Collette 609156 https://www.collette.co.nz en-nz Collette - Contemporary New Zealand Artist 30 How to Make Money in Art - Bread & Butter Lines https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/bread-and-butter-lines As an artist you often need to create a bread and butter line, or in broader terms, a line of something that sells quickly and easily and more importantly, sells often. This is the product that........click on image for more 017, 22 Apr 2022 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/bread-and-butter-lines How to Make Money in Art with Bread & Butter Lines 8 tips to save our World when youre an Artist https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/8-tips-to-save-the-world-when-youre-an-artist Saving the earth all by yourself, seems impossible right? Here are 8 tips that you as an artist can start with to do your bit in helping save our planet...... 011, 11 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/8-tips-to-save-the-world-when-youre-an-artist eco-friendly paints/mediums and solvents8 tips for artistseco-friendly ideas for artistssustainable packaging materials Tips for Artwork Commissions https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/tips-for-artwork-commissions Where do you start when doing artwork commissions? Someone asks you to paint something for them and you want to get paid, here are some tips to make that easier....... 005, 27 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/tips-for-artwork-commissions tips for artwork commissions Soccer or Football what do you call it? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/soccer-football-blog-post The 'Old Ball' range is coming together nicely with this second instalment. I felt these convex canvas's by Fredrix just screamed paint a ball on them......... 001, 26 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/soccer-football-blog-post Soccer-ball painting Behind the Mask we need to Smile more I think! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/behind-the-mask-blog An artwork about missing seeing smiles because.... click on the image to read more 049, 30 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/behind-the-mask-blog It Started with a Kiss https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/wearing-a-mask-artwork Part 1 of a larger artwork and a discussion on whats behind the mask....... This artwork is the last of a larger piece about whats behind the mask. As we navigate covid and having to cover our faces, I started to think about how important a smile is and not being able to see or show a smile easily makes things feel very strange and unfriendly. In responce I have created these paintings to add a smile to your day. Now why did I start with the last piece you ask? Well on Instagram the way its set up, what I post first will appear last once I show all the pieces so I'm gonig for a montage that will show the whole artwork as its supposed to look. So today we started with a kiss. The full sized artwork will be revealed at the end of the week 048, 21 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/wearing-a-mask-artwork NZ Artists Calendar 2021 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/New-Zealand-artists-calendar-2021-Collette-Fergus 2021 sees Collette's art represented in the New Zealand Artists Calendar............ Appearing in both the wall and desktop calendars, Collette is proud to announce having two images selected for the 2021 New Zealand Artists Calendar. 'Not a Still life with Red Apples' appears in the wall calendar 'Tropical Fruit Salad' is in the desktop version. If you would like to purchase a calendar they are available through Whitcoulls, Paperplus and NZ Post shops throughout NZ and ovr 100 independent retailers. Wall Calendar from Whitcoulls Desktop calendar from Whitcoulls 035, 24 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/New-Zealand-artists-calendar-2021-Collette-Fergus new zealand artist calendar 2021 Bras for the Cause, my new colouring book https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Adult-colouring-book-bras A colouring book featuring bras to highlight Breast Cancer awareness.Designed by Collette Fergus a New Zealand contemporary artist 016, 14 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Adult-colouring-book-bras breast cancer awarenesscollette fergus bra bookadult colouring new zealand artist Freeing Children from Brick Kilns slavery in Pakistan https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/charity-auction-slavery I like to do a bit for charity where I can and this one where I can help Free Pakistani families from debt slavery .......click on the image to read about the exhibition and how you can help too 025, 17 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/charity-auction-slavery Brick kiln slavery in Pakistan 100 Dresses Art Exhibition https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/exhibition-dresses-100-watercolour-paintings Its finally happening, Ive talked about it like..... forever! Check out the details below 017, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/exhibition-dresses-100-watercolour-paintings One Size Fits All Exhibition & Competition 2018 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/one-size-fits-all-art-exhibition-2018 The One Size Fits All Show 2018 is all set to go, so get out your brushes, canvas, cameras etc etc and get creating......click on image for more information 003, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/one-size-fits-all-art-exhibition-2018 The Painter is Back! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920003 What am I up to these days with the painting side of my life? Read on to find out.... 044, 2 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920003 Caricatures, my little hobby on the side...... https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/caricatures Im having a play with caricatures its a fun way to get that little bit of creativity still happening in my life and this week Ive focused on Miley Cyrus, a colourful character at the best of times........... 014, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/caricatures caricatures new zealand artist Miss Retro Motorama 2014 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Miss-retro-motorama Not one to brag, well ok i have to brag, I won Miss Retro Motorama 2014 so heres the photos for you....... 007, 9 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Miss-retro-motorama miss retro motorama Beads of Courage Charity Art Auction https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Mary-lou-doll-painting-charity-auction-for-Beads-of-courage Mary Lou is a favourite wooden bead toy from New Zealand. The perfect painting to donate to this Charity Art Auction. From the Abandoned toys series by Collette Fergus Support a good cause, go along to this event on Thursday 7th November, 5.30pm Artworks can be viewed at Creative Waikato from 4th November Creative Waikato, 131 Alexandra St, Hamilton $25 pp (includes drinks, nibbles & entertainment) TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM: WSA, Level 1, 120 Victoria St, Hamilton | wsa@wsa.org.nz OR Sharon (07) 827 9179 | srobertson@childcancer.org.nz 042, 14 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Mary-lou-doll-painting-charity-auction-for-Beads-of-courage Beads of couragecharity art auction Four Seasons in one day! How do you feel about New Zealand weather? