The Masque of the Red Death II – Vania Zouravliov

Life is a funny old game isn’t it.  The old adage is that there are only two things that are certain in life and that is death and taxes.  I think that there are a few more certainties myself; like I can guarantee that if I drop a piece of toast on the floor it... Continue Reading →

Water Dancer – Mute Swan – Rebecca Latham

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 →

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 →

Film – Possum

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 →

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 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

El Caganer – Catalan Tradition

There are some really weird traditions knocking about. From teeth tossing in Greece to baby jumping in Spain, there are some particularly diverse things that happen in this world of ours. Christmas time is no different, it comes with its own set of rules and behaviours. You might be thinking, come on WidowCrankster, why are... Continue Reading →

What the water gave me – Frida Kahlo

I don't like feet... well I don't like other people's feet. Mine are obviously adorable, but feet generally are not a persons best feature. They are functional, they get you from point A to point B, so why would you want to complete a self portrait of your feet? Personally I wouldn't, but Kahlo creates... Continue Reading →

Flower Symbolism

Quite often in my posts I will talk about symbolism of certain items, odd insects crawling about the canvas, colours, something in the background. What holds an enormous amount of symbolism, which appears to be by passed in our society today are flowers. In the past in art as well as as in everyday life... Continue Reading →

The Lovers – Giulio Romano

I recently was able to view the original of this painting, which is housed in The Hermitage in St.Petersburg.  Painted by Giulio Romano, who was a student of Raphael, he was not only a painter, but also an architect, he designed tapestries and rumoured to have contributed to the drawings of I Modi.  Romano heavily... Continue Reading →

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