Monday, March 31, 2014

Kielo travel agency

I love how this ad works with a minimum change of a common situation. A document binder, set in an office environment, is transformed into an imaginary swimming pool thanks yo a few scribbled circles. Excellent work by Serbian agency New Moment New Ideas Company Y&R and the creative director Svetlana Copic.

Creative Ads

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Day dreaming

My Flickr friend cormend has been sharing numerous photographs from his holiday in Iceland, and I have faved quite a number in recent weeks. Difficult to choose my absolute favourite of them, but in the end I settled for this gorgeous layered landscape shot, with its unbelievable atmosphere. Do check out the complete set - it is worth it! As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The gum chewers' song

I picked this 1927 song sheet for its beautiful colours and fun Art Deco influence, but I would definitely like to hear it as well. Sounds hilarious: "I'm gonna dance wit de guy wot brung me" with ukulele accompaniment. And of course as I type this, I realize that almost everything is on YouTube (be it with a Dixieband accompaniment).


Friday, March 28, 2014

Lady in mauve

One of my favourite painters is German-American Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956), a leading figure of the expressionist movement, and one of the prominent victims of the Nazi witch hunt on degenerate art. This painting from 1922 is more cubist in character, demonstrating that this approach can also lead to elegant results. More on Feininger in the linked Wikipedia article.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Canyon lullaby by Paul Winter

In Desert Island Discs, I am focusing on albums that I love, with emphasis on the less well-known ones. They can be from all genres, from new age via pop/rock and jazz to classical. Live albums will be rare, compilation albums will be excluded. Images are created with the on-line programme Photoface Fun.

The sixth in the series takes us to the New Age genre - where one probably finds more duds than anywhere else. And quite frankly, the concept of the 1997 album Canyon lullaby by Paul Winter sounds like a recipe for disaster: nature sounds recorded in the Grand Canyon with improvised saxophone playing. Fortunately though, Paul Winter is a great musician (a six-time Grammy Award nominee), and the fact that his improvisations were recorded on the spot, in the course of a day, helps to bring the nature sounds and the music into balance. Probably my favourite New Age album altogether.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Organic Modern Estate Joshua Tree

A stunning piece of futuristic architecture. This mansion was built about 20 years ago in Joshua Tree, California. Designed by architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, it is meant to blend in with its environment, which it does in a quite impressive way. The linked site also has pictures which demonstrate a great and purposeful contrast between the tough exterior and intimate interior spaces. More on this building in the article linked to below.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Moet et Chandon

A vintage champagne poster of one of the most famous brands at the occasion of our 14th wedding anniversary. Cheers darling!

Vintage Posters

Monday, March 24, 2014

Peta bait

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 mannequin on a street market in Beziers, a small town in the South of France, with a painting like treatment. I kept the title of the original shot - inspired by the fur coat that was displayed this way. The link leads to the original photograph.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hymns of the 49th parallel

The ninth studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter k.d. lang was released in 2004. It is a collection of covers of some of her favourite songs from fellow-Canadian singer/song writers. A worthwhile album, and a beautiful cover, with a photograph by Andy Goldsworthy, and good choice of font.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The double

The double is a recent movie by Richard Ayoade. This is one of the posters for its release, a stunning combination of an Art Deco cityscape reminiscent of Lang's Metropolis with a focus on the individual that reminds me of Orwell's 1984. The design is credited to Empire Design.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Asia December 1926

The Asia magazine featured some of the most beautiful covers of the twenties. Here we have another Art Deco masterpiece by its regular illustrator Frank McIntosh.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

State of mind

Fish is the artist name of Derek William Dick, still best known for his years as lead singer of neoprog band Marillion. His solo career is well worth exploring, and he has often demonstrated a good taste in covers, both for his albums and his singles. This one is from 1989, his first after he left Marillion. The cover was designed by the legendary Mark Wilkinson, responsible for Marillion's brilliant artwork until Fish's departure. More about Fish on the linked Wikipedia page.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Photoart of an eerie surreal kind. In his Facade series, photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy imagines what buildings would look with just their face that we see - and nothing at all behind it. More examples in the link. All rights retained by the artist, as usual.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Paris in 1920

