Monday, May 02, 2016

Kampen city view

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted my photograph of our beautiful city of Kampen (across the river IJssel), and a painting by Barbizon painter Charles-François Daubigny (link here). The result is beautiful in my opinion. The link leads to the original photograph.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Hats of the twenties

This is just one of 60 vintage photographs showing off the beautiful hat styles of almost a century ago. Well worth clicking the link.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nautical wear and tear

Living fifty meters from a river like the IJssel offers plenty of opportunities for abstract shots using ship hulls. This one may not be a personal favourite, but it is one of the most faved shots in my stream this year.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 45.2 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Flickr

Friday, April 29, 2016

Sleeping woman

I had never heard of American painter Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993), until someone posted about him on a classical music forum that I frequent. I was immediately taken by this work from 1961 belonging to his figurative period - he is probably best remembered for his late abstracts though. More about Diebenkorn in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wings

A winning combination: a beautiful actress like Clara Bow, vintage biplanes and an overall Art Deco feel. If I ever get the chance to see this 1927 Wellman movie about fighter pilots in the Great War, I definitely will.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Thrak

Today is King's Day in the Netherlands, so for the occasion a cover by King Crimson, one of the pioneers of prog. Thrak is their 1995 comeback album, and the cover photograph is very much in the style of my own abstract photography.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bovril: a happy thought

With weather conditions in the Netherlands this week more like winter than spring, this seems a suitable poster. Bovril is a thick, salty meat extract, that has been sold in the UK since 1889.

Vintage Posters

Monday, April 25, 2016

Potpourri: Toy car adventures

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 26 April 2014.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Judge April 1921

A beautiful minimal cover for the Judge magazine from the early twenties. The illustration was drawn by Louis Fancher.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Wenn man sich nicht mehr liebt

German singer Annett Louisan moves between the lines of chanson and jazz, and quite successfully in my opinion. I love her albums, and in particular this song from Das optimale Leben. Great lyrics to boot about how relationships can get into a rut (the title translates as When you no longer love one another). Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

YouTube

Friday, April 22, 2016

Emoji Mosaic

The linked site is simple but does exactly what it promises: you upload a picture and it will create a mosaic from emoji icons. The above is what it made of a picture of our cocker spaniel Jazz (original here).

web site

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ring tones

This is a close-up of a piece of furniture. Responses at Flickr were not as good as I had hoped for, but it is one of my favourite shots of the year so far. And I like the title.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Flickr

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mediterranean Landscape

High time to feature one of my wife's favourite artists again - and one that I have grown fond of myself as well over the years. There is a coldness in many of the works of Franco-Russian Nicolas de Stael (1914-1955), even in something as natural sunny as this mediterranean landscape (from 1953). More about de Stael in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Vogue May 1936

An appropriate spring-themed illustration in this Vogue cover from the thirties. It was designed by Alix Zeilinger.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

IJsselmuiden

A recent creation made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted my photograph of the village of IJsselmuiden (across the river from our home), and a painting by Dutch 17th century master Jan van Goyen (link here). The result is quite astounding. The link leads to the original photograph.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Phil Collins discography 2016 reissues

It's an interesting idea for sure. For the 2016 reissues of his solo albums, Phil Collins decided to re-create the original album covers with his 30-odd years older self as subject. As he sang himself: "take a look at me now...."

Friday, April 15, 2016

Licking paint

Thanks to Jenny Downing for alerting me to this one. Mexican photographer Paul Fuentes' photo art still life creations are inspired by the likes of Andy Warhol. More examples in the link (most of them Potpourri territory, but this one goes here). All rights retained by the artist, as usual.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

The First

Last week we had a daytrip to The Hague, and I took this shot of the famous statue of Willem van Oranje, the Father of the Netherlands (made in 1845 by Emile de Nieuwerkerke). The unusual viewpoint and the stark contrast with the blue sky make the shot. One of my most faved photographs at Flickr in recent weeks.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/10.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 160
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Flickr

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Butterflies

It takes quite some talent to turn a photograph documenting the Natural History Museum's Sensational Butterflies exhibition in London into a masterpiece, but this photographer nailed it. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Eddie Mulholland/The Telegraph).