Reflections of Nature at Kew Gardens – Dale Chihuly

Glass is an incredible medium isn’t it?  It is beautifully delicate, but also able to withstand incredible heat and pressure and initially comes from sand.  Bet you don’t think of that as you are filling your tumbler with gin… or water (whatever is more acceptable at whatever time of day you are reading this). This... Continue Reading →

Blackface Jumper Scandal

It's that time of the month that I have an article published on Parkstone International. You can find the article here

Film – Midsommer

I have said it before... I went to see the remake of "The Wickerman" just to see Nicholas Cage burn at the end.  I appreciate it is a brash statement, and actually, I don't wish the guy any harm (just in case he stumbles across this one day and thinks I am the one that... Continue Reading →

Vitruvian Man – Leonardo da Vinci

When Douglas Adams wrote that the meaning of life was 42, he says that he wrote it as a joke, but what he also did was make the hypothetical giant and all knowing computer within his book, tell the world that the meaning of life was whatever you want it to be.  42 in ASCII... Continue Reading →

Book – Hey Bulldog – Jason Kitcat

It is rare that I read a whole book that doesn't capture my attention in the first few chapters, but sometimes something is so bad that I just have to see it through.  This book is one of those.  Anyone who knows me, will know I have a passion for appalling horror films, simply because... Continue Reading →

Witches’ Sabbath (The Great He-Goat) – Francisco Goya

I write an awful lot about religion, simply because I am fascinated by it, but by far one of my most popular articles is about the fall of Lucifer.  It isn't even a particularly in depth article, but I think that the reason it does so well, is actually like me, many people are intrigued... Continue Reading →

The Creation of Adam – Michelangelo

Did you know that the fear of belly buttons is called omphalophobia?  I can't really imagine being afraid of, what is essentially a scar which reminds you of your own creation, but I don't like people on stilts, so each to their own. Michelangelo, was a bit of a rock star of art, having the... Continue Reading →

Spotlight on Damien Hirst

It's that time of the month where my Scandal article gets published on the Parkstone International website. You can find the article here Let me know what you think.

Gone – Kara Walker

I have done quite a few articles recently about how humanity and nature intertwine, potentially making me seem a bit "mother earthish".  I am definitely not that, sure I like to think that the world could be a harmonious place, where nature and humans skip along hand in hand, nobody hunts endangered animals, and we... Continue Reading →

Mitra – Luke Hillestad

Peacocks are beautiful aren't they.  I have recently had one tattooed on my leg as there is so much symbolism that surrounds them, they are vain and showy, but also deemed as royalty and a protector because of the association with with Hera from Greek mythology.  When I saw this picture I was obviously drawn... Continue Reading →

The Meditation – Francesco Hayez

I write about a lot of art, but I always prefer writing about something I have seen in person, rather than looking at a photo that has been taken of it, and on the most part I have been lucky enough to see a good percentage of them.  It allows me to see the true... Continue Reading →

The Masque of the Red Death II – Vania Zouravliov

Life is a funny old game isn’t it.  The old adage is that there are only two things that are certain in life and that is death and taxes.  I think that there are a few more certainties myself; like I can guarantee that if I drop a piece of toast on the floor it... Continue Reading →

Rushton Triangular Lodge

It has been an age since I wrote about a day out and used some of my own photography, so I really wanted to share about the visit I had to the Triangular Lodge.  Sometimes it is really good to get away from it all, put out of your head the pressures of life and... Continue Reading →

Shelley’s Art Scandal – Andres Serrano

I have had another article published through Parkstone International. You can find it here.

Pet Sematary – Film

I loved Stephen King books when I was growing up.  I was devouring his books from about the age of 10, which looking back, may well have been a little young, but they were better than Nancy Drew so... Reflecting on it now, I realise it is because the stories were exciting but the writing... Continue Reading →

As Above, So Below – Film

Hear what I thought about this abomination of a film.

Fortuna – Lauren Marx

I have been ever so slightly drawn to images of the cycle of life recently, which I am sure that you have noticed through the artwork that has been displayed on here.  On seeing this picture, I realised that other than roadkill which I whizz past in my car, I rarely see dead animals anymore,... Continue Reading →

Dreaming Monster III – Atsuko Goto

You know, I saw a tweet the other day which was encouraging people to stop following influencers on social media and to start following artists, as influencers tend to drive poor self image in people (because they are always picture perfect, tanned, primed for looking their best) and make the younger generation aspire to a... Continue Reading →

Anatomia – Mark Ryden

Artists throughout the ages have been drawn to the anatomy of the living.  Many artists through the centuries would have, what we would probably deem as morbid fascinations as they would strive to peak their artistic techniques to hone a true rendition of the living.  They would attend autopsies, even steal limbs of the dead... Continue Reading →

Film – Serenity

If you have been a long time reader of mine, you will know I started out by ranting about really bad films.  Well I am reviving the Cranky in my name to write about this abomination of a film.  Let us not get this confused with the sci-fi 2005 film written by Joss Whedon, no... Continue Reading →

Film – Suspiria

Back in 1977 the original "Suspiria" was released by Dario Argento, it was a stylised nightmare of a horror film based on the use of something so self indulgent (ballet) to feed an evil coven of witches, the cinematography was garishly coloured, the music by Goblin dramatic and the story line never truly explained.  It... Continue Reading →

Odin/The Hanged – Daniel Africano

It has been an absolute age since I have written about anything remotely mythy, so unashamedly, I admit, that after re-watching the first season of "American Gods" (fantastic series, I recommend watching...or read the book), I felt the urge to dust off my mythy geekdom and have a bash at trying to explain a tiny... Continue Reading →

Film – Lawrence of Arabia

I was never a huge film fan growing up, in fact I would read a book over watching a film 9 times out of 10, it was only as I got older that I started to really get in to film culture.  Now this has its ups and downs... the ups are that I read... Continue Reading →

Allegories of an Exile – Paul Kaiser

We all have demons, those skeletons in the closet, that sneak up on us and can make us react in the most peculiar ways.  For some they will try and understand, for others they will only scratch the surface, as it may be too hard or incomprehensible for them to take in the feelings that... Continue Reading →

Untitled Anthropometry (ANT 110) – Yves Klein

Quite often people find art just a viewing interesting, which is where I think the feeling that a lot of people don't understand it, because they look it at, try and understand what the artist was trying to say, rather than what the piece means to them as a viewer and then it is quickly... Continue Reading →

Film – Mandy

There have been a lot of “artsy” films that have come out recently, which is great for me as it gives me more to write about on here and is equally something that is totally accessible to anyone who is an avid reader, as you can go away and watch them, rather than having to... Continue Reading →

Film – The House that Jack Built

There are some films which incorporate a theme so seamlessly that they leave you astounded.  This film is one of those.  Some have said that it is a totally self indulgent piece of work, but I think that this could be that either the person watching it had no in depth knowledge of the "Divine... Continue Reading →

Water Dancer – Mute Swan – Rebecca Latham

I would seriously love to make writing my full time job, it has become a bit of a passion of mine, but sadly I am not at the stage where it will pay the bills.  Especially as some days are just so full of ugliness in my "actual" job that it can be a real... Continue Reading →

Anti Semitic or Misguided?

Parkstone have published one of my articles that I revamped for them. You can find it here. Would be awesome if you guys went and showed it some love on the Parkstone Website.

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