Category Archives: ARTicles

Hey Diddle Diddle, Scandalous History

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This is my re-creation of a children’s book PD image by Randolph Caldecott, who was an illustrator and artist from the 19th century. He was a well-known children’s book illustrator and typically his books cost a shilling a piece. The image is based on the nursery rhyme, Hey Diddle Diddle, which I assume most people

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‘Newsies’

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We all know how much technology has changed the way we do things, but the other day I was thinking specifically about the print industry. How e-books, online magazines and news sites have almost taken over from their paper counterparts, if they haven’t done so already! I enjoy reading an actual paperback myself, however as

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In The Trenches

I cannot imagine what it must have been like to have been on the front lines during either of the World Wars. I cannot imagine what it must have been like to have simply lived during that time for that matter. The ‘Battle of Britain’ in 1940, when the German and British air forces battled

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Curve

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I created this image from an original photograph of the Three Muses, Drama (Calliope), Comedy (Thalia) and Tragedy (Melpomene), who represent and adorn the entrance of the National Drama Theatre in Vilnius, Lithuania. Located on Gediminas Ave, the theatre is considered a landmark of Vilnius city and is one of Lithuania’s most prominent publicly funded art

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Billie Holiday a Jazz Legend

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Billie Holiday, born over a century ago, was one of the best jazz singers of all time. Even with her limited vocal range she used her unique timing and framing to create an amazing mellow sound with the ability to move her listeners. “I don’t think I ever sing the same way twice. The blues

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The Iris – Inspiration for the Fleur-de-lis

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The name Iris relates back to the Greek Goddess Iris, who was the messenger of the Gods. She personified a rainbow acting as a link between heaven and earth. The Greeks would plant a purple Iris on the graves of women, in hope that the Goddess would escort their souls safely on their journey to heaven.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Future

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When I was thinking about the future for this week’s challenge, for some odd reason I thought of the saying ‘when my ship comes in’. If your ship has come in, it means something very good has happened to you. I believe it’s origin is based on an old sea merchant term, when you used to pay

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Time

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When I saw this week’s challenge I instantly thought that the only time that really matters is the present moment. Which in turn brought to mind an image I created last year about being one with the universe. Connecting with the Universe doesn’t require some special tool, knowledge or spiritual practice, it is experienced simply by being

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Afternoon Skate

Skating has been a pastime for over 3,000 years, according to the University of Oxford. Originally, skates were sharpened, flattened bone strapped to the bottom of the foot, used to glide on top of the ice. True skating came about when a steel blade with sharpened edges was used and the skates cut into the

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Angelic Embrace – Feather Symbolism

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The feather has been considered spiritually symbolic for centuries. During the Iron Age the Druids wore feathered cloaks as they believed it helped them transcend from the earthly plane. Indian Chiefs wore feathers to symbolize their communication with spirit, plus used them to adorn their dance sticks (also known as a prayer, spirit or medicine

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Symbol

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I love bringing history back to life, I like to think that it infuses the amazing artistic talents of long ago with the modern creative aspirations of today. Keeping memories of eras and people of yesteryear alive and kicking in some way or another. I understand the appreciation of art is very personal and subjective

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Minimalist

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This weeks Photo Challenge is – a minimalist photo can also effectively tell a story, in spite of its relative simplicity, and it is anything but “plain”. This photo was taken in Instow, a small village in Devon. There were many boats sitting on the sand waiting for the tide to come in, but this

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