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

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!



  • What is Cubism
    Cubism was a French school of art most prominent between 1907 and 1914. First developed by Pablo Picasso (who painted the piece titled Les Demoiselles d' Avignon in ........
    Posted: Sunday 7 February 2010
  • Tips on how to develop 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Who is 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.....
    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
  • Lets talk about Perspective in Art
    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
  • 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 with........
    Posted: Thursday 28 January 2010
  • Lets talk about the colour pink!
    The ‘pretty’ colour, that all things cutsie are made of...... artist Gioia Fonda created a conceptual piece in the form of a week long holiday called pink week........Bubblegum Pink is an installation by the artist duo Bigert & Bergstrom which "confronted you the on image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 27 January 2010
  • Oil, Acrylic or Watercolour, what is the best?
    Are you confused as to what type of paint you should be working with? Read my blog on artist paints and see if I can answer some of those burning questions........
    Posted: Tuesday 26 January 2010
  • List of some of the most famous paintings in the World
    Some of the most famous paintings in the world have been made by the greatest painters of all times. I acknowledge their mastery and skill and admire all these works, from the Mona Lisa to the melting clocks of Dali...
    Posted: Monday 25 January 2010
  • The most Famous Painting in the World
    Mona Lisa

    I really like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting. I don’t buy into the secret smile stuff though, in fact I cant even see what the fuss is about, so why you ask, do I like it so much....
    Posted: Sunday 24 January 2010
  • What are Vanity Galleries and Vanity Publications
    Along with many other artists I know, I get emails by the dozen from both vanity galleries and book publishers wanting to exhibit or publish my work. Most of these vanity galleries and on image for more
    Posted: Saturday 23 January 2010
  • Tips on how to price your artwork
    Some artists have a clear idea of what price they want for their work, some are realistic, some are insanely greedy and the rest end up under price their artwork so badly they are never able to rise above it on image for more
    Posted: Friday 22 January 2010
  • Why is mass produced art wrong?
    I found this article on the net yesterday and have to admit I was highly surprised that it’s still going on, all this ripping off of innocent people, and in my own city at on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 21 January 2010
  • Lets talk about the colour Teal
    Teal is a medium blue green colour, although it is usually more blue than green. Often called Teal, ultramarine, blue-green, aqua or aquamarine it is one of those in-between colours that can get lost in translation; ask any artist what they consider is Teal and you will get different answers, just like when you ask them about what they think constitutes on image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 20 January 2010
  • What type of paintings sell best in NZ?
    Well thats a curly question!
    All artists know that some size artworks sell better than others while subject matter can determine popularity depending on where it is located. Whether these are subjects you want to paint and whether you should be painting specifically for the market are something an artist has to deal with at some stage in their career. Only you can decide whether you want (or need) to paint to sell, or whether you can focus on painting subjects that on image for mor
    Posted: Tuesday 19 January 2010
  • What's with this Character called Boozehag?
    Boozehag as the Urban Dictionary defines is a women who has a tireless appetite for boozing and is not only very good at it but is also much fun to be around. Subject may also be described as being just like 'one of the boys'. A term of on image for more
    Posted: Monday 18 January 2010
  • How to package your artwork
    When you send work around the country or overseas, it pays to wrap it well as no matter how careful you may be with your art, not all couriers have the same respect or care for on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 17 January 2010
  • Artists mediums what are they?
    I often teach a night school class for students who may wish to learn more about the use of paint mediums. So here are a few tips on mediums...
    Posted: Saturday 16 January 2010
  • Canvas, the choice of artists
    The type of canvas you use will depend on the type of paint you use.....cotton duck is used for acrylic painting, while linen and cotton duck is used for oil. ......
    Posted: Friday 15 January 2010
  • ‘The $12 Million Stuffed Shark’ By Don Thompson
    In 2009 a pile of Rubbish won the National Contemporary Art Awards here in Hamilton New Zealand. It created a furore like no other. We are used to the outrage and shock from the public each year over the winning pieces and that’s exactly what the people who run it want…controversy and people talking about it. Well this time I somehow got embroiled in on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 14 January 2010
  • Tax Tips for Artists
    Yes I know that figures and money matters are boring for us artists but when you're a working artist you need to look at keeping accurate records and making sure you are taking care of your tax obligations. Here are some of my tips and advice for organising your records......
    Posted: Wednesday 13 January 2010
  • When things Run SMOOTHLY
    Today’s artwork is smooth and shiny. I used the Golden Clear Tar Gel for this effect, its simple to use; you pour it on where you want it to be and wait for it to set. The effect is like that of a bubble, with a raised glassy surface.However Im not going to talk so much about the .....
    Posted: Tuesday 12 January 2010
  • Touching on Colour Mixing
    A basic understanding of colour theory and the colour wheel is essential for every artist and can increase the possibilities for your work. Colours are, after all, one of the basic tools of on image for more
    Posted: Monday 11 January 2010
  • Lets talk about the Colour RED and why its such a popular colour
    Red is my favourite colour, both in my life generally as well as in my art. It’s a colour that can have two distinctly different meanings, and is considered.......
    Posted: Sunday 10 January 2010
  • Art as a Career Choice
    Some say that it isn’t a realistic career choice, and the myth of the “starving artist” stereotype is still very much alive and kicking? How many times have I heard “But it’s not a real job.” Or better on the image to read more
    Posted: Saturday 9 January 2010

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