Shades of White

well this series happened quite by ‘accident’ ….

I painted the background of #1 and then doodled a very fast design straight onto the canvas and painted the outline of it white, as I always do as a prep for the rest to come… the COLOUR, the signature ‘Reina colour’ 🙂 ……

I posted an ‘In Progress’ pic on my FB page and got an overwhelming response of: “its FAB as it is!!” … so, a new series was born…

this is the finished result of the first one:

#1 (18″ x 36″-for sale)
Shades of White #1(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

#2 (20″ x 24″ Sold)

Shades of White #2(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

and this one i started yesterday, still in progress: (SOLD)

Shades of White #3 in progress(C) Reina Cottier Art 2013

I feel like I have another few of these left inside me yet 🙂

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oh and in other news, my art is one of 52 artists featured in the wonderful e-book:

52 Prescriptions for Happiness- by Joe Dunn & Mali Apple.

Link here:
http://www.amazon.com/52-Prescriptions-Happiness-Inspiration-ebook/dp/B00CHU9PSO/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

this is the pic they used:
FINAL GAIA SPEAKS“Gaia Speaks”-by Reina Cottier
(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

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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Summer is so inspiring!!

Blogging via my phone today so please excuse any errors etc….
(thats me on the left up there with my good friend, we are at Big Bay, Manukau Heads, New Zealand)

So loving the summer feeling so inspired by everything around me. Nothing like the healing powers of sun on the water , or the brilliant hues of sunset being saluted by the obligatory glass of wine.
Its been school holidays here so painting has been in short intense spurts, a day here 2 days there, so everything comes put at once .

so here are a few things i find really inspiring….things like TURQUOISE i LOVE…

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peacock shades and beautiful imagery…..

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turquoise colour within something spiritual……

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and surf art…. love the vibrancy, the ocean energy…..

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and lastly, my second ‘home’, Tairua, NZ…..

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All of the paintings below are in progress…….

Pretty full on right now…… :)

That time again! More activity in Reina’s cavern of creation!  So, where to start?

Did this as a fun thing one day, sort of over time really, but it all came together in a flourish of swirls, teal, white and purple, and started to look really interesting…..

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2012

I post everything I create on Facebook on my art page, and it was clear that this was a hit 🙂 Two lovely ladies wanted it, one in Oz and one in USA…..and as of right now it is winging its way across the Pacific to USA. I look at this and see real New Zealand flavour,… purely unintentional of course, but i see lots of korus and flowing interlocking shapes and lines,  Loving the clear colours and feel of movement, and the elements, like i see wind/air, water, earth,,,, and even fire. The winds of change!

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This one below is a commission I did for a friend in Alaska,  she chose the colours and the basic feel of what she was after and left the rest to me:

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2012

This is a smaller sized piece for me, its 12″ x 16″, and at first I wondered if I was going to be able to ‘do my thing’ on such a little canvas, but it worked really well and I felt i was still able to get the feeling of movement with the shape, line and colors that I wanted to. I have shown her pics and she loves it. 🙂 This lady is all about loven light, so it was a total pleasure to be able to zone into that whilst creating that for her.

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13 commissions,  3 down, 10 to go…….. 🙂

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Lastly, finally the hard copy of the book I have been published in has arrived! It looks really professional, and im thrilled with how my art is showcased. Some really awesome artists have been chosen for this book so I felt honored to be amonst such talent.

there I am, third row down, second from left,

if anyone wants a look online its here: (im pages 26 & 27 :))

http://issuu.com/art_beyond/docs/livingartistoftoday_international_vol1?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222

or to buy it from Amazon go here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1469171082/ref=tag_dpp_yt_edpp_rt?_encoding=UTF8&ie=UTF8&redirect=true&redirect=true&s=books%23tags

Ciao for now my friends, hope you are all well & happy.

Arohanui.

Reina.x

Holland, Alaska, Australia….Im everywhere :)

I have 4 commissions to complete in the next month or so, so I have about 6 paintings on the go at the moment. Due to a rather, in fact insanely busy time in my life, I have not been painting as regularly as I normally do… this week finally have been able to get right into it with very little interruption.

I have made a start on 2 of the commissions:

the top one, the client said:  ‘do whatever you want’ ,

the bottom one is to compliment another painting of mine this person bought last month,..she wants them either side of her bed. So I had guidelines for the colours used and shapes etc.

Both are going to Australia.

This one below sold before it was finished and I completed it and was posted to Australia yesterday:

(c) Reina Cottier 2012

Im waiting on a canvas I have ordered to arrive so I can start a big painting togo to Holland, 🙂

and there is also one going to Alaska, a lovely little one that I have started, just the background so far, but looking really good.

My practice boards are getting a total workout, always trying out different techniques and colour combos, I have two main things going on right now…

1/dark background with lighter bold shapes and/or stneciling… and

2/ light bright spring colours, (not pale summer colours) but more intense blues, greens, purples, yellow, white… combining them in a way that best expresses my feeling,

really enjoying where I am at with my art/process at the moment, fell like I am able to combine all my experience with what is inside of me and adequately create that feeling. 🙂

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

March was huge…..

HI everyone!

March was so busy for me! omg, conpleted 2 commissions, and sold 3 other paintings,as well as organising other art paraphernalia to go overseas.

Somewhere inbetween i managed to start 2 more paintings this being one of them:

felt the need, with such a short summer, to have some greens and yellows, then of course, I have to have the contrast, so threw in the purple and blue….really liking it so far, ..it pulls me in, I feel light when I look at it, so i really want to be careful not to make it too ‘heavy’ both visually and energetically, I want to keep the ‘uplift’ factor going.

And I loved my Heart Soul Whole (see previous blog entry) so much, I started  a version of it for myself, not triptych, no words….

