The annual Sydney Sculpture by the sea exhibition, the largest free outdoor sculpture show in the world, has featured a number of times in the blog. This year was special, as unusual high waves damaged a number of the art pieces. This shot shows one that could be rescued in time. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (William West/AFP).
Earlier this week, sixties' heartthrob Bobby Vee passed away from Alzheimer's disease. In his memory, his best song in my opinion, The night has a thousand eyes from 1962. Fun original video as well. RIP. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).
It's been a while since Polish Art Deco star Tamara de Lempicka last featured in the blog. This one I had never seen before until I came across it yesterday. It was painted around 1922. More on de Lempicka in the wikipedia article linked to below.
The poster for this 1925 James Hogan movie is not perfect - the male lead is depicted very woodenly. But the lovely Clara Bow is drawn perfectly, the colour scheme is unusual and effective and the jazz age atmosphere is exhilarating.
The recent awarding of the Nobel prize for literature to singer/song writer Bob Dylan has sparked lots of discussions on the internet. Perhaps the best case for this choice that I encountered is the linked art-icle by Gordon Ball (visiting Associate Professor of English at Washington and Lee University).
Creative advertising with a twist. This Audi A8 commercial shot is good, but not particularly creative. Until you read the background story and learn that it was actually shot (by Felix Hernandez) with a miniature model instead of the real thing. Full story in the link.
One of my wife's paintings made earlier this year, and a personal favourite of mine. It is an impression of our beautiful Kampen, with tall ships moored at the banks of the IJssel. A view that can be today or centuries ago.
From time to time I will be highlighting some of my own favourite posts in my parallel blog, Art's Potpourri. These can be recent or from some time ago. This one was originally posted 20 December 2012.
This is a close-up of a horn-like sculpture on display in the garden of the museum castle in nearby Heino. Not a personal favourite, but it received more faves on Flickr than most of my uploads the past months.
The linked web site is an ongoing project by an unnamed but highly talented designer, who has set himself/herself the task to post a newly designed poster for a famous movie every day in 2016 - and often in better quality than the original posters. I have selected their take on Chaplin's The great dictator as an example. Well worth exploring.
Celestial dome is a stunning art work by Miguel Chevalier. He projects various night skies on the ceiling of the Paris Saint-Eustache church to a beautiful if almost surreal effect. As usual, all rights retained by the artist.
Last Sunday we went to a vintage car show near Groningen. For the occasion, a Mercedes poster which shows just the type of car that we saw dozens of (of different brands). I'd place this one around 1930.
This post was triggered by a funny topical news tweet that was shared at the MissCellania site yesterday: GOD: They scared enough? ANGEL: Not yet. GOD: You got Trump running? ANGEL: Yup. GOD: Hurricane? ANGEL: Yup. GOD: Send in the clowns! Anyway, American singer/song writer Judy Collins' 1975 cover of the Stephen Sondheim classic Send in the clowns is an excellent regretful ballad, that has not aged one bit. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).
Baron George Hoyningen-Huene (1900-1968) was born in Russia with a mixed German-Baltic and American family background. He is best remembered for his fashion photography for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. I selected this photograph from 1930 showing his lover, photographer Horst P. Horst, and an unidentified female model. More about Hoyningen-Huene on the linked Wikipedia site.
As part of my project to catalogue all our CD's (whilst playing them at the same time), focus outside classical music is currently on new age. Enya's output is almost done, and I was surprised to see I had not featured even one of her beautiful album covers in the blog. To make amends, my favourite cover, Shepherd moons from 1991. Photography, presumably including the cover, is credited to David Scheinmann.
The first in a series of shots of large coils in a transport ship moored at the banks of the IJssel, not far from our home. This one turned out to be the most popular of the series, a nice abstraction with a good diagonal composition. The conversion to black and white is almost mandatory in this type of shot.
About me: Dutchman, married to a beautiful and highly talented artist from Shanghai. Although my education (PhD chemistry) is very much associated with the left side of the brain, I like to use my right side for my hobbies: music, art, photography.
About this blog: I started this blog in August 2006, just wanting to share what I considered interesting pieces of visual art and music. I suffered from blogging blues for most of 2008, but making a fresh start in October of that year has done wonders for my inspiration. In case you did not notice, most posts end with a small symbol... just click that for the relevant link. All pictures in my blog are hosted on blogger - if some do not show up (the red cross syndrome) it is a blogger hiccup. Right click and selecting "show picture" should do the trick.
My other main blog: In December 2009 I started a parallel blog, Art's Potpourri, for subjects that I think are interesting, but not fitting for my main blog. A few other blogs have come and gone - I list them here for reference.
Most of the images used in this blog are either mine, or they are used with explicit permission of the creators. Some of the images are sourced on the internet and I consider them common use for a non-profit blog (such as album covers), or I use them with a link to the site of the creator/owner.
If you find a picture on this blog that you are the copyright owner of, and object against the use, please drop me an email and I will remove it.