Shelley’s Art Musings: The complexities of illegal art

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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 →

The Sunshine Blogger Award

This couldn't have come on a more opportune day, than a day when it has been snowing nonstop. I am always so touched and humbled when someone takes the time to read my artsy fartsy ramblings, let alone, then go on to nominate me for awards, so a big shout out to M.C. Grimm for... Continue Reading →

Black Hole Peel – Natalie Thatcher

I will admit it, today's post is less about the art and more about the inspiration behind it. I have long maintained that I don't have a particular hero, or someone who inspired me, but I think I have been wholeheartedly mistaken. It has taken me a few days of pondering to even start writing... Continue Reading →

The Deep – Jackson Pollock

Life can be pretty hard sometimes.  It really is a test on a person of how they deal with this time and show their true colours.  Some stick their head in the sand, some will plough on until they get through it, but some way or another most will see those hard times through and... Continue Reading →

The five senses: Touch, Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste – Jan Miense Molenaer

I work with a guy, and I have no qualms in telling you this as I know he reads this blog, and he baffles me. He doesn't watch films, he doesn't read things that aren't in some way factual, he doesn't really like TV... he does how ever like the conversations about films, as he... Continue Reading →

Street Art – Art for the masses

https://parkstone.international/2018/03/13/shelleys-art-musing-street-art-an-art-for-the-masses/

Arrangement in grey and black No. 1 – James McNeill Whistler

Firstly...Happy Mother's Day to mothers everywhere.  This is your day so I hope that you are kicking back and letting the kids and your respective other half make you appalling cups of tea and fold towels badly, which you admire them for trying, but the OCD side of you is screaming internally that they are... Continue Reading →

Lilith – John Collier

It was International Women's Day yesterday... if you hadn't heard.  It's a day to break down barriers and try and dispel behaviours which bring about a gender gap.  I like to think that the gender gap is dwindling, but there are times when the perception of men and women wildly differ.  For example, if a... Continue Reading →

Downsizing

There are days where I simply wonder what I am doing with my life. Other people have children and seem to have their lives so together, and I am still bumbling about, not really sure if I am adulting correctly, then a film like this comes along, and I realise I am doing far better... Continue Reading →

I, Tonya

Passion is a funny thing. I am passionate about a lot of things, and it is an ever increasing circle for me, I like to add to the things I am passionate about, learn new skills, understand how things work, in fact you could say I am just passionate about understanding as much as I... Continue Reading →

Going Nowhere Fast – D*Face

Well the beast from the east is still trying its best to cause havoc in the UK, and while my immediate area is not horrendously affected (there is basically dandruff style snow falling and doing not a lot), some areas around my county are heavily impacted.  I can't turn on the local news or listen... Continue Reading →

Lot and his Daughters – Jan Steen

If you hadn't heard... It has been snowing in the UK with the joys of the 'beast from the east' making an appearance over our tiny island, and with storm Emma due to hit soon, it is feeling a little like the new ice age combined with some of the descriptions of hell which I... Continue Reading →

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp – Rembrandt

I don't know about you, but it is hellish trying to get a doctors appointment in the UK these days.  You really have to schedule in being ill if you want to see a doctor, as if you are ill on the spare of the moment, you are unlikely to be able to see a... Continue Reading →

The Mad Masters – Stefen Tcherepnin

I have been really busy over the last few weeks, so I have slipped a little in getting posts out, and I have actually really missed writing.  This said, I have been doing things to inspire new articles, therefore I don't feel too bad skipping the odd few days. Amsterdam, is a truly inspired city... Continue Reading →

New Milkmaid – Danny Recal and El Pez

We all say it from time to time... "They don't make things like they used to"... Generally this is attributed to ''things' like vacuums, remember that great lumping hoover that your grandmother used to have? It could suck up Lego bricks without breaking a sweat and never seemed to break, where as now I seem... Continue Reading →

