Friday, March 19, 2010

New Crehore Artwork

Above is a quick (distorted) scan of a recently painted headstock. I tried to scan the painted banjo head, but it didn't work. This banjo-uke is finished except for the varnish, tuners, etc. When done, I will take complete photos. I am drawing up designs for more ukes, plus working on some complicated canvases at the moment. More often than not, art takes longer than you would imagine. I experience many ups and downs during the process, especially when I'm charting new territory for myself. It can be frustrating and exhilarating...from one day to the next. Just like the weather.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Very First "Wizard of Oz" Book 1900

The cowardly lion had glasses and a bow in his hair and was featured on the cover of the very first edition of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum. This was the year 1900. W. W. Denslow was the illustrator. Dig those flying monkeys. They don't seem scary at all.
"W. W. Denslow's original artwork consists of black-and-white line drawings, but the illustrations were printed in color. Some appear in full color and others in only one. Each locale of the story has its own color scheme: Kansas is gray; East, blue; West, yellow; South, red; the Emerald City, green; and, the areas between sections, brown. Because their publisher was concerned about the expense of producing the book, Baum and Denslow paid the cost of including the full-color plates." Read more about the author and illustrator at the Library of Congress exhibit website. Looks like they may have had a little falling out later on.
Here's more about The Cowardly Lion character (wikipedia).
I painted a few lions myself for my solo show in Los Angeles last year.
I have to say, they are fun to paint and, in our imaginations, they make wonderful, complex characters. Maybe it was the Wizard of Oz which made me think lions might be fun to lounge on and hang out with. (?!)
The Art of Amy Crehore

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

Original "Alice" Manuscript - None Compares!

Lewis Carroll's art Copyright © The British Library Board
Copyright © The British Library Board
Copyright © The British Library Board British Library, Add. MS 46700 - all above images: Copyright © The British Library Board
What could be more beautiful than the original manuscript? This is the original version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, the pen-name of Charles Dodgson, an Oxford mathematician. It is called "Alice's Adventures Underground" and it is a treasure of the British Library. The book is in their online gallery and you can look at each hand-written, hand-drawn page (all 91 pages). Here is the link:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Poorly Framed Photo Makes Great Art

Poorly Framed
Originally uploaded by stevechasmar
That's exactly why I like this.
The head is cut off and the pose
is a hoot. I used to compose my own
art photos cutting off the tops of heads
..but, never the entire head. Wonder why I
never thought of that?