Qigong, Meditation, and Bumpy Paper!

Qigong, Meditation, and Bumpy Paper! Some art is really complicated and other art is really simple. Indeed some artists are really complicated and others are really simple. Sometimes the complicated is actually rather simple, and the other way round as well. So this blog is about art that looks simple but is actually gloriously complex, meaningful, deep, and interesting. A really great example is the work by artist Gill Hickman. She makes simple, calm, and easy to comprehend textural art-pieces. At first glance they are just abstract patterns on bumpy paper. But they have deep complex layers of strength as well. This is because Gill’s work has an underlying foundation based on her daily medi

Watching paint dry.

Watching paint dry. Last Saturday I gave a demonstration of my acrylic painting technique in the huge, new, Great Art, artists supply shop i

Five things about London.

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. Here are a few things from Wikepedia about London. London is Big. Its estimated mid-2015 municipal population (corresponding to Greater London) was 8,673,713, the largest of any city in the European Union. The city's metropolitan area is one of the most populous in Europe with 13,879,757 inhabitants, while the Greater London Authority states the population of the city-region (covering a large part of the south east) as 22.7 million. More than 300 languages are spoken in the region. The 2011 census showed that 36.7 per cent

Animals in Art.

ANIMALS AS AN ART SUBJECT. Many artists have depicted animals in their art. Myself included. In my case I have painted our black cat many, many, times. But I have never been tempted to have a go at other species of animal, dogs, lions, or horses for instance. One of the most famous British horse painters was George Stubbs. Alfred Munnings is another. Maybe the horse in Picasso’s Guernica is better known worldwide. However the horse has a much longer art history than these artists. The Uffington White Horse cut into the chalky hillside in the Berkshire Downs is 3000 years old. And most of the earliest artworks known to us are paintings of animals. I am thinking about cave paintings of course.

Looking Forward to 2017 and Skylarks Singing

Skylarks singing, dewdrops on cobwebs, and flowers. January the first 2017. I am getting dozens of emails, Facebook posts, Twitter, and other messages about the perils of 2017 and what it will be like. But this blog is not another one. There is nothing about Trump, or Brexit, or climate change, or bloodbaths in the Middle East. Instead it is all about skylarks singing, dewdrops on cobwebs, and flowers. So ‘Skylarks singing’. ‘Skylarks’ is actually referring to the two Skylark Galleries in London. Skylark is an artist’s collective. I am one of the artist members of the gallery organization. So is my number one daughter Shyama Ruffell. Altogether there are another 30 or so artist members. Sky

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