Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nautical wear and tear

Living fifty meters from a river like the IJssel offers plenty of opportunities for abstract shots using ship hulls. This one may not be a personal favourite, but it is one of the most faved shots in my stream this year.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 45.2 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Friday, April 29, 2016

Sleeping woman

I had never heard of American painter Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993), until someone posted about him on a classical music forum that I frequent. I was immediately taken by this work from 1961 belonging to his figurative period - he is probably best remembered for his late abstracts though. More about Diebenkorn in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


A winning combination: a beautiful actress like Clara Bow, vintage biplanes and an overall Art Deco feel. If I ever get the chance to see this 1927 Wellman movie about fighter pilots in the Great War, I definitely will.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Today is King's Day in the Netherlands, so for the occasion a cover by King Crimson, one of the pioneers of prog. Thrak is their 1995 comeback album, and the cover photograph is very much in the style of my own abstract photography.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bovril: a happy thought

With weather conditions in the Netherlands this week more like winter than spring, this seems a suitable poster. Bovril is a thick, salty meat extract, that has been sold in the UK since 1889.

Vintage Posters

Monday, April 25, 2016

Potpourri: Toy car adventures

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 26 April 2014.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Judge April 1921

A beautiful minimal cover for the Judge magazine from the early twenties. The illustration was drawn by Louis Fancher.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Wenn man sich nicht mehr liebt

German singer Annett Louisan moves between the lines of chanson and jazz, and quite successfully in my opinion. I love her albums, and in particular this song from Das optimale Leben. Great lyrics to boot about how relationships can get into a rut (the title translates as When you no longer love one another). Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).


Friday, April 22, 2016

Emoji Mosaic

The linked site is simple but does exactly what it promises: you upload a picture and it will create a mosaic from emoji icons. The above is what it made of a picture of our cocker spaniel Jazz (original here).

web site

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ring tones

This is a close-up of a piece of furniture. Responses at Flickr were not as good as I had hoped for, but it is one of my favourite shots of the year so far. And I like the title.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mediterranean Landscape

High time to feature one of my wife's favourite artists again - and one that I have grown fond of myself as well over the years. There is a coldness in many of the works of Franco-Russian Nicolas de Stael (1914-1955), even in something as natural sunny as this mediterranean landscape (from 1953). More about de Stael in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Vogue May 1936

An appropriate spring-themed illustration in this Vogue cover from the thirties. It was designed by Alix Zeilinger.


Sunday, April 17, 2016


A recent creation made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted my photograph of the village of IJsselmuiden (across the river from our home), and a painting by Dutch 17th century master Jan van Goyen (link here). The result is quite astounding. The link leads to the original photograph.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Phil Collins discography 2016 reissues

It's an interesting idea for sure. For the 2016 reissues of his solo albums, Phil Collins decided to re-create the original album covers with his 30-odd years older self as subject. As he sang himself: "take a look at me now...."

Friday, April 15, 2016

Licking paint

Thanks to Jenny Downing for alerting me to this one. Mexican photographer Paul Fuentes' photo art still life creations are inspired by the likes of Andy Warhol. More examples in the link (most of them Potpourri territory, but this one goes here). All rights retained by the artist, as usual.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

The First

Last week we had a daytrip to The Hague, and I took this shot of the famous statue of Willem van Oranje, the Father of the Netherlands (made in 1845 by Emile de Nieuwerkerke). The unusual viewpoint and the stark contrast with the blue sky make the shot. One of my most faved photographs at Flickr in recent weeks.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/10.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 160
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Wednesday, April 13, 2016


It takes quite some talent to turn a photograph documenting the Natural History Museum's Sensational Butterflies exhibition in London into a masterpiece, but this photographer nailed it. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Eddie Mulholland/The Telegraph).

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Boele cigars

This Art Deco style cigar poster from the twenties, found in the Art and Artists blog, is a must-post for me, because Boele was a local Kampen cigar company (by the way "hofleverancier" means that they sold their cigars to the royal family). Even today, Kampen is famous for the quality of the cigars that are still produced here (just 2 minutes walking from our home).

Vintage Posters

Monday, April 11, 2016

Cornell Capa

Cornell Capa (1918-2008) was a Hungarian American photographer, brother of the better known Robert Capa. Cornell's work ranged from daily life scenes to war photography. I have selected a shot he took in 1954 at the Moscow Bolshoi Ballet School. More about Cornell Capa on the linked Wikipedia site.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Art and Artists

One of my main discoveries of this year is the fabulous blog Art and Artists (established in 2010), a real treasure trove that will inspire many posts in my blog throughout the year. It has quite rightly been named a Google "Blog of Note".

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Saturday, April 09, 2016


I have never seen this 2002 Bruce Paltrow movie, but the poster design is both brilliant and charming.

Friday, April 08, 2016

The birth of legends

It's that time of the year once more.... Image sourced from a targeted FaceBook advertisement.


Thursday, April 07, 2016


Another shot in my CoolArt series - reflections of my wife's painting captured in the aluminium surface of a cooling bag. Not one of my own favourites, but the one that got most positive responses so far on Flickr.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0125 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Still life

A fairly recent work by my wife, and it has to be seen as it is rather than a picture: by including real flowers and leaves, this mixed media work literally comes to life.

The Art of Lu Schaper