One of my more popular shots of recent weeks. For a few days, a large ship was moored near our home that normally does not come to Kampen, and I took the opportunity to snap a few abstract shots of its hull.
To Brexit or not to Brexit - that is the question of the day. For various reasons (not least financial) I would prefer the Bremain fraction to win today. And this Christina Aguilera single cover is a nice piece of eye candy for the blog anyway. More about Christina Aguilera on the linked Wikipedia page.
German expressionist artist Emil Nolde has featured only once in the blog so far - let's double his contribution. His expressionist land- and seascapes are brilliant, and I like this effort from 1930 in particular. More about Nolde in the Wikipedia article linked to below.
When I post one of my own photographs, it is either because I love the shot myself, or because it received a lot of positive responses. This one falls just short on both accounts, but I include it anyway. It is very representative of my abstract photography, in this case what I call found abstracts: a zoom in on a rusty container door.
A very symbolic news photograph in memory of the Orlando shooting victims. The flags flying at half mast contrast beautifully with the sky and the two silhouetted runners - reminding us that life always goes on. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (J David Ake/AP).
Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted a photograph of a tiger I took years ago in the Shanghai zoo, and a painting by Feininger (link here). The result is a nice piece of cubism. The link leads to the original photograph.
Continuing from yesterday's post: Californian artist Globelamp really deserves more attention. From her songs available on YouTube, I selected the beautiful Artist/Traveler. Great video as well. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).
Yesterday I was browsing a music blog about recent releases, and this cover jumped out at me. Globelamp is Elizabeth le Fey from California. The cover is daringly original, as well as suggestive of the type of music (described on her FaceBook page as psychedelic folk - you can sample it here).
Tiday is the kick-off of the UEFA Euro 2016 European Championship football in Paris. I thought this quirky magazine cover would be fitting for the occasion. Paris Tabou was a pin-up magazine that debuted in 1949. The cover is by Gino Boccasile.
Another image from my CoolArt series: my wife's paintings reflected in the crumbled surface of an aluminium cooling bag. This is one of my favourites, even though it did not get much response on Flickr (although oddly enough it was viewed far more than average).
No special reason, just came across the song once more last weekend. If I wanted to compile a soundtrack to the eighties, this one would be in, both for musical and emotional reasons. The huge hit single from their third and best album Dare defines what post-punk was all about: an extravagant use of synthesizers, and an infectious fascination with fashion in themes and appearances, set against beautiful yet danceable melodies. Decades later, this songs still sounds as fresh as on the day of its release. The theme of the lyrics is not that original (unanswered love), but its execution, with female band member Joanne Catheral taking a large part of the vocals in line with the story line, is great. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).
One of my wife's personal favourites. She created this Chinese scenery several years ago, inspired by the centuries old play written by Tang Xianzu in the Ming Dynasty. It takes a prominent place in our gallery.
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.