Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Wonders of nature

My Flickr friend Sibilla Horst, also living in Kampen, has not featured yet in the blog. But what an image to make a first entrance! An exquisite photograph, enhanced by the likeness to an eye, and with fabulous lighting. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Monday, January 23, 2017

A guide to contemporary classical music

Anybody who wants a thorough introduction into the fascinating and sometimes bewildering world of contemporary classical music should look at this site. It collects fifty essays by The Guardian's Tom Service, focusing on one composer at a time, with lots of background and samples. Warmly recommended.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

The American Girl September 1936

The American Girl was a magazine published by the Girl Scouts of the USA, between 1921 and 1979. I quite like this cover from 1936. No information about the designer/illustrator.


Saturday, January 21, 2017


Here we have one of the most beautiful Art Deco sheet music covers I have come across. This 1926 gem was designed by Clerice Freres.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Oh deer

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted a photograph of a deer in the nearby children's zoo, and one of Marc's gorgeous expressionist deer paintings (link here). The result has a true Marc feel to it. The link leads to the original photograph.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fifteen interesting facts about 'American Gothic'

Although not a personal favourite of mine, there's no denying that Grant Wood's American Gothic is an iconic painting. The linked art-icle provides fifteen interesting and not well-known facts about the painting. The image above was made at the Photofunia site.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Once more I am posting a shot that is not a personal favourite, but that received quite some positive reactions on Flickr. This is the local canal, about 3 minutes walking from our home - I cross the bridge from which this was taken  almost every day on the way to the supermarket.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0025 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Monday, January 16, 2017

On the banks of the Loire

Another name that has not featured in the blog before: Danish painter Gerda Wegener (1886-1940). Perhaps best remembered for her erotic works, she also created beautiful Art Deco scenes and portraits, such as this one depicting the artists community of Beaugency having fun on the banks of the Loire. Her work will be featured frequently here in the future. More about Wegener in the linked Wikipedia article.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Aeolus / De chirico

With so many of my Flickr friends having left the site in recent years, it gives me great pleasure to see one of the very best returning recently. Formerly known as caeciliametella, Lorraine Kerr has featured more than a dozen times in this blog in the past. Here she is once more with one of her trademark abstractions in square format. A beautiful study on shades of grey. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Clear shower gel

OK, this is cheating a bit, as this was not an official advertisement by Clear - it is a brilliant effort by Solomon Tsitsuashvili, part of his ambition to create one print ad every day. I really love this one. More examples in the link.

Creative Ads

Friday, January 13, 2017


It has been far too long since Audrey Hepburn last featured in the blog. The 1954 Billy Wilder movie Sabrina is one of her most famous efforts, and this Italian poster for it is lovely, reminding me of Vogue covers of decades earlier.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ten unrealized art works

The linked art-icle gives an overview of ten art works that would have been stunning, but that have never been realized. They vary from the predictable (Christo wrapping the Museum of Modern Art), to the quirky (the depicted bridge by Claes Oldenburg), to the ridiculous (Mona Hatoum's live video coverage of a gallery's public toilets).

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Canadian Pacific

A beautiful travel poster from 1933, recommending travel to East Asia by the White Empress liner. The design is by Kenneth Denton Shoesmith.

Vintage Posters

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Fingal's cave

This romantic style painting is not my usual style, but when it came up in the Google art project a few weeks ago, I was impressed. The painter is American Thomas Moran (1837-1926), best known for his American landscapes. His take on the Scottish scenery known as Fingal's cave (1884) is far better than any of his American work in my opinion. More about Moran in the linked Wikipedia article.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Where do you go to my lovely (RIP Peter Sarstedt)

The Grim Reaper strikes again: yesterday Peter Sarstedt passed away. He will always be remembered for ballads like You're a lady and the amazing Where do you go to my lovely. Rest in peace. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).


Sunday, January 08, 2017

Floral dreams

Earlier this week I revisited my CoolArt project: taking photographs of my wife's colourful paintings reflected in the aluminium foil exterior of a cooling back. It did not get many reactions on Flickr, but my wife was very positive about it, and I like it very much myself.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Saturday, January 07, 2017

Before the dawn

Kate Bush' stunning 3 CD live album, a registration of her 2014 stage comeback, comes with a beautiful cover as well. For some reason it reminds me of the atmosphere of the later Harry Potter movies. The cover is credited to Tim Walker.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Corner stories

This is the first shot in the Flickr "one shot a day" challenge for my long-time Flickr friend Rodolfo Anzaldua. And what a fabulous start it is. The background story to this abstraction is just as fascinating: what we see here is an 18th century "Quijote" book, passed on in the family from one generation to another. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

City Hall

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted a photograph of our old city hall in the morning fog, and one of Richter's blurry grey-scale paintings (link here). The dream-like result is quite convincing, and looks like a real Richter to me. The link leads to the original photograph.