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 →

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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?

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Act 1 – Den – Omar Ba

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 →

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 →

The Return of the Prodigal Son – Rembrandt

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 →

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.

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 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 →

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 →

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 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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/

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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