Sunday, 20 August 2017

Music on Sunday; Calming meditation

With all the hate and even fascism going on in the world I think we all need some quiet and relaxing sounds. Peaceful even, to become calm and still... Happy Sunday. 

© KH

Friday, 18 August 2017

Art on Friday; digital art

Sometimes I find pieces of art on the internet that are so beautiful but aren't famous or something, which don't make them less beautiful or less 'art'.... People are so creative!
So for today digital art paintings of women I found on Deviantart that I find to be beautiful...

all credits are with the makers, names are under each painting to be found on Deviantart.

Vladimir Kireev-Autumn

jeshannon-Lady Avalon

StinaWiik-The Magical Essence of Spring




Unodu-Goldfish girl

DSillustration-Rose Red

© KH 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wednesday Wisdom

Last week in Charlottesville America white supremacists waved Nazi flags around.
Talking about history repeating itself.
But let's take a look at the Swastika itself. Hitler took it and turned it a bit to make it an evil symbol but it really isn't. It has been a symbol of life and well-being, good excistence as far back as 12.000 years ago even. It's been used by Hindu's as well as Christians and Celts and Nordic tribes. It was never meant for anything but good certainly not which it stands for now.

The word swastika comes from the Sanskrit svasti, which means good fortune, luck, and well-being. In Buddhism, the swastika represents the turning of the “Dharma wheel”, and thereby  promotes goodwill, compassion, and generosity to all sentient beings.

Regrettably, Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers Party borrowed the swastika in the early 1900s, reversed it, and used it as their party emblem during World War II. Not only do the Nazi swastika and the ancient swastika used in Buddhism and Eastern cultures differ in meaning, the Nazi swastika is also slanted, resting on a point, and has right angles bent in a clockwise direction. The traditional swastika lays flat and is counterclockwise.


© KH

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Music on Sunday; (early) Hip Hop

Friday and Saturday Google celebrated 44 years of hiphop with a great Google Doodle (see above). So my theme for today is; Early hiphop. Like the when I was young in the 80's. I don't think we had much hiphop here 44 years ago . But in the late 70s early 80s it started here too. So enjoy; 

© KH

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Quotes and Pics 295; hollier than thou

Lately I read a lot of politicians wave their religion card around to ease their conscience perhaps, or to hide behind a god to do whatever they want. It irritates the hell out of me. I was raised a Catholic but I no longer believe in an almighty god who takes care of the people he created. The people who act out of his name to do the worst crimes are merely criminals in my book. So that's why I wanted to make these quotes today... 

© KH

Friday, 11 August 2017

Art on Friday; Portraits of Renaissance women

In one of my earlier blogs I have blogged about this subject but since Photobucket is blackmailing it's users to pay a yearly fee of 400 US dollars I can no longer access my photos on there and all my work for years has been in vain! Gone are the beautiful pictures and paintings. It's sad really... but I can't do anything about it.
So hopefully this time the paintings will stay on here; let's hope so.

I really love the Renaissance faces and styles;

Domenico Ghirlandaio-Portrait of a girl

Leonardo Da Vinci-Lady with an ermine

Agnolo Bronzino-Lucrezia di Cosimo

Antonio del Pollaiuolo -Portrait of a Woman

Lucas Cranach d.Ä. - Bildnis der Prinzessin Sibylle von Cleve

Raphael-La Donna Velata

Sandro Botticelli Idealized Portrait of Lady Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci as Nymph

Piero di Cosimo-Copy of 'Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci'

Raphael-Lady with a unicorn

Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio-Portrait Of A Youth Crowned With Flowers

© KH

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Wednesday Wisdom; Time flies

Time and tide wait for no man. 
      Geoffrey Chaucer

Vandaag is het alweer 23 jaar geleden dat mijn oudste zoon geboren werd. En gek; je weet het als de dag van gisteren. Gisteravond lag ik nog in bed te denken hoe ik midden in de nacht ineens naar de wc moest 23 jaar geleden en dat mijn vliezen waren gebroken. Verder maakte het ventje totaal geen haast want de weeën moesten worden opgewekt net zoals twee en half jaar later bij zijn broer.
23 jaar ... toen ik 23 werd, was ik al getrouwd! (veel te vlug en te vroeg maar goed water under the bridge) Deze twee heren maken nog geen aanstalten om het ouderlijk huis te verlaten. Ze hebben het thuis veel te goed. En dat hoor ik bij meer ouders van kids van die leeftijd. Het valt ook niet mee; kamers zijn schreeuwend duur laat staan een flatje voor jezelf. In mijn tijd (kuch) was onze flat in Guldens 425 p/m maar daar heb je nu nog geen 1 kamer appartement voor! Je moet tenslotte ook nog kunnen roken en uitgaan! Ok, dat was flauw, maar ook weer niet. ;)
De moeders van tegenwoordig zijn te goed denk ik dan maar of misschien heel misschien vinden we het ook wel fijn ze nog eventjes thuis te hebben....

© KH

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Music on Sunday; Forgotten 80's songs

Most people who know me also know I'm a real child from the 80's. I was born in the 60's (heck I'm turning 50 next month) and so I was a teen in the 80's. I love 80's music, most of the time New Wave as I was (still am) a real New Wave fan but there was also other music I really liked. Once in a while I bought a vinyl album with hits from that year and some songs are still sticking in my mind but some I forgot and found again on Spotify recently which made this blog theme happen; so today; the forgotten 80's songs really. Enjoy;

I even bought the 12" inch version of this one at the time (30 years ago.. seriously?); 

same with this:

© KH

Friday, 4 August 2017

Art on Friday; Orientalism

I love Japanese and Chinese paintings. But I've done that a few times already so for today I would love to take you away with me to East Asia to old times when Iran was still Persia and where we can drift away into a world of herbs and spices, of old meeting new and rare beautiful landscapes and animals or people.

This type of painting is called Orientalism.

Frederick Arthur Bridgman:Algerian girl

Leon Francois Comerre-Odalisque

Gustav Bauernfeind- Markt in Jaffa

Jean Leon Gerome-The Carpet Merchant

Fabio Fabbi-The Orange Seller

Rudolf Ernst-The Perfume Makers

Frederick Leighton-the Light of the Harem

John Frederick Lewis: Study for 'The Courtyard of the Coptic Patriarch's House in Cairo

© KH

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Music on Sunday: Summertime

Most people who know me also know I don't like Summer much. It's too warm and stiffling most times for my taste. But just a month from now Autumn will come which is my favourite month.
Until then we must make do with what we're given, and perhaps make it a bit better with some songs about summer; no not those one day flies or those 'happy upbeat house beat'  songs. But summer songs which I like;

© KH

Friday, 28 July 2017

Art on Friday; Marianne North

Marianne North was a Victorian plant hunter and prolific botanical painter.

​She was an energetic, experienced and enthusiastic traveller who visited many continents and many countries in pursuit of interesting plants to paint.

Between 1871 and 1885 Marianne North painted over 800 paintings while visiting 17 countries on 6 continents in 14 years.

Here are a few of her beautiful works of art; 

Foliage, flowers, and fruit of the Coffee, Jamaica

Flowers and Fruit of the Maricojas Passion Flower, Brazil.

Foliage and Flowers of a Coral tree and double-crested Humming Birds, Brazil.

Clivia miniata and Moths, Natal

Two Climbing Plants of Chili and Butterflies.

Paper-bark tree, Melaleuca and Callistemon (Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia

Group of Tree Ferns around the Spring at Matang, Sarawak, Borneo

Flowers of Darjeeling, India

© KH