Woman Fighting Bull – Rose Freymuth-Frazier

I saw a statement that struck me really odd the other day which was "feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings". This was said by Cheris Kramarae, and on the surface it seems a ridiculous statement, but underneath that is the world in which a lot of women find themselves in daily.... Continue Reading →

Enkisgold – Michael Page

I write a lot about religion. I don't have a belief, but perhaps this makes it easier for me to be completely unbiased, as it is not something that I have invested devotion to. I like to understand it, as I believe that this stands me in good stead to firstly empathise with my own... Continue Reading →

Banksy making waves in Rome

It is that time again! I have had an article published by Parkstone International. This is about what Banksy has been upto this year and his new exhibition in Rome called "Banksy - A Visual Protest". You can read the article here. I would love it if you came back and told me what you... Continue Reading →

The Persistence of Memory – Salvador Dali

Memory is a funny old thing isn't it. By definition it is the faculty of the brain by which data is encoded, stored and retrieved when needed. It is the retention of information over time for the purpose of influencing future action. We, in general terms, also hold on to memories of things that have... Continue Reading →

Beauty and the Beast

It's a tale as old as time right? Father wanders into someone else's house, crashes for the night and then goes to steal some roses, beast comes out and say he will kill him or he can hand over one of his daughters. Said daughter turns up, is terrified of the beast, but it is... Continue Reading →

Waning – Erik Thor Sandberg

I am coming away from folk stories this week to talk about an artist that I have only just stumbled across, and have really taken to his work. This particular painting might resonate with me somewhat more than the others simply because of a recurring nightmare that I had when I was younger. The dream... Continue Reading →

Little Red Hat

We all know the story of "Little Red Riding Hood", right? WRONG! No, you know the tamed edition which is nice and child friendly where Red escapes with the help of a friendly woodcutter, and they manage to cut Grandma out of the wolf's stomach and everyone lives happily ever after. Well...while the Brothers Grimm... Continue Reading →

Sun, Moon and Talia

As a kid (and to an extent, still today) I loved disney movies, although not overly the ones with Princesses in... I know I drove my brother to distraction watching "The Jungle Book" and I loved watching "The Fox and the Hound" with my Dad. As soon as you start to venture into Princess territory... Continue Reading →

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

In the weird story game, Europe has to be up there in the top 5, which is probably what made it so easy for the Brothers Grimm to collect so many creepy and totally dark tales of people being either completely manic or mistreated. This is not to say that other cultures don't have such... Continue Reading →

The Three Snake Leaves

I can honestly say that this week I feel like the world has gone a little bit crazy. The ease of lock down measures seem crazy - having to self isolate if I travel, but not until after the 8th June, I can have up to six people with me in my garden, but they... Continue Reading →

The Girl Without Hands

This is the third article I have written about stories from the Brother Grimm collection, but what I have realise is that not everyone knows about them...admittedly I assumed everyone did... simply because it is so common place for me. The Brothers Grimm did not write the stories that were in their books. They were... Continue Reading →

When does art become Pornography?

This is originally an article I wrote for Parkstone international, but they decided to change it, so that it bore very little resemblance of the article I wrote. Therefore, as I write for them out of the goodness of my heart, I decided to post the full article here. This subject is a fine line... Continue Reading →

Harbinger of Change – Andy Kehoe

I am taking a very slight detour from fairy tale this week to look at an artist who seems to base his art in the world of folklore, myth and stories instead. As a child I was deeply enthralled by stories, I had a vivid imagination and would spend hours daydreaming about mythical creatures; this... Continue Reading →

Snow White

I find it amusing how simple and compliant the heroines in stories can be sometimes.  Some of them have been through horrible things, but don't appear to have trust issues of any sort.  They appear to walk blindly into traps, and hope by the grace of God that there is a man around to help... Continue Reading →

Rapunzel

I often talk about the importance of understanding stories, culture and history as a key to understanding art and films.  It gives you a firm grounding to use applied knowledge and link subjects together that are comparable.  Folk/fairy stories serve a purpose to deliver a moral and to entertain.  Many of the tales we tell... Continue Reading →

Vivarium – Film

Lockdown is rough isn't it?  Stuck in the house with the same people you have been stuck with for over a month now, little respite and routine which is set to match Groundhog day.  The TV just has adverts reminding you not to go outside or the endless begs from charities even though many people... Continue Reading →

Silence – Loish

There are those people who appear to be annoyingly good at a lot of things.  I have been told I am one of those people.  What this actually means is, I try my hand at a lot of "stuff" and I continue to practice and hone the skills for the things I appear to be... Continue Reading →

Shelley’s Art Musings – The great C word…

I have had my regular article published by Parkstone International. You can find the article here It would be great if you would pop over and read it, then come back and let me know what you thought.

