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Quit your day job, become an artist

Quit your day job, become an artist. If you like making art you might want to progress from hobby artist to professional artist. But you...
Spring Fair

Art Business Spring Fair Most Popular Artists

Spring Fair. Exactly a year ago I wrote a blog-post about the Spring Fair. This is where and when the professional art, design, furnishing, and...

Looking Forward to 2017 and Skylarks Singing

Skylarks singing, dewdrops on cobwebs, and flowers. January the first 2017. I am getting dozens of emails, Facebook posts, Twitter, and other messages about the...
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HOW TO SELL YOUR ART

HOW TO SELL YOUR ART This is the biggie. The big question that successful artists get asked all the time. And of course the answer is...
thrive as an artist

How to thrive as an artist

Starve, strive, survive, then thrive. That is the basic formula for an artist to go from the starving artist phase to the thriving artist phase. Phase?...
Exhibiting at Gallery 35North in Brighton, one of my favourite galleries.

How to get into galleries

How to get into galleries. A lot of artists want to exhibit in commercial art galleries. They see it as recognition of their quality as...
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TREVOR the Black Cat at Christmas

TREVOR the Black Cat at Christmas Christmas comes around every year. Sometimes I love it, and other times I hate it. “It is so commercial” is...
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Art as an investment

Art as an investment. I had a phone call yesterday from a woman who said she lived in Yorkshire. She asked about the artist Colin...
Amateurs and professionals in the art business

Amateurs and professionals in the art business

Amateurs and professionals in the art business. by Colin Ruffell for 'Art Business Today' magazine Jan 2011 I have heard it estimated that there are 100...
Technology has changed everything

Technology has changed everything!

Technology has changed everything! by Colin Ruffell for article in Art Business Today magazine For most of my long and illustrious professional art career I...

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Sale or Return issues

SALE OR RETURN ISSUES. Recently I received an email order from one of the art galleries that has been showing and selling...

Sketches or photographs as reference

Sketches or photographs as reference.... I paint cityscapes, among other things, and I want to base my paintings on real views. So in my studio...

EMPERORS NEW CLOTHES

The emperor’s new clothes idiom. This ‘Emperors New Clothes’ subject follows on from my previous blog post about Arty Farty Bol**cks. In that post I...

ARTY FARTY BOL**CKS

ARTY FARTY BOL**CKS Sorry about the inferred swear words. But this a term that is widely used to describe something quite interesting.     Arty Farty B’s refers to...

ART COLLEGE…PROS AND CONS

MY ART COLLEGE…PROS AND CONS Art college ‘pros and cons’ is a subject that I have been mulling over for the last 54 years. That...