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).



When I came across this poster last week, my mind went back to the sixties, when we had many holidays at the Adriatic Sea (albeit in Lido di Jesolo, rather than Cattolica). The poster is a beautiful colourful image, and it is a pity I could not find more information about it.

Vintage Posters

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

Happy Chinese New Year!

To all our family and friends who celebrate the lunar new year: may you have a great time and a good and healthy year ahead of you! The year of the rooster starts today (image sourced from here).


Friday, January 27, 2017

Yolocaust by Shahak Shapira

An art project suitable to post on International Holocaust day. Shahak Shapira from Israel has taken typical "fun" selfies shot by tourists at the Berlin Holocaust Memorial and edited them to include images from the horrors of the Nazi extermination camps. The results are confronting and perhaps even controversial, but they make a very strong statement. The animated gif showing examples of an original selfie and the edited version was made by me.

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


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Eugene Robert Richee

Eugene Robert Richee (1896-1972) was an American photographer who specialized in portraits of movie stars, especially during the twenties and thirties. He shot an iconic image of Louise Brooks, but I have selected this wonderful portrait of Bebe Daniels to illustrate his style. I was surprised he is not included in Wikipedia, so I link to a different site with good information.

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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Sunday, January 22, 2017

The American Girl September 1936

The American Girl was a magazine published by the Girl Scouts of the USA, between 1921 and 1979. I quite like this cover from 1936. No information about the designer/illustrator.


Saturday, January 21, 2017


Here we have one of the most beautiful Art Deco sheet music covers I have come across. This 1926 gem was designed by Clerice Freres.

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.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Clear shower gel

OK, this is cheating a bit, as this was not an official advertisement by Clear - it is a brilliant effort by Solomon Tsitsuashvili, part of his ambition to create one print ad every day. I really love this one. More examples in the link.

Creative Ads

Friday, January 13, 2017


It has been far too long since Audrey Hepburn last featured in the blog. The 1954 Billy Wilder movie Sabrina is one of her most famous efforts, and this Italian poster for it is lovely, reminding me of Vogue covers of decades earlier.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ten unrealized art works

The linked art-icle gives an overview of ten art works that would have been stunning, but that have never been realized. They vary from the predictable (Christo wrapping the Museum of Modern Art), to the quirky (the depicted bridge by Claes Oldenburg), to the ridiculous (Mona Hatoum's live video coverage of a gallery's public toilets).

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Canadian Pacific

A beautiful travel poster from 1933, recommending travel to East Asia by the White Empress liner. The design is by Kenneth Denton Shoesmith.

Vintage Posters

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.