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THE INFLUENCE and IMPORTANCE OF PATRONAGE

PATRONAGE The subject of this post follows on a previous blog post focusing on the influential reasons for making art. That article was where I...
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GREEN LEAVES AND RED BERRIES

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...
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TREVOR THE CAT VIDEO

TREVOR the CAT explains all about the paintings and prints in which he is the star. And how Colin Ruffell the artist is lousy...
Uffington White Horseearly example of animals in art

Animals in Art

ANIMALS AS AN ART SUBJECT. Many artists have depicted animals in their art. Myself included. In my case I have painted our black cat many,...
Rembrandt drawing

Drawing huh! Why would anybody just do a drawing when they could make a...

DRAWING I don’t do much drawing nowadays. I used to, but I don’t seem to do so anymore. I mean, why would anybody just do...
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CAMERA OBSCURA

A DARK ROOM German astronomer Johannes Kepler was the first to coin the term ‘camera obscura’ in 1604. The word ‘camera’ translates as ‘vaulted room’...
Canvas, hardboard, paper or plank.

Canvas, hardboard, paper or plank

Canvas, hardboard, paper or plank. A lot of non-artists don’t have much idea about why artists use such a variety of surfaces for their paintings....
Watching paint dry

Watching paint dry

Watching paint dry. Last Saturday I gave a demonstration of my acrylic painting technique in a huge new artists supply shop in London. The shop...
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The value of FEEDBACK for artists

FEEDBACK for artists   The term ‘feedback’ is used to describe the helpful information or criticism about prior action, service, or product from an individual, which...
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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...

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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...