New Angles: daily inspiration

Colourful India-Green

Posted in photography by menno1976 on April 20, 2010

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Feline Art

Posted in art by menno1976 on March 18, 2010

DrFranken sent me his latest wonderfully detailed airbrush illustration of a leopard, which inspired me to look for more feline art. 

Either feared or revered, different species of felines have continued to intrigue us throughout history. We have attributed them with different aspects, which in particular,
are connected to authority, warfare, power and protection: King of the animal kingdom, Lord of the Jungle, sacred to the Egyptian goddess Bast, trickster, symbol of bravery, etc.

Hope you enjoy these kitties!

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Colourful India-Blue

Posted in photography by menno1976 on February 13, 2010

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Thank you India…

Posted in photography by menno1976 on February 9, 2010

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Vladimir Bakun

Posted in art, crafts - art by menno1976 on November 1, 2009

Today I went to the Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam and saw lots of nice things… I love Vladimir Bakun‘s smooth wooden sculptures. They were surprisingly light (yes we were allowed to pick them up), since they’re hollow.  

Vladimir was born in Siberia and learned to work with wood in the lumber camps in the dense Siberian forests. 

His dad, an accomplished woodworker himself, taught him the refined Russian woodworking techniques. Later on, at the foot of Kuznetskiy Alatau ( Кузнецкий Алатау) he learned to carve spirit totems under the guidance of members of a local Mongolian tribe.

In 1993 he moved to the Netherlands, where it was much harder to find nice wood. He nonetheless pursued his quest for creating beautiful wooden sculptures by using local driftwood and broken branches he found in the dunes along the coast.

Vladimir developed a special technique to bring out the ‘heart’ of the wood.

Françoise Nielly

Posted in art by menno1976 on October 24, 2009

More neon colours! Check out these dynamic portraits (oil on canvas, palette knife) by Françoise Nielly

Michael Dotson

Posted in art by menno1976 on October 23, 2009

Quite often illustrations and art in general make me think of music and videos (and the other way around too of course). Michael Dotson‘s paintings make me think of Tron, Daft Punk, Justice and Yelle… love the crazy colours as well as the surreal perspective.

Straight to the Dome
Acrylic on canvas

VIP Only
Acrylic on canvas

Dream Car Celebration at Tyrell Corporation
Acrylic on Canvas

Rinse Out
Coloured pencil and marker on paper


Untitled installation

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Posted in art by menno1976 on October 22, 2009

A couple of years ago I went to a Noh theatre performance and I still remember it very clearly. The music, the costumes, the masks and of course the performance by the actors were very impressive. Luckily I had read what the play was about, because many of the stylized gestures in Noh have a deeper, symbolical meaning.

There are about 80 different masks that are essential for most of the noh plays. But there are well over 200 different masks The typical noh mask is smaller than the face. They are usually shallow in construction and carved from hinoki wood. The masks are carved in such a manner that the expression of the face changes as the shadow and light change with the slightest movement of the head. This feature is important in noh theater since the mask must reflect the mood of the character at that moment in time. But the most important characteristic displayed in every noh mask is its otherworldly quality. It is that quality that cannot be duplicated by an actor’s own face or through make-up. Only the main character of the play, called the shite, and his companions wear masks, peripheral characters do not. The shite also did not wear a mask when portraying livings persons. Noh masks are variations of gods, demons, spirits, and young middle aged and old men and women. There are many plays in which the main character changes into another mask which is supposed to represent the character’s true nature. It is the shite who chooses which mask to use for the performance. Once the decision is made, the rest of the costuming is based on that mask. Choosing the mask is a very important process since it dictates the intrepretation the shite places in the character. The mask supersedes the actor’s individuality or any intrepretation he personally would put into the performance.
via Yoshino Antiques

Ko-omote (小面)
Portrays a young woman (purity, beauty, virginity)

Uba (姥)
An incarnation of a deity in the form of an old woman.

Kumasaka (熊坂)
A famous thief.
(vigilance, leadership, but also foolishness)

Yoroboshi (弱法師)
An innocent blind young man who’s been exiled. (sorrow, innocence, suffering)

Hige-beshimi (鬚癋見)
An old goblin.

Hannya (般若)
A female demonic entity. (jealousy, grudge, sorrow and grief of women)

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Bodil Manz

Posted in ceramics by menno1976 on October 20, 2009

Danish ceramicist Bodil Manz makes stunning translucent pots. She is a master at casting paper thin porcelain. I’ve tried slip casting myself, so I know how hard it is to create really thin porcelain bodies. Her level of achievement is just amazing!

Åsa Lockner

Posted in art, crafts - art by menno1976 on October 17, 2009

Found some nice photos of Swedish artist Åsa Lockner‘s work.

Åsa Lockners art does not require perfection from the wearer, on the contrary her jewellery relates to the body, protecting it and says that change is as it should be, that mortality is beautiful.

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