Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fantastic Collection of Tintypes

Crehore/Forde Family Tintype Photo
I've just returned from a trip to the mountains of Virginia to visit family members. The weather was sunny and beautiful; it reached 75 degrees over the weekend!
Now I am back to work and back to blogging: here is old tintype that I found in my box of family photos. I also have one of an ancestor in a pierrot costume, but I seem to have misplaced it. I love tintypes. I enlarged and lightened this one in photoshop. You can see that their cheeks are tinted pink (click photo for detail).

By the way, I recently discovered a truly fantastic collection of tintypes. Just follow this link to Eliza's flickr:

Monday, November 02, 2009

Tickler Ukulele #3...

Tickler Ukulele #2 Front
Tickler Ukulele #1 Back
Tickler Ukulele #1 Front
Tickler Ukulele #3 is currently being constructed by luthier Lou Reimuller. It is a concert model, larger than the two ukes shown above. I came up with a unique headstock design for it and I'll be painting the front of the uke. Tickler #3 will have some fine details and some rich exotic woods. As usual, it will be a playable one-of-a-kind fine art object. I can't wait to show you when it is finally finished.
Previous posts:
Tickler Number One
Tickler Number Two
P.S. I will not be blogging from November 3- November 9. I'm taking a small break. Stay tuned! I'll be back in a week. Please have a look at my archives while I am gone.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

More New Sketches by Amy Crehore

Happy Halloween! I have been sketching away these past few weeks testing ideas out for paintings (some images are shown here). I am also creating a new design for a letterpress print that will be made available to you in the not-so-distant future. This print will be about nature, girls, monkeys, and a ukulele. I am really excited about it! I want it to be a surprise, however, so I am not going to show you the image just yet. I still have a lot work to do to prepare it for printing.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Can't Get Enough of That Good Old Stuff

If you have been enjoying Steve Chasmar's (a.k.a. Steven Martin) flickr Halloween vintage photo countdown as I have, you might be interested in reading an interview with him on the WIRED website from last year. I had written about his photos on this blog and sent the link to boingboing and before you know it, WIRED contacted Steve for an interview.
Steve has posted 52 astounding images so far for this year's
One more day until Halloween!
UPDATE: Steve's Halloween set now has 78 tasty images!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fabulous New Bookplate Designs

Der Orchideengarten, 1920 magazine cover (Carl Rabus)
Michelle Duckworth won the contest with her bookplate design

Joel M. Smith's bookplate design

A Journey Round My Skull blog held it's first bookplate contest, in the spirit of the forgotten early 20th-century magazine Der Ochideengarten. The prize: Alfred Kubin: Drawings 1897 - 1909. Read Will's latest post about this rare German Fantasy magazine
and see the amazing drawings submitted to his first: Bookplate Contest !!
Wow. have to see Will's flickr set of 1919 art from this same magazine.

The Art of Amy Crehore