31 12 2010

just in time for the last day of the year 2010. 600 posts. that’s quite a lot of stuff to look at. and it is so much that you might have problems to find what you are looking for. the TABLE OF CONTENT below will help you. if you found an interesting chapter, get it with the SEARCH box. the 3 TABLE OF CONTENT lists show 200 posts each organized in 10 chapter-blocks. I hope that helps!

a few statistics – on sept.12, 2008 I started this adventure. so far there are 1.615.900 views, about 2.000 to 3.000 a day. there is apparently a ‘loyal’ group of about 1.200 who visit my blog every day, I thank you for that. comments are a bit rare, only 2.150, but that’s ok. I don’t leave too many comments myself on other blogs. one thing is amazing – the countries where you all come from, I collected some once in a while, and it added up to 152 from all over the globe. below is the colorful collection of the countries flaggs.

I hope it will work to make the 1.000 posts full. for the New Year I wish everybody my best, thank you for visiting – and, come back.

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30 12 2010

some more of MIRKO HANAK’S beautiful watercolors

© mirko hanak

wildlife art

28 12 2010

in the early nineties I saw on english-tv a documentary about a german wildlife artist, WOLFGANG WEBER. a camera team followed him around the globe, through jungle, desert and even under water – and everywhere this artist created the most stunning sketches of all the animals around him, frozen in one instant moment. I could not believe my eyes, – the shortest movements captured like in a photograph, but so much better in these rough but precise drawings. later, the film documented at WEBER’S home in germany in a few steps the creation of the most beautiful watercolors, using the hundreds of sketches he had done during his trips.

a few years later german-tv had part 2 of that documentary, WEBER sketching wildlife around the world. incredible! only much later through research on the internet I learned that WOLFGANG WEBER is one of the greatest living masters of wildlife art, his work exhibited around the world. he was born in 1936 in koblenz, germany, and studied art under OSCAR KOKOSCHKA in mainz. another influence was well-known wildlife artist WILHELM KUHNERT. WEBER’S success as an artist is the outcome of a great love for the animal kingdom which has inspired him to travel to many of the most remote corners of the earth in search of rare species. with his rare ability to concentrate on the depiction of a split-second movement he is able to observe, capture and record.

the pictures in this post are screen captures from one of the tv-documentaries and otherwise collected on the internet. all artwork © wolfgang weber

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26 12 2010

children of the sun

24 12 2010

‘for the first time in history, nations are united to rid the world of hunger – The United Nations, through UNICEF, is dedicated to the children of the sun. the future of the earth depends on them.’ these are the concluding words of a short JOHN and FAITH HUBLEY produced in 1960 for UNICEF. the story of a healthy child who has enough to eat is juxtaposed with the story of an undernourished child representing three quarters of the world’s children. the animation is by BOBE CANNON and GARY MOONEY, music by PABLO CASALS and the budapest string quartet. below a few screen captures.

© john and faith hubley, storyboardfilms

I wish everybody who celebrates this event of the year a MERRY CHRISTMAS.

coming up…

18 12 2010

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17 12 2010

WILHELM M.BUSCH illustrated in 1965 the novel MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN, written by one of the greatest western novelists GUSTAVE FLAUBERT ( 1821 – 1880 ). the book was published by heinrich ellermann verlag, hamburg. different from busch’s usual ballpoint-pen drawings, these illustrations are pen and ink.

© wilhelm m.busch / heinrich ellermann verlag