Gallery Feature & other creative obsessions released….

Hi all! Ok, so whats been happening, let me think…

I started and finished a painting in lightening speed last week, the whole thing fromm go to woe (not incl drying time) was about 3 hours. I had a vision, and aside from a few “OMG that looks so wrong”! moments, which were quickly painted over, it was a rather smooth enjoyable process. I got it in my head last week that i wanted to paint an eye…bordered on obsession actually, I was sketching eyes in my sketch book at midnight one night and knew i had to paint it the next day, the eye was created rather quickly with no real hassles, then i knew i wanted some korus (spirals-we call them korus here in New Zealand, its a Maori word) underneath it, and I also knew i wanted some circular somethings around it, …. that was the loose plan, and it all just had to unfold.

So here it is… apart from edges and varnish, its done. Im calling it: “Eye Catching”

©Reina Cottier. 2011

Oh, and then i had a huge ‘hippy-love-peace-flowerpower’ moment (I have them often, im a beach surf paisley girl from wayyyyy back!), and in a flurry of ‘F the housework I want to paint today!’ (the house is a total tip but i dont care), I decided NEEDED to do fiddly detail amongst a carnival of colour. ….. so sat down with a fresh canvas and started  this (minus the detail of dots and such) in about an hour (Ive never been able to do ANYTHING slowly, its just not part of my make-up), its all or nothing.

so its obiously not finished, no where near, but i needed to add some detail to get a feel for where it was all going and the overall result, once Id done that, i could then see parts clearly where i needed to change the colour, (hence the big white out bottom left, that was green, now going to be orange, and im going to stencil in some patterns over it). Loving the summery feel (its summer here at last!!), and how light and bright it is. 🙂


Still working on this… really enjoying this one… 🙂


and experimenting with stencils (a grill from our old fireplace guard) around the edges of this….


so yes, been productive artistically, , housework has suffered, dont really care….. there is a very fine line between having my own needs met (creatively) and meeting those of a mother, partner, etc etc. Im a better person if i walk that line with putting myself slightly first.  Im happier, calmer, and well, lets face it, nicer all round!

Oh yes! lastly, I was featured in the Together Arts website gallery for this month, here’s the link if you are interested:  (sorry not sure how to load up a link properly).

bye for now, have a great weekend! 🙂

8 thoughts on “Gallery Feature & other creative obsessions released….

  1. Once again, your colors are wonderful! I love the stencilwork you’ve added to the last painting, it give it a nice touch. Looking forward to seeing these completed as you continue! Happy painting!

  2. thanks for your lovely comments! That stenciling was trial and error, i had to sponge it on and not try and let it bleed *heart pounding stuff* HAHA. Still, now that i have broken through that barrier 😉 I can move onto other things and other stencils.

  3. Housework, always housework! I dare say men do not have this distraction while creating…(LOL) And I do not know a single woman artist that doesn’t fret over housework while working. It must be encoded in our DNA!

    Wonderful work, and good for you for resisting the evil pull of housework!


    1. you’re right Laura they (men) dont! LOL, bless their cotton socks! My partner announced 3 hours ago he was ‘going out to the garage to make a face’ (he does clay sculpturing) and I haven’t seen a single peep of him, needless to say its a rainy sunday and the kids are going insane to put it mildly! HAHA. Im getting better at it, WAY better,… a year ago i would have made sure nearly everything was done, so i could justify to myself that it was ‘ok’ to paint *sigh*, how ridiculous! SO glad I have moved RIGHT away from that mindset now. Thanks for your support, very appreciative. xxx

    1. thanks deshipley! Im kind of really digging that one too, its actually ALOT more intense in colour in real life, my stoopid mob phone camera does these pieces no justice what so ever. Im going to keep at this one in my spare time (*laughs hysterically at the thought of ‘spare time’*), and see what evolves. 🙂 thanks for stopping by, glad you were caught up with the eye.

  4. You’ve had a very productive creative time lately! How wonderful… and welcome to the messy house club… 100 years from now do you think anyone is going to care that there were some dirty dishes in the sink while we painted? They will get done eventually. I love the stencil work on the last painting too… It’s so much fun to experiment! Great job!

    1. thankyou Deb! I love your uplfiting, supportive comments… and you are SO RIGHT, who gives a rats eh? (its all self inflicted, I have THE most supportive partner, family, they dont care what I do, or not do ;)). have a great day!

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