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Little Hokum Rag

Little Hokum Rag
Art blog by west coast pop surrealist painter Amy Crehore featuring her new paintings/drawings, art shows, music, humor, vintage oddities, art deco, female images in art history.
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A Memphis Jugband Song by the Hokum Scorchers
2008-04-21 03:12:00
Memphis Jug Band National mandolin style one 1930 National plectrum style one 1928It's Sunday night and I just uploaded a new song to my website player: "You May Go, but This Will Bring You Back", originally done by the Memphis Jug Band in 1930. The Hokum Scorchers' version has Lou playing a vintage National mandolin. I am playing a National plectrum guitar. The actual instruments we used are shown in these photos. We recorded this song in 1995 for our Yanna's Donut tape. Follow link and scroll down for website player:MUSIC of The Hokum Scorchers BandThe Art of Amy Crehore
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Eat Your Peas, Please!
2008-04-19 00:24:00
You might say that she is too pretty to eat. There is more where she came from: Rico & CocoThanks for the link, Dinosaurs and Robots The Art of Amy Crehore
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Vintage Vogue Covers
2008-04-18 00:22:00
There is an exquisite collection of vintage Vogue Magazine covers on flickr. It makes me yearn for the days when fashion magazines had illustrated covers and spreads. They were not afraid of a little bit of stylized female nudity in print, right on the cover. I guess I'm just an art deco girl at heart. I love the designs of that era. (Thanks, Thombeau59)Vintage VogueThe Art of Amy Crehore
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Sour Harvest Blog
2008-04-16 21:27:00
There's a nice post about my upcoming solo show at Thinkspace Gallery on their blog: SOUR HARVEST .You might want to subscribe to their newsletter. You can see a photo of the main gallery space in the lower righthand corner. It's really nice- I stopped in there on my last trip to Los Angeles.They are showing some wonderful artists, so be sure to check out their website, too.I am really looking forward to my show which will take place Feb. 2009. Thanks, Thinkspace!The Art of Amy Crehore
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Eric Gill, Master Printmaker (1882-1940)
2008-04-15 23:38:00
Venus Modestly Holding Spray/Cupid Playing Football with the World, 1929, Wood Engraving by Eric Gill Clothes as Workshops, 1930, wood engraving by Eric GillThe Purchaser, 1929, wood engraving by Eric GillEric Gill, a British illustrator, printmaker, typographer and sculptor, did some of the most beautiful woodcuts and engravings of the art deco period. I could look at these all day. His imagination and his design-sense were both simply amazing. "Gill never strayed far from the religious roots which inform his work. Eroticism also forms an important part of it. Gill was not afraid to combine these two elements. Among his many and varied achievements are the numerous books he designed, both type and illustration, The Canterbury Tales and The Four Gospels being among the greatest book productions between the Wars."Many more of his prints are available to look at (and buy) on this website:Eric Gill PrintsThe Art of Amy Crehore
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Sunday Switcheroo-"Tricks Ain't Walkin No More" by Hokum Scorchers
2008-04-14 00:21:00
Curley Weaver -East Coast Piedmont Blues playerWe got this number, "Tricks Ain't Walkin' No More", from Curley Weaver, 1935 & 1950. Memphis Minnie also did a version of this song. The Hokum Scorchers recorded this in 1990 for their first cassette. I'm playing the washboard and cups and Lou Reimuller is playing the National Guitar. We are both singing on this one - it's pretty funky and fast-paced. To hear the song, follow the link and scroll down for music player:The Art of Amy Crehore - Music This song changes every Sunday night, so it will be different by the time you read this post.
