Thursday, 29 January 2015

Carl Larsson


Carl Larsson is known and loved for his idyllic and virtuoso watercolour depictions of family life in his home in Sundborn in Sweden.  With the exhibition Carl Larsson. The Good Life to open in the autumn of 2014 Ordrupgaard establishes his status as one of the greatest Nordic artists of all time.

 The exhibition shows some of the best works by Carl Larsson and brings into focus his immense influence on Scandinavian interior design culture. Even today the Larsson way of life presents itself as a timeless recipe for the good life.


The grass is always green in Cumbria.


We arrived in the Lake District chased by heavy, dark clouds, rain and the gentle rolling hills and lakes.
The clouds play hide and seek - the sky goes black like at night for a couple of minutes and it drizzles, followed by a couple of minutes of bright sunshine.

There are sheep in the meadow, grazing through the rain and shine.
Our little adventure was a wonderful hike and I we were in a state of trance and delight. It rained throughout the steep walk from Grasmere to a tarn high on a hill and heavy rain clouds gave the whole place an atmosphere of mystery.

We walked along a gushing waterfall, over dark rocks and lichen covered paths, under stunted trees and overhangs. Standing next to the lake and watching the rolling hills radiate out in every direction, we wished we had more days off, to just keep walking, from one hill to another, one tarn to another, one village to another,  one shop to another....


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (also spelled Arcimboldi; 1527 - July 11, 1593) was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of such objects as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books - that is, he painted representations of these objects on the canvas arranged in such a way that the whole collection of objects formed a recognisable likeness of the portrait subject.
Arcimboldo was born in Milan in 1527, the son of Biagio, a painter who did work for the office of the Fabbrica in the Duomo. Arcimboldo was commissioned to do stained glass window designs beginning in 1549, including the Stories of St. Catherine of Alexandria vitrage at the Duomo. In 1556 he worked with Giuseppe Meda on frescoes for the Cathedral of Monza. In 1558, he drew the cartoon for a large tapestry of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, which still hangs in the Como Cathedral today.

Water, 1566, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Austria


Whimsical Portrait


Vertumnus, a portrait depicting Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor painted as Vertumnus, the Roman God of the seasons, c. 1590-1. Skokloster Castle, Sweden.


Sunday, 25 January 2015

The mysterious world of 'lightbombing'


The mysterious world of 'lightbombing': Dazzling art illuminates the streets


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

(Russia) Horrible car accident, inhuman Russian; I never want to go to Russia again.

(Russia) Horrible car accident, inhuman Russian; I never want to go to Russia again.

Who am I?
I am a young South Korean female. I love to look at the night sky, read books and take pictures. I love myself. I also enjoy everything about astronomy (the night sky, shooting stars, the sun and moon, galaxies, NASA, etc.), nature (trees, animals, the rain, the sun), people (especially people smiling and laughing), camping, traveling, and much more!

When did I decide to travel by bicycle?
While I was in Yellowknife, Canada, I saw the Northern Lights . The experience inspired me so much that I wanted to hitchhike and see the universe. But I changed my mind and decided first to see more of this world.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Bregenz festival on Lake Constance in Austria

It’s hard to imagine and capture the enormity and impressiveness of the stage. Lake Constance sits at the foot of the Alps (that’s what the figure of the stage would be looking at) and is 39 miles across. The scenery is stunning, even before you notice there’s a head emerging from the water. (Trivia: Wikipedia mentions that the Seebuehne was used for filming the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace during a production of Tosca.)

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