Carnival Peacock

Peacock 10

 

This, just finished, is a commissioned peacock from a wonderful friend of mine
from my school days.
There is something really liberating about using these colours, something uplfiting
and joyous. Reminded me of a carnival.

Peacock 10

Recently Completed Works

Offering

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.

Abstract 1

108

Offering

 

102

 

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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)

The Dreamcatcher- A childrens book by Reina Cottier & Dhyana Muir

The Dremacatcher - book by Dhyana Muir & Reina Cottier

PUBLISHED! the creative collaboration by my life long friend Dhyana and myself….

The Dreamcatcher is a book that honours both daydreaming and night dreaming as the voice of our soul and our unique creative force in the world.  Written to ignite and validate dreams, and visions of children, to help develop self esteem and an awareness of the power of imagination.

The Dreamcatcher is a mythical presence in the book overseeing, and interpreting the various dreams of children bringing positive messages and encouragement.
There is also an introduction to meditation techniques built into the storyline which can help sooth those having difficulty sleeping. Our hope is to alleviate the fear of night dreaming and encourage parents and children to discuss daydreams and ideas in a way that supports the next generation of innovators and creative spirits.
BUY Here:
http://atawairuacreations.dremus-shop.com/thedreamcatcher

Art Fair, Whale Mural, Colouring Book feature and commission complete!

Whitianga Art & Craft Fair

Lots of news to share with you in this post….
first up,

Band of Gold

©Reina Cottier Art (SOLD)

….Finished painting for commission “Band of Gold” .

see June 16 post for details on this piece, link below:

https://reinacottierart.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/band-of-gold-commission-process/

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in other news, colouring book is going really well,
the regional paper did a feature piece on me and it spurred alot of interest
resulting in many sales of the book, so very happy about that! 🙂

Paper Feature August 2015

Im also helping students at Tairua School do a whale mural for the school pool wall.
We have cut it into ’tiles’ and they will be mounted slightly apart…
progress is going well, with only detailing left to do, here is a part pic of it, not complete.

whale mural

And last week, I had a stall at the Whitianga Art and Craft Fair… again, very successful, and alot fo fun.
Met some awesome local artists, and sold plenty of prints, colouring books and cards.
I also got 3 commissions out of it, and sold a mini board and 2 paintings…
cant really ask for more than that really, very pleased with the results.

Whitianga Art & Craft Fair

Band of Gold- Commission process….

Band of Gold

Ive started a commission for a lady, and she asked if this piece could be inspired/influenced/reflect one of her blog entries, ‘Band of Gold’. When I first read it, and about her, I was felt like I could have been energetically reading myself. We are very alike in many ways… naturally this has helped the whole process along beautifully. Im letting you all into a part of my process that I havent detailed in words before, because there are many relevant aspects to this painting and it gives you an insight as to my process, thought and intuitive feeling pattern. So Im including the blog entry for those who wish to read it,  and an explanation of what I have painted so far. Bearing in mind, there are only the bones of the painting there at the moment, the white is merely the outlines of my colouring/detailing to come…altho some white will stay, Ill know that once I start ‘filling in’ my piece some more.
Here is her blog:

Band of Gold.

“There is no better feeling than knowing that where you are, is where you are supposed to be. I have had many moments through out my life when I have truly known that at that moment I was right on track. One of those moments happened while I was working on a sailboat named “Pentoga”, a little harbor 54, down in the islands. The name Pentoga is the name of an indian chiefs wife, from the Ojibwa tribe.

The captain and myself were sailing the owner and his wife from St Martin to the British Virgin Islands. We went through the the Anegada Passage from St Martin to Virgin Gorda. Now if we were going the other way it would be called the Oh-My Godda Passage due to the way the currents converge in that area with wind and swells it can be very nasty if you have to go the other way.

Luckily for the owners sake it was a smooth sail as the wind and seas were following. It truly made for an awesome sail. We were sailing at night and the captain and I took three hour watches. It was a crystal clear night, not a cloud in the sky. It will go down as one of the more memorable sails for me. It was the night I married myself to the sea.

I was up on deck on my watch, sometime in the middle of the night. The warmth of the night air and salt water on my skin felt so comforting. I was listening to the rush of water on the hull of the boat as the wind and waves were pushing us through the sea with ease. There was so much beauty and so much power, the feeling was unforgettable. At the time I was wearing a gold wedding band that my mother gave to me from her first marriage.

While that marriage didn’t last I knew in my heart that gold band could be used to represent something bigger than a failed marriage. To me the sea represents freedom, life, love and adventure. It is all knowing and powerful. It can carry you along in its loving embrace or it can pick you up and flick you across its body for miles like the little speck that you are. I love what it represents and I want the sea to always be a part of who I am.

