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....
Casa Ava Table Top

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...
CR printing on Epson

Self publishing for artists

Self publishing for artists…whatever next? Self publishing has had the single biggest impact on many artists lives in the last few years. The end of...
Sun

NORTH LIGHT IN ARTISTS’ STUDIOS

NORTH LIGHT IN ARTISTS’ STUDIOS ‘North light’ means that the windows in the room face north. And this fact, here in Brighton, England, Europe in...
colour-wheel

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...
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...
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...
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...
‘New World – London’ by Colin Ruffell

My technique

My technique by Colin Ruffell I have been invited by a major trade magazine to write a short 700 word piece about my technique for...

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