Wednesday, September 05, 2007


Detail of Face in "Snake Tamer's Ditty" Copyright 2007 Amy Crehore

Do you know how many times I painted this face over and over again and wiped it off and sanded it down? Neither do I. Too many times to even count! It's a completely made up face...straight out of my imagination.

The Art of Amy Crehore

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

CRANKbait!! Online Exhibition!

A most unusual art show is going on now! Collectors take note! The following fine artists have painted one-of-a-kind fishing lures, the likes of which you will see nowhere else on the planet:

Mark Frauenfelder, Sandow Birk, David Krys, Amy Crehore, Wednesday Kirwan, Scott Harbine, Natalie Parks, Elyse Pignolet, Ape Lad, Devi Pellerin, Becky Harbine, Skot Olsen, Hugh Macdonald, Ken Barrett, Justin Morrison, Steve Lodefink

Hurry on over to FINKBUILT blog to see the newest exhibition in Finkbuilt Gallery: "Lures of Distinction" (click on artists' names for more details of lures and mini-interviews):
Thank you, Steve Lodefink, for organizing this unique art show.
The Art of Amy Crehore

Cemetery Statues

Photo by David Robinson
Cemeteries and cemetery statues have always been fascinating to me - the more ancient the better. Here is a selection of soulful statues from all over the world. I love how the guy's face in the top photo is half gone. The bent-over women in the middle photo - look at her hand- it is so tense with grief. What an amazing sculpture. My favorite cemetery is located in Richmond, VA. It's actually called Hollywood Cemetery. I spent a lot of time in my youth roaming around this place. Located on a scenic bluff overlooking the James River, it's a place full of history and beauty - take the virtual tour:

Monday, September 03, 2007

Miniatures from Topkapi Museum

The portrait of Sultan Mehmet, the Conqueror.ascribed from Sinan Bey.
From Sarai Albums.Istanbul, towards end of 15th century.
Wash-basin in the form of a peacock -Illustrations from al-Jazari 1205
This museum has an outstanding group of Islamic miniature paintings, found in illustrated copies of classic works and as surviving fragments pasted or bound into albums in the former royal libraries. Here's a portrait of a Sultan sniffing a rosebud and grasping his hanky in case he might be allergic. That's how I see it anyway. And here is a mechanical drawing of a wash-basin with a beautiful peacock design from 1205. I always loved the fine-lined delicacy of Persian miniatures.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Einstein on Gandhi

"I believe that Gandhi's views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our time.We should strive to do things in his spirit: not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation in anything you believe is evil." -quote Albert Einstein

New Beginnings

Detail of sketch, Amy Crehore
I'm just showing a small detail of a sketch here because I want this new work to be a big surprise. It will be a large painting with a lot going on. It's for a show at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA in November, but I am getting started on it now because I know it will take me forever to paint it. I only use the finest Belgian linen and Holbein oil paints and the result is well worth it.
I can't wait to get immersed in this new work. Art is great therapy and you always have something to show when you are done.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Albert Einstein Quotes

Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction.
Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.
In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
It is only to the individual that a soul is given.
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Love is a better teacher than duty.
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.
Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.
Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
The only real valuable thing is intuition.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.