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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PICTURE FRAMING ISSUES FOR ARTISTS

PICTURE FRAMING ISSUES FOR ARTISTS I am not an expert in framing my artwork, but I know a man who is. In fact I know quite...
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PUBLISHING OPEN or LIMITED EDITIONS

PUBLISHING OPEN or LIMITED EDITIONS Makers of most products relish the prospect of sales volume, and do not paint themselves into a corner before they...
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Artist’s acrylic paint

Artist’s acrylic paint. In the late 50’s we saw these strange words describing some of the latest art from the USA, ‘acrylic on masonite’. What...

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...
'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...
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Cloisonism

Cloisonism! Huh? Most people haven’t heard of cloisonism. But just about everybody has seen it. They just didn’t know that it was called cloisonism. So what is it? It is...
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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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7-STEPS TO GET YOUR PICTURES INTO THE BIG SHOPS

7-STEPS TO GET YOUR PICTURES INTO THE BIG SHOPS Licensing images for John Lewis or Harrods A very successful international artist once confided with me saying...
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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...

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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...