cat, the lighting and the solidity of the forms. It has it all.
Read the museum's description of Balthus and his art:
I did a tribute to Balthus maybe 5 or 6 years ago in a painting called
He's been an artistic inspiration for a long time now. A true original.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Sketch for "Banana Eater"

Sketch for "Banana Eater" painting Copyright 2005 Amy Crehore
Here is the drawing (click on image to enlarge)
for the "Banana Eater" painting which
will be published in "Blab! 17" in Sept. 2006.
You can see the painting on the homepage of my website:

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Louise Brooks, Inspiration

Louise Brooks
"Black Comedy" by Amy Crehore Copyright 2005

Although most of my Little Pierrots were drawn without looking at any reference material at all, a couple of them were inspired by the poses of beautiful silent movie star, Louise Brooks.