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/weather-we-get-in-New-Zealand A little bit about NZ weather from my point of view.......click on image for more 014, 6 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/weather-we-get-in-New-Zealand four seasons in one day painting 'Taking care of Business' 1950's Day Dress Shirt Refashion https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/dress-from-mens-shirt-refashion This mens business shirt refashion is probably one of my favourite revamps so far. Have a look and let me know what you think...... 010, 3 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/dress-from-mens-shirt-refashion Is the cup half full or half empty https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/dealing-with-galleries How important are our hands to us artists? I’ve gone and done it again, cut one of my fingers in rather a bad way, two stitches bad so its........ 010, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/dealing-with-galleries Recap of 2010 Dot Project https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Recap-of-Dot-project-2010 2010 Blog Review – what did I end up talking about? On day one I talked about what my plans were for this weblog; I had planned to write something every day and ...........click on image for more 001, 31 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Recap-of-Dot-project-2010 Signing your artwork https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Blog-about-signing-artwork One of the top questions artists ask is how and where and should I sign my paintings? There is no real simple answer as to where or how as such but it is something you should do in that when..........click on image for more 001, 30 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Blog-about-signing-artwork how should I sign my paintings How bout a Kiwi Christmas https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/blog-about-Christmas-in-New-Zealand Christmas time in New Zealand doesn’t have anything to do snow and sleigh bells, quite possibly because of the 28c degrees average temperatures, so it’s about......click on image for more 052, 25 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/blog-about-Christmas-in-New-Zealand what is christmas like in new Zealand Yeah Na! The art of kiwi Slang https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/about-kiwi-slang-blog-by-Collette-Fergus Language, we all speak it, in one form or another, but what about things like slang? For instance, in most cultures there are a lot of abbreviations of ‘real’ words that generally only they can understand. I think its gone from one extreme to another now though in that kids now talk in letters rather than use the full word like ‘F’ off” which we all know what it means, or ‘ATM’ which means’.......click on image for more 051, 13 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/about-kiwi-slang-blog-by-Collette-Fergus what language do they speak in new zealandnew zealand slang words Christmas Trees https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/christmas_trees The traditional Christmas tree as we know it is a decorated evergreen coniferous tree which is usually meant to be.........click on image for more 049, 1 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/christmas_trees Are Knots an art form? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/knot-art This website shows little clips on how to tie seven basic knots, I just love the name too ‘The art of manliness, which is..............click on image for more 049, 28 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/knot-art Reworking artwork, who does it and why? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Reworking-artwork You hear of songs being reworked all the time, there’s always a new version or ‘dance mix’ coming out but no one really talks much about......... 042, 15 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Reworking-artwork Artists Trading Cards or ATC's for new Zealand Artists https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Trading-cards-for-artists I only recently heard about these miniature works of art and what they are about. The concept is to create trading cards to swap with other artists that are a uniform size as 2 ½” x ....click on image for more 040, 27 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Trading-cards-for-artists Did someone say Champagne Cork Chairs? It's a competitive market! Really! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/champagne-corks-art If you ever needed a good excuse to open a bottle of champagne, here’s an excellent one: to take part in the annual........ 038, 17 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/champagne-corks-art chairs made from wine corks Entering Art Competitions https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/art-competitions-information Artists should make an effort to enter art competitions for several reasons. The pressure of deadlines, the prestige of winning and the opportunity to get exposure of your work are the....... 037, 10 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/art-competitions-information how to enter art competitions Procrastination with creating Art https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Procrastination-blog-post Decision making for artists, artistic procrastination and getting your art finished. What do you do when you can’t make up your mind what to do first or what to do at all for that matter? Well you could try my suggestion of throwing a dart at a dartboard but Im sure there are better ways to get organised and inspired or whatever it is that is stopping you producing more work........ read on 035, 26 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Procrastination-blog-post how to deal with decision making for artists Painting Clouds https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/painting-clouds-collette-fergus In landscape artworks a good rendition of clouds can be amazing when painted well. There are tricks to painting clouds well but the key element is..... 035, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/painting-clouds-collette-fergus tips for painting clouds Skulls in art https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/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 ......click on image for more 035, 22 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/skulls-in-art sugar skull painting Savings your Pennies as an artist https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/saving-your-pennies 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 ......click on image for more 034, 16 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/saving-your-pennies how to save money as an artist Best Gift ideas for Artists https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/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 for......click on image for more 034, 15 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/gift-ideas-for-artists gift ideas for artists Dr Sketchy's in Hamilton, a pre Birthday treat for me! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/dr-sketchys 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 ......click on image for more 033, 13 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/dr-sketchys dr sketches anti art school Pecha Kucha, something to do one night! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/pecha_kucha 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 to.....click on image for more 033, 10 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/pecha_kucha pecha kucha hamiltonwhat is peach kucha The Eye of Ra https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/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...... 033, 9 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/eye_of_ra The only way is up baby!!! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920067 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’re......click on image for more 033, 8 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920067 National Contemporary Art Awards https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/contemporary-art-award 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..... 032, 7 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/contemporary-art-award Infamous paintings.....why paint them? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/infamous-artworks 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..... 031, 30 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/infamous-artworks infamous paintingskray brother paintingshitlers artworkswhat is an infamous painting 40 things that could go wrong at an Exhibition Opening night! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/art-exhibition-openings 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 031, 27 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/art-exhibition-openings tips on art exhibition openings What is Fulling and felting https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/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..... 031, 26 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Fulling-and-felting What is Fulling and felting Crowns, Tiaras you know the fancy headwear for balls and weddings etc https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/crowns-and-tiaras 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 ....... 031, 25 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/crowns-and-tiaras Artists getting Crafty https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/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...... 030, 24 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/getting_crafty The art of Lace https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/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 ..... 030, 23 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/art-of-lace the art of lace When you need more than one pair of hands...... https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/helping-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....... 030, 20 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/helping-hands Art Quotes and Sayings https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/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 .... 030, 19 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/art-quotes-and-sayings great artists quotes Fairfiled Bridge has artistic merit https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/fairfield-bridge Fairfield Bridge is an iconic landmark in central Hamilton. Artists focus on it when painting or photographing scenery in the city, meaning I have seen.......click on image for more 029, 17 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/fairfield-bridge Fairfield bridge hamilton new zealand THE MEANING OF FLAG DESIGN & COLOURS https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/flags 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 029, 15 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/flags the meaning of flags 7 Tips on how to Design Colouring Books https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/7-Tips-how-to-Design-Colouring-Books Want to know how to design colouring books? you have come to the right place....... 029, 12 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/7-Tips-how-to-Design-Colouring-Books how to design colouring books 7 Reasons why Art Galleries might reject your Artwork https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/rejection-galleries 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..... 027, 30 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/rejection-galleries why do galleries reject artworkhow to deal with rejection from art galleries Trends in painting styles and why you should aim to be different https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/painting-trends 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 trademe.co.nz, or the ..... 027, 29 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/painting-trends A cold day in hell, well not really….its Hamilton and I like it like that! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/A-cold-day-in-hell 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 .....click on image for more 027, 27 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/A-cold-day-in-hell What do we know about Poppies, especially painting poppies....... https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/poppies-blog 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 ........ 026, 26 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/poppies-blog what are tall poppies Branding is important for artists https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/branding-your-artwork 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..... 026, 24 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/branding-your-artwork branding for your artwork Something about nothing II - lets talk about weird colours just because we can! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/weird_colours 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..... 026, 23 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/weird_colours weird colours in art Tips on taking photos of your artwork https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/artwork_photo_tips 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 .... 026, 22 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/artwork_photo_tips How to photograph your artwork Caveman Art, the prehistoric stuff https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/caveman-art 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.... 025, 18 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/caveman-art Something about nothing much Part 1 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920070 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....... 025, 17 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920070 What is Burgundy or Claret, colours or wines? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/what-colour-is-Burgundy 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........ 