Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Coldplay

One of the things I tried out a few times in the "one shot a day challenge" on Flickr is to zoom in some of my wife's mixed media works. This is one of the better efforts in that respect. As my dear Flickr friend Lorraine Kerr commented: "the electric blues are a delight mixed with the cream and the textures are super."

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 640
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Potpourri: Sucker punch

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 13 October 2014.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Stepping into sparkling waters

Not her usual fare, but this is a really beautiful image shot by my Flickr friend Peggy Reimchen (peggyhr) on Hawaii. One of the best silhouette photographs I have seen in a long time. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Flatland

This is just one of a whole series of similar creations by Aydın Büyüktaş. He uses drone photography to construct these surreal landscapes, that remind me a bit of the Inception movie. All rights retained by the artist, as usual.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

We're all in this together

The latest album by British neo prog band IT comes with a beautiful cover. I have not heard any music by this group, but previous albums received good reviews on the Progarchive site. The artwork is credited to Melissa Connors.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Beauty beyond Beethoven

One of the disadvantages of being an active member of a classical music discussion board is the presence of fanboys, who prefer one composer way over everyone else and do not understand that others don't agree. One would expect that the big three (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart) would each have their fair share of fanboys, but my experience is that it is mainly Beethoven (image credit) who attracts this type of adoration. Often this leads to comments like "When Beethoven laid down his quill for the last time I feel music beyond the point was unnecessary". I completely disagree - then again, Beethoven would not be in my personal top3 composers, coming in around #20. Still, just for fun, I made a quick and possibly incomplete selection of works after Beethoven that I love more than anything Beethoven created. Since Beethoven died in 1827, here is a list of  works after that year that I rate higher than my favourite work of Beethoven (his 6th symphony, "Pastoral"). And yes, I realize that this list is just as subjective as the fanboys statements.

1828 Schubert: String quintet in Cmaj
1830 Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
1844 Mendelssohn: Violin concerto in Emin
1866 Bruch: Violin concerto 1 in Gmin
1868 Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
1874 Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition
1878 Brahms: Violin concerto in Dmaj
1878 Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in Dmaj
1886 Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
1886 Saint-Saens: Symphony 3 in Cmin 'Organ'
1890 Faure: Requiem in Dmin
1891 Brahms: Clarinet quintet in Bmin
1893 Dvorak: Symphony 9 in Emin 'New world'
1893 Dvorak: String quartet 12 in Fmaj 'American'
1894 Mahler: Symphony 2
1896 Bruckner: Symphony 9 (unfinished)
1901 Mahler: Symphony 4
1904 Mahler: Rueckert Lieder
1904 Mahler: Kindertotenlieder
1904 Mahler: Symphony 6 in Amin
1909 Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
1910 Mahler: Symphony 9
1913 Stravinsky: The rite of spring
1945 Moeran: Cello concerto
1947 Barber: Knoxville summer of 1915
1976 Gorecki: Symphony 3

That makes 26 works by 16 different composers. Not bad.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Le Sourire September 1931

Le Sourire was a French humorous magazine, that was published from 1899 to 1940. This cover from 1931 shows that there is nothing new about the combination of pretty girls and beautiful cars . I also like the font they used for the magazine title.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Owl

This beautiful abstract from 1982 is one of the few in the repertoire of German grandmaster Gerhard Richter with an actual title - and a very puzzling one I find. He shared it recently on his own Facebook page. More about Richter in the linked Wikipedia article.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

On shaky grounds

Once more not a personal favourite, but it got many positive responses on Flickr. It is one of Kampen's many churches, reflected in the city canal the Burgel, and flipped upside down.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 8.7 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Dancing light and the colours of a winter passing by

This fairytale like photograph by my Flickr friend and fellow Kampen citizen Sibilla Horst is one of the most stunning I've seen the past few weeks on Flickr. The leaves seem to be ready to transform into butterflies, and the light is nothing short of magical. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Vogue January 1933

A beautiful spring feeling in this Vogue cover from the early thirties. The illustration is by Carl Erickson.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Gowanus Waters by Steven Hirsch

Gowanus Waters is a project by New York photographer Steven Hirsch. He takes close-ups of a heavily polluted Brooklyn waterway, creating stunning abstract images. Many more examples in the link. As usual, all rights retained by the artist.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Smashing Pumpkins

The title of the post is an almost unavoidable joke, but the linked article highlights an increasingly severe problem: another art work has been damaged by someone taking a selfie. Yayoi Kusama’s newest mirror room artwork, filled with pumpkin sculptures, was the victim. The visitor who wanted to take a selfie tripped, fell and damaged one of the glass pumpkins. Full story in the link.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Café du Dôme

Once more a painter I had never heard of before until I came across this work a few weeks ago. It is by American artist Guy Pène du Bois (1884-1958), famous for his depiction of the flappers scene of the twenties and thirties, This painting is undoubtedly from that time, and depicts a scene in the Café du Dôme, Montparnasse, Paris. More about Pène du Bois in the linked Wikipedia article.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Machinery

A quick shot that I took walking back to the car at Schiphol airport (after dropping off my wife for a visit to her parents in Shanghai). This is a close-up of an actual jet engine on display in the shopping area. Lots of good responses and faves on Flickr.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.077 sec (1/13)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Flickr

Monday, March 06, 2017

Eighty cover songs and their originals

Both the idea and the execution are excellent: this video shows 80 famous cover songs as well as their less famous original versions (although it is up for discussion whether in some cases it is not the other way round). After almost fifty years of listening to pop/rock music I actually knew quite a lot of the originals better than the later covers. Even so, I was in for a number of surprises. In any case, it's a fun way to spend half an hour.

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Arch

This gem by my Flickr friend Lorraine Kerr is so confusing. I keep on thinking that there is something upside down here, no matter how often I read her own explanation that it is not. Mind blowing indeed. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Azar Lepit

This 1936 Art Deco gem for Italian make up company Azar Lepit is extra interesting because of the way the shadow on the woman's face creates an optical illusion, making her look at you as well as to her right.

Vintage Posters

Friday, March 03, 2017

Ripped in February

A selected overview of culture stars relevant to my own tastes who passed away this month. Rest in peace. Image created via Photofunia.

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Gervase de Peyer (90), British clarinettist. He played the first performance of many modern clarinet concertos, including those by Mathias and Maconchy. Several of his CD's are in our classical music collection.
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Timothy Behrens (79), British painter. Member of a group of British artists, including Freud and Bacon, who often worked together.
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Dick Bruna (89), Dutch author and illustrator. Best known internationally for the Miffy (Nijntje) children's books, but I'll remember him for his iconic minimalist book covers in the Dutch series De Schaduw (by Havank).
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Peter Skellern (69), British singer/songwriter. His ballad You're a lady is on our car USB MP3 stick.
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Alan Aldridge (73), British illustrator. His work graced many SF books and album covers. His work was also used in the famous video clip for Roger Glover's Love is all.
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Stanisław Skrowaczewski (93), Polish-American classical conductor and composer. We have some of his CD's, including the two early Bruckner symphonies ("0" and "00").