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Post by Mrs Figg on Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:54 pm


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Post by azriel on Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:00 pm

oooh I do like a bit of Rennie.........

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Post by Eldorion on Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:54 pm

My first thought when seeing the town on the hillside was that it looked kinda like Tolkien's painting of Hobbiton. I think it's the patchwork of colors in the fields that made me think of that, as well having a hill in the background.

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Post by Mrs Figg on Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:29 am

yes you are right Eldo it does. Very Happy
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Post by halfwise on Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:38 am

Looks more like Saruman's version of Hobbiton, though.

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Post by azriel on Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:37 am

This is one man I never get tired of listening to or watching Smile He is so passionate about history & his Genteel ways make him so easily watchable Smile


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Post by halfwise on Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:51 pm

Beautiful exploration and explanation of a building everyone knows...but sort of doesn't.

Funny how the size of the enclosure was such that they had to wait decades to get decent ventilation. I had no idea Westminster was on the forefront (and initial failure) of ventilation engineering.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:48 am

halfwise wrote:Looks more like Saruman's version of Hobbiton, though.
You mean Sharkey?  Wink

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Post by azriel on Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:55 pm


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Post by Mrs Figg on Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:14 pm

oooh I like that. its a bit spooky though.

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Post by azriel on Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:22 pm

Yeah, I was wondering where it was going ? silent

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Post by azriel on Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:14 pm


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Post by Mrs Figg on Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:45 pm

nice, very detailed work Very Happy

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Post by halfwise on Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:30 am

Tim's Vermeer. Watch it.

There have long been theories about the Renaissance artists using optics to do their work: as these historians point out it's no more "cheating" than drawing perspective lines. But if you project a picture on a canvas you can't just match colors: blue paint only looks blue in white light, not in the blue light you are trying to match!

A guy who made his fortune on television technology had the realization that if you instead have the image in a small mirror above the canvas, you can shift your head around and see different parts of the image, then just match the colors along the border of the small mirror: when the edge disappears you've matched it. He was always fascinated by Vermeer who seemingly came out of nowhere with no apprenticeship, and suddenly started producing photo quality paintings.

So he took a year off, built a set to match one of Vermeer's paintings (the Music Lesson), and set about reproducing it. He had no art training, but as far as we know neither did Vermeer. All you had to do was match colors dot by dot.

Took him 4 months, but he reproduced it. He was also friends with Penn and Teller, who documented the project. Fascinating and totally convincing. Vermeer was an optical copyist. Doesn't take away from his genius, just changes the focus of it.

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Post by David H on Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:08 am

I saw that a few years ago. A fascinating bit of speculative detective work! If you're like me you'll find yourself needing to tinker with hand mirrors afterwards.

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Post by Mrs Figg on Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:26 pm

sounds very interesting Thumbs Up

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