‘Moon’ update… & other stuff Im excited about…

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eventually, decided to go with some NZ fern & flax, this is a start, and like before when I had just done my moon I will now look at it for a week or more everyday, and wonder what it needs, and only when the time is right, can I allow myself to pick up paint and add to it…its a unexplainable thing, its not a mental thing initially, its about a feeling. Its purely internal, and I know if I ‘try’ before that feeling arrives, it will be a disaster, so I wait it out, and all of a sudden i will feel it take a ‘risk’ (cos sometimes, no, most times Im slightly freaking out ‘IS THIS THE RIGHT NEXT STEP?? oh well just do it!”, and most of the time it is.

So until that moment arrives for my moon, I wil keep on with my words and art collages, SOOOOOO enjoying them, totally satisfying to be combining the two talents i have, playing with words, and being artistically creative.  I like to tell a very short story, or should i say send a very short message with them, hopefully inspirational. 🙂

All the art is cropped pieces of my own original art, and the words I chose myself.

©Reina Cottier Art & Reina Cotter NZ Artist. All rights reserved. 2011.

©Reina Cottier Art & Reina Cotter NZ Artist. All rights reserved. 2011.

Amen to that!

I LOVE this!
“You are Beings who intend to come forth and to continue to expand and grow and change. What is the perfect age? “Well, it’s the age where I finally understand my freedom, and I finally understand that I am free to create, and it’s the age that I am at my most beautiful.” And we say, by whose standards? In other words, who gets to decide the perfect age? And we say, rather than determining what the perfect age is, why not decide what the perfect state of being is—and then discover that you can find the perfect state of being at any age.”

Abraham-Hicks™

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“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass… It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

I REALLY love that quote. SO sums up me, my art, my life, everything. (I have no idea who wrote it and there was no one credited with the quote where i found it, so i take no credit for it what so ever).

For years I have ‘waited for the storms to pass’..the old saying ‘this too shall pass’… so we sit it out, bravely, strongly and we wait and hold our breath and its excruciating…instead of stepping right into it, facing it, acknowledging it and realising ‘it’ cant kill us, we just have to change our perception of ‘it’.

So many cliches we are conditioned to live by,its criminal….

.. its still  going to rain, its always going to rain! Learn/change to love it, every single freakin drop..and your whole world will change. I promise. 🙂

Life doesn’t ‘happen to you’, YOU create it.

© Reina Cottier and Reina Cottier NZ Artist, 2011.

things that inspire me creatively…

Im not and never have been a painter of fruit bowls, people or landscapes, -anything that ends up happening to look like one of these is PURELY accidental, not design :-)… oh & dont get me wrong, I have FULL respect for those that do and love it, …I dont. My kicks are from experiences, and feelings, the stuff within. All sounds rather deep and ommm i know, but really this is where im at. I remember at school, art, yip, won all the prizes for COPYING stuff, *sigh* this is so not satisfying for me, there is no expression of me when i copy a photo or a ‘thing’ and draw/paint it onto a page/canvas. I want to get soul stuff down, I want to be real (not for ONE minute saying that painting things like fruit aren’t real of course they are, its relative i guess :))about what i am projecting and what ever is then being perceived is up to the viewer. If someone looks at my art and gets a great feeling or connects with it in anyway that stirs something up for them then i am thrilled. I never want to dictate what thsoe things should be, therefore another reason im not going there with a bowl of roses and such.

Having said all that, yes, lately have investigated the ‘heart’ theme, and have been really enjoying it, .. trying to get it on the canvas in a way that is open for individual perception. Heart to me is about feeling, not something tangible in a solid 3D way, something that can be felt in a million ways.  A heart can be sensual, sensitive, vulnerable, and/or it can be empowered, strong and passionate. SOme hearts are closed for the time being, some are totally free. 🙂

If i have an aversion to something i will often ‘try it out’ just to ‘put it to rest’  once and for all. Sometimes it surprises me that i do enjoy it and the result is ok, or more than ok, and i like that. The Gemini I Am needs these challenges.

this man, (below)Jonas Gerard, is amazing,huge inspiration to me,  he paints to music and has the best philosophies. He paints with his hands too, fingers, palms, he FEELS the paint onto the canvas…  I watch him on Youtube and LOVE his freedom.

                                                  Jonas Gerard live painting. 🙂

~ ‘heART’~

Acrylic on Canvas– © Reina Cottier and Reina Cottier NZ Artist, 2011.

I swore i would never paint a heart, to cliche for me i said, lol! But, well, ……….hmm, here it is.

not too shabby really, and i really like how plump and sexy it looks but sure, not bad for a first effort, maaayyyyybe i will do another in future creations, but dont quote me on that. Added the koru, or spiral of life rocketing out thru the leaves as a point of interest and something dynamic in the foreground.

Still loving my background colours of blues, greens, turquoises and indigos,.. shape & flow SO important to me, probably THE most important part of my work, getting the flow and movement right for what i am wanting to express.