Thursday, March 31, 2016

La Femme Chic March 1927

This French magazine has not featured before in my blog. Suitable timing to post this Art Deco beauty, given that we expect the first really nice spring days this weekend.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Approaching red

One of my personal favourites of the year so far. This abstract is a macro of a wooden bollard near our home, turned 90 degrees. Decent reactions on Flickr.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A concert in the garden

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.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Deep Art

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.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Flower petals art by Limzy

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.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter!

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.

Friday, March 25, 2016

The book of love

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).


Thursday, March 24, 2016

San Yan and the black tiger

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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Cosmic ice sculptures

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.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The great conductor

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).

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Potpourri: Microscopic Chemical Flowers

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 11 June 2013.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

This masquerade

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.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Length: 14.8 mm
ISO Speed: 320
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Friday, March 18, 2016

Ceiling zero

This image combines three things I love: Art Deco, vintage movie posters and old airplanes. It is the Swedish poster for the 1936 Howard Hawks movie Ceiling Zero.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The blue train

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.

Vintage Posters

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Ye olde city hall

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.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Brother sparrow

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.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Vogue June 1935

One of the most stunning Vogue covers I have seen recently. I love everything about it, the composition, the limited colour scheme, the spring feeling. Excellent work by illustrator Jean Pages.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Berlin street scene

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.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Vintage fans

I would love to encounter such beautiful Art Deco fans on a second hand market. They were used for advertising, the reverse side containing business details.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Phoenix rising

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).

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Hello goodbye (RIP George Martin)

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).


Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Line play

One of my more popular shots of recent weeks in terms of vies and faves. This abstract is a detail of a ship moored near our home.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Length: 14.8 mm
ISO Speed: 320
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Ruben Terlou

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.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Soaked to the bone

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.