Friday, July 21, 2017

Oval

This is the type of minimal abstract shot that I love - especially when executed to perfection like here by my Flickr friend Sibilla Horst. It takes quite some imagination to deduce that what we're seeing is actually a fork - personally I did not get it.

Copyright statement: posted with explicit permission of the creator who retains all rights.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Roses in the night

A romantic title (Des roses dans la nuit) for a stunning fashion magazine illustration of an evening dress. George Barbier created this in 1921 for La Gazette du Bon Ton.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wallpaper Abyss

If you're looking for new laptop or monitor wallpapers, you could do worse than browse the linked Wallpaper Abyss site. I picked the beauty in the center of this screenshot (search for camera to see these) for my computer.

Copyright statement: image created by screenshot. All nine pictures are thumbnail size and therefore considered fair use.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Ruurlo Castle

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). In this case, I took a photograph of the castle in Ruurlo (now a museum), and a painting by John Constable (Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows). The link leads to the original photograph.

Copyright statement: image created via the DeepArt site from one of my original images. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Winter song

A recent work by my wife, part of a series inspired by the four seasons. Expect more of her art in the blog the coming months.

Copyright statement: painting created by Lu Schaper. Copyright Lu Schaper.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Andy Warhol album covers

The linked art-icle gives a great overview of album covers designed by pop art icon Andy Warhol. I have to admit I only knew of two examples (the famous banana for the Velvet Underground and Nico, and one album of Diana Ross, blogged here), but it turns out that there are plenty more, including big names like the Stones, Aretha Franklin, and Blondie.

Copyright statement: image created by BigHugeLabs from pictures in the referred site. All nine pictures are thumbnail size and therefore considered fair use.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The ar(t)chitecture of Frank Lloyd Wright

American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is justly famous - Simon and Garfunkel even wrote a beautiful song about him more than 10 years after he died. His legacy is hundreds of buildings still standing in the USA (more than a handful have been destroyed).  Here is my pick for five of his best works with links to the Wikipedia pages:

1. Fallingwater, Mill Run, USA, 1939 (image above).
2. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA, 1959.
3. Gammage Memorial Auditorium, Tempe, USA, 1964.
4. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Wauwatosa, USA, 1961.
5. Larkin Administration Building, Buffalo, USA, 1906 (demolished 1950).

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Impression of 14 July

Here is one for our French readers: happy Bastille Day! I came across this painting last week looking for suitable posts with this theme - and it is not often I find a Vincent van Gogh I had never seen before. He made this in 1886.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Architecture photography by Anna Davis and Daniel Rueda

This series of photographs is an artistic collaboration by Valencia-based couple Anna Devis and Daniel Rueda. As the model, Anna interacts in quirky ways with the architectural backgrounds and Daniel takes the shots. Often with a healthy dosage of humor, these photographs are a delight to look at.

Copyright statement: image created by BigHugeLabs from pictures in the referred site. All nine pictures are thumbnail size and therefore considered fair use.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sandscape

This photograph is part of an impressive series of landscape shots by my Flickr friend Ethan (known previously as Cormend). This stunning piece of nature, depicted in the most impressive way, is known as the White Sands National Monument (New Mexico, USA).

Copyright statement: posted with explicit permission of the creator who retains all rights.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Harmony Korine

Steven Wilson's song Harmony Korine, from his solo debut album Insurgentes, is a great piece of music. However, the video lifts it to an even more worthwhile experience. It was shot, edited and directed by Lasse Hoile as an homage to the old euro cinema greats. Very highly recommended. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

Copyright statement: image created via the Photofunia site, who explicitly state that their images have no copyright issues. The video screenshot included in the image is thumbnail size and therefore considered fair use.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Watching the fish

This painting by Spanish artist JoaquĆ­n Sorolla (1863-1923) is not in a style that I normally prefer. Painted in 1907, it pays little or no attention whatsoever to decades of developments in the art world. And yet, I found it strangely attractive when I first came across it on a bulletin board. More about Sorolla in the linked Wikipedia article.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Potpourri [7]

An overview of recent images that would have ended up in my parallel blog Art's Potpourri (now stopped). Clicking the icons in the left side of the table takes you to the picture on the site where I found it in a new window. The text includes a link to the site.