Film – Melancholia

Another week of isolation due to COVID-19 and another film from the depression trilogy by Lars Von Trier.  This seemed wholly fitting for the current climate with a film that goes through the impending end of the world and a person suffering near catatonic depression.  While in reality this isn't the end of the world,... Continue Reading →

Abstract Light – Exodus of Light

I don’t write about digital art anywhere near as often as I should.  Generally, because I find paintings much easier to write about.  They hold a certain quality that I feel is much more personal as it is a connective process of brush to canvas or what ever medium is being painted on.  That is... Continue Reading →

Spotlight on Vincent Van Gogh

I am really proud to say that I have had this article published to celebrate Vincent Van Gogh’s life. You can find the article here

Film – Antichrist

It truly is a strange and worrying time at the moment isn't it.  COVID-19 appears to be bringing out the best and worst in people, from fighting in the aisles of supermarkets for toilet roll, to masses of volunteers helping our elderly and vulnerable people.  The media have caused a frenzy which is of an... Continue Reading →

Why are there so few women in art?

I have had another article published by Parkstone International. You can read it here. Please do let me know what you thought.

Film – The Lighthouse

Have you ever watched something, and immediately wanted to watch it again?   This film was exactly that for me.  It is so rich in symbolism and so dense with nods to other stories, elements and film productions that it really get the brain ticking.  It is a film that sucks you and a leaves you... Continue Reading →

Flowers for Tacoma Dome – Andy Warhol

I was in Prague recently and I completely fell in love with Andy Warhol's "Love is a Pink Cake".  This shifted my view on him completely, as previously, I have to admit, that I found his work a little...samy.  The first thing that you think of with Warhol, is after all, a can of Campbell's... Continue Reading →

The Guitar Lesson – Balthus

As you probably are aware by now, I also write for Parkstone International. This time I was asked to write on “The Guitar Lesson” by Balthus, which I find a fairly trying article to write. None the less, you can find the article here:- https://parkstone.international/2020/02/16/shelleys-art-scandal-that-painting-by-balthus/ Why not head over there to see the full painting... Continue Reading →

Film – Parasite

I really love a horror film, which will be absolutely evident if you have read any other of my film articles; but I quite often find myself saying “they don’t make them like they used to”.  The characters seem insipid in newer horror to the point I don’t really care what happens to them, and... Continue Reading →

Days Out – Sedlec Ossuary – The Bone Church.

Did you know that there is such as thing as Dark Tourism?  This is people who go to visit places that have connections with death and/or suffering.  I would say that I verge into Dark Tourism quite often; but it is rarely just to say that I have been to that place, it is more... Continue Reading →

All The Eternal Love I Have For Pumpkins – Yayoi Kusama

I think we can safely say that the start of 2020 has not been a brilliant one, there are terrible fires in Australia, and my heart goes out to every living being there in a hope that recovery comes quickly.  In the UK we have the ongoing comedy saga of Brexit and the hash job... Continue Reading →

Olafur Eliasson – In Real Life

On my search to do something inspiring on New Years Day, because I really wanted to start this year doing something inspiring, I stumbled across an exhibition at the Tate modern, which was closing on the 5th January (sorry to anyone reading this who wanted to experience it).  It was an artist I hadn't experienced... Continue Reading →

Film – The Rise of Skywalker

I have an odd relationship with Star Wars.  I wouldn’t say that I am a huge fan, in the way that I don’t consider my religion a Jedi, nor do I have Star Wars memorabilia littered around my house, but I do know a lot about the films, and perhaps some of the finer details... Continue Reading →

Miyamoto Musashi Subduing the Whale – Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Japan is a beautiful country and I was mesmerised by the tidal patterns that I could see on the beaches.  I know that sounds odd, as I live quite close to the sea, and I can see the tide changes when I please, but here in the UK we have fairly straight, undisturbed shorelines so... Continue Reading →

Christmas in the Brothel – Edvard Munch

Merry Christmas!  I hope that you have all opened your presents and received everything you could want (or a plethora of socks and pants at least).  I would like to take a moment to thank all of the people who have visited this website this year, I have been overwhelmed with the amount of readers... Continue Reading →

TeamLabs – Tokyo

I recently took a trip of a lifetime.  I can't explain how much I have wanted to go to Japan from a very early age, and finally I managed to get there.  Needless to say I want to return immediately and the next trip is already in the planning.  As you can imagine, I researched... Continue Reading →

When is Art not Art?

