The Return of the Prodigal Son – Rembrandt

Forgiveness is a really hard thing isn't it. We all like to think we can be gracious enough to forgive, but sometimes there are things which crop up and put little blockers in the way of being able to let go of the hurt, or the anguish that an act has caused you. It can... Continue Reading →

Shelley’s art scandal – The Curse of the Cleaner

I have a new spot with Parkstone, and I will be looking at art scandals throughout history each month. You can check out the first one here.

Film – Possum

What do you fear the most? Is it something physical? Spiders, balloons, fire, drowning? Or something more psychological? Abandonment, solitude, misunderstanding? Matthew Holness, creator of "Garth Merenghi's Darkplace" smashes in to his cinema debut in a way unlike any other. If you have watched "The Babadook" or "Ghost Stories" you can probably get onboard films... Continue Reading →

Shelley’s Art Musing – Claude Monet

With Armistice Day coming up, I've had an article published about Claude Monet. Find out how the two are related here.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Do you know, if you asked me yesterday who my favourite band was, I probably wouldn't have said Queen, but some of my earliest memories are of my brothers LPs of Queen (and the Sex Pistols - and I was petrified of The News of The World album cover, as well as the Who Killed... Continue Reading →

Return to Fukushima – Rebecca Bathory

Do you sometimes see something in a state of disrepair and think that there is a certain beauty about it? Or do you not take the time to look? That falling down building with ivy growing through the cracks, or the abandoned shopping trolley that an animal has made its home in, though in a... Continue Reading →

Grey Gardens

There are things that are sometimes just so off the wall that you can't believe you have missed out on them for so long. It's a bit like discovering hidden treasure, or finding out that you do really like gin... just not Gordon's. Grey Gardens is one of those hidden treasures for me. If you're... Continue Reading →

Love is in the Bin – Banksy

We all know artists can be a little crazy sometimes. We see their capers in the news in an attempt to "express themselves" or draw the publics attention their way. Let's face it, we all have those moments where we do something that makes us stand out, but perhaps sometimes artists take it to the... Continue Reading →

The Great Wave off Kanagawa – Hokusai

I have thought long and hard before writing about this.  Part of me felt it was very clichéd to have it on here, the other part of me really loves this piece and while I looked at other things by Hokusai as a friend of mine said she loved his work, I kept being drawn... Continue Reading →

La Cour des Grands – Bruno Pontiroli

Life is fragile isn't it.  Nothing quite brings that home as much as a death of a loved one.  You realise that there are things that you took for granted from them - seeing them smile, listening to them moan, their little bad habits like turning the TV up too loud or snoring.  This, maybe... Continue Reading →

Shelley’s Art Musing: Bruegel the Elder – 450 years on

Another article published on the Parkstone International website. I really enjoyed writing this one, so I hope you guys enjoy reading it. Head over to here to have a read. Remember to come back and let me know what you thought. Even better... share the article.

What art do you like?

I'm looking to you guys again, I'm really interested to see what people on here like and if I can break down the images you love looking at. I see this as a dual purpose exercise, one to broaden my horizons to artists I might not know and to give me a bit of creative... Continue Reading →

Eugène Delacroix – Sexist?

I've had another article published on the Parkstone website... you can find it here https://parkstone.international/2018/09/27/shelleys-art-musings-delacroix-sexist/

Turn the Mirrors in to Windows – Kasia Darwinska

Life is full of ups and downs, and at times it can really feel like a roller coaster.  Sometimes that means you do and say stupid things to those closest to you, sometimes it means you do the smallest things which can mean the world to someone else.  What is also evident is no matter... Continue Reading →

Swans Reflecting Elephants – Salvador Dali

You know, the world is full of things which makes your brain believe that it can see something which isn’t actually there.  You know what I am talking about… things like seeing a hot dog in clouds or a face in the pattern of fabric.  It’s called Pareidolia, and it is a psychological phenomenon where... Continue Reading →

