Cascading Dreams

hi all πŸ™‚

Here is a new series I literally exploded with this last couple of weeks….

it all started with this love affair i have with orbs and/or bubbles and/or planets.

Of course, what evolved was way more than that, my signature ‘swirl’ or koru, made its obligatory appearance and my use of colour was completely in the moment… as is everything i do….

the background of the painting involves lots of water spraying and layering, then I add the design on the top, with colour and shading.

Cascading Dreams 1

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

(c) Reina Cottier Art

(c) Reina Cottier 2013

Sooo enjoying this series… and its not over yet, I feel like I have another few at least inside of me πŸ™‚

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This week…..

Started this the other day (its not complete) …. got all inspired by a combination of what I have done in the past, (one of my first paintings was of Maori designs on top of flowing swirly shapes), and what I have been doing lattely with my stenciling etc… Ive been wanting to experiment with a more commercial look, one that perhaps could be licensed, printed on fabric, or products. I wanted vibrant colours with definite boundaries,

I also did this:

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2012

It sold within a day, had alot of interest in it actually, so was happy about that.
I love the contrasting colours next to each other, really makes the reds/yellows pop out, esp with the dark outline.

So ‘everything in 3’s’ right?

well here’s #3:

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2012

Got several commissions on the go, which is exciting, but a week of sick kids and then me has not been conducive for creatove production…. get well this weekend, and FULL SPEED AHEAD next week. πŸ™‚

bye!

x

Contrasting tones, sprinkles and stencils….

Almost finished this piece above πŸ™‚ I decided I wanted to experiment with contrasting colours, so used the reds/oranges with the greens/teals… and I have to say, Im liking the result so far. This piece didn’t start off so well…. in fact it was painted over at least twice before I felt an ease and flow with what I was doing. Unlike how I usually paint (lightening speed!) I have taken my time with this, lots of pauses, looking, walking away, and revisiting…Β  getting the bones of it on the canvas was not the issue, it was more, what to do with it after that.Β  ‘I decided it was going to be part of my Magical Wave series, and once I had made that decision, it just flowed along (no pun intended!) nicely.

Above is a commission in progress. This one harks back to a style I was doing about a year ago which proved to be really popular, most of the pieces I did in that time sold quickly.Β  I have loved re visiting this style and had forgotten what a great effect my ‘sprinkling’ gives, (putting paint on a scrubbing brush and then flicking the paint onto the canvas by scraping the brush with a palette knife or spatula). I love the colors the client has chosen for me to work with… this actually increases my creativity, but having ‘limits’ i seem to be far more inventive and creative, than when im left to my own devises.

And lastly,Β  I have been experimenting with different stencils and techniques, shading, shadows etc.

Not always feeling like I have to use stencils in my art, but have found a level of satisfaction in being able to merge them with my own paitning style.

Ok thats about it for now…Ive been very busy getting through all these commissions and still have 5 left to complete of 13 in the last 3 months! πŸ™‚ not compaining though, so love it all, and know how blessed I am. πŸ™‚

ciao!