READING A MAGAZINE (Still)
Upon further examination of the 1930 Canadian food journal, "La Revue Culinaire" (Link1), I realized that the magazine employed a staff artist who was very skilled at creating ink drawings, such as yesterday's rushing paper-boy. Here's another ink-drawing, a lovely lady lounging on a sofa.
The colors & pattern in the background are from the same source as yesterday's image, color samples in a 1910 paint catalog (Link2) by Alabastine Company of Grand Rapids.
Incidentally, here is a link to various paint catalogs.
January 15, 2021
I READ THE NEWS TODAY, OH BOY (Still)
Something broke inside me when I saw self-styled "patriots" threatening elected legislators in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. My work has been increasingly abstract, escapist. Here, a composition based on color samples in a 1910 paint catalog (Link1) by Alabastine Company of Grand Rapids, using a G'Mic deformation filter, Conformal Map (dipole).
In silhouette, a running newspaper boy from a beer ad in a 1930 Canadian food journal, "La Revue Culinaire" (Link2).
January 15, 2021
GEOMETRIC COLORIZATION IN TED'S STYLE (Still)
Friend and neighbor Gutswa presented a work of art in our Tuesday Digital Sharing session; this is my response to it. It is a stacking of boxes in red, green, blue and black, with successive reductions scalings into the center. Then it is placed on a halftoned background using a Gimp G'Mic filter. (There are so many filters that I forget which one.)
Image by Bob Moore
January 14, 2021
OVER A CLIFF (Still)
Long day to get this done.
January 13, 2021
MISC: DANCER IRENE CASTLE (Still)
From the cover of a 1922 issue of illustrated movie fan magazine "Pantomime" (Link1), a portrait of actress and modern dancer Irene Castle, who, along with her husband Vernon, formed a popular team doing performance and instruction in modern dance -- "they taught the world to two-step".
January 12, 2021
MISC: SELF-PORTRAIT (Still)
Me, looking like a grotesque 76-year-old troll, thoughtful and sad during this unnerving time. Horrified by events in Washington.
Link1: Photo by Janice Moore
January 11, 2021
MISC: BALLET SCENE II (Still)
A costume design by Leon Bakst for a production at Sergei Diaghilev's famous ballet troupe, Ballets Russes. The drawing appears in the 1911 Russian "Sovremenny Balet" (Link1: trans: 'Contemporary Ballet').
January 10, 2021
MISC: BALLET SCENE I (Still)
Photo of ballerina Tamara Karsavina in the ballet Giselle. Photo from the 1911 Russian "Sovremenny Balet" (Link1: trans: 'Contemporary Ballet'). The book is listed on archive.org as Public Domain Mark 1.0, which means it is no longer under copyright and you are free to adapt and alter, as I have done here. Photos and posters inside are a treasure.
January 9, 2021
MISC: COLORIZED RUNE STONE (Still)
Herman Wirth was a German-Dutch scholar who studied ancient symbols and religions. His fringe theories (for example, the Aryan race came from Atlantis) was popular for a while in Germany in the 30's, but Heinrich Himmler pushed him aside in the Nazi's occult research program (portrayed well in the Indiana Jones movies). Here, from Wirth's 1931 "Die Heilige Urschrift Der Menschheit" (Link1; trans: 'The Sacred Origin of Mankind') Wirth shows a carved gravestone with a twisting snake and runic symbols surrounding it.
I am so horrified by American current events (invasion of the Capitol building) that I seek escape with the old, the arcane, the silly, and the abstract.
January 7, 2021
MISC: RUSSIAN BICYCLE-RIDING MONKEYS (Still)
January 6, 2021
MISC: RUSSIAN FLYING BICYCLES #1 and #2(Still)
A fanciful image from a 1903 edition of the Russian magazine "Samokat" in St. Petersburg (Link1), billed as "The extraordinary adventures of a scooter in the land of the wheel, where a lot is funny like ours, but very much is beautiful: For boys and girls from 3 to 75 years old. Stories, scenes and cartoons (over 300) from the life of cyclists."
The Russian text (google-translated) explains how the machine works: "It's very simple: to lift you need
just spread the sails and work with the pedals. The blades of the wheels will quickly fill the sails
[and] the apparatus rises into the air.
When they want to go down, little by little
collect sails. If you almost remove them then
the apparatus will drop to the ground."