Body Worlds – Gunther Von Hagen

I consider myself really lucky. Well I say lucky... I work hard in order to do the things that really interest me. This generally means travel and seeing as much of everything as I can. A large percentage of this is art, or beautiful scenery that I can take photos of as ultimately this makes... Continue Reading →

Hungary – Crying over its lost freedom?

https://parkstone.international/2018/02/23/hungary-crying-over-its-lost-freedom/

Vlad The Impaler – Artist Unknown

Do you remember 'Ghostbusters 2'?  You know the one where a picture tries to get a museum worker to steal a baby so that it can put its spirit in it.  Under the streets of New York there is a river of reactive slime and the statue of liberty is brought to life?  Do you... Continue Reading →

Tiangou – David DePasquale

Guònián hǎo or pass the New Year well as they say in China.  Today is the passing of the Chinese New Year, so I thought I would pay a tribute to their celebrations. It's the year of the Dog, so David DePasquale's picture of Tiangou is a perfect representation for this post.  The legend of... Continue Reading →

St. Valentine…

Today is the day when hallmark are rubbing their hands together as people everywhere exchange cards, declaring that today they love each other more than any other day of the year, but actually the really St. Valentine is a far stretch from the patron saint of love that you might believe that he is. I... Continue Reading →

Green Eyed Horns – Travis Louie

There is an Arab proverb that says "Love sees sharply, hatred sees even more sharp, but Jealousy sees the sharpest for it is love and hate at the same time".  When I saw this painting on my travels, it brought this quote to mind. Travis Louie is a painter, who has developed another world which... Continue Reading →

St. Jerome in his study – Albrecht Dürer

I quite like going to visit my friends curiosity shop. It is filled with all things macabre and fascinating. While I was there this weekend, I heard a gentleman talking about this picture, so I decided to investigate and share it. The man was quite taken with the skull and the lion in this piece...... Continue Reading →

Red on Maroon – Mark Rothko

I usually write about things that I like, or that have inspired me.  Today I thought I would give you an artist which I recently said I didn't like when I wrote about "The Blacker Gachet" simply because if you haven't heard of Rothko, you wouldn't know what I was talking about or why I... Continue Reading →

Film – Lost Highway

If you have ever watched 'Twin Peaks' the original or the revival, you will know that David Lynch as a certain style which can leave his viewers completely bemused.  Granted he has a unique artistic style which elevates his films to cult classics, but he also likes to present his audiences with an almost unsolvable... Continue Reading →

The Flowers of Evil – Thomas Theodore Heine

I have really enjoyed the gauntlets which some people have thrown down for me, but you can always guarantee that someone will throw something your way that makes the cogs tick more than most.  I can thank Artschaft for throwing this head scratcher at me. Heine was a german artist, born in 1867.   He was a... Continue Reading →

Anti-Racism or Human Stupidity…

https://parkstone.international/2018/02/06/shelleys-art-musings-anti-racism-or-human-stupidity/

Potato #345 – Kevin Abosch

There are days when you wake up and think that the world has gone mad.  This is usually over some crazy news story or someone I know doing something particularly idiotic.  You know the type of story... Man in the back of beyond says that he has absolute proof that aliens are living in his... Continue Reading →

Film – 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Sometimes you hear about films and the title just sounds dull. I mean what could be exciting about 3 billboards really? If I hadn't seen the trailer for this film, I probably wouldn't have looked in to it and just passed it off as some twee drama (a bit like I have done for "Phantom... Continue Reading →

The Anatomy of an Angel – Damien Hirst

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Or so they say, but it's funny how diverse some views on beauty are, whereas others appear universal.  I can't think of anyone who would say a sunrise isn't beautiful, so we appear to be unilaterally in agreement on that being delightful, yet when it comes to... Continue Reading →

The Temptation of St. Anthony – Joos Van Craesbeeck

I am the quintessential over thinker.  My brain is always buzzing, which can really help with somethings, but when I am wondering if all dogs bark in the same language at 2 am it can get tiresome. This was the first thing that struck me about this painting, the giant head washed up on the... Continue Reading →

