Monday, September 20, 2010

Kam Wah Chung & Co.

photo from Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Park
Kam Wah Chung & Co., general store and herbal apothecary, is
an historic landmark located in John Day, OR that was
built by Ing "Doc" Hay and Lung On in the late 1800s
when thousands of Chinese miners came to the Oregon desert to
search for gold. There is a beautiful OPB video that shows the preserved contents of the store.
It is an amazing place to visit. I was reminded of it when a friend
showed me his pictures of a recent visit there.
You can find a lot more information and video here:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Beauty of Letterpress (New Print by Amy Crehore)

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Shygals' Serenade 3-color letterpress print by Amy Crehore
I took a photo from the side just to show you the beauty of a letterpress print. The ink is pressed into the paper causing a deep impression. Please click on the photo to see what I'm talking about. I made an ink drawing with a fine brush first and then I used acetate to make overlays for each color (also using brush and ink). This is the old-fashioned way of doing it, so the result looks somewhat like an old children's book illustration. I used motifs from my paintings of gals and monkeys. I added a flyswatter and a ukulele for fun. I hand-lettered Shygals' Serenade with my own made-up typeface.
I want to thank a number of wonderful blogs for taking an interest in this print:

New Cloudy Collection Prints Released

NEW! The theme is: “Bunches, Crowds, Clusters, Piles, and Knots”.
What is it? A set of seven letterpress prints on 4″x6″ white bamboo paper with art by Frank Chimero (shown above) Maura Cluthe, Eleanor Davis, Matt Forsythe, Julia Sonmi Heglund, David Huyck, and Vincent Mathy
Get yours at:

P.S. I had the honor of being in the very first Cloudy Collection Edition.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo's Surreal Portraits

Vertumnus, 1590, oil on canvas by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
The Librarian, 1566, oil on canvas by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (one of my favorite museums) is having a show of 16 Giuseppe Arcimboldo portrait paintings. It opens on Sunday, September 19, 2010 and runs through January 9, 2011.
The show will travel to Milan, Italy after that. Guiseppe was born in Milan in 1527 and died there in 1593. "His portraits of human heads made up of vegetables, fruits, sea creatures and tree roots were greatly admired by his contemporaries and remain a source of fascination today" LINK.
These paintings are timeless. They are inventive, surreal, modern, masterfully painted and full of humor. Watch a video narrated by Isabella Rossellini on the National Gallery website.
On view together for the first time in the USA: