Kiwiana, Silver Fern & Tui Bird

New Zealand has many native flora and fauna.
We are blessed with some of the most stunning native bush in the world.
We live between native bush and the sea, so I get to go bush walking when ever I want to.
I could load up 100 pics 🙂 of my walks if i wanted to, but i wont , (collective sigh of relief lol)…
here are 3 to show you where i get my inspiration from………

Mamaku 2

Mamaku 1

Mamaku 3

….to then paint things like this:
Silver Fern 1000 with sig

©Reina Cottier Art.  (Sold)

and, right outside my bedroom window in spring, are gorgous wee chaps like this Tui bird,
(another native of New Zealand),
talking away, clicking and singing with what sounds alot like a bell bird at times.
The stunning ‘metallic’ colours on this bird are mesmerising to me, these pics dont really show the deep gun metal grey, emerald greens and deep turquoises…the subtle nuances of them are what fascinate me, not a blaring vibrant “look at me” type thing, but more, an elegance, (esp with that ‘cloak’ of feathers around its nape), and a slight arrogance in a way. They are quite naturally tame, you can get within a metre or so when they are feeding and they dont mind at all.

Tui Collage

so here are 2 of my Tui paintings:

Tui 1 1000 with sig

©Reina Cottier Art (sold)

Tui 2 1000 with sig

©Reina Cottier Art (sold)

hope you enjoyed a taste of Kiwiana in this post.

As always, im rampantly active on FB if you want to chat there 🙂
(my FB link to the right of this post)

or email me: reinacottier@gmail.com

xxx

Firefly, Feline, Butterfly & Bird

I was commissioned to do 2 paintings, one of something with a firefly in it, and one with a feline theme.

Below are the finished pieces, owner is very happy 🙂

firefly final©Reina Cottier Art 2014 feline final©Reina Cottier Art 2014

This Butterfly was something light and fun I did as a ‘fill in’ with all my Xmas commissions. I find I need a break from the commissions all the time, so I stay fresh and inspired. butterfly final

©Reina Cottier Art 2015.

This is a cropped piece of a Tui bird tail (Native bird of New Zealand), I have painted 3 of these birds now and I always start with the tail and complete that first, then I build the rest of the painting around it. I will post the whole three complete soon.

tui tail in progress

©Reina Cottier Art 2014

Reina Cottier Art Calendar 2016

2016 CALENDAR AVAILABLE
(second pic shows cropped pieces of images in the calendar)

please message me at:
reinacottier@gmail.com

for pricing and shipping to you.

calendar 2016 final for dremus calendar 2016 final promo

Whales & Dolphins

I succumbed, and finally painted a dolphin. 🙂 ‘Reina Style’ of course 🙂

Here is the result, the hardest part was getting the shape of the dolphin right, I had about 4 goes at it

until I was satisfied it looked right (in perspective).  The rest was easy, so much fun, like coloring in when you were a kid!

dolphin©Reina Cottier Art 2014
SOLD

SImilar thing with the whales below, getting the shape right was the most important thing and what I

focussed on. After that, it just flowed……

whale 2 (1)©Reina Cottier Art 2013
SOLD

 

Whale500 x 200  final-sig©Reina Cottier art 2014
SOLD

 I have a 3rd whale on the go, a commission, and perhaps there is another dolphin inside me somewhere…?

as usual, you can contact me at: reinacottier@gmail,com if there are any queries. 🙂

Tis all for now… bye. x

May update:

May 20(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

So, continuing with my latest obsession:

my ‘Shades of White’ series #5 above, complete and sold. This one is my favourite!

Totally in my element to be painting these at the moment, loving the backgrounds, they look like a mix of galaxy and marble to me. I create them with a combo of water spraying, sponging and big/wide paint brush on its side,  I layer this up, and sometimes let dry inbetween layers, but because Ms Gemini here needs INSTANT results, we are not too fond of ‘waiting for things to dry’, no, noooooo waiting for me…. of course, IF I do have to wait, I have another 6 paintings to continue on with on my never ending conveyor belt of creations. 🙂

………also completed and sold #4 below: May 15 final iphone(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

and I have started 2 more!

in progress: May 22

in progress:

May 21

ON A ROLL!!!!

*but quietly wonders when it will end?- who cares!*

back with completed updates soon.

Have a good weekend everyone.

xxx

Lack of passion is fatal

 

I have been putting some well known quotes on my art (couldnt find the author of this one).

Many things are happening in my neck of the woods, … but its late and no time to write more just now,

so back tomorrow to add some more……

till then….

ciao.

A Splash of Red!

(c) Reina Cottier 2012

My latest offering. And I love it.

I love the red & purple contrast, I love the teal to offset them both, and the white& yellow for some drama… I think it flows, it has movement and is fluid. It tool a really shor time to do and as usual I just stopped and it was finished. A few tiny tweaks and yeh…done. I feel like this is a simple yet interesting piece, there is nothing there, yet there is a story to me.  For me a really nice mix of some of my ‘very detailed’ and completely plain. 🙂

Things are berserk here, this week has been the MOTHER of all weeks for me for art sales. But as always for me, it is never about the money, thats just a wonderful side effect, its about connection with people, its about being able to stir something inside of someone so they are ‘moved’ enough to want that piece of them/me that ‘I’ have created. I put ‘I’ in inverted commas because Im still not sure where it all comes from. This ‘thing’ that ‘I’ do, is it me? is it something else? (rhet)

SO, Im selling faster than I can produce right now, which is kinda fun. Suddenly Ive going from ‘working’ part time to full time, and I am SO HAPPY that I ‘work’ from home, this has been my blessing. I can control where, when, what and why…. PERFECT. This is how all the needs and wants in my life are met, and ART plays a massive role in that… I must be creating at least 4 days a week or I am not ‘Reina’.

I have 3 commissions to do before end of June, YAY! love it! its good to challenge myself with ‘boundaries’ once in a while.

I have about 5 paintings in progress right now, but cant load them up for some reason. …

next time.

ciao my friends. x

SOLD!

Skite time! I thought, since all I have been doing is packaging up paintings to ship away, I would take 5 mins to have a ME moment and share all my sold paintings in the last 2 months!Its been an abundant time in my on all levels, (there is actually one more, that I dont have a pic of, another commission that I took to Australia.)

(c) Reina Cottier 2012

      (c) Reina Cottier 2012

(c) Reina Cottier 2012

 

(c) Reina Cottier 2012

 

                 (c) Reina Cottier 2012

(c) Reina Cottier 2012

(c) Reina Cottier 2012

(c) Reina Cottier 2012

(c) Reina Cottier 2012

…and I have another commission to start in the next week or so.

🙂