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 paint a small dot painting to go with it. I lasted pretty much 6 months doing that and then it started to falter, slowly it became a few days, then a week, then a month between posts so I was a little disappointed in myself for that. I hadn’t figured on a new job and other things both good and bad that would take more and more of time, but I did my best and I endeavour to catch up on some of those posts in 2011 as this whole project rests on 365 entries so they must get done!
Day 2 saw me talk about art galleries and dealing with them from both an artist’s perspective as well as being an art gallery manager and curator as well as having once been an owner of one! That post along with the taxation tips for artists and copyright issues has been my top post for hits to date but no surprises there; it’s what artists want to know about.
I visited many exhibitions through 2010 and reported back on them to the blog, using my laptop in hotel rooms and on the go, it was challenging but I got it done, in the beginning anyway! Books were researched and so were colours and mediums along with easels and artists including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, canvas and interesting methods like sun painting and scratch-boarding.
I looked at the most famous paintings in the world and was asked to list the most famous NZ paintings which were fascinating and rewarding, getting the most feedback from blog readers out of all the posts.
Technical stuff like varnishing or how to antique or use crackle effect were very popular postings along with how to use gold leaf while humorous ones attracted attention from those with a funny bone, 40 things that can wrong in an art exhibition striking a chord with artists about to exhibit as well as those who had experienced some of those situations!
Art history and styles like surrealism, expressionism and fauvism to realism were covered. It wasn’t all just about visual art either, I included music and sculpture, origami, Ikebana, hairdressing, makeup and nail art, the art of making coffee and its latte art, winemaking or a bit about the Geisha, so it got weird and wacky at times!
The business side of art was discussed a lot, especially since this is a passion of mine as well the main thing I do in my other job, teaching arts marketing. So websites and organising exhibitions along with general tips on how to sell your art or even just how to get motivated and inspired when struck with that ‘blank canvas’ syndrome were hot topics. A list of art awards and exhibitions to enter in New Zealand is one day’s work along with many links to other useful sites. All these posts are on my website here http://www.collette.co.nz/webapps/site/21423/158835/chat/blog.html if you wish to read them. Click on the search box and enter the info you want as there are hundreds of posts to hunt through otherwise.
Last of all I’d like to thank the Hamilton Community Arts Council for their support this year and the funding that they kindly provided to help make this blog a reality. All this information will be available on my website permanently for those who wish to read it and I will adding more over 2011 as the art project behind it will need to be completed.
Enjoy and all the best for 2011
Posted: Friday 31 December 2010