The Gauntlet for a Gauntlet…

Here is another of the requests I got from my gauntlet post. I have to say, that post got quite a few likes, yet only a few people spoke up. Maybe because people take art that they see on face value, or maybe some of you are just happy for me to present the art... Continue Reading →

La Commedia Illumina Firenze – Domenico Di Michelino

We all have our own personal idea of hell. Mine is either being stuck in a room full of crying babies or being in a world where I was unable to get a caffeine fix. Ok so neither may seem that terrifying or daunting and there are hundreds of things that in reality are worse... Continue Reading →

Film – The Shape of Water

You may have figured out, if you have read my blog before, that I am not a chic flick kind of girl. I don't relish quirky women, finding their match, and having some sort of issue, only for a happy ending to ensue. I don't like the twee comedy and the awkwardness that comes with... Continue Reading →

The Blacker Gachet I – Mark Alexander

Do you know what I am not a fan of? Just blocks of colour.  I can get on board with most art movements, and I feel I definitely give time to anything I see before I just dismiss it, but I don't get works by people like Mark Rothko, where squares of colour appear on... Continue Reading →

Gauntlet…

Today, I am throwing down the gauntlet.  I want to know what art, films, books, photographers etc. you like and if there is anything you think "you know what, I always wandered what that was about...". Tell me in the comments and I will work it in to the schedule. There are literally millions of... Continue Reading →

A man seated reading at a table in a lofty room – Artist Unknown

Sometimes I see things and they just amaze me.  This can be something really silly like perfect reflections in water, to something much more dramatic like great works of art (I know...shocking...who knew I was in to art!). I know I have talked a fair bit this week about items I have seen in the... Continue Reading →

You are Enough – Dreph

Inspiration comes in many ways.  I don't know about you, but sometimes I can just be sat, talking about the most mundane of subjects, and suddenly I will be struck by either a word, or something going on around me, which ignites the spark.  Other times it can come about from prominent people and the... Continue Reading →

Carolina – Marcello Tommasi

Shelley’s Art Musings – “Carolina” – Is it a Coming of Age or Voyeuristic Venture of a Sculpture? https://parkstone.international/2018/01/25/shelleys-art-musings-carolina-is-it-a-coming-of-age-or-voyeuristic-venture-of-a-sculpture/

George and the Dragon – Paolo Uccello

Did you know that during the years 1920-1940 the film industry instigated colour coding for good guys and villains in cowboy films?  Good guys got white hats and bad guys had black ones.  While this was a standardised convention during this time to assist audiences in categorising the characters the first time this was used... Continue Reading →

A Muse (Calliope?) – Cosimo Tura

There is a reason that my alias is WidowCranky, one it is obviously a play on the panto character, Widow Twanky from Aladdin, the comedy stock character, who nags and moans, which led me to the change the name to Cranky as I only really moan when I see something that doesn't sit right with... Continue Reading →

Jimmy C at Whitby Street, Shoreditch.

You may not realise it, but art is everywhere around you. From that god awful picture that is on one of the walls of your office of a set of three smudgy squares of colour, to pattern in the lift carpet, these have all been created from a pattern or design that someone, somewhere, along... Continue Reading →

Art Critic – Tom Brown

How many documentaries on art have you watched? How many gallery or museum tours have you walked through? How many books on art have you picked up, and then not finished reading? Today I'm not really talking about the painting, although it does summarise nicely the little moan that I'm going to have. I have... Continue Reading →

Cupid’s Lie – Damien Hirst

We all know the image of the chubby cherub.  The one with the bow and arrow that can spark love in an instant.  The image is used every February on cards that we send as a hallmark tradition to tell that special person that we love them more on that one day than any other,... Continue Reading →

Well this is embarrassing – Liebster Award Nomination no. 2

I'm not generally one to blow my own trumpet, so being nominated once was thrilling, a second nomination is just astounding. I am truly honoured that "...it's Like a finger pointing way off to the moon.." thought it worthy to give another nomination. His blog is one of my favourites, so when someone who posts... Continue Reading →

