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

Reina Cottier Art Calendar 2016

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

please message me at:
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for pricing and shipping to you.

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Tribal Moon finished, & Work in Progress…

 

 

Aug 6th iphone 650 sig

©Reina Cottier Art
Finished and Sold.

Was really pleased with this slightly newish direction I have taken lately,

Ive taken my detailing to a whole new level, and really loving the results,

feeling like im in a real transition period 🙂 so that then lead to this work in progress……
WIP aug 10 sig ©Reina Cottier Art
In Progress

and then this as well

Goddess wip©Reina Cottier Art
In Progress

Not sure how much colour im going to put into these 2 above, not much i feel.

and lastly, …this in progress as well:
WIP Peacock 2 sig ©Reina Cottier Art

Currently working on 8 paintings, have completely 2 whales, have a dolphin going, a lotus, and another frangipani painting.
Of course, I love it, and can only operate this way, if I only have one or two paintings on the go, I feel listless and bored & it never feels enough.

ok, must go, talk soon people.

xxxx

Work in Progress

Artwork in Progress


July 31 wip 4
©Reina Cottier Art 2014

Moon Goddess’s #1 & #2 almost done,

#1 needs a lot of work on the face & some tribal decoration to be put on her neck,

I still have to do some shading on #2 face and finish her hair at the front and a few other minor tweaks,

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Dolphin #3 in progress, always love my dolphins, this one only really just started,

July 31 wip 5©Reina Cottier Art 2014

WIll finish Tribal Moon within a week I would expect, and Moon Goddess’s wont be far behind. 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂

x

Mystical Birds now finished

July 12 sig©Reina Cottier Art 2014

SOLD

July 13 sig©Reina Cottier Art 2014

SOLD

loving creating these mythological, mystical Reina style creatures!!

now….. must finish my lotuses as see where thats going to lead me 🙂

xx

ommm Lotus time …..

 In Progress:

Been wanting to include a lotus in a painting for a while,

but again, needed to wait until it felt right, and again, not wanting it to look like  a ‘real lotus’,…

so Reina-fied these 2 and managed to start a couple of paintings that I am REALLY enjoying…..

July 11 sig©Reina Cottier Art 2014
In progress

both SOLD.

🙂

Peacock Feathers, Tribal decoration & Birds

 

 

 

©Reina Cottier Art 2014

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My lovely partner is a house painter, and came home with what was leftover of  the most beautiful fuchsia coloured  paint, called ‘Center Stage’ (<<love it) – so, being acrylic paint, I asked if I could have it, and created this beauty with it.
A carry on from my peacock phase , and I added some of my Reina style tribal/cultural designs to it, and I must say Im rather pleased with what the outcome was 🙂

that then led to this:

July 1 sig©Reina Cottier Art 2014
SOLD

Needing a change of direction 😉 I then decided to try my hand at some ‘birds’. I use the word ‘bird’ loosely.. I loathe giving anyone an expectation, cos I like my ‘creatures’ to be anything really,.. lets just call them ‘flying creatures’ – they do look a little mystical/mythological…. so these 3 were produced in (again) rather quick succession, and I really loved them. The top one is finished, and the bottom 2 are still in progress, but not too far off being done.

There is a  little piece of me in all my paintings of course, but these were a big piece of me 🙂

JUly 3©Reina Cottier Art 2014
available for sale
July 8

©Reina Cottier Art 2014
In Progress & both SOLD

Ill post up finished pics of those 2 once done, not far off now. 🙂

Phew, finally catching up on this blogging thing 🙂

 

Tropical Influence

 

At the beginning of May I spent 9 days in Fiji. I had been there before, once as a child, and again when I was 7 months pregnant (NOT recommended with the heat- blah), but this time was different.

I went with my kids (I have 2 girls aged 8 and 10) and a friend who is a  solo mum, and her son. I can honestly say I have never had a holiday quite like it,… it was a combined thing, the visuals, the experiences, the people, the …. energy.