025, 14 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/what-colour-is-Burgundy what colour is burgundywhat is burgundy or claret as a colourclaret vs burgundywhat is claretwhat is maroon Ikebana, the Art of Japanese floral arranging https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/ikebana 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.... 024, 12 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/ikebana Fingernails and the art of painting them https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/nail-art Long nails have always been a part of my life. I like many others see them as glamorous and lady-like especially when painted up beautifully. When I was......click on image for more 024, 9 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/nail-art The art of Cooking https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/cooking-art Cooking We have so many cooking programs on TV these days it’s become super competitive and the art of cooking has become so much more than it ever used to be. Top chef and celebrity chefs we have it all. Going to a restaurant means you get.......... 024, 8 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/cooking-art Monarch Butterflies https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/monarch-butterflies-blog Monarchs often appear in my art work. I think they are the most beautiful butterflies you can ever see and I’ve seen..... 024, 7 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/monarch-butterflies-blog The Art of the Humble Button https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/buttons_blog Buttons have always fascinated me, I remember as a child sifting through the mountain of buttons my mother had in her sewing desk, there were....click on image for more 024, 6 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/buttons_blog Ill Paint you a Rainbow - a Poem by Grace E. Easley https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Ill-paint-you-a-rainbow I came across this cute little poem about Rainbows, and thought I should share it with you. Rainbows have always held a fascination for artists, in fact anyone and....click on image for more 023, 4 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Ill-paint-you-a-rainbow What is special about Pencils? Dry Media in art. https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/pencils-and-erasers This week I was invited to attend a Dry Media presentation at Gordon Harris, our local art supply store. It was a full house with lots of artists wanting to know a bit more about our most basic of art tools, the humble pencil. And I can tell you there was..... 023, 3 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/pencils-and-erasers drawing tools for artistswhat is dry mediahow to use kneadable erasers My obsession with Cocktails https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/cocktails_blog_post Since the 1980s I have been infatuated with the flashy cocktail. It wasn’t about the alcohol content although it did appear to be sophisticated as an adults drink and the ‘mocktails’ given to us as kids was just..... 023, 1 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/cocktails_blog_post The art of tattooing https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/tattooing A tattoo is a marking made by inserting dark, indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment mainly for decorative reasons. Tattooing has been practiced for.... 022, 27 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/tattooing The Art of Pottery https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/art-of-pottery My favourite pottery is made by a local contemporary potter called Tammy Kuypers, her work is quite diverse and always unique in that it is so unusual you wont find anything else quite like it. Tammy’s work is.....click on image for more 022, 25 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/art-of-pottery Eyesight & your Artwork https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/eyesight_and_your_artwork One thing I fear as an artist is loosing my eyesight. I woke up today with terribly bloodshot eyes caused from a makeup allergy and although it....click on image for more 022, 24 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/eyesight_and_your_artwork Cake decorating another artform for those who can! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/cake-decorating-as-art Cake making and decorating is not my forte; in fact to be honest I’m only average at it! I would literally break into a cold sweat thinking about creating some master piece for my children’s birthdays as being an artist everyone expected...... 021, 22 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/cake-decorating-as-art Cake making and decorating Cartoons, cartooning, caricatures and so on.... https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/cartoon-art The word cartoon has various meanings, based on several very different forms of visual art and illustration. The original meaning was in fine art, where cartoon meant a..... 021, 21 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/cartoon-art I Paint what I see, a poem about Diego Rivera https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Diego-Rivera-Poem I Paint What I See "What do you paint when you paint a wall?" Said John D.'s grandson Nelson. "Do you paint just anything there at all? "Will there....click on image for more 021, 20 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Diego-Rivera-Poem Explaining Papier-mâché https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/paper-mache-blog-post Most students have at some time made Papier-mâché at art class, it’s a staple art form for many schools and a nice in expensive way to make and teach sculpture. I recall my sister’s class once making masks which they got..... 021, 19 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/paper-mache-blog-post what is paper-mache Mosaics https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/mosaics-blog I must confess Im not a huge fan of mosaics although some artists who work in this medium do impress me. I myself probably wouldn’t ever try it, I don’t like stuff that gets all dirty and under my nails like grout or clay so it’s not on my....... 021, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/mosaics-blog Whats in my art case? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/what27s-in-my-artcase I need to clean out my mobile paint case as its getting really heavy and hard to close. Its one of those things that.... 021, 17 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/what27s-in-my-artcase What about Op art, or optical illusion art as you probably know it as? