Friday, 18 December 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday 019: Eeek, a duck in my tub!

The Light and Warmth in November, 2007

Artist: Kaj Stenvall

kajstenvall duck
Sent by Auli Helena

That's exactly what I am dreaming about... chillin' in the nice, warm tub with a candle-light. But imagine coming home to see your rubber duckie with another duck enjoying your bath tub. What would you do?

This postcard shows one of the many amusing duck paintings of Kaj Stenvall, a Finnish-born contemporary artist who became popular internationally through his paintings of ducks or duck-like creatures. Many people have likened his duck to Donald Duck. Stenvall insists that he developed his duck character but at the same time acknowledging his duck's similarities to Donald Duck.

The scenes in his pictures are from the world at large and his duck often appears in absurd, if recognizably generic, settings. There really is nothing in his paintings that one can put their finger on to connect them to any particular corner of the world, especially not to Finland, except perhaps a specific intensity of angst and foreboding.

Kaj Stenvall is eager to open a dialogue with the large and diverse audiences who are aware of his pictures. The feelings that his paintings bring out in people routinely range from hilarity to anguish. Stenvall is fascinated by the transitional line between the comical and the tragic, and vice versa, and his art’s inherent humor – both absurd and tragic – is quite clearly an essential feature of his approach.

- More about Kaj Stenvall here.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Wordless Wednesday 010: Grand Baie, Mauritius

Sent by DylanGwafa, the one and only Jogels... mega-salamat gid!
Posted sometime in August 2009

The Grand Baie is one of the most popular resorts in the beautiful island of Mauritius. This enchanting island-nation off the coast of the continent of Africa and southwest of the Indian Ocean is the only known home to the now-extinct dodo bird.

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