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 →

How influential is Art on the myth making process?

As I am sure you guys know, I have been banging on about doing a course on Greek mythology for a while.  Well my final assignment is in and up for marking, but I found it a really interesting subject, so thought I would share it with you.  This isn't really about any particular piece... Continue Reading →

Film – Hereditary

It's been an age since I have written about a film, so obviously I am jumping at the chance to tell you all about this little gem, hopefully I will do a better job that 'The Independent' writer, who wrote such an appalling article about the film, that I felt compelled to tell them either... Continue Reading →

Spotlight on Seth Globepainter

Spotlight on Seth Globepainter https://parkstone.international/2018/06/18/spotlight-on-seth-globepainter/ — Read on parkstone.international/2018/06/18/spotlight-on-seth-globepainter/ Check out my article for Parkstone International

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 →

Quote me…

I was nominated by The Britchy One, who if you haven't checked out her site, you really should. It's an amusing read, but that's all I will tell you as if you want to find out what it is about you will need to go and find out yourself. This game was created by Okie-Dokie-Bloke... 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 →

Holiday – Frank Herfort

Yesterday, was a bank holiday in the UK.  This usually means that everyone in the UK will attempt to get their BBQ out, come rain or shine, it will rain, if you own a caravan you must spend at least 8 hours stuck in traffic towing it somewhere, and if you have children, it is... Continue Reading →

Untitled – Mothmeister

Actually today you are going to get a twofer, as today's piece is technically a collaborative work.  I was lucky enough to see this and many other of Mothmeister's pieces at their book launch last Saturday, held in the Crypt Galleries in London.  It was an amazing couple of hours wandering around the Crypt seeing... 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 →

Trickster – Dan Hillier

Do you ever have one of those weeks when you just feel that inspiration just comes up and slaps you in the face? Maybe not everyone has these, but I do. I definitely see beauty in a lot of things that others don't, but this week I have seen some amazing things which I will... 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 →

Jacinta – Louis Ginnett

You know when people tell you to "cheer up, it could always be worse"?  My usual response is "Yes, I could be on a sinking ship", I was fairly happy with this response until recently, when a friend of mine came out with "You could be a conjoined twin".  My initial reaction was to laugh,... Continue Reading →

Myra – Marcus Harvey

There are many evils in the world.  On a small scale... Anchovies.  On a larger scale war, murder, rape, abuse, bullying... we each have our own version of what evil looks like, yet we unite in the iconic images which represent an wrong done or atrocity created.  I think we can all pretty much agree... Continue Reading →

Silkworm – Heidi Taillefer

I have been crazy busy the last few days.  I have started my Greek mythology course and been surrounding myself in the Homeric world of "The Iliad", thankfully I downloaded the audio book, so that I could be wallpapering while immersing myself in the Trojan war.  I have also been out and about meeting lots... Continue Reading →

The Judgment of Paris – François-Xavier Fabre

Do you ever have one of those days where you think...maybe I made the wrong choice?  Perhaps you put on a pair of shoes that are really uncomfortable, or you told someone some advice that you later felt was probably inappropriate, or maybe you helped pick out the fairest woman alive, not knowing that your... Continue Reading →

Ghost Stories

I absolutely love a horror film, from the very bad ones to the amazingly haunting ones, but I find that usually the end is a little lack lustre. It usually revolves around the story having a happy ending and the demon, murderer, ghost or psycho getting their just desserts and everyone getting on with their... Continue Reading →

The invisible enemy should not exist – Michael Rakowitz

There is a certain sadness that comes with the destruction of anything. I hate to see books destroyed, as they contain wisdom.  Buildings which are abandoned or left in a state of disrepair give the feeling of loss, and I especially hate seeing art destroyed; no matter how good or bad the artwork, that was... Continue Reading →

I want my time with you – Tracey Emin

I have a theory about how men and women's brains work different.  Men's brains work in straight lines, this means that they only really go forwards or backwards, which is why they can't remember the argument that was had with their respective female partner in 1984 about the red scarf that got left on the... Continue Reading →

South of Heaven – Osman Taner Küçükgenç

Depending on your outlook on life, you may believe in horoscopes or you might just think they are a bunch of hocum.  Personally I think that one horoscope reading a day/week/month for the amount of people that would fall under that star sign is a little far fetched, and they are kept intentionally vague to... Continue Reading →

The torture of Prometheus – Salvator Rosa

It's been a while since I have written about the Greeks, and with a course on Greek mythology looming for me, I thought perhaps I should start reading some of the study text. I really find mythology so fascinating, especially the Greek, simply because it really does still play a massive role in our culture... Continue Reading →

Charles Collyer as a boy, with a cricket bat – Francis Cotes

If you weren't aware, sport season generally has exploded.  I am not the biggest fan of any sport really, but I do appear to be surrounded with sports fanatics where I work and this means, if I want any conversation at all, I at least have to feign an interest in whatever implement or appendage... Continue Reading →

Las Meninas – Pablo Picasso

A few days ago I found myself involved in a conversation about hidden potential.  The upshot of this was that, I could potentially, play football for England this year if I put my mind to it.  Sure, I am not fit in anyway, nor do I understand the offside rule, and the thought of chasing... Continue Reading →

Sunshine Blogger nomination…number 2

You know, I am always astounded when someone nominates me for anything.  Before I started writing on here I had absolutely no confidence in writing; I will always tell you that a very good friend of mine gave me the support and encouragement to start, and this has now become something I love doing.  So... Continue Reading →

The Enigma – Paul Gustave Doré

I guess I can't really ignore that it is Easter. Hopefully you are all enjoying a bountiful stash of chocolate eggs and celebrating in a befitting manner. Personally I am enjoying the fact that I get a couple of extra days off, but for those of you that have a deeper meaning to this weekend,... Continue Reading →

Arrival of the flower ship – Vladimir Kush

I have a real bugbear when people spell my real name incorrectly. Generally they miss out an e, which I find amazing as it is usually in an email, where they have had to spell my name correctly to get the email to me in the first place. My name isn't difficult, it's also at... Continue Reading →

Anti-Semitic or Misguided?

This morning, I felt like I had woken up to a world gone mad. Firstly I put it down to the change in time for daylight savings, as I overheard a conversation from a colleague about how he had kept his cat up late so that it wouldn't wake him up early (not a conversation... Continue Reading →

Shelley’s Art Musings: The complexities of illegal art

Shelley’s Art Musings: The complexities of illegal art https://parkstone.international/2018/03/26/shelleys-art-musings-the-complexities-of-illegal-art/ — Read on parkstone.international/2018/03/26/shelleys-art-musings-the-complexities-of-illegal-art/

Five O’clock shadows in Disney-Dali Land – Todd Schorr

When I was a kid (and to an extent now), I loved watching Disney films.  I drove my brother to distraction (he is 18 years older than me) watching "The Jungle Book" and "The Fox and the Hound" repetitively.  As I got a bit older "Alice in Wonderland" became a firm favourite as it brought... Continue Reading →

Personal Canvas

To look at me you probably wouldn't think that I am heavily tattooed.  To be honest there are only 2 that you can see if you really look, other than that, I look fairly run of the mill... I guess if bright red lips and wing tips floats as run of the mill in your... Continue Reading →

The Garden of Earthly Delights – Hieronymus Bosch

Sometimes there are pieces of art that I love, but put off writing about as it looks like it is going to be a big job, until someone (you know who you are kkatch22) asks if I have ever written about a painting. So today is the day that I give this painting a whirl... Continue Reading →

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