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/op_art Op art, also known as optical art, is a style of visual art that makes use of optical illusions. Back in..... 021, 16 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/op_art what are the key characteristics of Op Art A Poem about Art https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/a-poem-about-art I came across this poem about art and what it would be like to live life without it. I thought it was lovely and wanted to share it with you....... 020, 15 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/a-poem-about-art The colour Gold https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/colour-gold The most prized of colours or at least the metal Gold is anyway! Gold or golden as it is sometimes called, is made...click on image for more 020, 13 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/colour-gold How do you use gold leaf in art Knitting, yes its an art too! A bit about Yarn Bombing and knitting https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/knitting_blog I can’t knit, there I’ve said it! My Gran tried to teach me but she gave up after I created a........ 020, 12 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/knitting_blog what is yarn bombing Stencils in art, from screen-printing to graffiti https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/stencils A stencil is a template used to draw or paint identical things like letters, numbers, symbols, shapes, or patterns every time it is used. You may have also heard of it called pochoir the term used in....click on image for more 020, 11 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/stencils how to use stencils in your art A bit about Artist blogs https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/artists-blogs Well I obviously know a bit about weblogs because I write one but I’m no expert For me this is a way to work on my fledgling writing skills as one day I ... 020, 10 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/artists-blogs what is instafamewhat is an artist blog Post Exhibition Blues https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/post-exhibition-blues Got you there, Im fortunate enough to not suffer such things, as I like to look on the bright side of life as much as possible, it also helps to not have unrealistic expectations of....... 020, 9 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/post-exhibition-blues The Art of Spiderwebs https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/spiderwebs There’s something special about foggy frosty mornings, some people hate them but I myself, well I really like them a lot. The air of mystery and suspense that’s.... 019, 8 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/spiderwebs Protecting your clothes from art stuff https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/artists-aprons Back in the olden days artists had lovely big baggy smock type outfits to go with their berets, it was some sort of artist’s uniform but it was also for.... 019, 7 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/artists-aprons artists aprons The colour Silver https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/the-colour-silver Silver is a metallic shade that resembles gray, the visual sensation usually associated with the metal silver is its metallic shine. This cannot be.....click on image for more 019, 6 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/the-colour-silver Painting a straight line https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/painting-a-straight-line Years ago I did some training in ticket-writing; an art that is quickly disappearing due to computer generated signage that is quicker and tidier and can be reproduced in multiplies by the click of a button. Because of the repetitive nature of..... 019, 5 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/painting-a-straight-line Scratchboarding, what is it? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/scratchboarding I received an email recently advertising the materials for a technique called scratch-boarding. I had never heard of it before but was fascinated by the accompanying images and thought, hey I might..... 019, 4 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/scratchboarding how to do scratchboard art Decoupage another art technique https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/decoupage-art Decoupage is the art of decorating objects, art or furniture by gluing coloured paper cut-outs onto them along with special paint effects, the addition of gold leaf and other mixed... 018, 30 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/decoupage-art A bit about Coffee and Latte Art https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/coffee-art Coffee is a beverage that I adore; in fact you can almost guarantee that when I am writing these posts, I will have a ...click on image for more 018, 29 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/coffee-art Oriental Painting https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/oriental_art 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....... 018, 28 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/oriental_art Eight Days to go...... https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920087 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 as....click on image for more 018, 27 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920087 A Day in the life of one crazy artist....oh thats me! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/a-day-in-my-life-as-an-artist 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...... 018, 26 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/a-day-in-my-life-as-an-artist What is Symbolism in Art https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/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 a.......click on image for more 018, 25 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/symbolism-in-art What are Artists Mannequins https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/about-artists-mannequins We have all seen them, the wooden creatures with movable joints that contort in all directions. I actually have....click on image for more 017, 24 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/about-artists-mannequins what mannequin is best for drawing What is Egg Tempura? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/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 ...click on image for more 017, 23 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/egg-tempura Winter https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/winter-blog 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 ....... 017, 22 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/winter-blog Artists, listen to what others tell you......... https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/artists-pep-talk 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....... 017, 19 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/artists-pep-talk Driving is an Art also............. https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/driving-as-an-art 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 ...... 017, 18 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/driving-as-an-art Do We Have 50 Powerful Shades Of Grey? Thrilling Colours In Art https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Grey-colour-blog Did you know that the human eye can distinguish about 500 shades of gray. It stands for everything between black and white. Gray itself is....click on image for more 016, 16 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Grey-colour-blog