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Re-COLLETTE-tions Artist Blog

  Looking for some fast & easy Art Advice? Let me help you with that. I have worked as an art tutor, arts marketing advisor and arts business coach as well as being a successful long term practicing artist.

        re-COLLette-tions is a blog about anything art related but its mainly advice on how do just about anything with art or your art practice, including how to deal with galleries, creating bread & butter lines, blank canvas syndrome and much much more.....and best of all its FREE

Please note I often link to resources in my blog posts that I believe are useful. These are NOT affiliate links. That means if you choose to purchase through my links, I DO NOT make any commission so you can trust I tell you these things because I genuinely think they are the best idea or option.

*Side Note 2022 - A lot of this blog was created during 'The Dot Project' where I posted something Art related every day, a lot of the posts are short posts. i have made it my mission to update each post with more indepth content so keep an eye out for more!



  • It's the Attention to Detail that matters in Packaging
    Finishing touches like using your own personalised sticker for packaging is an inexpensive yet stylish way to do things, check out my post on stickers...........
    Posted: Thursday 2 June 2022
  • How to Make Money in Art - Bread & Butter Lines
    As an artist you often need to create a bread and butter line, or in broader terms, a line of something that sells quickly and easily and more importantly, sells often.

    This is the product on image for more
    Posted: Friday 22 April 2022
  • 8 tips to save our World when youre an Artist
    Saving the earth all by yourself, seems impossible right? Here are 8 tips that you as an artist can start with to do your bit in helping save our planet......
    Posted: Friday 11 March 2022
  • Tips for Artwork Commissions
    Where do you start when doing artwork commissions? Someone asks you to paint something for them and you want to get paid, here are some tips to make that easier.......
    Posted: Thursday 27 January 2022
  • Soccer or Football what do you call it?
    The 'Old Ball' range is coming together nicely with this second instalment. I felt these convex canvas's by Fredrix just screamed paint a ball on them.........
    Posted: Sunday 26 December 2021
  • Behind the Mask we need to Smile more I think!
    An artwork about missing seeing smiles because.... click on the image to read more
    Posted: Tuesday 30 November 2021
  • It Started with a Kiss
    Part 1 of a larger artwork and a discussion on whats behind the mask.......
    This artwork is the last of a larger piece about whats behind the mask. As we navigate covid and having to cover our faces, I started to think about how important a smile is and not being able to see or show a smile easily makes things feel very strange and unfriendly. In responce I have created these paintings to add a smile to your day.
    Now why did I start with the last piece you ask? Well on Instagram the way its set up, what I post first will appear last once I show all the pieces so I'm gonig for a montage that will show the whole artwork as its supposed to look.
    So today we started with a kiss. The full sized artwork will be revealed at the end of the week
    Posted: Sunday 21 November 2021
  • NZ Artists Calendar 2021
    2021 sees Collette's art represented in the New Zealand Artists Calendar............
    Appearing in both the wall and desktop calendars, Collette is proud to announce having two images selected for the 2021 New Zealand Artists Calendar.

    'Not a Still life with Red Apples' appears in the wall calendar 'Tropical Fruit Salad' is in the desktop version.

    If you would like to purchase a calendar they are available through Whitcoulls, Paperplus and NZ Post shops throughout NZ and ovr 100 independent retailers.

    Wall Calendar from Whitcoulls

    Desktop calendar from Whitcoulls
    Posted: Monday 24 August 2020
  • Bras for the Cause, my new colouring book
    A colouring book featuring bras to highlight Breast Cancer awareness.Designed by Collette Fergus a New Zealand contemporary artist
    Posted: Sunday 14 April 2019
  • Freeing Children from Brick Kilns slavery in Pakistan
    I like to do a bit for charity where I can and this one where I can help Free Pakistani families from debt slavery on the image to read about the exhibition and how you can help too
    Posted: Sunday 17 June 2018
  • 100 Dresses Art Exhibition
    Its finally happening, Ive talked about it like..... forever! Check out the details below
    Posted: Friday 27 April 2018
  • One Size Fits All Exhibition & Competition 2018
    The One Size Fits All Show 2018 is all set to go, so get out your brushes, canvas, cameras etc etc and get on image for more information
    Posted: Friday 19 January 2018
  • The Painter is Back!
    What am I up to these days with the painting side of my life? Read on to find out....
    Posted: Thursday 2 November 2017
  • Caricatures, my little hobby on the side......
    Im having a play with caricatures its a fun way to get that little bit of creativity still happening in my life and this week Ive focused on Miley Cyrus, a colourful character at the best of times...........
    Posted: Monday 31 March 2014
  • Miss Retro Motorama 2014
    Not one to brag, well ok i have to brag, I won Miss Retro Motorama 2014 so heres the photos for you.......
    Posted: Sunday 9 February 2014
  • Beads of Courage Charity Art Auction
    Mary Lou is a favourite wooden bead toy from New Zealand. The perfect painting to donate to this Charity Art Auction. From the Abandoned toys series by Collette Fergus

