Video update on NZ Seabed mural

 

Work in Progress..
Large commercial commission I have started, this is Panel One, (will be six panels once complete) , this one is New Zealand Seabed (Reina style :)) Featuring kina, anenome, paua, abalone, starfish, scallop, sting ray….
Each panel: 2.4m x 1m

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Colour In Your Life TV Series filming me

EDIT Feb 23 2017:
here is the link its just aired yesterday:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsFmbCjuzgM&t=197s

 
Tomorrow I have the Colour in Your Life film crew here from Australia, to shoot for my episode. These videos are shown on over 26 TV channels around the world.
A days filming. I’ll be demo-ing my art process and talking about my journey and the way I work. I think it’s going to be an awesome day.
I’ll post a link once it goes to air.

About Colour In Your Life

Vision: To build a library of the minds of artists; to preserve a digital record of creative spirit, culture and techniques for future generations.

Put Some Colour In Your Life, or Colour In Your Life, is a television series created by Master Artist and CEO Graeme Stevenson. It began in the small town of Murwillumbah, just south of the NSW/QLD border in Australia, and from this incredibly artistic region has spread out to encompass the arts and artists of Australia, and the world.

The website, which runs in conjunction with the TV Series, was created in the hopes of building an Arts Hub for artists all around the world. Here, it is Graeme’s hope people can share their knowledge, display their work, and learn as much as possible from others. The episodes are also available for viewing, and it is here that Colour In Your Life hopes to create a library of the minds of Artists – a digital record of the many varied talents and techniques of artists that might otherwise have been lost when their time came. The website and television series offers investors, educators, students, teachers, and people all over the world the chance to have access to the enormous creative energy that is part of the minds of right-brained people. Art and what is does for our society is incredibly important to the spirit and souls of all that see it.

In 2011, after the crippling effects of the global financial crisis, it became apparent that people of Australia were no longer going out to buy or enjoy art. Over 50% of galleries across the country were closing, and it occured to Graeme, after working with The Fine Arts Showcase in America, that it was time to take art to a digital platform. Realising that the techniques and knowledge of great artists are often lost once the artist has passed on, Graeme concluded that a television show that captures artists in their studios, creating their pieces, could be utilised as a digital library. He coined the term ‘a library of the minds of artists’, and with this in mind, he made the decision to study Film at a TAFE in Murwillumbah, NSW. By the end of this course, Graeme had produced the first six episodes of the now nationally aired TV Series ‘Put Some Colour In Your Life’.

Put Some Colour In Your Life, often simply referred to as ‘Colour In Your Life’, was fostered in the Green Cauldron of the Northern Rivers, NSW, with much of our opening credits hoping to promote Mount Warning and the stunning landscape. With the largest concentration of artists in the country situated within the Northern Rivers region, the series had some incredible artists come on board in the first few months. It was also during this time that Graeme met and began working with videographer Sophia Stacey.

For approximately the first year, Colour In Your Life aired on paid television channels such as Brisbane 31 and Melbourne 31, gradually building a name for itself. In 2012, the show was nominated for two Logie awards, one being for ‘Best Host’, and the other ‘Best Light Entertainment Program’. In 2012, Colour In Your Life began to air nationally on the network TV 4Me, run by the company Brand New Media.

As time progressed, Graeme began to further develop the website to match the television series, wanting to offer artists around the world a communal place they could speak, share ideas and information, and enjoy the show. A ‘Facebook for Artists’, as it were. This was developed simultaneously with the Colour In Your Life Facebook page, and now both interact seamlessly in an effort to further promote the great artists of this country.

The series has since been picked up by free-to-air New Zealand, Sky TV, Foxtel Aurora 183, and Virgin Airways worldwide, and Graeme is in constant talks with agents in America, and other parties interested in the series across the world. Receiving frequent feedback from other countries such as America, Canada, Europe, Scotland, South America and the Philippines, Graeme perseveres knowing that his artistic message is reaching people around the globe.

It was during the middle of the year in 2012 that Graeme and the team were approached by the Junee Correctional Facility, about the amazing impact the show had had on the inmates and their rehabilitation. From this, the Junee Gaol Episode was filmed, in which Graeme and several of the Colour In Your Life Team went inside the prison to teach the inmates. After this incredible experience, Graeme realised that there were more people across the country that didn’t have access to their creative rightbrain, and he began the process of creating the Paint Your Life Foundation. This Foundation will one day be able to provide creative outlets for all manner of people unable to access it on their own, from the elderly in nursing homes, people or children suffering from disease or illness, and prison inmates.