Curiosities from the 5th Corner

As you may know by now, I like the extreme.  I think the oddities of life, the things most people probably shy away from either because they just don't find the complete cycle of life that interesting that they want to look at things in jars of formaldehyde or it simply isn't their cup of... Continue Reading →

The man who puts women on fire – Wolfgang Lettl

There is nothing quite so attractive as someone who can stimulate the mind as well as the body.  I maybe in the minority here, as obviously most first attraction is built on the physical, but I find nothing more attractive than someone who can spark inspiration and hold an intellectual conversation with a witty rapport. ... Continue Reading →

Untitled – Zdzislaw Beksinski

I have a completely visual mind. This means I dream in colour and very vividly. I remember a lot of the dreams I have in the few hours sleep I get, and disappointingly they are usually ultra realistic and while I really wish Tom Hardy would pop in to them, I'm usually stuck with someone... Continue Reading →

The Kiss – Gustav Klimt

It's starts with a spark doesn't it. Some kind of cosmic connection. You feel a rush of adrenaline and slight fear just before that moment of connection. Then a mash of emotions and physical reactions to the act. Deep embrace and locked lips, making you and the other person, one for that moment. Obviously I... Continue Reading →

Ecce Humo – the infamous botch job.

If you are a long time reader of my blog, you may be wondering why I have decided to post this travesty to the art world on here. I mean, it's a poor restoration job, not pleasing to the eye and frankly I think my next door neighbours cat could have probably done a better... Continue Reading →

Beyond the Pale – Stephanie Henderson

There is so much in the world that generally someone will find offensive.  But one person's love is another's hate and all that.  I find it so interesting to understand the points of view of people to see what drives their passions or pure hatred for something.  Personally I am never driven to hate anything... Continue Reading →

Presentiment Of Insomnia – Sergey Ignatenko

I may have written once or twice about the fact that I am a sufferer of insomnia.  I am pretty used to it by now, although I have recently achieved a couple of what I call nearly full nights sleep. This is a fairly good achievement for me as it means that I can go... Continue Reading →

Guest Writer – Crack the Skye – by Rob Turpin

I'm always up for promoting new writers, and today is no different, so I present to you a review by Rob Turpin. Still Cracking The Skye; 8 years on. It all starts with a few notes. As most musical journeys do. The first few of them rattled off from the guitars of Messrs Kelliher &... Continue Reading →

Scandals too risqué to be seen?

https://parkstone.international/2018/01/11/scandals-too-risque-to-be-seen/

The Liebster Award – Nomination

As I type this I have my black cat suit on, my hair in an updo and my make-up blended to an inch of its life, as I eagerly await to see what happens, tissues at the ready should I have to make a gushing acceptance speech.  Ok, I am not, I am sat on... Continue Reading →

Birth Of Venus – Sandro Botticelli

Some days I just wish I could turn up to work riding a giant clam.  I think it would start the day off with some form of excitement, rather than sitting in traffic waiting to drive over a fly over which appears to have been built out of mechano.  Although turning up naked to the... Continue Reading →

Blessed Saint Architeuthis – Skot Olsen

Did you know that a squid has three hearts?  This is possibly one of my favourite facts.  Simply because it is quite difficult to work in to a conversation how many hearts a squid has.  Now that I have told you this, I am hoping that you will all be looking for the opportunity to... Continue Reading →

Pin up – Gil Elvgren

I am not a feminist by any means.  Actually, sometimes I would really like to think that I could be a stay at home lady that lunches, but then I think after a week or two I would be bored and want to return back to work.  I have never felt the urge to burn... Continue Reading →

Venus rising from the sea – a deception – Raphaelle Peale

I am quite open to all art concepts and themes. I therefore don't have an issue with nudity in art, but I can understand why some people feel that nudity in art is overwhelming or confrontational. While in my own little bubble I don't encounter censorship or adverse reactions to art as I bumble around,... Continue Reading →

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