The linked post in the Vintage Everyday blog includes a lovely set of nostalgic photographs of Paris in 1920. They were taken for postcards by Pierre-Yves Petit, better known under the artist name Yvon. As interesting as they are, I think they fit best under Anything goes, rather than Photographers.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Round midnight

Cheers! This beautiful almost abstract shot of a wine glass is typical for the photographic art of my Flickr friend jenny downing. That said, it still stands out even in her photo-stream for its sheer class. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Unusual concertos [67]: Glockenspiel

Before the purge of end 2008, one of the most popular topics of this blog was "Unusual concertos", classical concertos for all kinds of instruments and orchestra. I have decided to revive this, aiming for less familiar composers in general. In its original incarnation, I came to 40 different concertante instruments - realizing 60+ this time.

The sixty-seventh concerto deals with the glockenspiel (image source). Ranked under percussion experiments, this is the adult version of the pixiphone that many of us will have played with as a child. Unlike its cousins the marimba and the xylophone, concertos for this instrument are virtually non-existent. I could find none that has been recorded, and in fact I only found one reference to a glockenspiel concerto, composed recently by Steve Christerform. This short three movements piece can be listened to in the linked YouTube video.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Potpourri: Inside the box

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 16 October 2013.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Let there be light

My favourite shot of the year so far. It is an evening close-up, through the shop window glass, of a modern style lamp displayed on one of the neighbouring shops. I love the weaving effect and the contrast between horizontal and vertical lines.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/5.9
Focal Length: 20 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Friday, March 14, 2014

Vogue October 1927

Another Art Deco masterpiece in the shape of a vintage Vogue cover. The designer, as so often, is Eduardo Garcia Benito.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Summer evening

Not really representative of his famous proto-expressionist style - this is a slightly earlier work by Norwegian grandmaster Edvard Munch (1863-1944). He painted this scene in 1889, just four years before his Scream. But when I came across it a few weeks ago, I fell in love with it immediately. More on Munch in the linked Wikipedia article.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


A creative advertisement with an art angle - what's not to like? A fun way how the French company KelOptic advertises the quality of their glasses. The advertising agency responsible is YR Paris.

Creative Ads

Monday, March 10, 2014

Volcanic SP

Using a shadow as a "self portrait" is not new, but I have never seen it done so expertly as in this shot by my Flickr friend peggyhr. The strong diagonal composition, the elegant stance, the inclusion of part of the dress in the bottom corner and the interesting backdrop of volcanic rocks - chapeau. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Concertos by E.J. Moeran

In Desert Island Discs, I am focusing on albums that I love, with emphasis on the less well-known ones. They can be from all genres, from new age via pop/rock and jazz to classical. Live albums will be rare, compilation albums will be excluded. Images are created with the on-line programme Photoface Fun.

The fifth in the series brings us back to classical music. Englishman Ernest John Moeran is not a name you will find in most classical music collections, but he is a personal favourite of mine. This Chandos CD combines two of his major works (originally issued on two seperate CD's). Moeran's violin concerto is among the best of the 20th century, while his cello concerto is in my opinion the best of all time (out of over a hundred cello concertos in my collection). The two fillers are short orchestral pieces, but well worth having. Excellent performances all around (Lydia Mordkovich on violin with the Ulster Orchestra under Vernon Handley, Raphael Wallfisch on cello, with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta under Norman del Mar) in sumptuous Chandos sound. Essential indeed.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Wearable art

Since late 2013, Lu Schaper has embarked upon a new dimension of her art: what she calls "wearable art". An example is shown above, a combination of scarf and hat, in both cases her own design and made by herself from scratch, using materials like Merino wool, silk and linen. The linked page on our web site gives more background information and examples.

The Art of Lu Schaper