Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ukulele Dreamgirl Painting in Brooklyn, July 16th

"Hokum Hallelujah" by Amy Crehore 2009 (oil on linen 12" x 18")
This is the piece I sent to Williamsburg, Brooklyn (NY) for the group show at the new 99% Gallery. I am hoping that people in the NYC area will make it out to the opening.
There's a mini preview of the show on (looks good).
It opens on July 16th, 2010 from 7-10 pm.
Location: 99 North 10th

Brooklyn, NY 11211

Friday, July 09, 2010

Frauenfelder's New Book is a Joy to Read

Mark Frauenfelder doesn't need me to review his new book, "Made by Hand". It's been reviewed by almost everyone. He's been on the Colbert Report and interviewed by countless others. Time. com, Huffington Post, you name it. And I'm glad - because this book is utterly absorbing and I didn't want most of the chapters to end! It made me cry (when the family lost their chickens to predators), educated me (how cigarette advertising killed DIY, killing the lawn, growing food, etc.), made me laugh (recounting his family's reactions to his DIY projects and admitting his own mistakes) and it also inspired me to try new things.
The thing I can't get over, though, is what a great writer Mark is. He makes everyday homespun activities sound interesting and important. He encourages us to ask questions and learn about things that we don't already know about. Most of all, Mark tells us how fulfilling it is to have a more hands-on approach to life, to make the most of what we already have and to create new things. Mark reminds us that we need this soul food to stay in touch with ourselves and that our mistakes and frustrations are the very things that educate us.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Close-Up of 3 Bathers, Amy Crehore

Here are the "bathers" in my new painting,
"The Waiting Pool". I'd like to do more "bather"
paintings. It's such a traditional subject:
Picasso, Renoir, Cezanne, Puvis de Chavannes,
Seurat, Bazille, Matisse, Bouguereau...they
all did bathers. Just google Bathers Paintings.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Ubaldo Oppi, Le tre bagnanti, 1927

Interesting example of "bathers" motif.
Oppi knew Picasso
(had an affair with his girlfriend) and also spent time in Italy.
Follow link to see and read more.
Loving his style -especially this painting.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Letterpress detail by Amy Crehore

This is a blown-up detail of a small area of an ink drawing that I did for a new 3-color letterpress print that will be printed in the next couple weeks.

copyright Amy Crehore 2010

Uke Building Workshop in Australia, Cairns Uke Festival

Rick Turner is in Australia teaching a uke building workshop as part of the Cairns Uke Festival this week. 14 students, 4 days. Shown here: newly built pineapple ukes, day 3. More photos of students and Rick here: LINK You can see the joy on their faces. This festival also has a charity art exhibit of painted ukes (Shaun Tan and lots of other artists) and a world record attempt to assemble 1,000 uke players.
(Thanks, Steve F. for telling me about it. Wish I could be there.)