Sunday, March 30, 2014

Day dreaming

My Flickr friend cormend has been sharing numerous photographs from his holiday in Iceland, and I have faved quite a number in recent weeks. Difficult to choose my absolute favourite of them, but in the end I settled for this gorgeous layered landscape shot, with its unbelievable atmosphere. Do check out the complete set - it is worth it! As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Lady in mauve

One of my favourite painters is German-American Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956), a leading figure of the expressionist movement, and one of the prominent victims of the Nazi witch hunt on degenerate art. This painting from 1922 is more cubist in character, demonstrating that this approach can also lead to elegant results. More on Feininger in the linked Wikipedia article.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Moet et Chandon

A vintage champagne poster of one of the most famous brands at the occasion of our 14th wedding anniversary. Cheers darling!

Vintage Posters

Monday, March 24, 2014

Peta bait

Once more one of my attempts at digital art based on my own photographs, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my new laptop. This is a shot I took of a mannequin on a street market in Beziers, a small town in the South of France, with a painting like treatment. I kept the title of the original shot - inspired by the fur coat that was displayed this way. The link leads to the original photograph.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hymns of the 49th parallel

The ninth studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter k.d. lang was released in 2004. It is a collection of covers of some of her favourite songs from fellow-Canadian singer/song writers. A worthwhile album, and a beautiful cover, with a photograph by Andy Goldsworthy, and good choice of font.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The double

The double is a recent movie by Richard Ayoade. This is one of the posters for its release, a stunning combination of an Art Deco cityscape reminiscent of Lang's Metropolis with a focus on the individual that reminds me of Orwell's 1984. The design is credited to Empire Design.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Asia December 1926

The Asia magazine featured some of the most beautiful covers of the twenties. Here we have another Art Deco masterpiece by its regular illustrator Frank McIntosh.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

State of mind

Fish is the artist name of Derek William Dick, still best known for his years as lead singer of neoprog band Marillion. His solo career is well worth exploring, and he has often demonstrated a good taste in covers, both for his albums and his singles. This one is from 1989, his first after he left Marillion. The cover was designed by the legendary Mark Wilkinson, responsible for Marillion's brilliant artwork until Fish's departure. More about Fish on the linked Wikipedia page.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Round midnight

Cheers! This beautiful almost abstract shot of a wine glass is typical for the photographic art of my Flickr friend jenny downing. That said, it still stands out even in her photo-stream for its sheer class. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Let there be light

My favourite shot of the year so far. It is an evening close-up, through the shop window glass, of a modern style lamp displayed on one of the neighbouring shops. I love the weaving effect and the contrast between horizontal and vertical lines.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/5.9
Focal Length: 20 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Friday, March 14, 2014

Vogue October 1927

Another Art Deco masterpiece in the shape of a vintage Vogue cover. The designer, as so often, is Eduardo Garcia Benito.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Summer evening

Not really representative of his famous proto-expressionist style - this is a slightly earlier work by Norwegian grandmaster Edvard Munch (1863-1944). He painted this scene in 1889, just four years before his Scream. But when I came across it a few weeks ago, I fell in love with it immediately. More on Munch in the linked Wikipedia article.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Volcanic SP

Using a shadow as a "self portrait" is not new, but I have never seen it done so expertly as in this shot by my Flickr friend peggyhr. The strong diagonal composition, the elegant stance, the inclusion of part of the dress in the bottom corner and the interesting backdrop of volcanic rocks - chapeau. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Wearable art

Since late 2013, Lu Schaper has embarked upon a new dimension of her art: what she calls "wearable art". An example is shown above, a combination of scarf and hat, in both cases her own design and made by herself from scratch, using materials like Merino wool, silk and linen. The linked page on our web site gives more background information and examples.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Chateau Lake Louise

No particular occasion for this vintage poster, just a piece of beautiful late Art Deco from 1938. Lake Louise is a well-known Canadian landmark. This beauty was created by an artist called Leighton.

Vintage Posters

Friday, March 07, 2014


Another shot of my princess, showing off one of her own creations - taken near Kampen on a bicycle tour. This hat is one of the latest in the series of what she calls "wearable art", produced by felting mixtures of Merino wool, silk and other fabrics. Very positive reactions on Flickr, even though it did not make Explore.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Post-processing: Lu Schaper


Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Antelope canyon

According to Wikipedia, Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. And indeed, I have seen some stunning photographs from there over the years. This recent upload by my Flickr friend aftab is one of the very, very best though. As always, all rights retained by the creator.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Eros November 1924

The French magazine Eros has not featured in my blog so far, and it is difficult to find more information about it - the generic name does not help of course. This cover is beautiful - it was designed by Leo Fontan.