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!



  • Skulls in art
    Skulls and Crossbones, what does this mean symbolically? The skull and crossbones is a symbol consisting of a human skull and two bones as in long bones which are crossed together under the skull. It is generally used as a on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 22 August 2010
  • Savings your Pennies as an artist
    This post is more about saving some money for the down times, as anyone who is self-employed knows; there are ups and downs with income and work. It’s something I on image for more
    Posted: Monday 16 August 2010
  • Best Gift ideas for Artists
    I’ve just recently celebrated my birthday! I love birthdays especially since having children myself, they have taken on a whole lot more meaning on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 15 August 2010
  • Dr Sketchy's in Hamilton, a pre Birthday treat for me!
    Dr Sketchys

    What is Dr Sketchy’s? Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art school is the world's premier alternative drawing movement. Artists draw glamorous underground performers like on image for more
    Posted: Friday 13 August 2010
  • Pecha Kucha, something to do one night!
    Last night I attended my first Pecha Kucha Night, held here in Hamilton. I dragged my darling hubby along and he too enjoyed the interesting speakers and the quick fire talks that didn’t drag on like your usual speeches tend on image for more
    Posted: Tuesday 10 August 2010
  • The Eye of Ra
    The Eye of Ra or Horus (as its really called) is a powerful symbol of protection
    This symbol as shown was frequently used in......
    Posted: Monday 9 August 2010
  • The only way is up baby!!!
    Yes I know I know, you fell like bursting into song with that heading! Well feel free to because if you’re an artist which is highly likely if you’ on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 8 August 2010
  • National Contemporary Art Awards
    It was surprising to see a smaller turnout for the awards this year, especially after all the fuss that went down in 2009. Needless to say the.....
    Posted: Saturday 7 August 2010
  • Infamous paintings.....why paint them?
    Every now and then a painting surfaces that has been created by someone considered evil or infamous in some manner, the first time I ever heard of one was in a book about Hitler who the world knows as.....
    Posted: Friday 30 July 2010
  • 40 things that could go wrong at an Exhibition Opening night!
    Now no one could possibly have all this happen at their exhibition opening (Although I have seen one or two of these really happen at other’s shows and possibly one or two at one my own!), so in a way it is a list to make you feel better if things didn’t go entirely to plan on your art exhibition opening night! Just for fun lets visit what can go wrong.......heres some advice on art exhibition openings
    Posted: Tuesday 27 July 2010
  • What is Fulling and felting
    Recently I mentioned that I’d had a go at needle felting and that I’m keen to try actual felting as it looks lie an interesting craft and since.....
    Posted: Monday 26 July 2010
  • Crowns, Tiaras you know the fancy headwear for balls and weddings etc
    I own several crowns and a couple tiaras, they’re not the ,made of gold and precious jewel type ones, as that would be daft and I’d have to be pretty rich to own something so utterly useless to .......
    Posted: Sunday 25 July 2010
  • Artists getting Crafty
    Its no secret that I like to do crafts along with my art, it’s that need to create or see how to create new things. It’s also......
    Posted: Saturday 24 July 2010
  • The art of Lace
    No two ways about it, I love Lace, I like to wear it and I like to paint it, in fact it often appears in my artwork. I cant say Ive ever made any although I’ve certainly had a go at crocheting and .....
    Posted: Friday 23 July 2010
  • When you need more than one pair of hands......
    Being an Octopus
    We all talk about needing more than two hands to get all the work done that we need to do each day. I know I certainly could do with a few more, what with.......
    Posted: Tuesday 20 July 2010
  • Art Quotes and Sayings
    Art Quotes and Sayings
    There are many quotes out there about art, my favourite being, “Support Living Artists, the dead ones don’t need it!” in that it is my goal to educate the world to invest in artists who are trying to make a ....
    Posted: Monday 19 July 2010
  • Fairfiled Bridge has artistic merit
    Fairfield Bridge is an iconic landmark in central Hamilton. Artists focus on it when painting or photographing scenery in the city, meaning I have on image for more
    Posted: Saturday 17 July 2010
    Every now and then the debate comes up as to whether or not we should change our national flag here in New Zealand. A lot of people want to change it because it’s so similar to the Australian flag or they want to see something that shows what we stand for as a country on our own merits rather than having affiliation to the UK with the Union Jack as part of it. Please keep in mind these are necessarily my views I’m just speaking broadly of what I see and he
    Posted: Thursday 15 July 2010
  • 7 Tips on how to Design Colouring Books
    Want to know how to design colouring books? you have come to the right place.......
    Posted: Monday 12 July 2010
  • 7 Reasons why Art Galleries might reject your Artwork
    Most artists presume they get rejected from a gallery because their artwork isn’t good enough, but it’s not always the case. Having worked in several art galleries over the years, I know that.....
    Posted: Wednesday 30 June 2010
  • Trends in painting styles and why you should aim to be different
    We have all seen it, the way some artists tend to paint similar things when they’re hot and the buying public are snapping them up. The ‘Rangitoto and toi toi’ paintings common on, or the .....
    Posted: Tuesday 29 June 2010
  • A cold day in hell, well not really….its Hamilton and I like it like that!
    What do you do on a cold winters day in Hamilton if you’re an artist? You catch up with friends and do a studio session with them, maybe have a few on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 27 June 2010
  • What do we know about Poppies, especially painting poppies.......
    All species of poppies are attractive and most are cultivated as ornamental plants. A few species have other uses, principally as sources of drugs and foods. The opium poppy fir instance is so widely used, for ........
    Posted: Saturday 26 June 2010
  • Branding is important for artists
    Creating a brand for your art is important, its not just about creating a logo and having a marketing campaign either. Not only can a brand define ownership.....
    Posted: Thursday 24 June 2010
  • Something about nothing II - lets talk about weird colours just because we can!
    Arsenic is a colour believe it or not and there we were thinking it was just a poison, so today’s blog entry is about some of those colours that we wouldn’t normally have on our palette or we may have mixed by accident and never had any idea what they were called. Some of you will know as.....
    Posted: Wednesday 23 June 2010
  • Tips on taking photos of your artwork
    The painting today is a ‘red eye’ as in red eye deduction but that’s not one of my tips as we’re not working with people for this, it’s about ....
    Posted: Tuesday 22 June 2010
  • Caveman Art, the prehistoric stuff
    No doubt you would have studied some of the history of cave man art when at school, I certainly did. Most of it we don’t remember, but some of the images still stick in my mind, especially the....
    Posted: Friday 18 June 2010
  • Something about nothing much Part 1
    Some days Im simply stuck on what to say, I still have around half a year to write things for this blog, but hey at least I can celebrate making it to that half way mark!

    What do you write about when your desk is piled with papers and you know you have to get your.......
    Posted: Thursday 17 June 2010
  • What is Burgundy or Claret, colours or wines?
    Claret vs Burgundy…are we talking the colour or the wines?
    In addition to being a lover of red wine and a painter who has painted numerous works with wine bottles or glasses in them, this colour is one that I am quite familiar with, and one that I am fond of including in my artwork........
    Posted: Monday 14 June 2010
  • Ikebana, the Art of Japanese floral arranging
    I have a book in my bookcase called ‘A Guide to Japanese Flower Arranging’ and I’m about to embark on creating some of the designs as I think they’re so simple and stunning looking. Im not sure how....
    Posted: Saturday 12 June 2010

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