COPYING is it HOMAGE, PLAGIARISM or FRAUD?

from 'Art and Framing Today' magazine April 2018 Artist and Guild Past Master Colin Ruffell tackles the complex subject of intellectual property theft in the...

Nature or Nurture the biological determinism debate.

NATURE v NURTURE or BIOLOGICAL DETERMINISM ‘Biological determinism versus cultural determinism’ is a bit of a mouthful. It is the same thing as ‘nature versus...

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...

The Genghis Khan Principle…

The Genghis Khan Principle... The ‘Genghis Khan Principle’ as it applies to self-employed one-man professional artists is the same as it is for any other...

iPad, mobile and tablet art

IPAD ART  This is about iPad or other mobile and tablet art. I mentioned this in a previous blog about plein air painting or making...

‘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?...

ORIGINAL PRINTS or REPRODUCTIONS

ORIGINAL PRINTS or REPRODUCTIONS Are fine art prints ‘original prints’ or ‘reproductions’? In a previous blog I talked about the distinction between a so-called ‘Limited Edition’...

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...

ARTIST’S ADMINISTRATION and OFFICE SOFTWARE

ARTIST’S ADMIN SOFTWARE There is significant potential value in digital office administration packages and software programmes on computers for professional artists. But many artists do...

WEBSITE CRITERIA for an ARTISTS ONLINE GALLERY

ARTISTS WEBSITE CRITERIA Two recent blog posts have been about retail art galleries and how an ambitious artist can show and sell their work on...

ARTIST RUN GALLERIES

ARTIST RUN GALLERIES Community cooperative galleries i.e. Skylark Galleries in London. This blog follows my recent post on Commercial Art Galleries that explained some of the...

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...