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.” [dictionary definition] This blog is about ‘authority’ in the art world. I set myself the task of writing this post concerning ‘authority’ because there is a new face in town. A brand new sheriff for the art world. And the new authority is [drumroll for effect] the GSA. GSA stands for Guild Society of Artists. It’s a new branch of the established, well known, and international Fine Art Trade Guild, also known as The Guild. The GSA is established with the aim of providing ‘authority’ to artists and others in the art world, based on the massive exper


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 oil paints. Just like all paint, oils are a mixture of pigment, extender, and binder. Pigment is the colour, usually a powder. Plus the extender which is a neutral powder bulking up the pigment. The binder is the juice that holds it all together. In oils the binder is traditionally linseed oil plus a thinner or solvent such as turpentine. ‘Fat’ oil paint has more oil to solvent [and pigment] than a ‘lean’ mixture. The fat oily layer of paint would be more gooey, thicker, and glossy. Whereas lean paint would be duller and thinner and dry quick


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’ in Latin, and ‘obscura’ is dark or darkened. So the term ‘camera obscura’ actually means ‘dark room’. Nowadays the term usually refers to the ‘pin-hole image’. This refers to light showing through a small hole into a dark space. On the surface opposite the pinhole the image appears but it is upside down and right to left, instead of left to right. These days the mathematics and physics that explain this are pretty well understood, but when the same effect happened accidentally a long time ago it would have shocked the viewer. It may have even s


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 at the influence of mirrors and lenses in the 15th century. And in 1502 Leonardo described the camera obscura that changed the way artists understand perspective. Turner was interested in the new invention of photography in the late 19th century but was rather dismissive because it lacked colour. David Hockney has had recent shows of paintings created on his Ipad. My own new body of work consists of a collection of acrylographs on canvas. I am interested in the acrylographic process, which is an exciting developme


A so called ‘elevator pitch’ is a valuable tool in any sales process. The term comes from an imagined scenario where the sales person gets into a lift, or ‘elevator’ in the States, and finds that they are alone with a very important prospect. They have a sudden very quick opportunity to sell. The prospect is trapped, but only for a very short time before the lift door offers a chance for escape. So the sales person should have ready, in their arsenal of sales patter, a succinct short sales pitch that does the job. Usually it would be a 30 seconds to one minute opportunity. Or, more realistically, it might be that a casual brief meeting, or question somewhere else, provides the opportunity to

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