(c) Reina Cottier 2012

obviously not complete, and its big, which i like, big bold piece will be perfect in my entrance way.

Sold this one:

a fun thing i did in a very short space of time…didnt feel the need to add to it, even though i knew it was quite basic and simple, i liked that. 🙂

and sold this one finally, a fave of mine, went to Australia….

(c) Reina Cottier 2012

Off to Oz on Thursday with commission #2, all but complete, looks fantastic, will post a pic when complete.Staying for 4 nights, really looking forward to it, some shopping in Sydney, seeing some friends, and family. Cant wait. 🙂

Complete and progress…. 2 Triptych’s….

this one is finished, being shipped tomorrow:
(c) Reina Cottier Art 2012

I am thrilled with this, it is exactly how i wanted it to look/feel. In fact, i am so happy with it, I have started a similar one for myself to keep. 🙂 … on one huge canvas and no words, slightly different layout. The ‘client’ (who is now a beautiful friend) is really ecstatic, I sent her a pic of the finished piece, so that is extremely gratifying. Good to know we were on the same wavelength.

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My 2nd commission this month has started, also a triptych, also three words, one on each panel , this one is for an office boardroom, … here’s my progress so far, only about 30% done so far:

as usual my pic does the colours no justice… way more vibrant and intense….. the three words art going in the black spaces- in keeping with the company colours/brochure of gold writing on black background,, i will copy the same font as the brochure as well. …. its flowing along well, no hiccups, all good.

 

 

 

seascape, zen, choirs & travel but no summer!

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2012. Seascape Insight
 
A very quick creation i did a couple of weeks ago,…fast and fun,..those are the ones i enjoy the most…. they are really ideal, these little ones, for gifts too, and im enjoying being able to do that.
 
 
Been finishing my commission ‘Heart, Soul, Whole’  triptych, and its all but ready… just varnishing it as we speak and it will be shipped next week, pics to come tomorrow.
Most of my time has been spent on that, I have also started another hibiscus/hippy/paisley style paining as that one proved ot be exceptionally popular, selling a print, 2 cushions and a bag in one day! I have had 4 offers to buy the original but I, unusually, dont want to sell it…well not yet anyway, there nearly always comes a time when i do, but this one is in my kitchen area and looks great, brightens everything up, good feel to it! (esp since we have had THE most CRAP summer you could ever imagine… ‘what summer??’ i mean to say.
 
Recently i was honored that a  Canadian choir form Ottawa, have used one of my paintings for their promotional brochures, posters etc for their next big concert. I think they have chosen perfectly (Voices of the Earth theme), and it looks amazing in the poster:
 
 
And this one below is finished now, my Zen Flower. Got a little fiddly toward the end, but we got there, it was one of those ones that roared out fo the gate from the start, then sat and looked at me for a few months 🙂 that one where you are just not quite sure how much more to do, or not to do… im gald i ‘stopped there’ and tweaked the detail a bit and …done.
 
(c) Reina Cottier 2012. Zen Flower
 
Im off to Sydney (Australia) at the end of this month to hand deliver my next commission which i have just started, (pics coming soon), its for my Uncles boardroom in his offices and I haven’t seen him in the longest time (we are really close ) that it seemed appropriate to give it to him with a big hug as well. 🙂 so 5 days in Sydney on my own should be AWESOME! (I love travelling by myself) and im SO looking forward to catching up with my Uncle, some fabulous contacts I have made thru my art, (one being the commission i have just finished), my friends there, and another lady (also thru my art) whio I may be doing a book with! 
Its all go I tell ya! lol!
 
Im sure there are things i have forgotten to write, but ill be back later with more pics and such.
Hope you are all well and rocking your worlds!
Reina.x

‘Heart, Soul, Whole’, & Cool bags I made………

Made these AWESOME bags in Zazzle with my Hibiscus Dream painting… cant belive how good they look… just loaded them up and sold one within hours! (and a cushion/pillow of the same design 🙂   If you want a peek, go here: http://www.zazzle.com/hibiscus_dream_rickshaw_messenger_bag-210306275512449984

ok, what else?? …..  Im allowed to keep y’all up to date pic-wise with my latest commissioned piece, (it WAS going to be a surprise, but she asked to see a progress shot, curiosity got the better of her 🙂 love it)…. the specs were, a triptych, each panel 10″ x 30″ (so overall size of 30″ x 30″) and the words, heart, soul & whole, were to go on a panel each. Im all but finished it, not quite, …. it was a remarkably easy and quick process, I knew which style of my paintings she liked so the design and colors just came. I wanted to make sure the panels were able to be separted too, so when i was designing it I made sure of that. I LOVE the colours in this one, they make my heart sing… all my faves bundled into one.

its about 70% done here… and today I painted the text on it, and it looks fab, ill post an updated shot when its finished. Something about this piece im really connected with, not ‘to‘, with.  Im not emotionally attached to this at all, its like being a surrogate mother, you always know its going elsewhere, but the birthing process still requires a connection. But in a detached way, it certainly does something for me when i am creating it and viewing it. A really contented smile is all I can think of to describe it. NOT smug, NOT proud, just content, peaceful.

WELL! that was deep huh???!!! LOL!!

what else? oh yes! I made (online) cushions to sell with my Hibiscus dream finished piece! this one:

©Reina Cottier Art Hibiscus Dream

Zazzle now make VERY cool cushions, see top right of my blog page for a pic of it! I think it looks awesome as a cushion…now here’s hoping Zazzle deliver as good as the pic! I have already sold 2, only posted it for sale 3 days ago!

and this is nearly done too…

loads more things happening in the pipeline, but will have to be in another blog entry now, or I’ll be here all night!

take care, talk soon…Reina.x