Tuesday, December 15, 2015

You are changeable; ever waxing; ever waning . . . (the art of John William Waterhouse)

Today's music selection is "O Fortuna," a song linked to Arthurian Legends (in my mind) thanks to the movie Excalibur.

I had never heard of Waterhouse and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood until today.  The themes seem very similar to those addressed in later Art Noveau pieces.

Waterhouse's work through Wikiart

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The vision that was planted in my brain, still remains . . . (the art of Jackson Pollock)

Dipping my toe back in slowly. There is a Pollock exhibit at the DMA showing his later work. I am not normally a Pollock fan, so of course, this exhibit appeals to me.

Music selection - The Sound of Silence

Wikipedia link for Pollock

The link for the DMA exhibit - Blind Spots

Monday, March 30, 2015

Alles Neu . . . (the art of Daniel Richter)

In a German sort of mood. Today's music is Peter Fox's "Alles Neu."

Today's art is from Daniel Richter (Wikipedia link).
Richter's bio at the Saatchi Gallery (link) and the Saatchi Gallery page

Saturday, March 28, 2015

". . . Limbo is not a good place to be." (the art of Purgatory and Limbo)

I was watching the movie Road to Perdition, so the music is an instrumental piece. (Youtube link)

An article on the differences between purgatory and limbo from the Catholic Courier website (link).

Purgatory article on Wikipedia and the article for Limbo.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Dark Lord rides in force tonight . . . (the art of N.C. Wyeth)

Current song selection is Led Zeppelin's "The Battle of Evermore"

His art inspired the artists who captured my imagination in bookstores and comic shops.

Wikipedia page for N.C. Wyeth

National Museum of American Illustration page for N.C. Wyeth. (NMAI main's page)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NSFW: I bet you didn't know I was dangerous . . . (the art of the nude)

Music selection for today - Big Data's song featuring Joywave, "Dangerous"

I haven't really touched nudes yet since I am leery about art which has as one of its stated purposes to capture or define beauty.  Beauty is such a subjective concept, but there are aspects which appear to be quantifiable (such as facial symmetry) across culture. Not all nudes are meant to entice, but enticing nudes have existed since people could be enticed.  There is the sense it has gotten worse in the modern era.

Wikipedia article on nude art (here)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

We drink and we sing . . . (the art of William Ashford)

In the spirit of the authenticity of St. Patrick's Day as it is celebrated in the United States, today's music selection is Denis Leary's "Traditional Irish Folk Song."

Today's art is from William Ashford (Wikipedia link here) - an Englishman who worked in Ireland.

For Irish music through the lens of the late 1700s and early 1800s, look to Thomas Moore's Irish melodies. (link)

Monday, March 16, 2015

You wouldn't listen to me . . . (the art of the death of Caesar)

Today's music selection is from the Ides of March, "You Wouldn't Listen."

With yesterday being the Ides of March, the death of Caesar seems an appropriate subject.

Wikipedia article for the assassination of Julius Caesar

Monday, March 9, 2015

Turn the page . . . (the art of DAW book covers)

Searching for something to post and I thought about my first experiences with pop art, the book covers of youth. So today's selection is some DAW book covers!

Music selection for today Bob Seger's "Turn the Page"

DAW publishing website

A sampling of styles from DAW...the Stormbringer cover is my favorite and the style that most attracted me when I was looking for books to read.