Thursday, February 23, 2017

What happened to my gate?

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted a photograph of one of Kampen's old city gates, and Vermeer's The little street (link here). I was aiming for an old Dutch master's feel in the digital creation, but the program surprised me by producing a cubist dreamscape - that I think is very interesting. The link leads to the original photograph.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


The Oyster is a beautiful grand piano design, inspired by the shape of the sea life of the same name. The linked article includes many pictures, but surprisingly little factual information.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fiat lux

I intend not to post more than one of my own photographs per week in this blog, so this one had to wait for a while (it was taken about 5 weeks ago). One of my own favourites of the year so far, and good responses on Flickr as well. It is a close up of a decorative ceiling light in a Zwolle clothes shop.

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


Monday, February 20, 2017

Repost: Shanghai - United

A re-post from the artchives (original posting date 22 April 2011) - with the blog in its current form over eight years old, I intend to dig up some of the older posts once in a while. I selected this one because my wife is scheduled to land in Shanghai today to visit her parents.

In spite of its vintage appearance, the depiction of the modern Shanghai skyline betrays that this is a fairly recent poster for United, actually dating from 2007.

Vintage Posters

Sunday, February 19, 2017

On the lake

My Flickr friend Ethan (known previously as Cormend) always posts beautiful shots of his travels to exotic countries. This is one of his best, a gorgeous artistic shot of Lake Nicaragua. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Kampioen February 2017

The "Under Cover" subject within the blog is usually reserved for vintage magazine covers. But when this month's edition of the Dutch magazine Kampioen dropped in our mailbox, I knew I had to post this one in the blog. It is a beautiful piece of neo art deco, designed by Moker Ontwerp.


Friday, February 17, 2017

You're a lady (RIP Peter Skellern)

And once more, the Grim Reaper has caused a post in the YouTube category. English singer-songwriter and pianist Peter Skellern passed away today, aged 69. In his memory, the beautiful ballad You're a lady from 1972. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).


Links [81]

Once more an overview of interesting links on topics related to the blog, that I encountered recently, but that will probably not make the blog as separate entries. The picture above is by my Flickr friend Rodolfo Anzaldua.

Christo cancels Over the River Project in Protest against Trump.
LA County Museum of Art has Acquired the Popular Rain Room.
Stolen Paintings by Picasso and Matisse Ended Up at the Dump?
The World’s Best Drone Photos.
Winners Of The National Geographic Photography Contest for Kids..
The 6,000-Year History of Blue Pigments in Art.
Art of Building Finalists 2016.
Winning Aerial Images of the SkyPixel 2016 Photo Contest.
Finding a Lost Magritte underneath Another Painting.
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017.

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Well, isn't that... ah forget it, too easy. A beautiful vintage poster by Alberto Fabio that makes you want to leave the cold winter weather and go for the Cote d'Azur.

Vintage Posters

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Vogue August 1936

In the mid thirties, Vogue gradually shifted from illustrations to photographs for their covers. Needless to say, they could employ some of the best photographers in the world, including Horst P. Horst for this one.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017


How this did not end up in Flickr Explore I'll never understand, given the reactions and the large number of faves it received. Oh well. It certainly is popular, and a personal favourite as well. To think I passed this object twice almost every day for nearly five years before I noticed its potential as an abstract. It is in fact part of an air conditioning unit near the local supermarket.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0031 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Monday, February 13, 2017

Picture-Play October 1925

Another beautiful cover for the magazine Picture-Play. The illustration (by Hal Phyfe, if I decipher the signature correctly) shows actress Pauline Stark.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Potpourri: Animals in winter

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 February 2014.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Fading memories

My wife's art is not limited to oil paintings and Chinese ink. Here is a beautiful piece of her photoart, digitally mixing several of her own photographs including one of her paintings.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Friday, February 10, 2017

Think tank

The famous cover of Blur's 2003 album Think tank is one of the rare excursions of elusive graffiti artist Banksy into the commercial arena.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Colourful umbrellas

Even in the extraordinary photostream of my Flickr friend Peggy Reimchen (peggyhr), this really stands out. It is a street scene viewed through melting snow on their parked car's windshield. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Cliff retreat Iceland

For the moment, this stunning mansion on the coast of Iceland only exists in the mind of its designer, Alex Hogrefe. But wouldn't it be great if it were built? It looks like something out of a Science Fiction movie. More about this building in the link.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Selfie - the roundabout way

I took a shot of my wife's handphone just seconds after she took a shot of me. An unexpected hit on Flickr, where it became my 77th's photograph to reach Flickr Explore (the 500 most interesting shots of the day world wide). My 76th has not been posted in the blog yet by the way - it is scheduled for April for a special reason.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Monday, February 06, 2017

Gosse de riche

A beautiful twenties' poster for the Maurice Yvain 1924 operetta Gosse de riche (Rich kid). The illustration is by an artist called Cleriche.

Vintage Posters

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Vogue May 1924

Time for yet another beautiful vintage Vogue cover. This one is credited to Andre Marty.