Friday, February 28, 2014


The British band Sailor scored a number of hits in the seventies, notably Traffic jam, Sailor, Girls girls girls, and A glass of champagne. I quite like the cover design for their album Trouble from that time, released in 1975. I could not find information on the photographer and/or artistic designer.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


I had more or less decided to discontinue the Flickr Favourites category, but this recent post by my Flickr friend sannesu made me change my mind. Another gorgeous shimmering colourful abstract of the type that features so often in her work. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

St Nicholas Church Pyrford

Once more one of my attempts at digital art based on my own photographs, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my new laptop. This is a shot I took of a little church in Surrey, where my niece got married in the summer of 2011, with a painting like treatment. The link leads to the original photograph.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Whatever you may think of her music (I think it is better than the average chart fodder), Lady Gaga has a clear desire to be seen as artistic in general. That includes many of her cover designs, including this one for the 2013 single Applause. More about Lady Gaga on the linked Wikipedia page.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

'Japanese Beethoven' Mamoru Samuragochi exposed as a fraud

Mamoru Samuragochi was the most popular contemporary classical music composer in Japan, where his Hiroshima Symphony, dedicated to the victims of the 1945 atomic blast, became an anthem in the wake of the 2011 tsunami. The fact that, like Beethoven in later years, he is deaf contributed much to his reputation. Now it turns out that he did not compose his most famous works at all (having outsourced them to an unaccredited Japanese colleague, Takashi Niigaki), and to add insult to injury, might not even be deaf. For the full (amazing) story, see the link.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Girl with a black cat

Perhaps the greatest painter of the 20th century who has not appeared in my blog yet: Henri Matisse (1868-1954). As the leading figure of Les Fauves (the wild ones), the French counterpart for my favourite German expressionists, he should be one my shortlist of great painters, but I find myself warming to his art rather slowly. But as time goes by, more and more of his works appeal to me, for instance this one created in 1910. More on Matisse in the linked Wikipedia article.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Princess in Elburg

My beautiful princess, shot at last year's Christmas celebration in the old city of Elburg, not far way from Kampen. She is wearing a hat that she designed and made herself, a new dimension to her artistic endeavors (she calls it wearable art).

Camera: Canon EOS 400D Digital 10 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.077 sec (1/13)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Lu Schaper


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hildegard von Bingen, heavenly inspired

The most ancient composer in my collection (and that by a few centuries): Saint Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). She is also one of the most recorded female composers of all time. Her vocal works are ethereal and will appeal to anyone who is interested in the new spiritualism of Tavener and Part. This Naxos disc was my introduction to her work and remains indispensable. The Oxford Camerata under Jeremy Summerly give an outstanding and well-recorded performance. Highly recommended.

Monday, February 10, 2014


In the twenties and thirties, Swedish cinemas showed new movies from Hollywood with home-made poster designs - which most of the time were far more beautiful than the original posters. A case in point is this poster for the 1924 movie Greed, directed by Erich von Stroheim with local art work by Eric Rohman. More examples in the link.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Still life with fish

Once more one of my attempts at digital art based on my own photographs, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my new laptop. This is a photograph of a cod we had for dinner some time ago, given a painting like treatment. The link leads to the original photograph.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Bridge to nowhere

Another gem that I encountered on a music blog, rather than knowing what the music itself is like. Farmington Hill is a southern rock band from Colorado who released their first album Bridge to nowhere in 2013. I can't find any credits for the cover, but the combination of the water colour type art and the beautiful fitting font for band name and title is remarkable.

Saturday, February 01, 2014


Continuing with the horse theme on the second day of Chinese new year. Perhaps the best song ever written about a horse: Michael Murphy's 1975 smash hit Wildfire. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).