ReCOLLections Artist blog


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

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*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!



  • Kids Art Work, did someone keep hold of yours for you?
    I have quite a few pieces of both my daughter’s artwork around the house, it brings back many happy memories of days painting or drawing together on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 18 March 2010
  • What are Glass paints and how to use them
    When I worked in an art store I found most people had no idea about what glass paints were or how to use them so I'm gonig to answer your questions here.........
    Posted: Wednesday 17 March 2010
  • What about trademarks, how are they different to copyright?
    Some artists do not understand the difference between a trademark and copyright so I thought I should explain it further. Please check out my post on copyright if you want to know more about that side of things!
    Basically a trademark is something often referred to as on image for more
    Posted: Tuesday 16 March 2010
  • Round Paintings.....why are they suddenly popular?
    I’ve noticed a trend in more round paintings these days, the last group exhibition I went to had four different artists work on round canvas’s with each one being quite impressive in how they artist’s worked the shape of the canvas into the theme of the artwork.

    It wasn’t that long ago that round canvases were hard to come by; needing specialist framing for the stretched canvases on image for more
    Posted: Monday 15 March 2010
  • Yin Yang, so what is it?
    Balance or harmony, call it what you might but to me Yin yang means black vs. white, day vs. night, good vs. evil and so on…... I have a tattoo that includes it because I see it as an essential part of my life to havehat necessary balance between the two forces and I designed my tattoo to speak of things that are important to me.......

    So what is Yin Yang? It comes from Chinese culture and represents the two opposite principles in nature. on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 14 March 2010
  • A little information about the colour Green
    What does green mean to you? To me it has many connotations, it can mean life and renewal, as in spring growth, or how about being green, where you look after the environment which on image for more
    Posted: Saturday 13 March 2010
  • An Apple a day.......
    Art has always been in my blood and when asked to explain why I do it, I can only explain it as being similar to the ‘need’ of all of us to breathe….artists ‘need’ to paint, they’re more relaxed on image for more
    Posted: Friday 12 March 2010
  • Home Wine-making, my type of Art!
    12 months ago I decided I needed a hobby; my art had grown into my career and although its still fun to do it on image for more
    Posted: Tuesday 9 March 2010
  • Ideas On What Makes A Perfect Artists Studio Space
    Artists studios like office spaces are as diverse as the people who work in them. There is no hard and fast rule as to how they should be laid out or on image for more
    Posted: Monday 8 March 2010
  • Surrealism is my favourite ism!
    Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for the visual artworks and writings of the Surrealist group members. From the 1920s on, the movement on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 7 March 2010
  • Andy Warhol, famous for being famous?
    Andy Warhol aka Andrew Warhola was the main figure of the Pop art movement as well as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His main claim to fame was...
    Posted: Sunday 7 March 2010
  • To Varnish or not to Varnish, that is the question?
    Artists ask me this question more often than any other when talking about techniques in artwork. What is varnish, what does it do and why do we use it? on image for more
    Posted: Saturday 6 March 2010
  • What does Contemporary mean when talking about art?
    Contemporary means 'present day', or reasonably close. Contemporary art is art produced....
    Posted: Thursday 4 March 2010
  • Autumn is my favourite season...weird I know but
    Autumn is the transition from warm summer months to the cold weather of winter, and its related status as the season of the primary harvest, has dominated its themes and popular on image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 3 March 2010
  • The art of Jewellery Making
    Jewellery, the art of creating items in gold or silver or other metals as well as many other materials for adornment and beautification is an interesting and.....
    Posted: Tuesday 2 March 2010
  • How Long should it take to finish a painting?
    This is such a personal thing and can be summed up in “How long is a piece of string” its pretty much impossible to put a time on such things. Like the Mainland ad, all good things take time......
    Posted: Monday 1 March 2010
  • Lets talk about the colour Blue
    Blue, one of the three primary colours would have to be one of my least favourite although a lot of people see it as a special colour and it is much admired. It has connotations on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 28 February 2010
  • New Zealand Art Awards List for Artists
    What Art Awards are open to New Zealand Artists? Here is a current list........
    Posted: Thursday 25 February 2010
  • Murphy's Law and Art
    This commonly expressed sentiment means "If anything can go wrong, it will." Many problems, failures, and annoyances are attributed to Murphy's Law, but most people do not know......
    Posted: Tuesday 23 February 2010
  • Secrets to using Gold Leaf in Art
    Gold or silver leaf isn’t just for gilding things like mirrors, you can use it in your paintings too, just check out Gustav Klimt’s work where he used ......
    Posted: Monday 22 February 2010
  • Tips on Using Crackle Mediums
    Crackle painting

    Artists who work in texture usually want to know about the crackle effect if they don’t already know how.
    Crackle painting is a faux painting technique that on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 21 February 2010
  • That Old Blank Canvas syndrome
    What do you do when you see a blank canvas? Do you freeze up or instantly start working on it? Many artists find ......
    Posted: Saturday 20 February 2010
  • Art of the Geisha
    In the streets of modern Japanese cities amongst the dark suits and strict corporate dress codes, it is still possible to see reminders of ancient tradition - unusual women in bright kimonos with white powder wax on faces and traditional sculptured hairdos.
    Geishas hurrying to.....
    Posted: Thursday 18 February 2010
  • How to make a Crinoline Petticoat
    1950's Swing dresses look so much better with big fluffy petticoats and although I have a few I thought I'd give it a go to make my own, here's how I did it....
    Posted: Wednesday 17 February 2010
  • Is letter Writing an Art Form?
    Snail mail, love letters, correspondence, paper and envelopes with ink on them; whatever you call letters or even what you may think of them, they’re on image for more
    Posted: Tuesday 16 February 2010
  • Hand Painting or how to paint hands
    I could go two ways with this, we could talk about painting hands or paintings on hands so to get the latter out of our systems here is a link to some really cool paintings on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 14 February 2010
  • And then there is Realism
    Realism is a type of art that shows things exactly as they appear in 'real' life. It began in the 18th century, but the greatest Realist era was in the mid-19th century. Most Realists were from France, but there were some famous.......
    Posted: Saturday 13 February 2010
  • A bit about the colour Orange
    Orange is one of the most vibrant colours there is. It's a combination of red and yellow and appears between these two colours on the colour spectrum or wheel, so naturally it shares some common attributes with those colours. Orange denotes energy, warmth, tropical fruit and of course the sun. Orange however has a bit less intensity or aggression than red and is on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 11 February 2010
  • What is Impressionism in art
    One of my first influences was Claude Monet, back in the day when I used to do oil paintings of a scenic nature. I was captivated by his ability to portray light and the soft simple effect of his style, on image for more
    Posted: Tuesday 9 February 2010
  • How to write an Artists Resume, CV or Statement
    I get asked a lot about what the difference is between a resume, a bio and an artist’s statement. A resume is pretty much like a job resume where you have contact details, your history as in exhibitions, education etc on image for more
    Posted: Monday 8 February 2010

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