Friday, 30 October 2015

Art on Friday; John Collier

The Honourable John Maler Collier (27 January 1850 – 11 April 1934) was a leading English artist, and an author. He painted in the Pre-Raphaelite style, and was one of the most prominent portrait painters of his generation. Both his marriages were to daughters of Thomas Henry Huxley. He studied painting at the Munich Academy where he enrolled on 14 April 1875 at the age of 25.

 The forest of Arden

Sleeping Beauty

The water nymph

Lady Godiva
(according to legend of 11th century,rode naked to the streets of Coventry in order to gain a remision of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants.)

(First wife of Adam, banished out of Paradise because she wasn't obedient enough) 

Tannhäuser in the Venusberg

 Priestes of Delphi

The Land baby

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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Music on Sunday; Adele

Of course there's no going around it; Adele...
After years of absence she's back and how!
First there was that small teaser which made everyone wanting more and finally there it was; the complete song with a gorgeous vid.

There are not much female artists I love and adore, Dido is sharing the number one position in my book with Adele (okay and Stevie Nicks!) they all can create an atmosphere in a single song that makes me happy, makes me cry, makes me just feel so much at one time!
So here's to Adele and my favourite songs of hers;

© KH

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Friday, 23 October 2015

Art on Friday; Frederick Sandys

Frederick Sandys

Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys (born Antonio Frederic Augustus Sands) (Norwich 1 May 1829 – 25 June 1904 London), but usually known as Frederick Sandys, was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter, illustrator and draughtsman, of the Victorian era.


 Mariya Magdalene



Queen Eleanor

The White Mayde of Avenel

 Study of a woman's head

a Study; the red cap

Helen of Troy

Love's Shadow

© KH

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Treasures of Britain; Loch Lomond

As a lot of you know I love, no, adore Scotland. I've been to many places but of course I have also missed a lot of them as well. One of the places I've never been and is still on my list is Loch Lomond. Not in the last place because of this wonderful song; Everyone has his favourite version of this song, this is mine;

Loch Lomond (23 miles/37 km long) is the largest fresh water area in Great Britain, overlooked by stunning hills and forest. The road that runs along the east shore, more wooded and less busy than the west shore, comes to an end at Rowardennan Lodge.

This is a popular destination for hikers following the West Highland Way toward Queen Elizabeth Forest Park or climbing Ben Lomond (3,195 feet/97m).

Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond

The Falls of Inversnaid on the banks of Loch Lomond.

 West Highland Way

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park-
Bracklinn Falls at Calander

Milarrochy-bay sunset

© KH

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Music on Sunday; Covers

I heard this song yesterday on Spotify and was hooked really. The original one is one of my favourites and this was so nicely done that it doesn't hinder the original one. So for today's theme; Covers that are as good or maybe better than the original.

Original one from Tears for Fears

Original from Depeche Mode

This is really not the original but already covered but the most known version from Soft Cell

Original from Phil Collins

Original is by Robert Palmer

Original is by David Bowie

© KH

Friday, 16 October 2015

Art on Friday; Ophelia

On my preparation for Hamlet, where I was supposed to be going to last night but didn't (to go or not to go) I have been reading Hamlet by Shakespeare. At least I did that. Poor Ophelia. She has been a real inspiration for a lot of painters. Certainly for a lot of the Pre-Raphaelite painters, which is my favourite period!
John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood that inspired many. 

So for today's Art on Friday; Ophelia.

John Everett Millais-Ophelia
Maybe this one is the most famous of all; The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood had a muse, Elizabeth Siddal, who later became the wife of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and painted herself as well. She was lying in a bathtub for hours on end to pose for this painting getting a severe cold from it.

John William Waterhouse-Ophelia

Alfred Joseph Woolmer-Ophelia

 Arthur Hughes-Ophelia

Pierre Auguste Cot-Ophelia

Alexandre Cabanel-Ophelia

Antoine Auguste Ernest Herbert-Ophelia

Arthur Hughes-Ophelia

Thomas Francis Dicksee-Ophelia

Paul Steck-Ophelia Drowning

Paul Delaroche- La jeune martyre/Ophelia

© KH