Wednesday, February 29, 2012


A gorgeous nude study by the latest addition to my short list of Flickr friends: jmw turner. A highly accomplished photographer specializing in artistic nude images. Both this photograph and his stream in general are definitely not safe for work, but if you like high class art based on the nude female body you really should click this. As always, all rights retained by the creator.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A hard day's night: mystery solved

The opening guitar chord of the Beatles song A hard day's night is one of the most recognizable in the history of pop/rock - and generations of guitar players have struggled in vain to reproduce it. In the end, it took a mathematician to solve the mystery. Read all about it in the link.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Liquid flames

An especially beautiful variation on the theme of water reflections, this autumnal shot by my Flickr friend Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ. As she posted later, this image has been selected for the cover of the latest Joseph Conrad's e-book Heart of Darkness (see here) - a well deserved distinction! As always, all rights retained by the creator.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Have a seat

I have had a bit less inspiration than usual in recent weeks, so I started digging through unused shots at my hard disk. This is one of the best that came up. It is a seating arrangement in a church in the Dutch city of Naarden, where the special light created a beautiful repetitive pattern. Lots of positive reactions on Flickr, even though it did not reach Explore. I liked one of the comments: "Total classic Art Rock shot."

Camera: Canon PowerShot Pro1 8 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 50.8 mm
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


The young companion - a university project

An unusual variation on the theme of my wife's art in this blog. She was approached by a London-based fashion student who had to design a magazine based on a certain theme for her studies. The theme she selected was Shanghai, and in addition to articles on movies and fashion, she wanted to feature my wife's art, including an imagined interview. After she received the go ahead, we were sent the link of the result, and I must say it looks quite professional. The complete magazine can be viewed on the link.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Links [17]

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 Jenny Downing, making a guest appearance.

The Kinetica Art Fair 2012.
Debbie Harry Polaroids by Andy Warhol.
Working with Lucian Freud (video, NSFW).
Guggenheim to Close Berlin Outpost.
What’s So Funny About Modern Art?
Vincent's Starry Night Comes to Life.
Does Fear Help Us Appreciate Abstract Art?


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

CPE Bach, it's in the genes

Many of Johann Sebastian Bach's sons became good composers themselves, if not on their father's immense level. The three best known are Johann Christian, Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel - and the latter is the best of the bunch to my taste. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) was one of the main composers in the transition period between his father's Baroque and Mozart's Classical period. I like his concertos best in his output, especially those for cello, organ and flute. As an introductory disc I have selected the Naxos double CD with his collected flute concertos, and a solo flute sonata thrown in for good measure. They are well played by Patrick Gallois with the Toronto Chamber Orchestra under Kevin Mallon. This is refined elegant music, well crafted and a pleasure to listen to.

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Even in the diverse and excellent photo-stream of my Flickr friend aftab, this one stands out as a unique piece of art. It looks like some kind of double or even triple exposure, resulting in a fascinating shot, that is at the same time haunting and sensual. One of the very best photographs I have seen in recent months. I improvised a title - obviously inspired by the similarity with the famous poster of the movie The Graduate. As always, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, February 18, 2012


This romantic painting of the city of Kampen by Dutch master Cornelis Springer (1817-1891) dating back to 1861 is not really my style, so why post it? Because this is the almost unchanged view we have the moment we step out of our new house/shop in Kampen into the main shopping street! The main thing that has changed is that the trees are no longer there. We will move into our new home in May - we are looking forward to it! More on Springer in the wikipedia article linked to below.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


With the short but extremely harsh European winter slowly giving way today to more acceptable temperatures, it is an appropriate time for this shot. It is a recent effort by my Flickr friend jenny downing, symbolizing for me the transition between the seasons in its diptych like quality. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Preparing for the Elfstedentocht

My favourite shot of the year so far. I took this last Monday, when Holland was getting in the grips of the Elfstedentocht fever (explanation for this Dutch phenomenon here). Unfortunately, this epic and rare event, which was hoped to take place today, had to be cancelled due to insufficiently thick ice. As I posted yesterday in Potpourri, this shot proved very popular, as it was used by three different sites to illustrate this very theme.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D Digital 10 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The letter

For various reasons, my wife has not painted much in recent months - that will change when we settle down later this year in Kampen, where she will have her own studio/gallery. Here is one she made a few years ago, very representative of her Shanghai Expressionism style.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Monday, February 06, 2012

Cave of forgotten dreams

Another abstract masterpiece by my Flickr friend Lorraine Kerr (caeciliametella). Amazing how she keeps on finding gems like that - the sign of a creative photographer. These rust marks in a turquoise sea bear a resemblance of the famous drawings in the Lascaux caves - hence the title. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Mahler's Kindertotenlieder analysed

Just now I finished listening once more to one of the absolute masterpieces of classical music, Mahler's Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children), albeit in a version I had not heard before (by mezzo soprano Klara Takacs and the Hungarian State Orchestra under Gyorgy Lehal). Once more I was struck by the intense emotional power of this song cycle, and especially the end where the turmoil, anger and despair suddenly make way for a calm and soothing glimpse of heaven. One of the few pieces of music where I simply cannot play anything else afterwards for a while. In silence I sat and googled my way to a wonderful art-icle about this song cycle by Singaporean conductor and composer Derek Lim. It is a fascinating read, especially if you love this music as much as I do. Image sourced from here.

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