Friday, October 23, 2009

Hammer Museum Presents R. Crumb's Book of Genesis

The Hammer Museum will be exhibiting R. Crumb’s adaptation of the Book of Genesis from October 24th-Feb 7, 2010. Crumb has spent the last five years working on intricate drawings for this book. "Crumb’s version of the Book of Genesis puts an entirely new twist on the Bible". SPECIAL EVENT: On October 29th, R. Crumb will be joined by art editor for The New Yorker, Fran├žoise Mouly, for a candid discussion about his life and this new project at UCLA. For more information, click here. I would go to this if I lived in Los Angeles.
October 24 - February 7, 2010

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Baby Gumm Sings "Blue Butterfly" in 1929

A rare recording of Frances Baby Gumm singing 'Blue Butterfly' from the short 'A Holiday in Storyland,' from 1929. Baby was only 7 years old when she sang this. She grew up to be Judy Garland.(thanks, nimbusmiranda )

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bemelmans Bar and Woody Allen


Darn it. Last year, when I had my art show in Brooklyn, NY, I stayed up near central park at my brother's place. A friend of mine flew in from California to see my show and stayed at The Carlyle hotel. For a few days, I crossed the park to visit her at this elegant hotel. Unfortunately, no one told me that the hotel bar was the home of Ludwig Bemelmans' murals.
The creator of Madeline children's books, Bemelmans exchanged his work for a year and a half of accommodations at The Carlyle for his family. Wow, that's cool. "Madeline" books were my childhood favorite. It looks like his artwork is even on the lampshades.
Oh well, I miss all the good stuff. Maybe next time. Woody Allen is playing there on Monday nights at 8:45 pm through Dec 7, 2009 with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. Luckily, I already saw Woody play clarinet. It was decades ago at Michael's Pub. I even got his autograph. If anyone is in NYC and loves Madeline and Woody together, head over to the art deco bar at The Carlyle for a fun evening.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Crehore Artwork (Sold)

Crehore Uke (sold)
Tuxedo Uke (sold)
Nighttime Ditty (sold)
The Teaser (sold)

The Wasp Uke (sold)

Slither Uke (sold)

Tickler Uke #2 (sold)

Peekaboo Uke (sold)

The Caged Wonder (sold)
Smoking Pussycat Dream (sold)

Hoop Dream (sold)

Dragonfly Vanity Waltz (sold)

Monkey Love Song (sold)
I am pleased to say that all of the fine art oil paintings and painted objects shown here have found their way to wonderful homes in the last six months (or so) of 2009. In addition, I have shipped many fine art drawings, signed prints and t-shirts to people around the world this year. I am deeply grateful to everyone who has believed in me and supported my art. Your support helps me to continue expanding my creative vision and making new works. Thank you! I will be blogging about more new art soon. Stay tuned.

Monday, October 19, 2009

More Vintage Halloween Goodies


Steve Chasmar has added some more photos to this year's Halloween set on flickr! There are many photos featuring pumpkins such as the two above. Have a look: Halloween Countdown 2009 and while you are there, you must check out last year's set which has no equal : Halloween in the Time of Cholera . I don't know about you, but where I live we have no trick or treaters. The candy bowl just sits there all night long. Steve Chasmar's photos bring all of those fond memories flooding back to me. Of course, some of the pictures are so old, you can't believe it. Waaay before my time!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

National Guitars Have Perfectly Shaped Dust Bunnies

Steve Olson, who repairs guitars for Elderly Instruments , has collected dust bunnies from guitar and mandolin bodies for years and has even catalogued them. The one pictured on the top left was found in the cone of an old National guitar. Apparently, National guitars create perfectly round and dense "tone balls" (dust bunnies) over time. Interesting! I happen to know someone in Oregon who once worked at Elderly repairing guitars and I also know a National guitar collector/repairman who would absolutely love this article which appeared in the Summer 2006 issue of The FretBoard Journal (Number 2). Thanks, Mark! BOINGBOING

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Vintage Theatre Photos

Wedding tableau, Sydney, ca. 1930 / Sam Hood
has some beautiful vintage photos of theatre in Sydney dating from the latter half of the nineteenth century. How fun!