Interviews with Artists
2008-04-13 17:45:00
A couple of images from the "Beasts" book- Johnny Ryan(top) and Esther Pearl WatsonJohnny Ryan, Jaime Hernandez, Carol Lay, Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd are featured on the kcet website in video interviews about underground comics in Los Angeles. The last time I was in L.A., I met Johnny Ryan at the Felt Club/Maker Faire and I have been in art shows with Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson (the Blab! Show and the Green Show). Check out these interviews. They are very well-done. I dabbled in self-published comics myself in the early 80's. Anyway, here's the link to the interviews:kcet.orgThere is also an interview with Alex Gross on Juxtapoz, where you can see a photo of Alex with his wife standing in front of the Mandolin painting. (Thanks to boingboing for the kcet link.)The Art of Amy Crehore
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Recent Drawing by Amy Crehore
2008-04-12 20:11:00
Drawing of girl holding banjo uke copyright Amy Crehore 2008I've been working on an oil on stretched linen version of one of my pierrots, "Bubble Gum Encore". I changed some things and here is a new sketch. The painting itself is larger and I have revised it even more since I did the sketch. The format is vertical now, which I like. The girl is holding a banjo uke. I'm excited about some upcoming shows- Palm Springs (in May), where I can show some monkey paintings in beautiful frames, NYC (in July/Aug) where I will be showing 6 paintings (along with with 4 talented women - hey, back to my east coast roots!), and early next year - a full solo show in L.A.- where will have some nice surprises including an installation (Feb 2009). More and more my life "story" will unfold, as I reveal the music behind the art.The Art of Amy Crehore
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Mirka Lugosi
2008-04-11 17:25:00
(All images copyright Mirka Lugosi)I just came across this wacky French illustrator/artist named Mirka Lugosi. I like her retro-style drawings and fearless imagination. Here are two links to some works: airdeparis and lasuperette (click on "okay" and then "suivant"). She is also the muse of Gilles Berquet , a fine art photographer who has captured Mirka Lugosi prancing around outdoors in nothing but a Louise Brook's bob (follow link). Both have books available at Last Gasp. The Art of Amy Crehore
Creative Tips by Picasso
2008-04-11 14:14:00
1. You have to believe to be able to do.“He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.”2. Push your limits.“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”3. Don’t wait for inspiration or the right moment.“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.”4. Act.“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”“Action is the foundational key to all success.”5. Ask the right questions.“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.”6. See the hidden beauty by not judging.“If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.”7. It’s not too late.“Youth has no age.”Paintalicious blogged these quotes/tips by Picasso about creativity and elaborated on them (follow link). I like them...especially the first and last. I also like the mandolins hanging on the wall of this 1956 photo of Picass...
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Fashions of the 1920s on film
2008-04-10 19:22:00
Fashions of the 1920s (Thanks, Aaron 1912, YouTube)Here we have 1920s' fashions, crazy socks, getting a bob and girls tumbling on stage. I found this film on a wonderful blog called "The Paris Apartment". Thanks, Claudia. Little Hokum Rag loves the 1920s, too.The Art of Amy Crehore
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Ukulele in the Limelight
2008-04-10 03:10:00
Jason Castro (America Idol) won them over with his uke version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".I think he needs one of my Tickler Ukulele T-shirts. The Art of Amy Crehore
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Fine Linen Oil-primed
2008-04-09 22:14:00
It's time for me to get back to blogging about my own art and my art process. For my larger paintings, I order linen canvas from Daniel Smith in Seattle. It comes pre-primed in a roll. There is a product description on their website: "Claessens' preprimed Belgian linen canvases are among the finest produced..." Link I have been using this product since around 1990. It's amazing and completely archival. I stretch this linen on Daniel Smith stretcher bars (which come in medium or heavy-duty). Daniel Smith bars have a much nicer lip on them than most stretcher bars you'll run across and they fit together well. I use stretching pliers and tacks. Then, I staple the canvas around the back.Daniel SmithThe Art of Amy Crehore
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Springtime - Time for Tees
2008-04-08 18:31:00
"Springtime " Painting by Pierre Auguste Cot 1873 All looks happy in this scene of Springtime... however, I think since the weather is getting warmer, they could really use a couple of my Tickler T-shirts and some free art postcards that come with them. They are so cute and so are my tees. :)The Art of Amy Crehore
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Good Girl Art
2008-04-08 05:40:00
Good Girl ArtVintage Paperback Cover IllustrationThe Art of Amy Crehore
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"I Got Your Ice Cold NuGrape", New Hokum Scorchers' Song
2008-04-06 22:21:00
Okay, this song is a jingle written for a brand of soda that came out in 1921 called NuGrape. The Hokum Scorchers are both singing with Lou playing the National guitar (the NuGrape Twins did the original version). Lou and Amy recorded this in 1995 for their "Feed the Kitty" tape. Have a listen and find out "what makes your lips go flippity-floppa" in 1926: Hokum Scorchers (follow this link and scroll down for music player)The Art of Amy CrehoreP.S. This song changes every Sunday Night and it will probably be different when you read this post.
