Saturday, May 12, 2007

Shoe Coffin

This is my favorite of the African Ga Coffins. "The Ga live around Accra, the capital of Ghana, and believe that you should be buried in a coffin that reflects how you earned your living." You can order your coffin at eShopAfrica. I guess mine would be shaped like a paintbrush. What would yours be?

Friday, May 11, 2007

Good Reviews

"Snake Tamer's Ditty" copyright 2007 Amy Crehore (click on image to enlarge)
My new painting (above) prompted some good reviews online:
"Amy Crehore’s paintings have a lovely innocence. The colours are warm and evoke island ambience (the heat, the breeze, the sound of waves crashing on the shore). But most entrancingly is the way she draws the naked women/girls. A nice, fluid style. Erotic in its own way. She has a blog with updates on her painting, plus images of inspiration." -
Also, reviews on Art NYC and Mardecortesbaja
(who described my blog as a "Naughty Wondershow Theatrical Circuit" )
And it got a mention on Daily Dreamtime , too.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Haitian Voodoo Art

These Haitian art figures are made out of old oil drums. They have siren/mermaid motifs. I think they are amazing and remind me of African art, specifically the Mami Wata images.There is a lot of soul in these sculptures.
This website is cool:

Voodoo Flags

I also love these Haitian Voodoo Flags. This one is a "Funny Siren" that looks like it also has devil horns. The colors and design are superior.These flags are all made of sequins and can be found at El Coqui Gifts .
"Voodoo Flag or Drapo is the finest art unique from Haiti that was originally made only for religious ceremonies as praying cloths. Then in the 1950s, art collectors began acquiring them from the temples. Once the oungans (priests of Voodoo) saw this, they started to use them as a medium to support their societies. "

I Painted Mami Wata Before

"Boy From Togo" 1995 by Amy Crehore
The Mami Wata image is on the wall behind the boy in this painting of mine. I was looking in a book of photos of Africa and found a picture of a faded wall with symbols painted on it. I added the flag of Togo. The boy is imaginary and the cat is, too, although I'm sure I looked at references and pieced it all together. I thought it would make a nice contrast to have him holding a jet black cat against his dark brown skin. I still like this painting.

Mary's Monkey

I found this image here. It's a sweet-looking monkey. I dig the face.
Follow the link for a little poem about Mary and her monkey. Funny.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Sirens, Mermaids and Loteria Cards

One thing leads to another and I just realized that my new painting, "Snake Tamer's Ditty" is actually a siren/mermaid motif. I was not at all conscious of it when I drew it, but now it all makes sense. The way that I twisted the girl's legs. And the way she is lying beside the ocean. The African Mami Wata image that I blogged earlier is actually a snake-tamer and mermaid combined. Yet, I never even thought about Mami Wata until after I blogged my painting.
I started to surf the internet and I found some incredible things. I found this website with various decks of Loteria cards. There is usually a siren/mermaid card in these decks (one is shown above along with a couple of other nice cards- I always liked Loteria cards).
The bottom image is a medieval mermaid that I found on a site that is all about Mermaids. I love the musical theme of this image.
I will blog the rest of the things that I found in subsequent posts.