‘Against the Grain’

ATG series #1© Reina Cottier Art 2013
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New Series!
‘Against the Grain’

Aptly named, acrylic on canvas, abstract wood look backgrounds  with my Reina style korus & swirls atop.

I decided to try and create a more textured background for my shapes & colours.

Not at all planned or by design, I stumbled upon this wood look background and love it!

So set forth to put varies combinations of colour, swirl and curl on different shades and ‘wash’ of board.
I like how the spirals/korus ‘pop’ off the board, an illusion of 3D.

Spet 11 final© Reina Cottier Art 2013
#2

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#3

I really like the white wash board background of #3 above, I think so far this is my favourite,

although I am experimenting with many shades and tones of board.
SO the top 3 there are complete, (top 2 are sold), one above For Sale….

the next load of pics are all Works In Progress…..

sept 10© Reina Cottier Art 2013
WIP

Spet 11 WIP

WIP

sept 14 bkgndWIP

 Have lots more creative energy for this series, so will continue in that flow until I lose interest, and then it will be onto something else.

Great weekend to all! 🙂

 

Reina Cottier Art YouTube channel

VERY happy to announce that I finally have sorted my YouTube channel and have uploaded a whole pile of slideshow vids.
SOme are of last years art, and others are right up ot the present moment, including my Shades of White Series above.

Im so happy with how they have turned out, I managed to get some awesome royalty free music to go along with it, and I have credited the musicians in the blurbs with the vid.

Here is another:

If you want to go to my Youtube channel here is the link:

http://www.youtube.com/reinacottierart

Down the track I will be adding some painting progress videos, Ill keep you posted when that happens.

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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

Orbs & Swirls….

Lifestream 1

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

This was a very quick doodle i sketched straight onto the canvas in about 3 mins

I was so excited about it I painted it immediately and the whole thing was done and dusted in about 2 hours.

Totally inspired by this ‘new’ thing i was doing, I decided to do something similar on a dark background:

Lifestream 2

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

As usual i have several paintings on the go at once, so while I was belting out the above, I was also working on these 2  which i completed:

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(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

 blue sway

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

It seems as though i am returning to my beginnings as far as my paintings go.

These latest ones are very similar to my first few paintings I ever did, and the ones i am working on right now are even more so.

….those will be in my next post 🙂

School holidays right now, so about to go away for a few days with the kids, back to normal next week.

Cascading Dreams

hi all 🙂

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

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

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Tribal Turquoise

Tribal Portal (c) Reina Cottier 2013

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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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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. 🙂

bye!

x

Contrasting tones, sprinkles and stencils….

Almost finished this piece above 🙂 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…  getting the bones of it on the canvas was not the issue, it was more, what to do with it after that.  ‘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.  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,  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! 🙂 not compaining though, so love it all, and know how blessed I am. 🙂

ciao!

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

I’ve been featured on ArtPromotivate.com :)

I have followed this cool website for a while now and Graham, the founder, asked me if Id like to be a feature artist on it!

Here’s the link if you want a look, and a read, felt like I wrote my life story! ha. 🙂

http://www.artpromotivate.com/2012/05/reina-cottier-art-intuitively-taking.html

 

Artists: while you’re in there check out the site, some really great tips, advice & info!

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. 🙂

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.

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

SOLD!

Skite time! I thought, since all I have been doing is packaging up paintings to ship away, I would take 5 mins to have a ME moment and share all my sold paintings in the last 2 months!Its been an abundant time in my on all levels, (there is actually one more, that I dont have a pic of, another commission that I took to Australia.)

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…and I have another commission to start in the next week or so.

🙂

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. 🙂