At the conclusion of the Sixth Season in late 2013, with the one of a kind and never before attempted episode on ‘The Three Amigos‘, it was decided that Colour In Your Life would travel to New Zealand during its Seventh Season, to film some of the incredible artists in their beautiful country. It is Graeme’s hope, however, that Colour In Your Life will soon be able to travel to countries all over the world, filming artists in their studios and preserving that knowledge and craft for future generations.

Whale / Tohora Commission 

This is a commission for a friend. Ive painted loads of whales, but decided to change the angle of this, I wanted it to more dramatic. I akso, for the first tine am using acrlic markers for some of the detailing , certainly alot faster than brush & ink.
Really happy how it’s progressing so far 🙂

Acrylics, Inks, Acrylic markers.
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“Doing it my way, doing it with flair”

 

 

hi all, Just a quick post, here is the link to a fab piece written about me & my arty endeavours. Also mentions a very large project coming up that I am in the middle of sorting…..

Feature Article on Reina Cottier in ‘Coromandel Goodness”

Inner Goddess

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Every now and then I have what I call a ‘shift’ in my creative expression
This was one of them 🙂 This magical goddess appeared suddenly while I was fluffing around with mixed media, having my usual fun, music blasting, half dancing, swaying around the studio… boom, there she was 🙂 !!

Wow i thought… this is something I really resonate with, something I can get VERY excited about. I knew she was going to be the first in a series… the ‘Inner Goddes’ series, number One.
How very satisfying.

She is availbale for purchase Please message me if interested.
reinacottier@gmail.com

thanks…

and oh, the usual shenannagins going on over at my FB page if you’d like to join me there 🙂
http://www.facebook.com/reinacottierart

©Reina Cottier Art

Recently Completed Works

After a  somewhat prolific painting period in Feb/MArch, I was so pleased to be able to have some of these on display for the Mercury Bay Art Escape (Studio tour) recently. Also  happy that some sold, and some are going to 2 separate galleries in our region.
I am totally loving my new abstract pieces, harking back to my first days of painting, and combining with some techniques both learned/inspired from others, and also self discovery as I go.

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and last but not least , a commission I completed for a man who owns a Bed & Breakfast on the shores of our beautiful Lake Taupo, named after our native owl, ‘Ruru’, with views of the lake, and Mt’s Tongariro, Ngarahoe & Ruapehu. He asked for the owl to be the feature and for it to be set at night….I was really pleased with how it turned out.101 with sig

 

(All image posted are ©Reina Cottier Art. All rights reserved)

Colouring Book- 23 Pages

Colouring Book- 23 pages, combines my books One & Two, with 3 NEW images.
Falcon, Kiwi and my Maori/pacifica inspired design, Legend.
Beautiful images with a distinct Pacific/Native/Cultural art feel to them.
Each image taken from my original paintings.
23 Images.
A4 size.
Each page has a blank reverse side, so can be removed from book and displayed if desired.
Images include: various NZ/pacific island inspireddesigns, falcon, kiwi, seahorse, lotus, angel,2 x owl, peacock, dolphin, elephant, whale, tui bird, tribal moon goddess, hibiscus. -scroll thru pics to see them all.

All Original Designs by Reina Cottier.
All images are ©Reina Cottier Art. All rights reserved.

BUY HERE: http://www.etsy.com/reinacottierart

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BUY HERE: http://www.etsy.com/reinacottierart

 

Reina Cottier Art Colouring Book. Series One

Reina Cottier Art Colouring Book. Series. One

 

 

collage for promo 4

collage for promo 1

collage for promo 2

collage for promo 5

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BUY HERE: http://www.etsy.com/reinacottierart

Tribal Moon finished, & Work in Progress…

 

 

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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……
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In Progress

and then this as well

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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:
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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

Mystical Birds now finished

July 12 sig©Reina Cottier Art 2014

SOLD

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SOLD

loving creating these mythological, mystical Reina style creatures!!

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

xx

Peacock Feathers, Tribal decoration & Birds

 

 

 

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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:

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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
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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 😉

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SOLD

June 12

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SOLD

June 16

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SOLD

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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 🙂