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Painting Paua / Abalone 

Cropped piece of large wall mural of NZ Seabed.

This was a real challenge. The perfectionist in me needed this to be exactly right, the feel of it, the colours everything had to be exactly as I sensed it should be and I was settling for nothing less. I painted over it three times completely wiping it out and starting again , before I manage to finally get on a roll that felt on the right track.

Relief! That is the feeling when everything else Floyd so easily with this painting and this is completely stopped me in my tracks. The end result I am thrilled with and it sits perfectly and balance with the rest of the painting. 

©Reina Cottier Art

The Magical Wave series…

have decided to do a series, or a theme of paintings. My last post, ‘Splash of Red’, is part  of the series.  Naturally I have been evolving toward this for quite some time, its fairly obvious that I have bits and bobs of the last 2 years of my art all wrapped into one now.

So the latest one I have just completed is this:

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2012

Again, I am really enjoying this piece. It took a bit of ‘sorting out’ , getting the flow of lines correct, making sure everything had a flow, and yet, I didn’t want everything to have the ‘full stop’, i quite like some movement just disappearing off into nothing ness, and some ‘lines’ just not really going anywhere, but yeh within of that, it needed a balanced, or it looked completely off. At one point I had to keep walking away from it for several hours, and returning for that ‘fresh look’, so I could actually see what was happening on the canvas. I chose these colours because  I wanted a real feel of the ocean (blues, greens, teals,) with dynamic energy & power (reds, purples & yellow). The white is fro drama, and also I like how it reminds me of ocean spray, froth, light through water… really love that. The ocean is in my blood and has been since I was born. I have never been able to love too far from the sea, ONCE when I was 19 I loved inland, not far, only about 10km from the sea (here in NZ that is inland! haha) and I loathed it, I felt claustrophobic, I was always trying to get out to the sea, so I made a resolution to never do that again, and since then I have never lived more than about 200m from the waters edge.
So, Im really feeling this series,

it started with this one:

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2012

then the one in the last blog entry with the red.

what next? not sure… I may even end up calling them the Water, Air, Fire, Earth Wave  series…. *thinks* yep.. its heading that way for sure.

Other things  I am working on:

not finished-almost there

also incomplete,… this one has sold, few tweaks to do,.. its almost there.

Face lifts, Kiwiana & Commissions….

I have SOOOOO much to post up…. time has been short, kids back to school, GAWD I LOATHE organising stationery, uniforms, shoes, hats, bags, ack.  It literally does my head in, I so cant stand the stationery thing, I just ordered the pack for both kids online and had it delivered to the house this year, LOL! The thought of trawling through what they do and dont need, esp with books called LBW4a2 and there is a BIG difference between that and the LBW4a3…… argh!!! … enough of that, you get the pic…..

so what have I been creatively up to? face lifting old art of mine!…….

I dug out an old collage the other day and added some metallic paint to it, some antique gold and some bronze, and some shadowing….

rather pleased with how it is evolving, it looked really flat before and sat in the cupboard for about 2 years, because i couldn’t quite put my finger on what I was to do with it… now its getting some depth and I like the ethereal underwater feel to it too…. still much to do.

 

This is another ‘oldie’ I have revamped a little (Im really LOVING giving my older ones a facelift!), this one is all but done now,.. some tidying here and there, a tinted glaze or two, a coat of varnish and done I think!

 

 

and this one I have just started:

this one is little, and has a very ‘Kiwiana’ (New Zealand) feel to it I think. (pronounced Keewee- ar- na) Again, no where near finished, but very happy with the direction Im headed in.

Now, over the next month, as time allows, I have 2 large commissions to do. Both triptychs. Both with text on them, so they are fairly involved, but I am really looking forward to both of them. Luckily both clients have full trust in my ability to deliver, so they are giving me full creative license which is superb. 🙂 Im only going to post progress shots of one of them as I want the other to be a surprise for that particular client. More on that over the next while.

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WHat else? OH yes, the book my art is in, (and I will feature on what looks like from the proof i have just read,  2 pages) is being published soon. Living Artists of Today Volume 1. Mila Ryk from Art & Beyond Magazine is a dream to deal with! She is publishing the book, such an accomplished artist, and talented business woman, Love her!

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OH! I nearly forgot!…. *drum roll please!*…..and I got nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award!!! *skips around the room* so I will be back later today to do all the  things I must to acknowledge this lovely honor and pass it on to others as well…..

watch this space……

xxxx