Gods Own Junkyard

It has been an age since I wrote an article about a day out that I have had and shared some of my own photography.  I have to admit, I don't always think to do it as I find other peoples artwork and photography much more compelling than my own, but I am very lucky... Continue Reading →

The Tiger Lillies – Edgar Allan Poe’s Haunted Palace

I love music, but I have never been that over the top about any particular band or artist. I never felt the need to wait back stage to get a glimpse, nor have I ever thrown my knickers on stage, or fainted because a band member may have just glimpsed in my direction. I have... Continue Reading →

The Lovers II – Rene Magritte

I have been on holiday... In case you wondered why I had been quiet. It has been a crazy week, with a trip to Brussels and then a mad dash to Lincoln to watch two amazing people get married, so this left very little time to sit down and write, but while I was away,... Continue Reading →

Shelley’s Art Musings… spot light on Rembrandt

As you may well know, I write articles for Parkstone International as well. Here is my latest one. https://parkstone.international/2018/08/17/shelleys-art-musings-spotlight-on-rembrandt/

Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette – Vincent Van Gogh

You know, I wrote a whole opening gambit about the oddities of death for this piece, but I decided to remove it as actually it is something which so many people (including myself) struggle with immensely.  The written word can, at times, seem wholly impersonal, and I don't think any of my readers want to... Continue Reading →

The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Film Review

There are films that are so strikingly odd that you end up remembering them and returning back to them again and again. I found that with "The Lobster". This was the first film in English by Yorgos Lanthimos, and on first watching I honestly thought to myself "what the hell was that?" This obviously made... Continue Reading →

Winter Sunrise on Path – Stephen Remick

If you are in the UK, you will know that we have diverted our moaning about the weather from it being too cold or wet, as it has been too hot and muggy.  Thankfully the weather has now broken and we are back to grey skies and rain, but for a couple of weeks there,... Continue Reading →

Film Review – The Limehouse Golem

When I first heard about this film, I didn’t have high expectations of it.  The trailer just had lots of people saying the term “The Limehouse Golem” a lot, and if your script requires you to repeat the same phrase repeatedly to remind your audience what the film is about, then it is on a... Continue Reading →

Pocahontas – One more trophy – Thomas Czarnecki

As humans, we like to capture and collect things which are beautiful.  This differs from one person to the next, I like skulls and tattoos amongst other things, so I have varying skull shaped items littered around my house, and a plentiful collection of tattoos.  Some people collect porcelain frogs, or stamps or who knows... Continue Reading →

Shelley’s Art Musings – Greek sculpture by Edmund Von Mach

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Beauty in Death – Ferry van Torgeren and Jaap Sinke

I don't think I have written much about it before, but I make art out of insects.  This isn't necessarily a blatant plug for my own work, but if you are interested in seeing what I do you can find my details on Instagram under WidowCrankybugs.  There is something so beautiful in the wild and weird... Continue Reading →

Scissors – Vladimir Kush

I have been pretty quiet, I know, and I apologise, but I have started a new job, and I am sure you all remember what a new job entails... endless bombardment of new information and frantically trying to look like you know what you are doing. This does impact my creative flow a little. This... Continue Reading →

The Fighting Temeraire – J.M.W. Turner

I have been pretty quiet over the weekend, as I had a tooth pulled out, and this momentarily gave me a dip in my inspiration.  Not that my tooth being pulled has anything to do with Turner and his paintings, but I guess that there is a vague link to my tooth and the Temeraire... Continue Reading →

The Crying Spider – Odilon Redon

As you can image, I talk about art quite a lot.  Simply because I enjoy it, but sometimes my choices do seem to perplex some.  For example, I know that this picture will confuse the person who sits next to me at work.  Very often we have conversations about the differences of how I view... Continue Reading →

Moses – Michelangelo

Recently, a friend of mine handed me a replica sculpture and asked me to guess who it was.  The sculpture was of a bearded man, holding a tablet, robes around his legs, and 2 horns on the front of his head.  Will with my greek hat on, I immediately thought of Pan, but he didn't... Continue Reading →

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