I shed a few tears going to the airport to come home, the Fijian people are so loving, warm & generous with everything they do & say…it was sad to say goodbye to all our new friends- the staff at the resort. 🙂

Anyway, a few days after we got back we moved house, so it took me a while to catch up with myself and get my groove on creatively….once I had ‘that’ back, I painted these 5 in quick succession. 🙂  the first four all sold fairly quicky, the last one is waiting for its owner to claim it 😉

May 10th sig

©Reina Cottier art 2014
SOLD

June 19 sig

©Reina Cottier Art

SOLD

June 12

©Reina Cottier Art

SOLD

June 16

©Reina Cottier Art
SOLD

June 20 sig©Reina Cottier Art

available for sale

Am I done with my tropical phase? not sure, definitely for the moment although I can feel element of it coming thru in my Lotus seris Im working on right now….yes yes… pics soon,  ..wow I am so behind with things in here, need to catch up,,,, got loads of things to show you all.

🙂 xx 🙂

My first Owl painting

Owl Painting - Reina Cottier Art©Reina Cottier Art 2014

ta dah!! 🙂
this sold within 3 minutes of me posting it online, and sold for the most I have ever charged for a painting of this size.
I put alot of time & energy into this creature, making sure he was exactly as I felt he should be.

All in all, very happy with the outcome 🙂

Merging new and old

This month has been soooo busy, and we are only 2/3 of the way through.
Well, my shades of white series has morphed into a combo of lots of different styles,

Im revisiting the old, the VERY old, the just last year and the new with technique, style & how I am painting at the moment.
Also, quietly noticing how bored I am becoming with my creations, no sooner have I started a piece,  i am over it…..

….Its not that I dislike it, quite the opposite in fact, I love it, but my rate of ideas, and creative output is too fast for my time allowance and physical speed of painting. No sooner have i come up with an idea, its not even born and im onto another, lol, not sure this is a good thing, but im just going with it for now, not giving it too much attention. 😉

So, first up is a series of 10″ x 10″ i did, this is a selection of them

collage10x10(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

these proved very popular and 3 were sold before they were finished.

I also finished these 2 below, top one has sold:

July 9 (2)(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

July 7(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

This one had taken me a while, I started it in early May, unusually taking a long time on it, not sure why, but I am really pleased with how it turned it, and it sold about 15 mins after being posted up online:

Kiwi Sun Surf (c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

I found my balinese stamps whilst looking for something else one day, so had a little play

around with those in the background of these 2 paintings,

I really like the subtle detail they add to the painting, not ‘taking it over’ but just a little interest 🙂

July 16 (2)(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

July 7 (2)(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

Back soon with some pics of current artworks in the pipeline,
until then, take care,

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

Marching on…

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When it is overcast outside and my studio seems a little dull and dark,i have this amazing industrial light that my partner put up for me,

its fantastic,  so light and bright and perfect for varnishing, can see any imperfections immediately.

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so these three are what I have been working on for the last week or so,

really enjoying the bright clearness of summer that gets into my bones and reflects in my art……..

all in progress :

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All images (c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

and last but not least, some more Reina inspirations:

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Tribal Turquoise

Tribal Portal (c) Reina Cottier 2013

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

Finished! so happy with how this turned out, and sold it the same day. 🙂
Doesnt get much better than that.

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levaing you with a  collage I have done of things that inspire my creativity,
I often get asked what inspires me with regards to my art :)How to answer that with words, when it really is visual and sensory to me. Its not only colour, shape and textures, but also experiences, emotions & thoughts…..So here is a collage of about .001% of things that inspire me, that stimulate my senses, so I then use my language of shape and colour to express that inner experience. ♥

Inspiration Collage Reina Cottier Art

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Tribal, Koru

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©Reina Cottier Art.All rights reserved

(c) Reina Cottier Art. 2012

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I also continued on with my’ TRIBAL’ series,  which I LOVE doing…

as always there is very little planning with any of my paintings, they are all just go with the flow, most of the time I have no idea what the final result will look like and I just play it out as it evolves.

IF i try to plan something it never flows & I often end up leaving it for months before it is finished.

I am currently working on a mix of both, tribal and sun/surf, and its really exciting for me,..

seeing all my styles coming together like a story intertwining.

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