ART Advice and all that jazz so lets get creating!

        reCOLLettetions is a blog about anything art related but also a little bit of me as a creator. 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.



  • 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 splinters of ancient tradition - strange women in bright kimonos with white powder wax on faces and monumental hairdos.
    Geishas on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 18 February 2010
  • Makeup is an art
    You simply cannot go past makeup when talking about art because it too is a creative form of artistry.

    Just check out any horror movie or sci-fi movie and you on image for more
    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
  • Ahhhhh but do you know what Fauvism is?
    Fauvism is about not using realistic colors or perspective techniques to recreate an illusion of reality. Bold, vivid and pure colours are selected to fit the emotion felt or to create an emotional impact.

    The Fauvists were a group of French painters, including Henri Matisse, George Braque, Kees van Dongen and Maurice de Vlaminck and were from the Paris salon of 1905. Their artworks were characterised by their use of simplified forms, on image for more
    Posted: Monday 15 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 on image for more
    Posted: Saturday 13 February 2010
  • What is Expressionism?
    Expressionism is the term used to describe an art movement of the early 20th century from 1905 to 1920 that was most prominent in Germany and Austria. The aims of an Expressionist were to express emotions through the use of vivid colours and strong, distorted lines, rather than on image for more
    Posted: Friday 12 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
  • Review - HOME New Zealand Magazine – Art House Issue 2010
    I came across this magazine quite by accident while waiting in line at the supermarket check-out. It’s usually about other home related things apparently, but once a year it seems, they focus on my favourite subject ‘ART!” So naturally I added it to my already over flowing trolley!
    Now most art magazines I on image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 10 February 2010
  • Impressionism
    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

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