It's always a pleasure to discover a painter I had not heard of before, but whom I like. A case in point is Swiss artist Alice Bailly (1872-1938), whose works show the influence of cubism, fauvism, and Dada. This examples dates back to 1920, and is simply beautiful. More about Bailly in the Wikipedia article linked to below.
The Deep Art web site offers the visitor a unique opportunity for using the stylistic elements of one image to draw the content of another - for free. The shot above is my photograph of one of Kampens gates (original here) rendered in the style of Monet's Dusk in Venice (image here). There are a few snags though: there is a limit on the image size rendered, it comes with an ugly water mark, and given the popularity, it takes a few days before the image is sent to your email box.
The concept (and most of the examples given in the link) is more Potpourri blog material - but this one I find absolutely beautiful. Malaysian artist Limzy combines sketches and watercolours with flower petals to a stunning effect. As usual, all rights retained by the artist.
With these chocolate Easter eggs, I wish you a pleasant (long) Easter weekend. I have used a painting-like treatment with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my laptop on a shot I took years ago. The link leads to the original photograph.
Today is our 16th anniversary - happy anniversary darling! For the occasion, Peter Gabriel's cover of The Magnetic Fields' The book of love. This first appeared on his cover album Scratch my back, and for me the absolute highlight of this (possibly) last album in his glorious career. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).
This is a book cover from our own collection - we bought it at a second hand market last year. I could not find any relevant information on either the book or the author, but I love the Art Deco cover.
Apparently, this image is making the rounds on the web as “Via Hubble: The cosmic ice sculptures of the Carina Nebula. Scientists are still trying to explain the beautiful spires.” The truth, as explained in the link, is that it is a beautiful piece of photo art by Adam Ferriss, based on a manipulated astronomy picture that has nothing to do with either the Hubble telescope or the Carina Nebula. All rights retained by the artist, as usual.
The unusual perspective makes this a really brilliant shot. ;A conductor leads a military band at the close of the annual National People's Congress held in Beijing's Great Hall of the People. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Ng Han Guan/AP Photo).
Another example of what I have dubbed CoolArt, shots created from reflections of my wife's paintings in an aluminium cooling bag. Fascinating how shapes are formed in the distorted reflection that were no present in the painting itself - in this case the hint of a hooded figure. Not a popular shot, but a personal favourite.
Yes, please, let's take the blue train to the French Cote d'Azur and take in some sunshine. The Calais-Mediterranée Express nicknamed the Blue Train was a luxury French night express train which operated from 1886 to 2003. This Art Deco poster is probably from the thirties and possibly designed by David Juniper.
Another example of my digital art, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my laptop. This painting-like treatment was applied to an early morning foggy picture I took a few days ago near our home - it shows the old city hall of Kampen, which now houses the city museum. The link leads to the original photograph.
Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel has released two of the best albums of this century. Her first had a very retro design cover (featured here), and that style is reflected as well in the cover of one of the single releases, Brother sparrow. More about Agnes Obel on the linked Wikipedia page.
It's been a while since I last featured one of the expressionist masterpieces of German painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938). He painted this street scene in 1913. More about Kirchner in the Wikipedia article linked to below.
The Northern light has been visible more south than usual (even in the vicinity of Kampen), and understandably many pictures have been published to document the phenomenon. This one from Iceland is a real jaw-dropper: the lights create a phoenix-like image (I expect it is not photoshopped). As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Hallgrimur P. Helgason/Caters).
Earlier this week, one of the legends of rock passed away: producer George Martin, best remembered for his extensive involvement in defining, shaping and producing so many Beatles classics. Their Hello goodbye seems an appropriately titled song to pay homage to the great man. Rest in peace. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).
Ruben Terlou is a Dutch photographer who is becoming quite well-known in the Netherlands, because of the TV documentary series Along the banks of the Yangtze. His interviews with the local Chinese people have captured the hearts of many viewers, thanks to a combination of genuine empathy and a remarkable ability to speak mandarin. His photographs taken during this trip up the Yangtze river are stunning as well. More about Terlou on his linked web site.
Add this band and album to the growing stack of acts that I have never heard, but that release albums with great covers. The British band The Black Feathers are labeled as Folk/Alternative country, and this is their first album, released earlier this year. No information on the design of the beautiful and very atmospheric cover.
EDIT: information provided by the band to me after I posted this - The photo was taken by Gerry Lane. Artwork direction and layout by J Kyle Kelly at Villain Place in Nashville.
About me: Dutchman, married to a beautiful and highly talented artist from Shanghai. Although my education (PhD chemistry) is very much associated with the left side of the brain, I like to use my right side for my hobbies: music, art, photography.
About this blog: I started this blog in August 2006, just wanting to share what I considered interesting pieces of visual art and music. I suffered from blogging blues for most of 2008, but making a fresh start in October of that year has done wonders for my inspiration. In case you did not notice, most posts end with a small symbol... just click that for the relevant link. All pictures in my blog are hosted on blogger - if some do not show up (the red cross syndrome) it is a blogger hiccup. Right click and selecting "show picture" should do the trick.
My other main blog: In December 2009 I started a parallel blog, Art's Potpourri, for subjects that I think are interesting, but not fitting for my main blog. A few other blogs have come and gone - I list them here for reference.
Most of the images used in this blog are either mine, or they are used with explicit permission of the creators. Some of the images are sourced on the internet and I consider them common use for a non-profit blog (such as album covers), or I use them with a link to the site of the creator/owner.
If you find a picture on this blog that you are the copyright owner of, and object against the use, please drop me an email and I will remove it.