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 →

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.

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

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.

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 →

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 →

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 →

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?

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 →

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

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 →

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 →

Shelley’s Art Scandal – Andres Serrano

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

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 →

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 →

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 →

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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