Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Rendezvous 6:02 (RIP John Wetton)

One of the truly greats of progressive rock passed away today, aged only 67: John Wetton, singer, bassist and song writer. He played in bands like King Crimson, Uriah Heep, U.K., and Asia, and in numerous projects, most notably Steve Hackett's revisiting Genesis songs. In his memory, the beautiful song Rendezvous 6:02 by U.K. from 1979. RIP. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).


Monday, January 30, 2017


Verbeelding (Imagination) is the title of the solo exhibition of Lu Schaper that starts next week in Kampen. It will be an interesting mixture of works made by various techniques (from oil painting and Chinese ink to Mixed media and Digital art). Poster design is by ourselves.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Pantone panels

Here we have a beautiful abstract shot by one of my oldest Flickr friends, David Gumbrell (who appeared in the blog before as Auribins), who fortunately has come back to Flickr. Normally these shots, relying so much on curves and lines, work best in black and white, but the small touches of colour really add to the overall effect. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Sunday, January 29, 2017


For the occasion of Chinese New Year, another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted a photograph of a rooster, and Monet's Landscape near Montecarlo (link here). The link leads to the original photograph.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

New Year card

For the occasion, my wife created this beautiful new year card, which is displayed in our gallery's window.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Evil twin

This was supposed to be a shot for the next Links post, but the reactions on Flickr were so positive that I decided to feature it under My photography. It is a chain of a sailing ship moored at the IJssel near our home reflected in the river water.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.00625 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/18.7
Focal Length: 5.0 mm
ISO Speed: 250
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Wonders of nature

My Flickr friend Sibilla Horst, also living in Kampen, has not featured yet in the blog. But what an image to make a first entrance! An exquisite photograph, enhanced by the likeness to an eye, and with fabulous lighting. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Monday, January 23, 2017

A guide to contemporary classical music

Anybody who wants a thorough introduction into the fascinating and sometimes bewildering world of contemporary classical music should look at this site. It collects fifty essays by The Guardian's Tom Service, focusing on one composer at a time, with lots of background and samples. Warmly recommended.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Oh deer

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted a photograph of a deer in the nearby children's zoo, and one of Marc's gorgeous expressionist deer paintings (link here). The result has a true Marc feel to it. The link leads to the original photograph.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fifteen interesting facts about 'American Gothic'

Although not a personal favourite of mine, there's no denying that Grant Wood's American Gothic is an iconic painting. The linked art-icle provides fifteen interesting and not well-known facts about the painting. The image above was made at the Photofunia site.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Once more I am posting a shot that is not a personal favourite, but that received quite some positive reactions on Flickr. This is the local canal, about 3 minutes walking from our home - I cross the bridge from which this was taken  almost every day on the way to the supermarket.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0025 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Monday, January 16, 2017

On the banks of the Loire

Another name that has not featured in the blog before: Danish painter Gerda Wegener (1886-1940). Perhaps best remembered for her erotic works, she also created beautiful Art Deco scenes and portraits, such as this one depicting the artists community of Beaugency having fun on the banks of the Loire. Her work will be featured frequently here in the future. More about Wegener in the linked Wikipedia article.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Aeolus / De chirico

With so many of my Flickr friends having left the site in recent years, it gives me great pleasure to see one of the very best returning recently. Formerly known as caeciliametella, Lorraine Kerr has featured more than a dozen times in this blog in the past. Here she is once more with one of her trademark abstractions in square format. A beautiful study on shades of grey. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Fingal's cave

This romantic style painting is not my usual style, but when it came up in the Google art project a few weeks ago, I was impressed. The painter is American Thomas Moran (1837-1926), best known for his American landscapes. His take on the Scottish scenery known as Fingal's cave (1884) is far better than any of his American work in my opinion. More about Moran in the linked Wikipedia article.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Where do you go to my lovely (RIP Peter Sarstedt)

The Grim Reaper strikes again: yesterday Peter Sarstedt passed away. He will always be remembered for the amazing Where do you go to my lovely. Rest in peace. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).


