Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2016

Fashion shows normally do not turn up in this blog, but here is an exception: the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2016 collection is based on vintage travel posters. And they look stunning.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Abstraction in felt

Although some comments on Flickr likened this image to organic subjects like blood vessels, it is actually a close-up of one of my wife's beautiful felt scarves (made from Merino wool and silk). Another example that abstract photograph subjects can be found in lots of places.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.0 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The iron giant

Art Deco has become very popular once more in recent times, and modern movie posters sometimes make excellent use of this style. Here we have one of the best examples, a poster for the 1999 Brad Bird movie The iron giant.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Shore with red house

This is one of the less well-known masterpieces by Norwegian grandmaster Edvard Munch (1863-1944): a Norwegian shore landscape that he created in 1904. More on Munch in the wikipedia article linked to below.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 13. Smalltown boy (Bronski Beat)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #13, we find Bronski Beat with Smalltown boy (#1 in 1984). The career of this band around Jimmy Sommerville was short but dramatic. Their very first single, Smalltown boy, taken from the 1983 debut album The age of consent, became a smash hit, partially because of the great clip on MTV, but mainly on its musical strength. Moreover, the story in the song, about a boy who has to run away from home when his father finds out he is gay, appealed to many in the target customers group. Jimmy later left the band to join the Communards. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Repost: Modini shoes

A re-post from the artchives (original posting date 27 January 2012) - with the blog in its current form over six years old, I intend to dig up some of the older posts once in a while. I selected this one because I did not encounter interesting logos for a while - it's one of my favourites in this topic.

This is the type of creativity in logo design that I love: not too clever for its own good but a wonderful use of the main product, in this case shoes, to contribute to the visual effect in the logo. And let's face it: it is not that obvious to create an M from two stiletto heel shoes...

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dandelion seedhead

Continuing one of her specialties, my Flickr friend Peggy Reimchen (peggyhr) recently posted another awesome macro of a dandelion seedhead. Great details, and the red background adds to the special feeling. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Parisiola

Another beautiful sheet music cover from around 1920. The bubbly joy comes across very well in this illustration. If you're curious what this sounds like, here is a YouTube link.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Porcelain heart

The Swedish progressive metal band Opeth has made numerous great albums, more often than not with excellent cover designs as well. They release singles once in a while, and it is not surprising that these come with great covers too. A case in point is Porcelain heart from 2008, which blends the band's baroque logo very well with the vintage-style photograph. More about Opeth on the linked Wikipedia page.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Golden light

The famous modern interior decoration shop in the Arsenal in Naarden has been a source for fascinating shots in the past, and when we revisited the location a few months ago, I got a few more. This is one of my favourites of the bunch, a close-up of a light installation.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.0 mm
ISO Speed: 160
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Vogue September 1929

A Paris-inspired vintage Vogue cover with more than a hint of the art of Modigliani. The cover is actually by the famous illustrator Garcia Benito.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 14. Careless whisper (George Michael)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #14, we find George Michael with Careless whisper (#1 in 1984). This gorgeous ballad is sometimes listed as a Wham! record, and sometimes as a George Michael solo effort. It was included in the Wham! album Make it big, but released as a single under George Michael's name. Careless whisper deservedly became a smash hit world wide. The singer laments about a one night stand, with the yearning saxophone providing the most striking instrumental contribution. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

The three graces

A somewhat older work of my wife, and the biggest painting I have seen her make. It is actually painted on a 3-panel canvas room screen (three times 40x180 cm). I love this graceful image, and so do many visitors of our gallery.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Sydney Mail February 1926

Before we say goodbye to the summer of 2015, one more vintage cover with a summer theme. Of course, the Sydney Mail, which was published from 1860 to 1938, follows the antipodean seasons cycle, hence this image in the February issue.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Top 50 Prog Albums 1990-2015

For many lovers of progressive rock ("prog"), the genre blossomed in the seventies with acts like Gensesis, Yes, Pink Floyd, ELP, and Jethro Tull, and then went downhill rapidly. I disagree completely: there is a wealth of excellent prog that has been produced since then, including the present time, This is also illustrated by the linked article in Prog Report, which presents a countdown of their choice of 50 greatest prog albums of the past 25 years. Of course, many of these choices are debatable, but the overall conclusion is clear: prog is alive and kicking. And I may just give my own opinions on the subject matter in the coming months.....

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Lung Molde

The American band Lung Molde has recently released their first album, imaginatively titled Lung Molde. I have no clue what they sound like (although the category sludge metal makes me fear the worst), but the album cover is a beautiful piece of art. It reminds me somehow of the atmosphere of Tolkien's works.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Jazz in Paris

Another example of my digital art, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my laptop. The painting-like treatment was applied to my photograph of our cocker spaniel Jazz. The link leads to the original photograph.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 15. The ballad of John and Yoko (Beatles)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #15, we find the Beatles once more, with The ballad of John and Yoko (#1 in 1969). John's autobiographical rocker is perhaps the most underrated song of the Beatles - even though it made #1 in the UK. The USA's response to this single - never included on a regular album - was lukewarm, most likely because radio stations did not like the comparison to Christ, coming only a few years after Lennon's infamous statement that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. Some stations did play the song, but with "Christ" bleeped out.... I have always liked the song, with its lyrics that seem to come straight from newspaper reports about their marriage. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Riders on the storm

The linked post gives more of the photo art of an artist called Modifeye. Sometimes fun, sometimes amazing, sometimes, like in this image, coming straight from a dream or nightmare. But always worth looking at. All rights retained by the artist, as usual.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Riquewihr

No special reason to post this day, but I came across this beautiful travel poster recently and had to share it. We visited the little hamlet of Riquewihr in the French Alsace a number of times, always a joy. The poster was designed by Fernand Schulsz-Wettel.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Nakheel Tower Dubai

This stunning tower, which looks like it comes from a SF novel, was supposed to have been built in Dubai, UAE, and reach a height of somewhere in the 1000-1500 m range (image credit). In 2009, the project was put on hold because of the economy crisis. Maybe one day? More on this building can be found in the link below.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

LWL Muenster

One of my latest photographs. It is a shot of the museum front in Muenster, Germany. The patterns, enhanced by the shadows, and broken up in the corner by the LWL sign, make for an interesting picture. Good reactions on Flickr, but snubbed by Explore.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0016 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/5.9
Focal Length: 20.0 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Monday, September 07, 2015

Potpourri: Cutting records

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 24 November 2014.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Morphing algorithm

A group of researchers at the German University of Tuebingen have developed an algorithm that can morph an image to resemble a painting in the style of the great masters. An example is shown above: this photograph of apartments at the river was morphed in the style of a famous painting by Turner, van Gogh, and Munch, respectively. Amazing and very convincing results.

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