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SEXISM and the GREENWICH MERIDIAN One reason that we might want to sort art and artists into groups is so that we can understand more. There...

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London Skyline by Colin Ruffell

Five things about London

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Uffington White Horseearly example of animals in art

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colour-wheel

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GREEN LEAVES AND RED BERRIES The theory goes like this… Humans evolved from tree dwelling apes that lived in a green world where the dominant...
AMALFI

LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT or SQUARE

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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...
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...
Golden rectangle

THE GOLDEN RATIO

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abstract painting by Colin Ruffell

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ABSTRACT ART IS LIKE FROZEN MUSIC The idea of claiming that abstract art is like frozen music came about because some otherwise very worthy people just...

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