Sunday, January 08, 2017

Floral dreams

Earlier this week I revisited my CoolArt project: taking photographs of my wife's colourful paintings reflected in the aluminium foil exterior of a cooling back. It did not get many reactions on Flickr, but my wife was very positive about it, and I like it very much myself.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Saturday, January 07, 2017

Before the dawn

Kate Bush' stunning 3 CD live album, a registration of her 2014 stage comeback, comes with a beautiful cover as well. For some reason it reminds me of the atmosphere of the later Harry Potter movies. The cover is credited to Tim Walker.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Corner stories

This is the first shot in the Flickr "one shot a day" challenge for my long-time Flickr friend Rodolfo Anzaldua. And what a fabulous start it is. The background story to this abstraction is just as fascinating: what we see here is an 18th century "Quijote" book, passed on in the family from one generation to another. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

City Hall

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted a photograph of our old city hall in the morning fog, and one of Richter's blurry grey-scale paintings (link here). The dream-like result is quite convincing, and looks like a real Richter to me. The link leads to the original photograph.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Ripped in December

A selected overview of culture stars relevant to my own tastes who passed away this month. It looks like the Grim Reaper decided to end with a bang rather than a (careless) whisper - in tune with the start of the year. Rest in peace. Image by myself.

Gisela May (92), German actress and singer. Her recordings of works by Weill, Brecht and Eisler are legendary.
Rodney Smith (68), American photographer. Best remembered for his minimal fashion and portrait photography.
Peter Vaughan (93), British actor. I will remember him mainly for his role of Maester Aemon in the TV series Game of Thrones.
Greg Lake (67), British guitarist, singer and songwriter. Member of prog legends King Crimson and ELP. Writer and singer of ELP's best song, Lucky man.
Peter van Straaten (81). Dutch cartoonist. One of my personal favourites.
Karel Husa (95), Czech-American classical music composer, We have two CD's of his work.
Howard Bingham (77), American photographer. His work was published in many magazines, but he is best remembered for his many photographs of Cassius Clay, later Muhammad Ali.
China Machado (86), Chinese fashion model and editor. One of the supermodels of the fifties, she was the first non-white model to feature on the cover of Harper's Bazaar.
Heinrich Schiff (65), Austrian cellist. One of the greatest cellists of his generation. We have many CD's of his performances.
Rick Parfitt (68), British guitarist and song writer in the band Status Quo. Seen as a one-hit wonder in the USA, they had dozens of hits in the UK and the rest of Europe.
Richard Adams (96), British author. His Watership Down impressed me a lot.
Liz Smith (95), British actress. For me she will always be the dopey Letitia Cropley in the sitcom The vicar of Dibley.
George Michael (53), British singer/songwriter. He created some of the most beautiful pop ballads of all time, including Careless whisper and You have been loved.
Carrie Fisher (60), American actress. Immortal because of her role as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars movies series.
Debbie Reynolds (84), American actress and Carrie Fisher's mother. Famous for her movies from the 50s to the 70s, including Singing in the rain.
Tyrus Wong (106), Chinese-born American artist. Best remembered for his work as lead artist for the Disney animated classic Bambi
Allan Williams (86), British promoter. He was the first manager of the Beatles.
William Christopher (84), American actor. He will be remembered for his role of  Father Mulcahy in the sitcom MASH.

Monday, January 02, 2017


A few weeks ago, in the Old Paint blog, I came across an artist I had never heard of Vilmos Aba-Novák (1894-1941). This Hungarian master painted frescoes and church murals, but also masterpieces like this 1929 portrait of a flapper girl. More about Aba-Novák in the linked Wikipedia article.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year!

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. A beautiful image (which I think is retro rather than original Art Deco) to wish you all a happy, healthy and great 2017!