Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Unusual Life

Photo Credit: Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
Speaking of paint-by-numbers, here is the collection of Marlow Harris and JoDavid who live in Seattle. I found it on their blog : "Unusual Life" which features eccentric homes, beautiful condom fashions from Thailand, Long Gone John, Kirsten Anderson and Cyclops Kitty. It's just my kind of blog.
For fun and wackiness check out:

Sunday, January 28, 2007

The Classic Hair Flower

Billy Holiday Gardenias
The Flower Muncher Painting by Amy Crehore
Betty Page Rose

Girls with flowers in their hair. It's Classic. All of the girls in my "Monkey Love Paintings" have tropical flowers in their hair. They are wearing nothing else! Coincidentally, this hair flower fashion seems to be hot right now.
Check out:
For Hair Flower Accessories
Also, I am offering free shipping on all of my "Little Pierrot" and Monkey Love" limited edition, signed fine art prints until Feb. 15, 2007.

Friday, January 26, 2007

My "Charity By Numbers" Painting

Close up of girl's face by Amy Crehore

1955 Paint-by-Number transformed by Amy Crehore (click on image for larger view)
On Feb.10, 2007 the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City will host a gala evening followed by a week-long auction. CHARITY BY NUMBERS will benefit the Alliance for Children's Rights.
Here is a sneak preview of my painting for the event. You will be able to link to the Ebay Auction Site at: or or go directly to Ebay’s homepage and click on “Giving Works” under Categories from Feb 10 until Feb. 17 midnight.
More details here: CHARITY BY NUMBERS
List of artists who are transforming paint-by-numbers includes- Mark Ryden & Marion Peck, Clayton Brothers, Camille Rose Garcia, Todd & Kathy Schorr, Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Eric White, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Friends With You, James Marshall (Dalek), Josh Agle (Shag), Michael Hussar, Gary Panter, Kent Williams, Miss Van, Richard Colman, Alex Gross, Elizabeth McGrath, Jeff Soto, Jim Houser, David Horvath & Sun-Min Kim, Souther Salazar, Saelee Oh, Caroline Hwang, Andrew Brandou, Korin Faught, Gary Taxali, Joe Ledbetter, Owen Smith, Aaron Smith, Natalia Fabia, Kaz, Bwana Spoons, Dave Kinsey, Mark Todd & Esther Pearl Watson, Erik Foss, Boris Hoppek, Nathan Jurevicius, Fred Stonehouse, Tara McPherson, Calef Brown, Paul Frank, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Martha Rich, Jennifer Poon, Heiko Mueller, James Jean, Jordin Isip, The London Police, Lola, Nathan Spoor, Amy Crehore, Isabel Samaras, Anthony Ausgang, Jonathon Rosen, Christian Northeast, Ana Bagayan, Mari Inukai, Greg Simkins (Craola), Donny Miller, Lauren Bergman, Tom Neely, Blaine Fontana, Audrey Kawasaki, Tokidoki, The Pizz, Jesse LeDoux, Kukula, Paul Chatem, Glenn Barr, Alex Pardee, Luke Chueh, Buff Monster, Sam Flores, Kii Arens, David Sandlin, Van Arno, Attaboy, Dave Burke, Sean Christopher, Greg Clarke, Frieda Gossett Clayton, Dave Cooper, Sarah Folkman, Fawn Gehweiler, Gris Grimly, David Hochbaum, Stella Im Hultberg, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, Kozyndan, Tiffany Liu, Jason Maloney, Tim McCormick, Patrick McDonnell, Carrie McNinch, Chantal Menard, Brandi Milne, James Naccarato, Joe O'Neill, Kathie Olivas, Kevin Peterson, Joshua Petker, Pooch, Lesley Reppeteaux, Goldmine Shithouse, Savanna Snow, Amy Sol, Save Vaughn, David Von Der Linn

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Victims & Avengers

"Emily", photograph copyright 2007 Chris Anthony
Check out these amazing Victorian Surrealist Art Photographs of Chris Anthony in his new show at the Corey Helford Gallery. Open to the public for only a week from Jan. 30- Feb.7, 2007. Go see it if you are in the Culver City/Los Angeles area. Or click on the online gallery to see the show:

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Papa Charlie Jackson 1890-1938

Papa Charlie Jackson by Amy Crehore
I can't remember exactly when I painted this portrait of Papa Charlie Jackson with his guitar banjo. We used to play some of his songs in our little Hokum Scorchers band.
'Jackson was the first really successful self accompanied performer and he has the distinction of being one of the creators of “Hokum”, a spicy form of popular song that made repeated and continual references to sex, his most popular composition being “Shake That Thing”.' read more about Jackson at Red Hot Jazz
Listen to samples of his Complete Recorded Works on Document Records at Amazon:
We especially loved to play these songs:
"I Got What it Takes, but it Breaks my Heart to Give it Away" (Vol.1)
"Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine" (Vol.2)
and "Loan Me Your Heart" (Vol.3)

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Golden Nature Guides

When I am painting and I need some handy reference material, I sometimes reach for my collection of vintage Golden Nature Guides (published by Golden Press in the 1950's). I can find any sort of plant or animal in these beautiful little books. Here's a link to buy them new:

Friday, January 19, 2007

Seaside Pierrots

Pierrots were popular seaside attractions in Victorian England.

"Pierrot groups first appeared in Britain’s coastal resorts during the 1890s after being instituted by a singer and banjoist, Clifford Essex. He established the first pierrot group after a visit to France in 1891, having been struck with the appearance of traditional pierrots of French pantomime. They became an established feature of seaside entertainment until the Second World War. Each troupe occupied its own pitch and performed on a portable wooden stage, usually erected directly on the beach.",
Tate Papers Spring 2006
(read more about pierrots in art).