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 →

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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 →

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 →

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 →

Chirisei Kyubiki – Kazuo Shiraga

There is something intrinsically beautiful about raw emotion.  Ok, it can be hard to deal with if it is directed at you, but when it is used in an expression of artistic intent, it gives the viewer or reader an honest and open idea of what the artist was feeling at the time of creation. ... Continue Reading →

Multiple Realities (Multiple Horizons) – Duncan Wylie

When I was a kid, I really struggled to get my head around things happening at the same time if I couldn't see it happening.  For example, I would get dropped off at my grandmothers while my parents worked.  I would spend the day playing in her garden, or making cakes with her, and generally... Continue Reading →

Napoleon Crossing the Alps – Jacques-Louis David

I know I have been incredibly quiet over the last month, but hopefully you will appreciate why.  I have been off on my travels and one of the stops was to see the new Louvre in Abu Dhabi.  This was one of the most amazing experiences which has inspired me greatly and given me a... Continue Reading →

Incarnation – Martin Wittfooth

Elephants are truly majestic and amazing creatures aren't they? Intelligent and soulful and one of the greats which wonder the Earth, yet there are some that still feel that their tusks are better used by humans than by the elephant themselves.   Without getting on my high horse about it, no one needs an elephants tusk...... Continue Reading →

Isle of the Dead (Third Version) – Arnold Böcklin

I don't very often go for landscapy pictures, generally because either, while they are beautiful they don't hold a lot of meaning and they act more as a document to record what the landscape looked like to the artist at the time of painting, or they are generally lacking in activity.  This isn't to say... Continue Reading →

Nude Descending Staircase No. 2 – Marcel Duchamp

It's been a really crazy couple of weeks, which has felt like a rollercoaster of highs and lows, set on an ever moving landscape.  We all have those times, where it just feels like we are walking on quicksand - everything is moving but not always in the direction that you want.  Which is what... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Night owl – Hua Tunan

I am, quite often referred to as a 'night owl'. I don't sleep well as I have mentioned a few times before, and I can often be found wandering through the internet late at night. Usually I am looking at some sort of art or watching crazy YouTube videos about spiders, or trying to find... Continue Reading →

The 12 Labours of Putin – Part 4

I have really had fun writing these posts, as it has given me a lot to look over in areas that interest me - art (albeit some of it awful), Greek mythology and the actions of people.  I have received some great feedback from readers, so if there are other things like this, that you... Continue Reading →

The 12 Labours of Putin – Part 3

I apologies now for starting on an ugly picture, but I left off just before the Cretan bull, and frankly the pictures of Putin in heroic Greek stance get uglier from here on out... but as Magnus Magnusson used to say..."I've started, so I'll finish" (for anyone who isn't British and have no clue that... Continue Reading →

The 12 Labours of Putin – Part 2

I don't really know if you have been on tenterhooks or not for the next round of Putin as Hercules, but I am hoping that you are finding the perception of him fascinating!  So where were we?  Hercules had Killed the lion and the hydra and got the deer.  Putin has fought with terrorism, staved... Continue Reading →

The 12 Labours of Putin – Part 1

Anyone who has been reading this blog a while, or who knows me, will probably know that I have a very dry sense of humour.  I find people watching one of the best activities for my humour to take full force, so when I read about foreign leaders and their antics, it fills me with... Continue Reading →

Unbreakable – Nosego

Fate and destiny are funny things aren't they. On one hand I don't believe that anyone has a predefined route to life, you make your own way and what happens happens. On the other hand, I do believe that you meet certain people for a reason and that no matter how long someone stays in... Continue Reading →

I and the village – Marc Chagall

I usually avoid cubism as it isn't my favourite form of art... to me it takes surrealism to a degree I am not overly comfortable with on a viewing level, which I know might sound odd from a self professed surrealism lover, but I just don't see the need for cubism, but we all have... Continue Reading →

La Polonaise – Tamara de Lempicka

Have you seen Google today? It is celebrating Tamara de Lempicka's 120th birthday.  Lempicka was an accomplished Art Deco artist who lived between 1898 and 1980.  She was very well known for her stylised portraits of the aristocracy as well as painting nudes.   She was the mistress to Baron Raoul Kuffner, and after his wife... Continue Reading →

Oedipus – Jean-Léon Gerome

Life has been crazy busy recently, with studying for my Greek mythology course and writing the first assignment (which I have to say was a trial in itself for me as I am used to writing more than 500 words in a blog post, so why someone thinks that I could explain who has the... Continue Reading →

Satsuma – Eric Wert

I am not the biggest fan of still life.  It is usually some chintzy flowers in a Royal Doulton vase, or some lack lustre fish in a bowl.  The pallet is usually dim and the backgrounds feel musty, just making the whole picture look as though it belongs in your great aunt Mildred's house which... Continue Reading →

Ivan the terrible killing his son – Ilya Repin

History is fascinating.  I have only found this since getting a bit older, as in school I only seem to remember studying the first world war.  If you had spoken to me at the age of 18 I could have told you a lot about trench foot, trench warfare and no mans land.  We never... Continue Reading →

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