Three Covers and Two Improvs (2015Feb28)


20150228XD-Rijk_OceanoNox_Lautrec_1895(SMALL)         20150228XD-Rijk_ZeegodOceanus_Galle_1586(SMALL)     20150228XD-Rijk_JunoThetisOceanus-Goltzius_Estius_1590(SMALL)         20150228XD-Rijk_WhalingGrndsArcticOcean_Storck_1699(SMALL)       20150228XD-Rijk_EgyptnDancerInTent_deFamarsTestas_1863(SMALL)

 

Saturday, February 28, 2015                                     5:55 PM

Not for the first time, I’m using graphics from the Rijksmuseum website in my videos. One of them, “Whaling Grounds in the Arctic Ocean”, painted by a fellow named Storck in 1699, shows men not only whaling, but prowling about on the ice floes, attacking some poor polar bears! I guess they were attracted by the smell of the blubber being rendered aboardship? Anyway, it’s a fantastic painting—it even has some walruses hanging about in the foreground.

It being rather cold and savage, I used it as a frontispiece for the video “Improv – February Finally Dies”, which was the nicest title I could think of for the last day of this horrible month. All of the pictures are cool—you can see how I’ve crowded out my credits just to enlarge the pics and give you a better look at them.

For the end-credit page of the Piano Covers video, I used a sheet-music-cover illustration done by none other than Toulouse Lautrec (for the song, “Oceano Nox”) showing a sailor leaning over the prow of his ship, contemplating the night. I knew Lautrec did posters and commercial art, but sheet-music covers surprised me. For the title card, I used the wonderfully evocative “Egyptian Dancer in Tent” by de Famars Testas (1863).

For the improv “Spring is Possible” I used two different images of the sea-god, Oceanus—one engraved by Goltzius (1590) and the other by Galle (1586). I really enjoyed these paintings, so I’m going to add them to this post, following the YouTube Videos—check’em out.

Well, I was apparently ‘feeling my oats’ today—it didn’t help the piano covers any, but it sure came out in my improvs. I hope they sound half as good as they felt to play…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20150228XD-Rijk_EgyptnDancerInTent_deFamarsTestas_1863(SMALL)

 

20150228XD-Rijk_WhalingGrndsArcticOcean_Storck_1699(SMALL)

 

20150228XD-Rijk_JunoThetisOceanus-Goltzius_Estius_1590(SMALL)

 

20150228XD-Rijk_ZeegodOceanus_Galle_1586(SMALL)

 

20150228XD-Rijk_OceanoNox_Lautrec_1895(SMALL)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s