Collette Duplicate Website 609156 https://www.collette.co.nz en-nz Collette - Contemporary New Zealand Artist 30 It Started with a Kiss https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Blog-about-wearing-a-mask-artwork-by-Collette-Fergus 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/Blog-about-wearing-a-mask-artwork-by-Collette-Fergus cartoon lips collette fergus kiss lips art NZ Artists Calendar 2021 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/New-Zealand-artists-work-feature-in-this-calendar-including-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-work-feature-in-this-calendar-including-Collette-Fergus new zealand artist calendar 2021 collette fergus artist calendar artist blog Bras for the Cause, my new colouring book https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Blog-post-Adult-colouring-book-featuring-bras-to-highlight-breast-cancer-awareness 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/Blog-post-Adult-colouring-book-featuring-bras-to-highlight-breast-cancer-awareness breast cancer awareness collette fergus bra book adult colouring new zealand artist Freeing Children from Brick Kilns slavery in Pakistan https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Collette-Fergus-donation-of-a-dress-painting-for-charity-auction 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/Collette-Fergus-donation-of-a-dress-painting-for-charity-auction brick kiln slavery in pakistan charity auction for slavery cause collette fergus blog 100 Dresses Art Exhibition https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/An-art-exhibition-about-dresses-featuring-100-watercolour-paintings-by-Collette-Fergus2c-New-Zealand 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/An-art-exhibition-about-dresses-featuring-100-watercolour-paintings-by-Collette-Fergus2c-New-Zealand 100 dresses exhibition 100 dresses artworks collette fergus exhibition collette fergus 100 dresses One Size Fits All Exhibition & Competition 2018 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/How-to-enter-the-one-size-fits-all-art-exhibition-2018-details-on-this-blog-post 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/How-to-enter-the-one-size-fits-all-art-exhibition-2018-details-on-this-blog-post one size fits all art exhibition collette fergus frankton gallery hamilton nz 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/920036 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/920036 'Taking care of Business' 1950's Day Dress https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920006 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 2014 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920006 How to make a Crinoline Petticoat https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919926 1950's Swing dresses look so much better with big fluffy petticoats and although I have a few I thought I'd give it a go to make my own, here's how I did it.... 008, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919926 Miss Retro Motorama 2014 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920044 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/920044 I have donated my painting "Opps Oh My" to the Beads of Courage Charity Art Auction https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/Blog-post-Mary-lou-doll-painting-by-Collette-Fergus2c-blog-about-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/Blog-post-Mary-lou-doll-painting-by-Collette-Fergus2c-blog-about-charity-auction-for-Beads-of-courage beads of courage charity art auction collette fergus artwork mary lou doll painting wooden bead doll Art Cruises https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919937 Not part of the 52 project but something I wanted to share with my fellow artists....... 030, 26 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919937 Four Seasons in one day! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920033 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/920033 Random Connections https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920048 Only last week I was exhibiting with a group of artists who most of us had the most......... click on image for more 029, 12 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920048 Creative Industries and the Economy https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920102 How are the creative industries doing in this current global economy? Read on...... 019, 6 May 2011 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920102 Art on Barton https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920012 This weekend saw the first street art market for Hamilton called ‘Art on Barton’ This event was designed to get local artists together and.......... 014, 29 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920012 Is the cup half full or half empty https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919967 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/919967 Recap of 2010 Dot Project https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919945 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/919945 Signing your artwork https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920049 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/920049 How bout a kiwi Christmas https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920063 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/920063 Yeah Na! The art of kiwi slang https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919944 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/919944 Christmas Trees https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920062 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/920062 Are Knots an art form? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919948 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/919948 STOP....reworking artwork, who does it and why? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920064 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.........click on image for more 042, 15 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920064 Artists Trading Cards or ATC's for new Zealand Artists https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920103 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/920103 Champagne Chairs...now who would have thought?! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920127 If you ever needed a good excuse to open a bottle of champagne, here’s an excellent one: to take part in the annual........click on image for more 038, 17 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920127 Entering Art Competitions https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920065 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.......click on image for more 037, 10 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920065 Just throw the Dart and see what happens! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920020 Decision making, 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. Im having that dilemma myself at present but mine is more about having too much to do and not enoug 035, 26 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920020 Clouds https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920066 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.....click on image for more 035, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920066 Skulls in art https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920104 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/920104 Piggy Bank savings https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919973 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/919973 Gifts for Artists https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920001 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/920001 Dr Sketchy's in Hamilton, a pre Birthday treat for me! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920080 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/920080 Pecha Kucha, something to do one night! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920019 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/920019 The Eye of Ra https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920050 The Eye of Ra or Horus (as its really called) is a powerful symbol of protection This symbol as shown in my dot picture was frequently used in......click on image for more 033, 9 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920050 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/920115 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.....click on image for more 032, 7 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920115 Is this Art? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920068 You could be forgiven if you thought I didn’t like conceptual art after the fiasco last year with...... 032, 6 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920068 Pocket Rockets Exhibition - Dunedin https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920032 Pocket Rockets Exhibition gets a gold star from me! This exhibition being run by the NZ Art Guilds Tanya Dann, is being held at the Rocda Gallery in Dunedin from the......click on image for more 032, 4 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920032 Making art sales, hard sell or soft sell, heres a couple of tips... https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920105 I know we all hate the hard sell and there is nothing worse than pressuring someone to buy something especially something as personal as ......click on image for more 032, 2 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920105 Infamous paintings.....why? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919911 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.....click on image for more 031, 30 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919911 40 things that could go wrong at an Exhibition Opening night! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920011 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.....click on image for more 031, 27 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920011 Fulling and felting https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920081 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/920081 Crowns, Tiaras you know the fancy headwear for balls and weddings etc https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920110 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/920110 Getting Crafty https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919923 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/919923 The art of Lace https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919970 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/919970 When you need more than one pair of hands...... https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919956 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/919956 Art Quotes and Sayings https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920038 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/920038 Fairfiled Bridge has artistic merit https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919914 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/919914 Flags, what they stand for and such stuff https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919933 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/919933 Colouring in Books https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919984 As a kid I loved to colour in, and would spend many hours doing so, always in competition with my big sis as to who could colour in neater, she usually..... 