Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Papa Charlie Jackson song performed by The Hokum Scorchers

This song is from 1929. Lou is playing the guitar-banjo and I am playing the washboard. I painted the portrait of Papa Charlie Jackson. We recorded this in 1995.
Here is the link to the Hokum Scorchers songs on soundcloud:

The Art of Amy Crehore

Friday, May 10, 2013

Gibson Guitar Design Using Headstock for the Body

Clever guitar design using a large replica of Gibson headstock for the body and a
miniature of the same Les Paul guitar (upside-down) for the headstock. Early 50s-60s style.
I like this design. A switcheroo.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

A Blue Ball for Today

"Blue Orb" by Amy Crehore 2005, oil on paper, image size 6 3/4"
Since artist Jeff Koons has a new show in NYC of blue balls (must be "in"), I am posting a painting that I did exactly 8 years (May 10, 2005) ago called "Blue Orb". It is part of my "Little Pierrot" series. Most of these paintings can be viewed HERE.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Yale Art Gallery Collection

Young Woman Reclining in Spanish Costume 1862-3 by Edouard Manet
This great Manet painting is in the Yale Art Gallery Collection. Check out the cat.
To see the collection online: LINK 
My grandfather went to Yale, but I have never been there.
Would love to visit this gallery in person, 
which has a superb collection of masterpieces, but for now,
I will be content to view the collection online.
Adam and Eve 1509 by Mariotto Albertinelli

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Father of the Modern Comic Strip: Wilhelm Busch 1832-1908

Max and Moritz (A Story of Seven Boyish Pranks)
Wilhelm Busch was a German painter and poet, best known for his drawings and funny verse. His sketches with verse for weekly magazines are considered precursors of the comic strip. He really wanted to be a great painter like the Flemish master painters and indeed he did execute 1,000 oil paintings over the course of his life, living like a hermit.
But by 1910 (2 years after his death), half a million copies of his Max and Moritz from 1865, a black comedy children's story about himself and a real life friend, were printed in German. 
The book was the forerunner of the Katzenjammer Kids and is still popular today in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Covered in dough!
(Thanks, Suzanne G for reminder)