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I finished a new large . It's probably the most detailed drawing I ever made.

The main figure in the drawing is based on a picture I took at the Gion Matsuri in some years ago. It is a dancer performing the old Japanese court dance "Ran-Ryo-O".

I used Derwent Inktense and Conté Aquaralle pencils as well as watercolour paint (various brands). The paper is Arches 56cmx76cm 300g/m2 rough watercolour paper.

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I finished my , on the last day of my holidays! It's the first time I've done such a large (50cmx70cm). It's based on a picture I took of a lotus in a pond in a temple (萬福寺) near . of the lotus pond watercolour

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I'm Wim, in Glasgow (Scotland).
I like , , , cooking and ().

I do research on , and runtimes (e.g. ) for , and .

I program in , , , ++,.

@wim_v12e is my main account, I use it mostly for the non-technical stuff. The computer stuff usually goes on @wim_v12e.

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I finished my . It's based on a picture of a scene from the Gion Matsuri that I took in Kyoto last summer. I used pencils, acrylic watercolour paint and bistre.

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When I think about art, I think about my friend the cello teacher. She said something like, "In a way, I want musical instruction to go back to its original purpose. That is, we learn to play music because if we don't, there is no music." We should view art the same way. We make art so that there is art in the world. We should never say, "but it's been done." or, "I can just buy any of the mass produced art" We should think, "If I don't make this, there won't be anything."

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The final one was a bit tricky to take, esp. with a mobile. I didn't want to lie flat in the water, so I could not check the shot. The horizon was a bit tilted, I corrected it in Darktable.

The mountains in the distance are on the Isle of Arran, about 25 km away.

Kind of minimal isn't it? Desaturated colours, hardly any patterns. And yet beautiful, I think. I love the sea.

Just a little later, and roughly in the same direction. Besides the quality of the light, I like the reflection of the sun on the waves.

This was taken with a mobile, no processing whatsoever.

Again in portrait format.

It was freezing cold at the seaside but there was a beautiful silvery light.

This seascape is in portrait ^_^

Sorry, had to repost, forgot the alt text.

William Forsyth (1737 – 1804) was a Scottish botanist. is named in his honour.

The flowers are not quite in focus, I guess the autofocus on my phone got confused by the branches. But the light is nice.

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It is well worth visiting Castle (Caisteal) Tioram, even though you can't enter the building for safety reasons. You can still look around the castle, & there are some great views.

The castle sits on Eilean Tioram, which is a tidal island in Loch Moidart (a sea loch). Ten minutes before I took my Profile photo there was only exposed sand. Ten minutes after my Profile photo and the tide had come in fully (see photo below). You'd either have to wait it out or swim for it!

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Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead (from "Press the Eject and Give me the Tape")

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Angelo Branduardi

Ballo in Fa Diesis Minore

"Lyrics from an inscription of a Danse Macabre depiction at Clusone, near Bergamo. The melody is inspired by "Schiarazula Marazula", a medieval northern Italian theme which accompanied exorcism rites and which was collected by Giorgio Mainerio in his Primo libro de' balli (1578)" (


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Angelo Branduardi

La Pulce d'Acqua (The Water Flea)

"The Water Flea is based on a Native American legend reported and adapted by Jaime de Angulo about a man falling ill because his shadow has been stolen by a water flea."

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Speaking of new Free Software photography releases, the incredible team over at darktable have a new release as well!

New darktable 2.6.2 released!

What a wonderful week to be a photo geek!

#artwithopensource #photography #photo #FreeSoftware #raw

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