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Naked Ukulele Lady of 1890 & Guitar Woman of 1910
2008-04-05 23:19:00
1910 1890 Somethin' for Everyone on:EbayThe Art of Amy Crehore
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Lee Moyer's New Website
2008-04-05 20:17:00
My friend Lee Moyer in Portland, OR has a new website. He's a fantastic illustrator who hosts an illustrators' group up there. Lee can draw just about anything. I found this image in his poster section. I really love it! I'll get up there one of these days, Lee. Have a look:Lee MoyerThe Art of Amy CrehorePlease click on "vote for me" if you like my blog. Thanks.
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Alex Gross Show Opens 4/5 at Jonathan Levine
2008-04-04 18:19:00
The Mandolin, painting by Alex Gross The Tragedy, painting by Alex GrossAlex Gross has an art show opening in NYC on April 5 (through May 3, 2008) called "Mysteries and Manners". He has created some mysterious, surreal and complex new paintings.Here's the link: Jonathan Levine GalleryAlex Gross derives a lot of inspiration from the Shanghai advertising posters of the 1930's. I have blogged about these kinds of images many times before. His new show has some ambitious large-scale work in it. Here, I have selected a couple of the simpler pieces: a straight portrait of a woman with a mandolin and an absurd, yet wonderful, portrait of a floating woman with a tennis racket and four legs, getting ready to smack her ice cream out of it's cone. He is really using a beautiful selection of colors in these works and his technique is completely honed in. The faces of the people in his paintings are serious, yet there is an underlying humor to each narrative situation. I was lucky enough to ...
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Mellart Blog
2008-04-03 17:53:00
Mini-monkey by Amy CrehoreMellart blog is written by Marco Milone of Italy. He's a comics journalist and poet. He blogged my Mini-Monkeys this week. (Thanks, Marco!) Check out his blog about art. MellartI am thinking about having prints made of these little monkeys which were in the Blab show of 2006.The Art of Amy Crehore
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The Charm of Richard Doyle's Art
2008-04-02 16:33:00
Moonlight Rider Butterfly Chariot Asleep in the Moonlight (click image for larger view) The Fairy Tree (click image for larger view)Richard Doyle designed the the famous cover of Punch Magazine that was used between 1849 to 1956. He started working for Punch in 1842 when he was only 19 years old. In 1851, he illustrated Ruskin's The King of the Golden River. Art Magick has a slide show of Doyle's illustrations (mostly fairies) and an explanation of each picture. I think they are beautifully rendered, completely charming and highly imaginative. Follow the link:Art MagickThe Art of Amy Crehore Click on "vote for me" if you like my blog! Thanks!
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Kahn/Selesnick Playing Cards
2008-04-01 21:33:00
Kahn/Selesnick are having a show at Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona - opening April 3-26th, 2008. I have blogged about their amazing surrealistic photos before. Today, I was thrilled to discover their hand-painted playing cards which show just how truly talented and imaginative they are as draftsman. Link to their show: Lisa Sette GalleryKahn/Selesnick WebsiteMore work The Art of Amy Crehore Click on "Vote for me" if you like my blog! Thanks!
