Black Cab in gold frame

Artistic License

ARTISTIC LICENCE.  A skill or a creative act? Artistic License (also known as Poetic License or Dramatic License). Examples would be in a written piece like a...
Talia-LeHavi-4-Swallows-iv

Japanese Ink Painting.

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London Skyline by Colin Ruffell

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River Thames Sunset new version

Oleographs, Monoprints, and Acrylographs.

Oleographs, Monoprints, and Acrylographs. Oleographs, Monoprints, and Acrylographs are categories of art prints rather than techniques that artists use to make prints such as etching...

How to publish prints and why

How to publish prints and why How to publish prints and why? That is the big question for artists nowadays. It is big because there...

Six theories about art

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CR printing on Epson

GICLEE IS STILL THE BEST THING SINCE …

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Lasceaux cave painting

Cave Paintings at Lascaux

Lascaux Cave Paintings.  Lasceaux is in the Dordogne region in southwest France. In 1940 a teenager named Marcel Ravidat, hunting for a lost dog with...
Abstract painting

ABSTRACT ART IS LIKE CLASSICAL MUSIC

ABSTRACT ART AND NON-SUBJECTIVE ART The subject of abstract art and non-subjective art came up again the other day as I was updating some descriptions...
AMALFI

LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT or SQUARE

LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT or SQUARE These are the usual choices of orientation when you start to paint a picture.   ‘AMALFI’ by Colin Ruffell   Landscape. Obviously ‘landscape’ is called...

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ARTY FARTY BOL**CKS

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An Artists Manifesto

ARTISTS MANIFESTO One of the interesting things about being an artist is that some of us have produced and published a manifesto. I reckon that...