Hear what I thought about this abomination of a film.
Hear what I thought about this abomination of a film.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
How would you fancy being the favourite to royalty? Being their advisor and bestowed special treatment from the monarch? Ok it probably doesn't mean that much now, but back when the monarchy ruled the country and made the decisions this would have been a prime spot! Highly sort after and a cut throat game to... Continue Reading →
I am sure that everyone remembers Phoebe in friends telling Ross that Rachel was his lobster... In some romantic notion that lobsters mate for life. Actually lobsters don't mate for life... dominant male lobsters fertilise a harem of female lobsters in a series of flings which last about 2 weeks with some complex mating rituals. ... Continue Reading →
I write about a lot of artwork, but I don't usually write about the building that contains them. This is either because I am so overwhelmed by the work contained, or that the building is not that exciting. One of my first articles that I wrote for Parkstone International was about the opening of the... Continue Reading →
Politics is a terrible business. I am sure that there are plenty of politicians who started out with great intentions, but those good intentions get lost along the way, which brings megalomania and corruption in to play. Ok, so I am in the UK and the worst that I see is a sever lack of... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
Another cheeky piece that I wrote for Parkstone International:- https://parkstone.international/2019/01/14/shelleys-art-musings-there-is-more-to-whistler-than-his-mother/
It's not a secret... I love anything with skulls on it. I have numerous pieces of art and sculpture around my house of skulls, as they are infinitely interesting. So it's not surprising that I am drawn to the work of Billelis. His dark gothic style combines a lot of my own interests in visuals... Continue Reading →
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 →
Think that I have been quiet? Well I have been on holiday getting inspired... which means I have a lot to write about over the coming weeks. In the mean time, I have had an article published with Parkstone, and you can find it here
I have had another article published by Parkstone International. You can check it out here:- https://parkstone.international/2018/12/17/shelleys-art-scandal-tulips-that-weigh-heavy-for-paris/
I am intrigued by pretty much anything and everything...I love museums off all kinds, I find displays of old medical research fascinating, I have an appreciation of science, but I also love fantasy and the creative... which I am finding is an unusual quality in people as I get older. Usually (and I am not... Continue Reading →
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 →
Last year, I did a whole run up to Christmas on here, searching out weird and wonderful art and stories to share with you around the creatures, traditions and folklore from this festive time of the year. This year, I am looking at nature in art whether it be a celebration or a stark warning. ... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
Forgiveness is a really hard thing isn't it. We all like to think we can be gracious enough to forgive, but sometimes there are things which crop up and put little blockers in the way of being able to let go of the hurt, or the anguish that an act has caused you. It can... Continue Reading →
I have a new spot with Parkstone, and I will be looking at art scandals throughout history each month. You can check out the first one here.
What do you fear the most? Is it something physical? Spiders, balloons, fire, drowning? Or something more psychological? Abandonment, solitude, misunderstanding? Matthew Holness, creator of "Garth Merenghi's Darkplace" smashes in to his cinema debut in a way unlike any other. If you have watched "The Babadook" or "Ghost Stories" you can probably get onboard films... Continue Reading →
With Armistice Day coming up, I've had an article published about Claude Monet. Find out how the two are related here.
Do you know, if you asked me yesterday who my favourite band was, I probably wouldn't have said Queen, but some of my earliest memories are of my brothers LPs of Queen (and the Sex Pistols - and I was petrified of The News of The World album cover, as well as the Who Killed... Continue Reading →
Do you sometimes see something in a state of disrepair and think that there is a certain beauty about it? Or do you not take the time to look? That falling down building with ivy growing through the cracks, or the abandoned shopping trolley that an animal has made its home in, though in a... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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/
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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/
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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