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The Brexit domino effect. This cartoon, picked up at the 9gag site, is the funniest I have seen on the whole Brexit disaster. Kudos to whomever came up with this idea (Just for Fun). First seen here.
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Seabreacher. I may not be into boats, but it would be cool to own this one, looking like a killer whale. It reaches speeds of up to 55 mph as well (Special Designs). First seen here.
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Walking your octopus. Too good to file under Just for Fun. Disney illustrator Brian Kesinger created this illustrated story what life with a pet octopus would be like (Amazing Stuff). First seen here.
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Suspended Deconstructions. Mexican artist Damian Ortega specializes in taking objects like cars apart and suspending all parts as a stunning art installation (Remarkable Art). First seen here.
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Sale! Sale! Sale! "You keep on using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means." Some hilarious examples of sale sign fails (Mixed Nuts). First seen here.
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Mind bending placemat. Taken from a post on innovative Japanese designs. I really like this optical illusion style place mat by A.P. Works (Special Designs). First seen here.
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Lobster attack. Taken from a fascinating post about photographs that are not what they seem, this lobster in a bucket looks like a space monster (Amazing Stuff). First seen here.
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At Earth's end. Finally the Flat Earth Society has the proof they're looking for. Too bad it's just a camera malfunction. Full story in the link (Amazing Stuff). First seen here.

Copyright statement: image based on a photograph created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

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Friday, July 07, 2017

Bijzonder Kampen

Screenshots of a six page spread about my wife in the new glossy magazine for Kampen (Bijzonder Kampen = Special Kampen). The link leads to the on-line version - you can find the article (in Dutch) at page 64 and beyond.

Copyright statement: screenshots in thumbnail size, considered fair use.

Bottles

A close-up of an art installation in Kampen at the occasion of the International Hanseatic days. Not a personal favourite, but my most faved shots of recent weeks.

Camera: Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-300 mm), 16 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/11.0
Focal Length: 43.6 mm
ISO Speed: 1000
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Spyker cars

A nice piece of nostalgia, this poster from about 1920. Spyker was a Dutch car manufacturing company that was in business from 1898 until 1926. The poster was designed by Piet van der Hem.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

High stakes

The recent International Hanseatic festival in Kampen gave the local photographers plenty of opportunity to shine. I missed one of the main events, the reenacting of a historical battle in front of the city gates, but fortunately my Flickr friends did not. Here is a great action shot from that spectacle, taken by Gert van der Meulen.

Copyright statement: posted with explicit permission of the creator who retains all rights.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Park life

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). In this case, I took a photograph of the local park in spring, and a painting by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (The Toutain farm). The link leads to the original photograph.

Copyright statement: image created via the DeepArt site from one of my original images. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Ripped in June

A selected overview of culture stars relevant to my own tastes who passed away this month - an extraordinary quiet month in this respect. Rest in peace.

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Jeffrey Tate (74), British classical music conductor. Not as prolific in recording music as some of his colleagues, we still have a few of his CD's in our collection.
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Adam West (88). American actor. He was the first TV Batman in the sixties, and more recently the voice of mayor Adam West in the animation series Family Guy.
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Ootje Oxenaar (87), Dutch graphic designer. I had never heard of him, yet I've seen his work more often than that of anyone else: he designed all Dutch banknotes between 1966 and 2002.

Copyright statement: image created via the Photofunia site, who explicitly state that their images have no copyright issues.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Shadow of time

The music of Steve Roach is not easily categorized: new age, ambient. progressive electronic, contemporary classical - it all fits to some extent. Meanwhile he has released over 40 albums, and the handful that I've heard are very good indeed. And most of the time they come with beautiful covers as well. A recent example, from 2016 is this minimal cover of the album Shadow of time, designed by Michal Karcz.

Copyright statement: lower resolution images of album covers considered fair use.