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        reCOLLettetions is a blog about anything art related but also making things, recycling, up-cycling, recreating, whatever you want to call it. There is advice on how do just about anything with art, including how to deal with galleries, creating bread & butter lines, blank canvas syndrome and much much more.

I am a practising artist with many years of experience both in a practical hands on and teaching aspect, having worked with many artists helping them learn business skills from an artists perspective.



  • Developing a Painting style
    Part of being an artist is having your own identifiable style, you know that special ‘something’ that means when someone looks at a painting and instantly knows that it’s by you, regardless of what the subject n image for more
    Posted: Saturday 6 February 2010
  • What is Abstract Art?
    Dictionary definition - abstractionism: an abstract genre of art; artistic content that depends on internal form rather than pictorial representation.
    Its interesting to know that many artists start off wanting to paint in on image for more
    Posted: Friday 5 February 2010 , 2 Comments
  • What is Sun Painting you ask?
    Sun Painting or Heliographic Art as its technically called is a process where transparent fabric paints are applied to fabric (100% cotton is the best.) and while the paint is still wet, objects like stencils, leafs, feathers etc are placed onto the wet fabric. You then place it in the sun and when it dries, the outlines of the objects are transferred to the on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 4 February 2010 , 1 Comments
  • Lets Talk about the colour Purple
    Because purple is derived from the mixing of a strong warm primary colour (Red) and strong primary cool colour (Blue) it has both warm and cool on image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 3 February 2010
  • A bit about Pablo Picasso
    Only my all time favourite artist. So what do I know of Mr Picasso? Well I'm not going to give you a tiresome rundown on the man’s history, there are many websites and books that can give you that sort of information.....
    click on image for more
    Posted: Tuesday 2 February 2010
  • Where do you get your Inspiration?
    I’ve been working on some new techniques at the moment. They are most likely tried and trusted methods of other artists and been done before in one form or another, but they are new to me on image for more
    Posted: Monday 1 February 2010
  • A little bit about Perspective
    Perspective is quite a complex subject so Ill try to not confuse you with too much information.

    It’s important to get perspective right when paintings or drawing as on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 31 January 2010
  • Most Famous New Zealand Paintings according to me
    Most Famous NZ Paintings

    This list of most famous New Zealand paintings is a follow up on the Most Famous Artworks in the world. I compiled this list on image for more
    Posted: Saturday 30 January 2010 , 2 Comments
  • Why do we use easels for painting?
    For an artist working vertically at an easel creates a more accurate finish to the painting you are working on in that you are working in the same plane as what the painting will finally be hung. It reduces the risk of spilling anything on it, and helps prevent on image for more
    Posted: Friday 29 January 2010
  • Tips on overcoming artist's block
    When I get artist’s block, I put my brushes down and do something entirely different for a while. Taking the focus off my art takes away the stress even on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 28 January 2010 , 1 Comments

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