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Magic Eight Ball
2008-03-31 20:43:00
I am currently working on a painting that happens to have an eight ball in it. What does the eight ball symbolize? I found this: "Eight ball symbolizes risk, the willingness to take a chance and the possibility of good luck or misfortune." Eight Ball is a pocket billiards game, a fortune telling game and even a drug. Would you like your fortune told? Click here and ask a question:Magic Eight Ball The Art of Amy Crehore
More Gems from Casino De Paris
2008-03-31 04:44:00
Why is it that I can't get enough of these hand-colored postcards of dancers from the Casino De Paris ? Maybe because they inspire me to create. They are so darn imaginative and fun; combining women, art and theater. The colors are gorgeous, too. Hey, girls look good with lampshades on their heads...there is no denying that fact.To view a really nice page of them (listing the names of the dancers, too): Bikini ScienceThe Art of Amy Crehore
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"Let Me Play With Your Poodle"- Sunday Night Song
2008-03-31 02:17:00
"Pettin' da Poodle" painting by Amy Crehore (originally painted for Blonde Bombshell show at M Modern Gallery 2006)I changed the song on my website player to "Let Me Play With Your Poodle" by Hudson Woodbridge (a.k.a. Tampa Red) 1942. On this cut, the Hokum Scorchers both sing and Lou plays the National Guitar. Recorded in 1992 for their "Feed the Kitty" album. The poodle double entendre could go either way - male or female. Have a listen here:Hokum Scorchers(scroll down for music player)This song changes every Sunday night, so it will be different by the time you read this post.
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How to be Mysterious
2008-02-20 17:31:00
You can find out how to be mysterious and stand out onWIKIHOWI know a few people who follow these tips, but I'm not sure it's working for them. The Art of Amy Crehore
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Searching for Gaudy Frames
2008-02-20 16:38:00
While doing a search for "gaudy frames", I found this funny cat image. linkIt made me laugh. I was just thinking about the current trend to frame paintings in gaudy, ridiculous frames, even cartoon art. Don't get me wrong, I love frames. But, some paintings are all frame and no substance, if you know what I mean. I think sometimes it's the easy way out for lazy artists.The Art of Amy Crehore
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Amazing Collection of Antique Beadwork
2008-02-20 16:19:00
Banjo Wall Hanging FrameIroquois pin cushions I came across an amazing collection of antique beadwork (1840's-1930's) online at: Otsiningo . Have a look - if you like this kind of stuff. I absolutely love it. It's so "me"."This page is adapted from text and pictures published in the program of the Sertoma Million Dollar Antique Show. The pictures were taken by Chip Hunt and the text is by Dolores Elliott. The beadwork was exhibited at the antique show and is from the collection of Dolores Elliott."The Art of Amy Crehore
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Closing Reception, Deep Pop Exhibit NY
2008-02-20 13:58:00
Photos of Deep Pop show here , more on Juxtapoz "Feed the Bear Blues" painting by Amy Crehore in Deep Pop ShowLast two days to see the DEEP POP SHOW curated by Andrew Michael Ford at the Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery, Iona College, 715 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY. There is an ART & DESSERT CLOSING RECEPTION Thursday, February 21st, 2008, Noon -3:00 pm - for those who happen to live nearby. Please contact Andrew Michael Ford at Ad Hoc Art about the artwork in this show. List of participants here (scroll down).The Art of Amy Crehore
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Banana Book Author on the Radio
2008-02-19 20:16:00
Banana Book by Dan Koeppel Click to enlarge (framed, signed print of "The Banana Eater" by Amy Crehore- only 40 in the edition)On Feb 11, 2008 Dan Koeppel was interviewed on Public Radio 's International Marketplace. Follow this LINK . And, yesterday he was interviewed on NPR. Dan is the author of the book, "Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World". Here's the link to his Banana blog where you can find out more. He never fails to come up with interesting banana news. There are links to these stories and there are links to buy his book. He blogged about my oil painting, "The Banana Eater", a few months ago and now it is a framed print from Pressure Printing. Someone who recently bought one of these prints wrote to me the other day and was amazed at the way the painted bananas glowed in the picture. I just want to say thanks again to Dan for blogging my painting and congratulations on his book and interview(s). And, thanks to Brad Keech for doing such a superb job on "Th...
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