Vienna Flower Shop

Flowers in the middle of a city are evocative!

Edith Levy Photography

As I was processing some of my images from Vienna this struck me as the perfect shot to do some digital painting. The flowers were so vibrant and really popped of the screen that I tried a few different versions before finding the one I really liked.

I used Topaz Impression to create this image, it’s one of my favourite Topaz plug-ins. Starting with the base image I sampled different pre-sets before settling on the one that closely matched my vision and then I started adjusting the brush strokes, amount of paint, blending mode, etc.

Click on the image to enlarge (it really does look better) or to Purchase a Print.

Vienna, Austria, flower market, flowers, street photography, digital painting, travel photography

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Hungary 1956: revolution and Stalinist counter-revolution

Not so far back in the collective memory!

Shiraz Socialist

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On October 23, a large group of unarmed students gathered outside the Budapest radio station and demanded that their 17-point programme of democratic demands be broadcast. After the police opened fire the government dominated by Erno Gero, a Kremlin stooge, called on the Soviet leadership to send in troops.

On October 24, Russian tanks and artillery fired on demonstrators in Budapest killing and wounding hundreds of men, women and children. It was this which sparked the armed resistance.

This response was published in November 1956 by the the British “orthodox” Trotskyists. The fact that in all likelihood it was written by the proven political gangster, thug and rapist Gerry Healy does not detract from its value, or from the essential truths it contains (in the face of persisting Stalinist lies about the uprising being “fascist”). The “orthodox” Trotskyist view of the world is reflected in the article’s repeated and excessive insistence upon denouncing “world imperialism and its agents” and warning against…

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Seeking my shadow: adventures in Berlin

I have visited Berlin quite recently and find there is always masses more to explore. Your posting also shows some things I enjoyed and some things I evidently missed. Thanks

the adventurous ethnographer

I had to admit I had great expectations of Berlin before arriving, which is unusual for me. More generally my attitude to life (while positive) aligns to that of the insightful German political theorist Hannah Arendt who noted that she lived by the following mantra

‘prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes’.

So I packed a chunky parka alongside my favourite over-sized scarf for protection against inclement weather and stepped off the S-Bhan ready for what Berlin had to offer. I am glad to report that it didn’t disappoint. I have always had a soft spot for Germans and since heading to Hamburg last year have grown to greatly admire their culture and attitude.

I stayed with my friend,who has been to Berlin many times and is currently residing there for a few months. She cast a careful eye over my itinerary  that was hastily scribbled…

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I have read and seen pictures of this in Jason Lutes’s Graphic Novel “Berlin Steinerne Stadt”. There is also a great description of Potsdamer Platz where Ludwig Kirschner painted in Florian Illes great read “1913”.


The persistent rumour that the traffic light in Potsdamer Platz was the first such light in the world (or at least in Europe) is as unrelenting as it is incorrect. Despite what the guidebooks or travel pages may tell you, the light installed at the top of the original, over 10-metre tall traffic tower constructed on Potsdamer Platz on the night of October 20, 1924, was neither the first traffic light in Europe nor even in Germany.

Traffic in London at Ludgate Hill in 1872 (by Gustav Doree). Traffic in London at Ludgate Hill in 1872 (by Gustav Doree).

A gas traffic light designed by John Peake Knight, a railway engineer from Nottingham, appeared in London’s Westminster as early as 1868 (although the first tests go back to 1866); this light, meant to help contain the chaos that the area around the Westminster Bridge had become, had, however, the unfortunate tendency to explode, causing even more chaos on the roads and…

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St Ives in Mid-October

The town is at last fairly free of tourists and today the St Ives Archive Centre-situated presently in Carbis Bay- is presenting an exhibition of St Ives in the 1970s. Actually the photographic display ( of Sam Bennets) goes back a good deal earlier to Doble’s Wall, sailing ships and coaches (which used to be called charabancs)jammed together in narrow streets. The awkward relation between traffic and pedestrians being one constant through the years. The Archive Centre next year is concentrating on the Torrey Canyon and the promenade Fire,{}

St Ives Archive at the Western Hotel (19/10/16)
St Ives Archive at the Western Hotel (19/10/16)


View from Norway Square
View from Norway Square

The promenade is still warm enough to eat outside so that Kaffekultur survives despite the horrors of Brexit with a great view of Jumbos and other older craft inside the harbour. Polish, German and other newspapers are available from the tiny newsagents opposite the lodge. The atmosphere is more relaxed and it is much easier to move around the town without the impediment of advertising boards and hawkers. The only guy playing a guitar in Fore Street providing a suitably melancholy, but not too plangent  melody.

St Ives "Jumbo" vessels
St Ives “Jumbo” vessels

In the Penwith Gallery( the Autumn Exhibition looks more colourful than ever and the sculpture and the ceramics are eye-catching too. This gallery deserves to be better known. In addition there is a section which is entitled Resurgence by Sue Davis and Anthony Fagin which is both inspiring and vivid. The press release states,” The exhibition takes as its central theme the regenerative power of the environment to recover from global despoliation whether from natural processes or human overexploitation. However it also reminds us – although not in any figurative sense – that while we may inhabit a world of ineffable beauty and bounteous resources, there is nevertheless a tipping point beyond which global recovery from continuing abuse will be impossible. Notwithstanding the gravity of their message, the approach of both artists to their work is positive and life affirming” (



Ein Gefühl von Ehrfurcht – chinesische Berge – Zeichnung von Susanne Haun

Interesting -especially about what you say about Klee!

Susanne Haun

Den Chinesen wird von klein auf Ehrfurcht vor den Vorfahren beigebracht. So ist es selbst bei anerkannten Künstlern normal, dass sie berühmte Bilder kopieren und das sie glauben, viel von ihren Vorfahren lernen zu müssen. Sie erweisen ihren Meistern damit ihre Hochachtung.

In unserer westlichen Kultur ist das anders. In meinen Workshops halte ich meine Schülerinnen ebenfalls dazu an, alte Meister zu kopieren. Jedoch sage ich auch immer dazu, dass diese Kopien in die Schreibtischschublade verschwinden sollten. Sie dürfen nicht ausgestellt oder gar mit dem eigenen Namen signiert werden. Um Farben zu lernen habe ich viel von Klee kopiert. Um zeichnen zu lernen habe ich Dürer, Michelangelo und Schiele und viele chinesische Meister kopiert. Als meine Schubladen voll waren, habe ich die meisten dieser Kopien weggeschmissen. Nur einige Kopien liegen noch in einer Schublade und da mein Platz immer begrenzter wird, werde ich mich bald von ihnen trennen.

Mit den…

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