    Support a good cause, go along to this event on Thursday 7th November, 5.30pm
    Artworks can be viewed at Creative Waikato from 4th November
    Creative Waikato, 131 Alexandra St, Hamilton
    $25 pp (includes drinks, nibbles & entertainment)
    Victoria St, Hamilton | OR Sharon
    (07) 827 9179 |
    Posted: Monday 14 October 2013
  • Four Seasons in one day! How do you feel about New Zealand weather?
    A little bit about NZ weather from my point of on image for more
    Posted: Friday 6 April 2012
  • 'Taking care of Business' 1950's Day Dress Shirt Refashion
    This mens business shirt refashion is probably one of my favourite revamps so far. Have a look and let me know what you think......
    Posted: Thursday 3 March 2011
  • Is the cup half full or half empty
    How important are our hands to us artists?
    I’ve gone and done it again, cut one of my fingers in rather a bad way, two stitches bad so its........
    Posted: Monday 28 February 2011
  • Recap of 2010 Dot Project
    2010 Blog Review – what did I end up talking about?
    On day one I talked about what my plans were for this weblog; I had planned to write something every day and on image for more
    Posted: Friday 31 December 2010
  • Signing your artwork
    One of the top questions artists ask is how and where and should I sign my paintings? There is no real simple answer as to where or how as such but it is something you should do in that on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 30 December 2010
  • How bout a Kiwi Christmas
    Christmas time in New Zealand doesn’t have anything to do snow and sleigh bells, quite possibly because of the 28c degrees average temperatures, so it’s on image for more
    Posted: Saturday 25 December 2010
  • Yeah Na! The art of kiwi Slang
    Language, we all speak it, in one form or another, but what about things like slang? For instance, in most cultures there are a lot of abbreviations of ‘real’ words that generally only they can understand. I think its gone from one extreme to another now though in that kids now talk in letters rather than use the full word like ‘F’ off” which we all know what it means, or ‘ATM’ which means’ on image for more
    Posted: Monday 13 December 2010
  • Christmas Trees
    The traditional Christmas tree as we know it is a decorated evergreen coniferous tree which is usually meant to on image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 1 December 2010
  • Are Knots an art form?
    This website shows little clips on how to tie seven basic knots, I just love the name too ‘The art of manliness, which on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 28 November 2010
  • Reworking artwork, who does it and why?
    You hear of songs being reworked all the time, there’s always a new version or ‘dance mix’ coming out but no one really talks much about.........
    Posted: Friday 15 October 2010
  • Artists Trading Cards or ATC's for new Zealand Artists
    I only recently heard about these miniature works of art and what they are about. The concept is to create trading cards to swap with other artists that are a uniform size as
    2 ½” x on image for more
    Posted: Monday 27 September 2010
  • Did someone say Champagne Cork Chairs? It's a competitive market! Really!
    If you ever needed a good excuse to open a bottle of champagne, here’s an excellent one: to take part in the annual........
    Posted: Friday 17 September 2010
  • Entering Art Competitions
    Artists should make an effort to enter art competitions for several reasons. The pressure of deadlines, the prestige of winning and the opportunity to get exposure of your work are the.......
    Posted: Friday 10 September 2010
  • Procrastination with creating Art
    Decision making for artists, artistic procrastination and getting your art finished. What do you do when you can’t make up your mind what to do first or what to do at all for that matter? Well you could try my suggestion of throwing a dart at a dartboard but Im sure there are better ways to get organised and inspired or whatever it is that is stopping you producing more work........ read on
    Posted: Thursday 26 August 2010

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