So charmed by the 1903 Russian flying bikes that I find distraction and shelter from my anger at the takeover of the Capitol Building by Trumpists, by doing another image from the same publication (Link1).
January 5-6, 2021
MISC: SWORDS OVER WORDS OVER GEOMETRY OVER GARDENS (Still)
Complicated collage, seeking abstraction thru pattern to clear my head after yesterday's disturbing piece.
The only representational piece is the design of clashing swords in the center foreground. It is from a 1949 issue of "Weird Tales" (Link1).
The pattern of black squares in the middleground is from the 1854 "Perigal's Contributions to Kinematics" (Link2). It shows "bicircloids cut from the lathe using a geometric chuck." A bicircloid is a "curve generated by the uniform motion of a point around the circumference of a circle the center of which itself uniformly describes a circle."
In the deep background are some garden layouts from the 1544 "Regole generali di architettura di Sabastiano Serlio" (Link3; trans: 'General architectural rules of Sabastiano Serlios')
Late addition to the composition: the four Asian characters in orange just to the left of the center, from "The Complete Commercial Artist, Vol. 15," (Link4) 1929 by Hamada Masuji.
January 4, 2021
MISC: LATEST PLASTIC-MOLDED SEX DOLL (Still)
Appealing in its female form but rather terrifying in reality and implication: a TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) molded sex doll. Foreground is the $1595 "hot petite latina Maria" (Link1), with optional spare head, USB-powered heating element, and removable vagina. In the background, is a photo (Link2) used to explain how to clean a sex doll after use, with exaggerated circular breasts at top right and graphic plastic anus and vagina on bottom left. It feels like an evolutionary and psychological tragedy. Like my December 21, 2020, variation on an extremely difficult Kama Sutra sexual maneuver, I tend to obscure rather than clarify sexual subjects.
January 2, 2021
MISC: ROMANTIC RIVALS FIGHT ON CHIMNEY (Still)
A dramatic moment from a silent film, "Zwischen Himmel und Erde"
(Link1; trans: 'Between Heaven and Earth') from a drawing in a 1913 issue of the German film trade journal "Lichtbild-Bühne" (Link1). The plot involves the repair of a giant factory chimney and involves the factory owner's daughter who is courted by the chief engineer and an administrator. The two suitors fight atop the chimney.
January 2, 2021
MISC: UNEASY THRONE (Still)
From a 1913 issue of the German film trade journal "Lichtbild-Bühne" (Link1), a studio photo of leading German actor Albert Basserman in his role as a traveling actor in the silent movie "Der Konig". Basserman left Germany because his wife Elsa, an actress and screenwriter, was Jewish. Basserman did work in Hollywood, but had to deliver his English lines by phonetics.
January 1, 2021
MISC: AIRPLANE AND GYMNASTS (Still)
Foreground are shots of the warplane F-111 Ardvark, a General Dynamics aircraft that pioneered variable-sweep wings, from a 1963 edition of "Aviation Week" (Link1). In the background, two overlaid shots of Romanian gymnasts working out in a field, one of women gymnasts, one of men. From a 1943 issue of the Romanian picture magazine "Signal" (Link2).
Last day of the year, working busily on the transfer from Free-for-All 2020 to Free-for-All 2021. Lot of trouble...Here's where it should be: 2020 Archive.
December 31, 2020
MISC: CHANGE OF YEAR (Still)
An image marking the coming New Year. Relieved that my country's slide into autocratic thuggery has stopped -- or slowed. I'll be happy when January 20th Inauguration comes.
My personal to-do list before the New Year is to transfer web site (Philly-Bob's Free-for-All 2020) to a new year version, Philly-Bob's Free-for-All 2121, for which this will be the first entry. Also, usual holiday stuff, muted by quarantine. My birthday is two days before Christmas, and I hope my friends and family are accustomed to my moody holiday distraction, in terms of cards and gifts. As an old girlfriend once said, "Who pissed on you on Christmas?"
Maybe I should work on a "Greatest" page. I've been doing these images since October 10, 2012, and it must be difficult for new visitors to get oriented.
2021 numerals are from "Hyper Block" font (Link1) by Indonesian design studio Lettersiro (Link2).
Background is numeral in various fonts from 1886 "Letters and Monograms for Marking on Silk, Linen, and Other Fabrics" by Mrs. Jenny June Croly (Link3)
December 17, 2020
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Masthead Portrait by Remo Frangiosa, 2015