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Weird and Wacky designs – Total Airheads!

Posted in ART, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS, BEHIND THE PAINT, DESIGN, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , , , on March 30, 2010 by echostains

skychariot balloon

It’s Vincent Van Gogh’s birthday today (1853 -1890).  But I’ve already wished Van Gogh happy birthday – see last years post I could have told you Vincent it’s your birthday.  However, no birthday is ever complete without balloons and I couldn’t believe it when I saw these!  I think the one below looks quite like him, though I’m not sure about the idealogy behind choosing an artist’s head for an air balloon.

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It must be surreal to see  a disembodied gigantic head floating in the sky.  Here’s the Dutch artist floating over Sydney Australia.

Vincent flies high

The balloons are made by Cameron Balloons.  Just have a look at some of the other designs here.  This one reminds me of the nursery rhyme ‘The Cat and the Fiddle’…the bit where the cow jumps over the moon.  This one’s certainly big enough!  And they talk about pigs flying…..

Where's the dish and spoon?

Castles in the air – what a lovely expression.  We all build these at some time or other.  Here’s one that has been built literally  – a fairytale castle to go with a fairytale celebration.  Balloons are a magical leisurely form of transport.  They belong to a more romantic age.  These novelty designs shall ensure that their popularity soars!

castles in the air

Cameron Balloons website

My post about Van Goghs’s bedroom Arles painting here 

Happy Birthday to you dear J M W TURNER, Squashed tomatos and stew

Posted in ART, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , , on April 23, 2009 by echostains


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Happy birthday to Joseph Mallord WilliamTurner 1775 –  1851



What can you say about Turner that hasn’t been said?  Squashed tomatoes and stew refers to John Ruskin‘s ‘Two Boyhoods’ where he writes about Giorgione  1477 – 1510 and Turner.1775 1851.  Ruskin’s writing is so clever, informative and passionate – never dry: the man cares about what he writes about.


He compares Giorgione’s childhood surroundings: the classical Italy, Venice, the beautiful places would be enouth to inspire anybody. But what about the Covent Garden of Turner’s youth? the rotting fruit, the rain, the melting colours being washed away…… all these acted as inspiration to Turner.  He shows how two very differnt artists can both come to beautiful conclusions,regardless their environments.

Here is a list of links to post I have made so far concerning artist’s birthday.  I have tried to make it a rule that I actually LIKE the artists’ work!   Some artists I do like, I have not included so far, as their birthdays have clashed with something else I was writing about. Some birthdays I have only found out about when it was too late to include them , I mean to rectify this at a later date.




Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton

Van Gogh