So on this magical night I sat up on the deck of this sailboat in the middle of the Caribbean and married myself to the sea. I used the gold band as an offering and made promise to always respect, love and honor what the sea is to me. In turn it will always take care of me, even in the worst of storms I will always be protected.

Ive only told a few people about this moment, until now. I share it with you because its a part of who I am. Not everyone understands that to throw a gold ring in the sea means more than the value of the ring itself. Just like a marriage its about the pact, the promise to honor and respect that one that you made the pact with. I find my peace in the salt water and feel like its a part of me forever.

There are no words to describe the comfort it brings me to be in its embrace, no matter what part of the world I am in. It will most probably be my most profound love in this life. So as I am now so far away from where I made this pact, I find myself dreaming about this moment and planning my way back to my comfortable place. The home in my heart I call the sea.”


The painting so far:
Okay so the sun/moon, can be either. Moon representing the night on the boat. The sun representing Leo – her star sign, ruled by the sun -and the colours of Leo. The nautical feel of the sacred geometry around it again representing being at sea and just the whole connection to the cosmos universe etc…. and then we have the wave or the boat. Predominately a wave /sea of course, or It can also represent a boat as well, the bow of the boat rising up on a wave. Bottom centre-left sweeping up you will see the symbol for the feminine, (my client), lying on back going upwards left into the symbol for Leo wrapped in what will be a band of gold, and the ring encompassing the wave, so they are intertwined for ever. It will be a very subtle soft yellow, almost opaque in places, not a predominant bright band of bright yellow.
All the other symbols and patterns are just what I have intuitively drawn on for the feel of the whole painting. As I said, loads of colour and detailing to do yet, this is just the start.

Band of Gold

©Reina Cottier Art.

thanks all, have a great day!
if you want to catch up with more if what im doing on a daily basis, its all happening over on ym FB art page,
youll fond the link in the column on the right there, at the top. 🙂

Elephant Word Art

Elephant Wordart

The latest addition to my WordArt series, here is my elephant with carefully chosen words that energetically resonate with this incredible majestic animal. (all of the Wordart range is available in prints and cards)

Elephant Wordart

©Reina Cottier Art

To see everything in the series, please click on “Word Art” in the page menu at the top.

latest work in progress…

April WIP

April 10

©Reina Cottier Art 2015

this is a bit of something different from me.
mixed media for a start, decided to use some stuff i havent touched for a while so dragged out my old stencils, some spray enamel paints and some pastels.
Ive been reasonably ‘disciplined’ the last few months with the Mercury Bay Art Escape studio tour,
but now that that is over,
I  let myself just do what ever i wanted with no plan or thought, no agenda, nothing.
First of all a bright coloured background with all my favourite tones and shades,,,
and incredible urge, probably carrying on from my scared geometry pieces, to draw some circles, random placing, didnt matter as long as it felt ‘right’ when i looked at it….. then some stencils with spray paint….

Ive been working on it on and off for a few weeks now, and ONLY picking it up when i feel like i really want to do something on it, not because i need to, have to or because there is nothing else.
SO its had a dedicated purpose, its been unfocussed focus.

Sometimes i spend 2 hours on it, sometimes 5 mins and Ive had enough.
Its big, about 40″ x 36″, and i know, i do my best work on ‘big’. (not REALLY big tho…yikes, i had a commission the size of a dining room table once, it was like a workout everytime i worked on it, phew! lol!)

anyway… i dont know how close to ‘finished’ i am, might be tomorrow, might be in 6 months… will keep you posted. 🙂

find me on FB, im there and happy to chat…..
http://www.facebook.com/reinacottierart
or email:

reinacottier@gmail.com

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Decorative Surfboard Mini’s

Mini Boards Surf Art

Handmade Mini Surfboards, made from recylced ply wood and painted.

Can be hung either vertically or horizontally, or leaning against something.

to inquire about pricing email me: reinacottier@gmail.com

All designs are ©Reina Cottier Art

Reina Cottier Surfart

surfboard mini 1

Email me if interested: reinacottier@gmail.com. Board 4 boards

©Reina Cottier Art

If interested in purchasing please email me: reinacottier@gmail.com

So much fun…. wil post complete and progress pics of more in the coming weeks 🙂Mini Board Surf Art~ Reina Cottier Art Mini Board 1 (1000 with sig)

©Reina Cottier Art. All rights reserved.

Reina Cottier Art Calendar 2016

calendar 2016 final promo

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

please message me at:
reinacottier@gmail.com

for pricing and shipping to you.

calendar 2016 final for dremus calendar 2016 final promo

Tribal Moon finished, & Work in Progress…

WIP Moon Goddess 3

 

 

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

Mystical Birds now finished

Into the Sun - Reina Cottier Art

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 🙂

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