Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A good woman

The 2004 Mike Barker movie A good woman comes with a number of different official posters. I like this retro art deco one, very fitting for a movie set in 1930.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Nothing's real

Nothing's Real is the 2016 debut studio album written and produced by British synthpop musician Shura. The cover design is a clever play on the title, but works very well as an image itself. I could not find information in the designer.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Into dust

Courtesy of the local library, I have been watching the brilliant TV series House MD from the start over the past few weeks (currently in season 6). One of the charms of many episodes is the use of alternative pop/rock songs in the soundtrack. Perhaps the best one of these is Into dust by American duo Mazzy Star. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

La Rinascente

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. This is one of the most beautiful vintage posters I have seen for quite a while. La Rinascente is a range of Italian upscale department stores, founded in 1917 and still in business. The poster, which I would date at around 1930, draws attention to the new fashion lines for autumn and winter. It was probably designed by Maurizio Mozzato.

Vintage Posters

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Loving an artist

The linked article lists ten things to keep in mind when loving a highly creative person. Very recognizable! Image of us by me.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Lady with beads

Another beautiful painting by the Dutch artist Kees van Dongen (1877-1968), one of the Fauvists. This one was made around 1923. More on van Dongen in the wikipedia article linked to below.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Repost: Night of the demon

A re-post from the artchives (original posting date 22 August 2009) - with the blog in its current form over seven years old, I intend to dig up some of the older posts once in a while. I selected this one because it is about 7 years ago and I had forgotten about it completely - while it is well worthwhile, and the video still exists on YouTube.

A fascinating piece of amateur video art found on YouTube. The 1957 movie Night of the demon (called Curse of the demon in the US) inspired Kate Bush in the writing of her songs Hounds of Love and The Red Shoes, as well as her short film, The Line, The Cross & The Curve. This video takes footage from the movie, interweaved with footage of Kate performing her music. A treat.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Frozen by Bruce Boyd

These photographs by Bruce Boyd demand lengthy preparations, that's why I put it under miscellaneous art. Together with his girlfriend, they make flower arrangements in water, which they freeze into a block of ice, and then partially shatter the ice by dropping it onto water, leading to a cracked texture, after which the end result is photographed. More examples in the link. As usual, all rights retained by the artist (who authored the link, and did not include any copyright constraints either there or on the linked sites).

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Windows Vista

This is a shot of a window on the other side of the local canal, at the right tie of day to capture the sun-lit houses behind the photographer in the reflection. One of my most faved shots of recent weeks.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0125 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 46.0 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Thursday, August 11, 2016

The scavenger bride

The scavenger bride is the eleventh album by the band Black tape for a blue girl. I love the way the colour scheme matches the band's name.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


With the Rio Olympics in full swing, a suitable and awesome movie poster. Terry Gilliam's 1985 movie Brazil is an absolute masterpiece.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016


A shot I took a few weeks ago in the local harbour (5 minutes walking from our home). A good example of order in chaos, and the beautiful lighting helps as well. One of my most faved shots of the year so far.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Length: 19.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Monday, August 08, 2016

Coming back to life

A painting by my wife that is almost 10 years old, and that many people in Kampen see every day: it is the basis of our gallery sign, hanging proudly in the Oudestraat.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Ten years of Art for Art's Sake

I started this blog on August 4th, 2006 - making today its tenth birthday (image created at Big Huge Labs). The currently archived posts do not go back further than October 2008, because at that time I made a fresh start, deleting everything that I had posted before. My little blog has become a teenager. Sniff.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Ripped in July

A selected overview of culture stars relevant to my own tastes who passed away this month. Rest in peace. Image by myself.

Michael Cimino (77), American film director and screen writer. He directed the classic movie The Deer Hunter.
Billy Name (76), American photographer. Best known for his work with Andy Warhol, and covers for Velvet Underground albums.
Garry Marshall (81), American actor, director, writer, and producer. He created the TV series Happy days and Mork and Mindy.
Marni Nixon (86), American soprano and playback singer. She is best remembered for singing the parts of actresses like Deborah Kerr, Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Wood in various hit movies. 
Eric Kuhne (64), American-born British architect. He was responsible for projects like the Cockle Bay Wharf in Sydney, Australia, the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, and the Titanic Quarter redevelopment in Belfast. 
Einojuhani Rautavaara (87), Finnish composer of classical music. One of the best contemporary composers to my taste.
Peter Sadlo (54), German classical music percussionist. He recorded a number of CD's in our collection.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Landscape At Cadaques

Time to feature French painter Andre Derain (1880-1954) once more. This landscape from 1913 shows a mixture of post-impressionism and cubism. More on Derain in the wikipedia article linked to below.