I am sure that you have heard the question... "when a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound if no one is there to hear it?".  Well I guess that this article is one of those questions.  Before I start though...logically yes, the tree would still make a sound...because, you know, science. ... Continue Reading →

Nighthawks – Edward Hopper

In the news recently I saw an article about a man who had paid £7500 for a dress for his wife.  While extravagant, not totally extraordinary, until I ready the rest of the article.  The dress wasn't a physical dress.  It was a digital dress, which had been edited on to her so that she... Continue Reading →

Satan summoning his Legions – Thomas Lawrence

There are many reason why I question religion.  Believe me, I would love to have the ultimate faith that some people feel, as I imagine it is really comforting to have a belief that will carry you through the thoughts of death, I also think it must be nice to have a like minded community... Continue Reading →

Ripples on the Ocean – Vladimir Kush

I usually write about art from a very personal perspective, as generally there is no other way to view art.  Sometime there will be a historic or political backdrop, but ultimately it is the audience that makes or breaks art.  Back in 2017 I wrote an article about Escher which was published on this date.  This... Continue Reading →

The Sweetheart Tree – Greg “Craola” Simkins

Having a completely overactive brain can be really confusing and a bit trying sometimes.  It can be absolutely brilliant when you have a number of things to do as it can really assist with thinking about a lot of different things at once, making you a master of multitasking, but it can also make you... Continue Reading →

Whims of Desire – Alan Macdonald

October, was frankly a horrible month.  Everyone gets them, you know those months where just everything gets a bit too much.  You have commitments that you can't let go of, but equally you just want to bury your head in the sand, everything comes to a head and it just leaves you feeling... drained and... Continue Reading →

Banksy has been Monkeying Around.

It's that time again. I have had an article published on the Parkstone International feed. Would really appreciate you all taking a look. Perhaps leave some feedback. You can find the article here

Chinese Girl – Vladimir Tretchikoff

There are certain artworks that remind me of my childhood, and they stand out vividly.  I can remember being quite scared of a print of this painting that was up in an “aunts” house (I say aunt in inverted commas as I think it is a particularly English phenomena, where friends of the family get... Continue Reading →

Film – Joker

I deeply dislike Batman. Actually that isn't true.  I liked Batman when it was Adam West and Burt Ward.  Who couldn't love the cheesy "Pow" and "Zok" as the heroic duo fought crime in a fun and fantastical way... It's only later on that I grew to despise the whining Bruce Wayne and his "boohoo... Continue Reading →

The Fall of the Damned – Peter Paul Rubens

Some times, I will see a snippet of a painting, which will intrigue me.  This was one of those paintings.  If you have seen the series called "Dark", you may have caught a glimpse in the first season, which led me to a three day hunt to find out which painting it was.  As it... Continue Reading →

Maui – Bobby Holcomb

You know, Disney has a lot to answer for in the mutilating a story stake...I am not talking about your "Dumbos" or "Bambis", more things like..."Pocahontas" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dam" where they butcher either history or a well written story to present a cutesy happy ending, when in reality it wasn't quite so. ... Continue Reading →

Lynrose – Brandi Milne

As a child I was obsessed with the darker fairy tales.  I didn't really want to know about the princesses, I just wanted to know about the monsters and villains.  I didn't necessarily want them to be victorious in the stories either, I just wanted to know more about them, as I felt they got... Continue Reading →

Spotlight on Anselm Kiefer

There are some artists who are very difficult to navigate around their pieces. I had the great pleasure of writing about Anselm Kiefer for Parkstone International. You can find the article here. Why not come back and let me know what you thought?

Day Out – Highgate Cemetery

I know that cemeteries seem terribly morbid, so it sounds like a terrible day out, but I find something serenely beautiful about them... some of them.  I am not talking about the cemetery that you see as you drive by your local church, these are fairly run of the mill, and while nice for families... Continue Reading →

Untitled – Jaroslaw Jasnikowski

Wouldn't it be amazing if we all had a fantasy place that we could just slip into when everything feels a bit too much.  A place where you could, just for a while forget about everything in your day to day life, and maybe just see things from a different view point for a while.... Continue Reading →

Lucifero – Roberto Ferri

If you are a long time reader of this website, you will know that religion is one of the key themes, simply because it is so intrinsic in art.  There is a vast amount of relgious art in every gallery you go to, or statues and monuments dedicated to the cause of story telling and... Continue Reading →

Film – Once upon a time in Hollywood

You know there is quite a big downside to writing articles of this nature, especially when your friends see movies before you, and eagerly wait to hear what you think of it, because they really enjoyed it, then I realise all I will be doing is writing a rant which earned me the name WidowCranky.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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