COMMERCIAL ART GALLERIES

COMMERCIAL ART GALLERIES Here in the UK there are several different sorts of art gallery. Impressive public institutions like the Tate Modern dominate the list....

LICENSING thoughts for artists

LICENSING for artists Licensing is an important item in an artist’s tool cupboard. It does a couple of things that really make a difference. And...

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...

AUTHORITY IN THE ART WORLD

Authority is “… the confident quality of someone who knows a lot about something or who is respected by other people.” This blog is...

‘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...

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’...

MORE ABOUT ACRYLOGRAPHS

MORE ABOUT ACRYLOGRAPHS from the studio of Colin Ruffell Some artists thrive using established techniques while others enjoy experimenting with new methods. History points a finger...

ELEVATOR PITCH for ARTISTS

An ELEVATOR PITCH for ARTISTS A so called ‘elevator pitch’ is a valuable tool in any sales process. The term comes from an imagined scenario...

ZEN AND THE ART OF ART.

ZEN AND THE ART OF ART ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ by Robert Pirsig is a rather special book. First published back in...

AIDA is a secret, not an Egyptian opera

AIDA is not just an opera. This isnt about a Giuseppe Verdi opera or an Egyptian heroine. Instead the AIDA that I explain here is...

COLIN RUFFELL ARTIST [INTERVIEW]

COLIN RUFFELL ARTIST to coincide with 'featured artist' exhibition at Skylark One Gallery “I have been a full-time professional artist for over 50 years. I...

HOW TO MAKE A LIVING AS AN ARTIST

‘HOW TO MAKE A LIVING AS AN ARTIST’ was the title of my first book. It’s about ways to succeed in the professional art business...

CONSTRAINTS … THE WEAKEST LINK.

CONSTRAINTS … THE WEAKEST LINK. I want to share with you a simple concept that cost me a few quid a while back. The guru...

Fellow Sklylark artist Jane Skinner

Jane Skinner artist Jane Skinner is a most interesting, highly unusual, and very amusing artist, and fellow member of the Skylark collective showing at Skylark...

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...

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

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...

Heather Tobias in conversation with Colin Ruffell.

Heather Tobias in conversation with Colin Ruffell. Introducing Skylark artist Heather Tobias. You may already know Heather Tobias as an established film and TV actress whose...

Six theories about art

'Six theories about ART' by Colin Ruffell ‘What it means and what to do about it’ This blog post, concerning six possible theories about art, is based on...

Cave Paintings at Lascaux

Lascaux Cave Paintings.  Lasceaux is in the Dordogne region in southwest France. In 1940 a teenager named Marcel Ravidat, hunting for a lost dog with...

LEONARDO DA VINCI

LEONARDO DA VINCI Leonardo da Vinci is probably the world’s most famous artist. But the surprising fact is that Wikepedia tells us that the world...