Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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Well, Merry X- Mas and a Hap- Happy New Year to all!

2014 was not exactly the best year of my life...big changes and great personal loss...

Well, a photo taken from the terrace at the house where I grew up.

Every Christmas I would walk out on that terrace to look at the lights from the small town Østby, located at the other side of the fjord we lived by. Wondering about the people were who lived there, since I had never met any of them. Then I'd gaze at the stars, if the sky was clear, and return to our living room to sink into the drowsy cosiness of X-mas in front of the TV.

It was good.

(and see you again January 5, 2015)

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Monday, December 22, 2014

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Sometimes, surprising things can be found down dead end roads in decaying industrial zones...

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Panzer: Pzkpfw VI Tiger II, Königstiger
An early production King Tiger with zimmerit coating is hiding out in the woods, probably summer of 44'.
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Monday, December 15, 2014

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Thank you Bob Peak for creating the art for the Apocalypse Now movie poster (and many others) inspiring a young boy to become an artist.

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Panzer: Panzerbefehlswagen III, Ausf F
This was the mount of armoured unit commanders who wished to "lead from the front", as opposed to the relative safety of a more stationary command post.
Fitted with extra long-range radio equipment, a Befehlspanzer would keep the commander in touch with his own HQ and staff while keeping close contact with his men on the ground.
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Monday, December 08, 2014

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Prepare for a burst of high-pitched cackling laughter on your morning ride to work, as you watch these rib-tickling prequels to the art of animation: Victorian age zoetropes


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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf D
A Panzer IV which has seen some action is resting in a depot.
The photo was most likely taken after the Battle of France, 1940.
Note the early method of painting vehicle numbers on small rhomboid-shaped pieces of metal. The rhomboid was the tactical symbol of armoured units.
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Monday, December 01, 2014

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Since I stopped being an employee of the arts, I find it fun to make art again.

And nothing is more fun than using ArtRage on my iPad...a simple software tool that enables you to paint with your fingers.

My inspiration?...going round in circles!

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Panzer: Pzkpfw VI Tiger, Ausf E
A Tiger crewman finds time to shave, probably summer of 1944. A BMW motorcycle with sidecar in the background. Possibly this was shared by all members of the unit for when they needed to go places. A Tiger is not the best ride when fetching groceries.
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