Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hilarious Piece of Folk Art Erotica

This pipe cleaner man jacking off in a tobacco tin sold for $25. at auction last year (it is from the 1940s). Some type of pull-string on wrist? LINK
I guess this was a fad because here's another one (from 60's?): LINK

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.