Saturday, July 31, 2010

New Letterpress Prints to be Released in Mid-August

Monkey with uke detail copyright Amy Crehore 2010
I will be releasing new 3-color letterpress prints in mid-August. Above is just a small detail of the design, but the colors will be completely different. Watch my blog for more news about this special artist-signed limited edition print....coming soon. (I'm sorry this project has taken so long, but we want it to be right.)

Friday, July 30, 2010

"Let Me Play With Your Poodle" performed by the Hokum Scorchers

Someone was just saying on boingboing (in the comments section) that the song "Let Me Play With Your Poodle" is the dirtiest little ditty ever.
So, I changed the song on my website player to "Let Me Play With Your Poodle" by Hudson Woodbridge (a.k.a. Tampa Red) 1942. My band, The Hokum Scorchers, recorded this song in 1992 for our "Feed the Kitty" album. Lou plays the National guitar and we both sing. The poodle double entendre could go either way - male or female. In the old photo above, Lou seems to be sporting some sort of "poodle hair" (photo taken at Ken Kesey's house). Have a listen here:
(scroll down for music player)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Current Inspiration, Another Dead Genius

I have a nice book on Robert Schwartz called "Dream Games" (published in 2004 by the San Jose Museum of Art). He has been a favorite of mine for quite a few years. Unfortunately, he died at age 53 of a rare protein disorder in the year 2000. His gouache paintings were very intricate, surreal and original. He packed a lot of soul into his tiny narratives. There is no one quite like him. I'd love to be able to see a few of these paintings when I visit San Francisco next month. (Hackett Mill Gallery: LINK to above images) Sadly, I can't find much about this GREAT painter on the internet. I'm glad that I own this awesome book to inspire me. You will find a few more images here: San Jose Museum of Art
The book has over 80 paintings and may be hard to find. There are a couple of copies on amazon: amazon.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Pierrot Couple with Mandolin and Moon.

Here's another vintage pierrot postcard. Sent to me by my wonderful friend Valerie in Barcelona. Thanks, Valerie. You are the best! It's so beautiful and perfect - with the mandolin and the moon.

Etta James Sings "Something's Got a Hold on Me"

This is for my friend Ruth....

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Look at Picasso in the Met (Charlie Rose)

His portrait of Gertrude Stein was the 1st work by Picasso to enter the Met's collection in 1946.
Gary Tinterow speaks with Charlie Rose about the Picasso show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here's the link-