brushes

HOGS, HAKES and FILBERTS

HOGS, HAKES and FILBERTS are kinds of brushes that artists use. Hogs are made using hog bristle, hakes are softer and flatter, while in filberts...
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...
doodling

DOODLING DOODLES

  Doodling Doodles Doodles are visual evidence of thought happenings. If you have an artist inside you maybe you doodle when you have pen or pencil and...
'How to Make a Living as an Artist' by Colin Ruffell

RIGHT BRAIN LEFT BRAIN

RIGHT BRAIN LEFT BRAIN Shock headline: Right brain left brain theory has been debunked. The popular theory suggested that the two halves of a human brain...

THE COLOUR CIRCLE [or COLOUR WHEEL]

THE COLOUR CIRCLE I set myself to write about the subject ‘The Colour Circle’ a long time ago. That is because I am an artist...
thick fat paint

‘Fat over Lean’ painting rule

FAT OVER LEAN Fat over lean is a phrase that comes from traditional artist’s studios. It refers to the sequence that should apply when painting with...
acrylic paint over acrylograph

ACRYLIC versus WATER COLOUR or OIL PAINT

ACRYLIC versus WATER COLOUR or OIL PAINT I wrote a blog piece about oils, acrylics and watercolour paints about a year ago. . The subject...
video

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...
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...

‘Plein air’ painting is painting outdoors

PLEIN AIR 'Plein air' painting is the act of painting outdoors. But why is it at all interesting and relevant where the art was created?...

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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...

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...