Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Blues Gal Drawings

Sketch for Blues Gal #3 Copyright Amy Crehore 2006

I have been working away on some new drawings. I'm trying to expand my new blues gal series. It's interesting how some of my motifs overlap. Early blues and hokum stringed instruments are often the same as the Hawaiian ones: National guitars and ukes (banjo-ukes and koa wood ukes). Cats in the woods, why not? Waterfalls in the woods. Ditto.
This drawing probably needs more work...it's just one of my new ones.
By the way, there is only one week left to go see the Blab! Show.
Copro Nason Gallery in Santa Monica, CA is open from Wed-Sat, Oct 18-21st.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Shunya Yamashita

Sera Art of Shunya Yamashita
This is a nice figure. I might have to buy this for someone I know who collects them. I like these anime figures much better than some of the designer toys. They seem to have a lot more going for them.

Metaphysical Mamie

 I did a painting for the Women With Issues Show at M Modern Gallery in Palm Springs, CA. It opened on Sept. 23, 2006 (same day as Blab show). The show was a Valley of the Dolls theme show and I think they also had vintage photos for sale of Patty Duke and Sharon Tate.

Here is a photo of Mamie Van Doren from the Blond Bombshell show at the same gallery last January. I got to go to that one and it was fun. Mamie certainly does not look her age!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

The Charm of Range Murata

I picked up a couple of Anime Figures from Just Be Design while I was in Portland. That is where Compound Gallery is located. I like this series of mini-figures by artist Range Murata. See more on here:

Lovely Hula Graphics

I bought this book at Powell's Bookstore while I was visiting Portland last week. It's full of great sepia-toned images of uke playing hula gals, sailors, album cover art, matchbook covers, vintage Hawaiian postcards and old advertising graphics, Trader Vic stuff, you name it. I don't know how I did without it for so long. It's by Taschen, edited by Jim Heimann. Only $9.99.

Friday, October 13, 2006


Check out this website, it's crazy (from boingboing):
Animated haunted furniture
By Cory Doctorow
Scarefactory's Haunted Furniture page is chock-a-bloc with amazing haunted props for your haunted house. Makes me want to redecorate.
Reposed possessed girl flails up to begin violently thrashing front to back side to side to swirl & contortatop the bed. Includes steel queen sized mattress frame, character, mech & pneumatic pkg.
Link (via Cribcandy)
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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Max Ernst & Erling Wold

My bookcase is filled with inspiring art books. I have three of Max Ernst's surrealistic collage novels. One of them is "Une Semaine De Bonte" which is a Dover book on Amazon for only $12. The other two must be harder to find because Amazon doesn't even have pictures of the covers and they are now in the $55.-$140. range - used. I love these books!
(See images above)

ErlingWold is a composer in San Francisco. He ordered a couple of my Little Pierrot prints recently which prompted me to go look up his website. Very intriguing!
By the way, he was also the winner of my blog guessing game...so I sent him an additional print. He, in turn, sent me a CD of soundtrack music that he composed for the film, "The Bed You Sleep In" (director, Jon Jost). It's darkly moody and also enchantingly spirited.

Apparently, he has done some surreal theater pieces including this chamber opera (as described in his extensive bio):
"His critically acclaimed work A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil, based on the Max Ernst collage novel, was presented by the Paul Dresher Ensemble and ODC in 2000. It was given its European premiere in a German version by the Klagenfurter Ensemble in July of 2001 and toured to Max Ernst's hometown of Brühl. "
I may have to order the CD which looks quite wonderful.
Check out:
Website: Erling Wold