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. 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! by Colin Ruffell for article in Art Business Today magazine For most of my long and illustrious professional art career I...

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...

The Original Art Register

The Original Art Register Hooray! At last there is somewhere on the world wide web that provides a vital long-overdue service and resource for current...

DOOR TO DOOR selling art in the 1960’s

DOOR TO DOOR  selling art in the 1960’s DOOR TO DOOR was my way of selling art in the 1960’s. It was an unusual method...

AUSTRALIA   Ten Pound Poms.

AUSTRALIA   Ten Pound Poms. My Mum, my step-dad, my two brothers and my sister went to Australia over half a century ago for just ten...

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...

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...

BAYSWATER ROAD OPEN AIR ART EXHIBITION

BAYSWATER ROAD Herding Cats in the Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’roll Years By request here is something about life as a young struggling artist in the swinging...

THE GOLDEN RATIO

THE GOLDEN RATIO THE GOLDEN RATIO or Golden Mean, Golden Proportion, Golden Number, Golden Cut, or Divine Section is a seemingly magic number that occurs in art,...

ROTHKO AND POLLOCK.

ROTHKO AND POLLOCK. Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock are two of the new wave of abstract expressionist artists that sprang up in the post second...

ABSTRACT ART IS LIKE FROZEN MUSIC

ABSTRACT ART IS LIKE FROZEN MUSIC The idea of claiming that abstract art is like frozen music came about because some otherwise very worthy people just...

50 YEARS AS A PRO.

50 YEARS AS A PRO. 2016 marks my first 50 years as a pro. A full-time professional artist that is, or FTPA. I don’t really...

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...

RENTING A PICTURE

RENTING A PICTURE Ownership, why? Renting a picture instead of ownership is the question and subject of this blog post. In fact anybody who buys art...

GICLEE PRINTS. The best thing since sliced bread.

GICLEE PRINTS. The best thing since sliced bread. Giclee is the best thing since sliced bread, or is it? Some artists will already have shut...

Artists Open House 2016

Artists Open House 2016 In my ‘Vernissage’ blog posted a few weeks ago I promised to say a bit more about our Artists Open House...

TRIP TO VENICE.  

TRIP TO VENICE.   The last on the list. I paint original paintings of iconic cities. In a list of cities that I have painted then...

EVERY CHILD IS AN ARTIST. 

EVERY CHILD IS AN ARTIST.  The famous quote from Picasso is “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once...