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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!



  • Oriental  Painting
    For centuries oriental painting has fascinated westerners for its unique qualities and style. The simplicity and controlled elegance are key features to this style of art. The earliest paintings were not representational but actually more ornamental; they consisted of intricate.......
    Posted: Wednesday 28 April 2010
  • Eight Days to go......
    Eight days to go until my exhibition “It’s All about Me…..ow!” opens so things are extremely hectic around here as Im sure you can imagine.
    Its not as simple on image for more
    Posted: Tuesday 27 April 2010
  • A Day in the life of one crazy artist....oh thats me!
    I got a bit stuck today with something to say and I did promise the Arts Council I'd talk about what I do on some ordinary artist days, so what did I do today then?

    Well I have a solo show coming up so today has been about......
    Posted: Monday 26 April 2010
  • What is Symbolism in Art
    Symbols have always played an important role in art from the very earliest of times. They often represent an idea or quality, for example blackbirds are on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 25 April 2010
  • What are Artists Mannequins
    We have all seen them, the wooden creatures with movable joints that contort in all directions. I actually on image for more
    Posted: Saturday 24 April 2010
  • What is Egg Tempura?
    Egg tempera is a type of paint made by adding pigments to a mixture of egg yolk and water. It is said to be one of the oldest, most on image for more
    Posted: Friday 23 April 2010
  • Winter
    Winter is our coldest season; it comes between autumn and spring. In a lot of artworks it is portrayed as white and snowy, especially in .......
    Posted: Thursday 22 April 2010
  • Artists, listen to what others tell you.........
    Learning about art has been a long road for me. I never profess to be an intellectual and I unfortunately I wasn’t in the position to do an arts degree early on, so what I do know has been either.......
    Posted: Monday 19 April 2010
  • Driving is an Art also.............
    Yes I went to the Hamilton V8s this weekend where I watched these cars reach amazing speeds. There weren’t as many ‘entertaining’ crashes as I would have liked to seen to be honest! Driving at such ......
    Posted: Sunday 18 April 2010
  • Do We Have 50 Powerful Shades Of Grey? Thrilling Colours In Art
    Did you know that the human eye can distinguish about 500 shades of gray. It stands for everything between black and white.
    Gray itself on image for more
    Posted: Friday 16 April 2010
  • Leonardo, anatomy and the Vitruvian man....
    Leonardo da Vinci the famous painter, sculptor and inventor was also known for the large role he played in the development of knowledge about anatomy and the human body. In fact, even today, more than five hundred years after it was created, there is probably no more recognisable drawing of the human body than Leonardo's.. on image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 14 April 2010
  • Is black actually a colour?
    Keeping it simple and straight to the point black is the absence on image for more
    Posted: Tuesday 13 April 2010
  • Painting botanical art, thats flowers and plants.....
    Flowers have always held a fascination with artists to paint. Whether because of their temporary nature being made immortal on canvas or simply for ...
    Posted: Sunday 11 April 2010
  • Lets Talk about the colour Brown
    Brown is a tertiary colour; it is a mix of the three subtractive primary colours, red, blue and yellow. Brown exists as a colour perception only in the presence of a brighter colour contrast on image for more
    Posted: Saturday 10 April 2010
  • Ideas to sell your photography as art
    Most people have no idea where to start when it comes to selling their photography as art. In fact it’s not easy to sell photography to be honest. In the gallery I work in we have only four photographers work of which on image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 7 April 2010
  • New Zealand Female Visual Artists
    We’re always hearing about the male artists that have changed the world; you know the ones, like Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet etc etc, but what about the female artists? There were and still are on image for more
    Posted: Tuesday 6 April 2010
  • What is Sculpture?
    Sculpture is defined as three-dimensional artwork and is created by shaping or combining materials, usually stone, clay, ceramic, metal, glass, wood, or on image for more
    Posted: Monday 5 April 2010
  • Live Theatre, a performing art
    Back in the 1980’s (My heyday or teen years!) I enjoyed doing little theatre. It was and probably still is a highly competitive world and as I didn’t care on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 4 April 2010
  • Boy the Movie, a must see NZ Classic
    I live New Zealand movies and am a staunch supporter of them, hungrily hunting out NZ movies on our hiring system and ordering every single one regardless of on image for more
    Posted: Saturday 3 April 2010
  • What are O-moshi-roo-soo?
    A while ago a friend gave me some really interesting origami paper creations that he had made on image for more
    Posted: Friday 2 April 2010
  • What are Faberge Eggs, in time for Easter
    Its Easter time and just because Toni asked Im going to talk about Faberge Eggs!
    So lets head way back in time to 1885 on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 1 April 2010
  • If Black IS a colour then what about White?
    The debate on black and white being colours is huge, yesterday I focused on black so naturally I need to talk about white also, so on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 1 April 2010
  • 5 ways to choose the best titles for your paintings?
    If you asked me how I come up with names for my artwork I would be the first to put up my hand and admit that sometimes on image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 31 March 2010
  • A timeline of Art History
    Art history is something many artists don’t know a lot about. In other posts I have described briefly what certain movements like Realism or Impressionism are, but I thought it might be.........
    Posted: Tuesday 30 March 2010
  • Balloons Over Waikato
    There are not a lot of big events that happen in Hamilton, but one that does every year is the Balloons over Waikato where hot air balloon enthusiasts from all over....
    Posted: Friday 26 March 2010
  • The Scream by Edvard Munch
    Said to be one of Edvard Munch’s most important and famous paintings, it’s not widely known that there are actually four versions of....
    Posted: Thursday 25 March 2010
  • Statistics on art things and other fun facts
    What percentage of artists are left-handed?
    Although the population in general are more right handed, in comparison there is......
    Posted: Wednesday 24 March 2010
  • What is this foot painting thing huh?
    Once upon a time I ran an artist online chat group. It was a place for artists to come to and talk about art stuff mainly and to....
    Posted: Tuesday 23 March 2010
  • The Brain Thing, left, right, wrong which way is up huh?
    The concept of right brain and left brain thinking developed from the research in the late 1960s of an American psycho-biologist called Roger Sperry. He discovered that the human brain has two very different ways of......
    Posted: Monday 22 March 2010
  • Working with animals…why would ya!?!
    My latest thing is painting animals especially ones I know. I have cats myself and they have the quirkiest personalities, so a great deal of time goes into photographing them for studies to work from as well as trying to recreate their nature into on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 21 March 2010

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