18-Jun-2017

Oils, acrylics, and water-colours

Oils, acrylics, and water-colours, and are kinds of artists paint.

There are lots of ways to make coloured marks on a surface. This blog is about the common kinds of paints and coloured mark-makers that artists usually use. But what is t...

24-Jan-2017

Watching paint dry.

Last Saturday I gave a demonstration of my acrylic painting technique in a huge new artists supply shop in London. The shop is the Great Art store in the trendy East End of London. This is in Shoreditch, just north of Liverpool Street station, and th...

18-Jan-2017

Five things about London.

London is a big, important, interesting, popular, exciting, place.

I was born and brought up here as well. That’s why I paint pictures of London.

London Skyline by Colin Ruffell

Here are a few things from Wikepedia about London.

London is Big.

Its e...

24-Dec-2016

A lot of non-artists don’t have much idea about why artists use such a variety of surfaces for their paintings. So here is a very basic whizz through the subject.

 Stack of canvases in studio.

Canvas, hardboard, paper or plank. These four surfaces are the common availabl...

6-Dec-2016

Starve, strive, survive, then thrive. That is the basic formula for an artist to go from the starving artist phase to the thriving artists phase.

29-Nov-2016

A lot of artists want to exhibit in commercial art galleries. They see it as recognition of their quality as an artist.

4-Aug-2016

I have been invited by a major trade magazine to write a short 700 word piece about my technique for painting pictures. Luckily I recently recorded a video of the process as I created a painting for a collector. So this article puts into words what the video can only s...

22-Jul-2016

In the late 50’s we saw these strange words describing some of the latest art from the USA, ‘acrylic on masonite’. What was masonite and what were acrylics? Masonite, we found, is a trade term and actually what the USA call, what we Brits call, hardboard. But what were...

15-Feb-2015

How to publish prints and why? That is the big question for artists nowadays. It is big because there have been important developments in the art publishing world over the last few years.

Crucial factor number one.

Artists can make archival quality inkjet prints (giclee)...

15-Feb-2015

The artist’s role in the art industry.

The art industry is huge with an annual global turnover in zillions of dollars. The top auction houses sell art for incredible amounts. Governments allocate multi million pound budgets to support national art galleries. Libraries a...

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