029, 12 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919984 Rejection from Art Galleries, is it because your work sucks or what? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920051 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/920051 Trends in painting styles and why you should aim to be different https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919989 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/919989 One Size Fits All, an exhibition for NZ artists https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920082 One Size Fits All is a small paintings show for artists from all over new Zealand, primarily to get a huge amount of local artists together in one place and give the public a chance to view a snapshot of as many artists as possible in one viewing! The show has been running for..... 027, 28 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920082 A cold day in hell, well not really….its Hamilton and I like it like that! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919931 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/919931 Poppies, tall poppies, painting poppies, ok just poppies then....... https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919938 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 ....click on image for more 026, 26 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919938 Branding is important for artists https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920042 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/920042 Something about nothing II - lets talk about weird colours just because we can! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919985 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/919985 Tips on photographing your artwork https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919978 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/919978 Window-Dressing an art career https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920131 Once upon a time I trained as a window dresser. These days most stores employ a visual merchandiser instead in that they cover a broader range of merchandise display and not so much the....click on image for more 026, 20 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920131 Caveman Art, the prehistoric stuff https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920021 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/920021 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 Burgundy or Claret…are we talking the colour or the wines? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920069 Burgundy or Claret…are we talking the colour or the wines? Burgundy as a colour is a shade of purplish red usually associated with the Burgundy wine of the same name; this comes from the Burgundy region of France where that particular type..... 025, 14 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920069 Creating a bread & Butter line https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920120 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, often. This is your product that you can re..... 025, 13 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920120 Ikebana, the Art of Japanese floral arranging https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919980 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/919980 Business cards as a tool for artists https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919983 Did you know that in some Asian countries especially Japan, business cards are considered an extension of you, that’s why when they present their.... 024, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919983 Fingernails and the art of painting them https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919916 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/919916 The art of Cooking https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919961 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.....click on image for more 024, 8 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919961 Monarch Butterflies https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920002 Monarchs often appear in my art work. I think they are the most beautiful butterflies you can ever see and I’ve.....click on the image for more 024, 7 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920002 The Art of the Humble Button https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920083 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/920083 Ill Paint you a Rainbow https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919922 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/919922 Lets talk about Pencils, or rather Dry Media and your art. https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920111 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/920111 Fashion and an evening with Annah Stretton https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920084 We all know designing is an art form and I really should talk about fashion in that way but I think what I did last night was much more interesting. Now as some of you would know I like to..... 023, 2 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920084 My obsession with Cocktails https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920121 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/920121 The art of tattooing https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920005 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/920005 The Art of Pottery https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920085 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/920085 Eyesight and art https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920128 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/920128 Cake decorating another artform for those who can! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920017 Cake making and decorating is not my forte; in fact to be honest I’m pretty hopeless 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......click on image for more 021, 22 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920017 Cartoons, cartooning, caricatures and so on.... https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920037 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/920037 I Paint what I see, a poem about Diego Rivera https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920106 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/920106 Whose up for some Papier-mâché https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919981 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/919981 Mosaics https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920052 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/920052 Whats in my art case? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919915 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/919915 What about Op art, or optical illusion art as you probably know it as? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919929 Op art, also known as optical art, is a style of visual art that makes use of optical illusions. Back in.....click on image for more 021, 16 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919929 A Poem about Art https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919932 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/919932 The Art of Dance https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919917 Who doesn’t like to dance other than the shuffling guy with two left feet who whose too self conscious to let himself go with the flow? I’ve always been a bit of a free-styler myself, but don’t ask me to waltz, its not...... 020, 14 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919917 The colour Gold https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920053 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/920053 Knitting, yes its an art too! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919992 I can’t knit, there I’ve said it! My Gran tried to teach me but she gave up after I created a....click on image for more 020, 12 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919992 Stencils in art, from screen-printing to graffiti https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919997 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/919997 A bit about Web Logs https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919930 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/919930 Post Exhibition Blues https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919962 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....click on image for more 020, 9 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919962 The Art of Spiderwebs https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920041 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/920041 Protecting your clothes from art stuff https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920054 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/920054 The colour Silver https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920071 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/920071 Painting a straight line https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/919982 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/919982 Scratchboarding, what is it? https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920055 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.....click on image for more 019, 4 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920055 Antiquing, or simulating the aging of your art using paint effects https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920086 This sort of post should really contain step by step images but I’m going to ask you to try and visualise the techniques as you will come up with variations that will......click on image for more 019, 3 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920086 Salvador Dali, only the best surrealist artist I'd ever want to know! https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920022 Born on May 11th 1904, Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Dali as we know him was a prominent Spanish Catalan surrealist painter, whose work is ....click on image for more 019, 2 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920022 Trompe-L’oeil https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920008 Trompe-L’oeil is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the....click on image for more 018, 1 May 2010 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.collette.co.nz/blog/920008