Saturday, May 31, 2008

Ancient Sketchbook

Shown here are 2 pages from Stephan Schreiber's practice sketchbook book for illuminated manuscripts (West Germany). See more of this amazing sketchbook full of ideas and miniature designs from the year 1494 (!) on BibliOdyssey. Lovely to see the process.

Cat Masks

There's a group on flickr that has a fascinating set of cat masks. Have a look:

Friday, May 30, 2008

Treasures under the Bed

Check out this gold cup that a guy had hidden away under his bed- a gift from his grandpa. It's ancient and it's worth a million dollars. He abused it as a child, thinking it was only a nice old cup from grandpa. Also, this Freemason padlock sold on ebay for a nice chunk of change. I love the designs on both of these objects. Reminds me, I have started to sell some things on ebay from under my own bed. It's better than a yard sale and, lord knows, my house full of, I mean treasures.

On the Same Wave Length

"Creation" painting copyright Amy Crehore
Attempting the impossible, La tentation de l'impossible 1928, Rene Magritte, Tokyo

I just discovered this Magritte painting on the Femme blog. I have a couple of books on him, but I don't recall ever seeing it before. It's not in my books. I like it! It sort of reminds me of an early "Little Pierrot" that I painted (2004) called "Creation".
(Thanks to Femme for the Magritte image)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

New Work

Detail of sketch by Amy Crehore 2008

Here is a detail of a sketch for one of my new paintings. I don't want to show the whole thing yet, it would give away my "punch line". I am happily finishing up 3 new works on linen canvas this week. Everything takes longer than I think it will, but in the end it's worth it. I'm using lots of layers of oil paint and striving for some seamless designs. As I work, I am transported back in time to early primitive Italian art, Bosch, Remedios Varo and growing up in N.J.-- all at once! I need to start blogging more about my own art now. Things are happening this summer: a New York show and a show in Las Vegas. More about all that later.

Rude Girls

"Smoking" photo copyright Raleigh Powell. This Rude Girl image is from 1959.
My photo of the day is by Raleigh Powell.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

PCL Link Dump

I don't know why I hadn't run across this blog before. Thanks to STWALLSKULL, I just spent half hour checking it out. And you should, too, because there are all kinds of fun, retro links and images on here: Easy Dreamer Blog
(PCL Link Dump)

The Art of Amy Crehore