Thursday, August 09, 2007

Literartistry Show Reminder

Sketch for "Story of Lolita, Part Two" by Amy Crehore
"Story of Lolita, Part Two", oil on linen 2007 copyright Amy Crehore, Interpretation of the novel by Vladimir Nabokov
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Here is the sketch and final for one of 2 pieces that I painted for the "Literartistry" Group Show which will open at Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA on August 11, 2007 from 7-10 pm. Each artist is interpreting a favorite book. Don't miss this show - artists include: Jason Shawn Alexander, Erik Alos, Chris Anthony, Chris Conn Askew, Attaboy, Anthony Ausgang, Lauren Bergman, Andrew Brandou, Dave Burke, Paul Chatem, Greg Clarke, Amy Crehore, Camilla d’Ericco, Jason Dugan, Korin Faught, Sarah Folkman, Melissa Forman, Andrew Foster, Lauren Gardiner, Andrew Hem, Michael Hussar, Stella Im Hultberg, Mari Inukai, Wednesday Kirwan, Kukula, Joe Ledbetter, Tiffany Liu, Kevin Llewellyn, Lola, Jeff McMillan, Lisa Moneypenny Murray, Tom Neely, Joe O’Neill, Alex Pardee, Kevin Peterson, Joshua Petker, Carlos Ramos, Sergio Rebia, Joey Remmers, Lesley Reppeteaux, Isabel Samaras, Mijn Schatje, Nathan Spoor, Bob Staake, Gin Stevens, David Stoupakis, Cassandra Szekely, Heidi Taillefer, The Pizz, Sage Vaughn, Amanda Visell, David VonDerLinn, and Jasmine Worth. Contact:

Corey Helford Gallery

P.S. See my earlier post for "The Story of Lolita, Part One" (my other painting in this show) and more details.

(thousands of Hungarians are hitting on this image)

The Art of Amy Crehore

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Oaxacan Wood Carvings

Clapping Monkey
Hands Up Monkey
Silver Fruited Monkey
La Fuente is a wonderful website loaded with animal carvings from Oaxaca, Mexico and much, much more. Here are some monkeys carved and painted by folk artists, Jacobo Cortes and Arsenio Morales. These are very inspiring to me...the patterns are amazing.

Mexican Lobby Cards

For a lot more images of crazy, side-splitting Mexican Lobby Cards try this great website:

Monday, August 06, 2007

Vintage Photo Archive

Organ Grinder 1930s San Francisco
Afro American contortionist guitarist Pennsylvania 1921
These images are from the Vintage Photo Archive .
They have lots of great old images that you can order prints of
(Thomas Robinson, Portland, OR).

Friday, August 03, 2007

In the Swim

Charles Robinson, Illustrator
Kogyo Terazaki
Kokunimasa Utagaw
I love these! I have been looking for images of bathers in old-fashioned bathing costumes. Be sure to click on images to enlarge.
I got these from Japonisme via Internet Weekly. Thanks!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Butterfly Hunter


Every summer Vladimir Nabokov and his wife would go butterfly hunting. He deposited the specimens he found at scientific institutions such as Harvard or Cornell Universities. It was during these expeditions that "Lolita" was finally finished in 1954, 14 years after Nabokov had first thought of the idea. He wrote the novel in the evenings or on cloudy days while travelling through America: western places such as Telluride, CO; Afton, Wyoming; Portal, Arizona; and Ashland, OR. He was not a party person. He liked to hang out with his wife, play chess and hunt butterflies. The rest of the time was spent mostly writing in solitude, for that is what all great writers do.