Monday, November 25, 2013

New! Book cover painting (by Crehore) for The Magazine's Book Project on Kickstarter

Just finished this painting- 14" x 18 3/8" oil on wood © This was painted as a book cover for a printed book of select stories from The Magazine's first year. A mock-up version appears currently on kickstarter, but this is my final version of the painting. This is a fund raiser for the proposed book. They are also offering an almost full-size limited edition print of this as part of their fundraiser on kickstarter -

Sunday, November 03, 2013

The Richard Balzer Collection

I spent the morning looking at these!
Dick Balzar collects antique magic lanterns, peepshows, shadows, transparencies, thaumatropes, phenakistascopes and other optical toys.
Go to his websites to see his collection of fantastic toys in action and to read the history.
You won't be sorry. So beautiful!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Few Costumes

 From 1906 Femina magazine
 From 16th century carnival (above and below)
See more at Public Domain Review LINK

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Two Balthus Shows in NYC

Untitled, c. 1999–2000
Color Polaroid
4 x 4 inches (10.2 x 10.2 cm)
© Harumi Klossowska de Rola
Beautiful polaroids (late studies) by Balthus at Gagosian Gallery
and a new Balthus show at the Met for those lucky enough to be in NYC.
Judith Thurman writes for The New Yorker blog about meeting Balthus in Rome 40 years ago and also posing for his wife (who was also a painter). Interesting! LINK
I love the paintings and drawings of Balthus, as you know if you read this blog.
P.S. Picasso owned a Balthus painting

Friday, October 25, 2013

Links for Picasso's Birthday (not about Picasso)

Above: "Douleur" painted in 1895 by Antoon van Welie
Happy Birthday Picasso!
  1. New exhibition by Neo Rauch: LINK
  2. Italian Man Builds Theme Park by Hand: LINK 
  3. 1887 Nude Descending Staircase: LINK
  4. Great Joni M. documentary: LINK
  5. Watch Tarkovsky films free: LINK
  6. Sad Boyfriends Modeling Etsy Creations by Girlfriends: LINK
  7. The Most Fascinating Humans of New York: LINK 
  8. Kim Deitch interview podcast on Boingboing: LINK 
  9. Peter Bagge's Woman Rebel, The Margaret Sanger Story: review LINK
  10. The Magazine will have some stories featured on Boingboing.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Twitch Uke Paint Job (Crehore)

I took this photo with my ipad in my new studio. I think the paint job is now complete
on my Tickler #3 Twitch Concert Uke. It is time to hand it back over to the luthier for the final touches. There is a green and black inlay at the bottom. I'll take some better photos later on.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Some New Views

Some new views: top photo is looking out into my backyard from a window in the house (neat 15 ft. Alice in Wonderland hedge). Bottom photo: a photo of the golf course up the hill from my new house. It has a nice view of the big butte. I can see the coast range in the distance up there as well. I'm looking forward to taking many new hikes!