Peacock Feathers, Tribal decoration & Birds

 

 

 

©Reina Cottier Art 2014

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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
July 8

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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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June 12

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June 16

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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 🙂

My first Owl painting

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ta dah!! 🙂
this sold within 3 minutes of me posting it online, and sold for the most I have ever charged for a painting of this size.
I put alot of time & energy into this creature, making sure he was exactly as I felt he should be.

All in all, very happy with the outcome 🙂

Peacock Series

May 8 sig©Reina Cottier Art 2014
(SOLD)

A while ago I decided to give painting my version of a peacock a go, but it took some time before that thought and the actualization of it to happen. Typical me, I have all these great ideas constantly, like a flow of thoughts & feelings, sometimes Ill get 10 at a time then nothing for a week,…or it’ll be a steady flow over a few days. The peacocks have been brewing for a while, like the owl (have i posted a pic of my owl yet?) and the whales and dolphins. So,back to peacocks:  I knew i wasnt going to feature the head or the body, (in that, i wasnt going to worry about making it look real) it was always going to be all about the ‘plumage’ and colours , so the decision was already made to feature the bird form the back, rather than the front…. I ended up doing 3 of them, one commission, and 2 others to sell. Both sold. Unfortunately the lady that bought the 2nd one had to pull out of the sale due to some personal stuff, so that (below) has now become available again.

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(available for sale)

and this one was the commission:
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(SOLD)

what fun these were to do! Im definitely going to do more at some point, but of now, have moved onto other bird, well… sort of mythological Reina style birds :)…. Ill post up some pics soon… there’s a sense of freedom/liberation with this next series. 🙂

Pop into my FB page if you want to see more…. 🙂

Butterfly Series

A few months ago I spontaneously painted an abstract-ish butterfly, it was so popular, sold within 5 mins of  posting it, and everyone said ‘you HAVE to paint more butterflies!’……
I didnt feel like it at the time, but a few weeks ago, I suddenly had an urge, and in my usual style, have painted about 10 in 3 short weeks. LOL!
Here are a few of the ones I have done so far, more to come, they have all, but one, sold…..

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ALL images & artwork is ©Reina Cottier Art 2013

More to come…… 🙂

Against the Grain series cont’d

The rest of the series I produced here, (the first few are in the previous post),

acrylic on canvas, with a rustic ‘wood’ look background with my  designs of korus, swirls and intense vibrant colour.

    All images are © Reina Cottier Art 2013

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Oct iphone final

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Oct 1 iphone final

All images © Reina Cottier Art 2013

‘Against the Grain’

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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.

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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…..

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 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! 🙂

 

Merging new and old

This month has been soooo busy, and we are only 2/3 of the way through.
Well, my shades of white series has morphed into a combo of lots of different styles,

Im revisiting the old, the VERY old, the just last year and the new with technique, style & how I am painting at the moment.
Also, quietly noticing how bored I am becoming with my creations, no sooner have I started a piece,  i am over it…..

….Its not that I dislike it, quite the opposite in fact, I love it, but my rate of ideas, and creative output is too fast for my time allowance and physical speed of painting. No sooner have i come up with an idea, its not even born and im onto another, lol, not sure this is a good thing, but im just going with it for now, not giving it too much attention. 😉

So, first up is a series of 10″ x 10″ i did, this is a selection of them

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these proved very popular and 3 were sold before they were finished.

I also finished these 2 below, top one has sold:

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This one had taken me a while, I started it in early May, unusually taking a long time on it, not sure why, but I am really pleased with how it turned it, and it sold about 15 mins after being posted up online:

Kiwi Sun Surf (c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

I found my balinese stamps whilst looking for something else one day, so had a little play

around with those in the background of these 2 paintings,

I really like the subtle detail they add to the painting, not ‘taking it over’ but just a little interest 🙂

July 16 (2)(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

July 7 (2)(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

Back soon with some pics of current artworks in the pipeline,
until then, take care,

x

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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June Update…


June 9th 2013

Hi  all! 🙂

 

My artwork has been featured alongside 19 other artists in this recent artpromotivate article:
20 Colorful Abstract Paintings for Inspiration… click on the link below for a look:

http://www.artpromotivate.com/2013/06/20-colorful-abstract-paintings-for.html

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I have been working on this piece below for a while, and Im not sure about it at all, slow progress is foreign to me and I would love to just paint over it, my rule of thumb in general is that if its not flowing fast, forget it, but there is a small niggle,,,, keep going, its going to be ok lol… so I am 🙂

June 12

this one is finished and sold… its off to Australia. …

photo9823749 (c) Reina Cottier Art.

I think Im coming to the end of my Shades of White series, well I mean my obsession with it, there is ALWAYS a few more that sneak out when I least expect it, but I feel another phase morphing its way over me and Ill been keen to see what happens next week in the studio! 🙂

Hope everyone has a great week!

Ciao!

June 11th 2013

 

This is the busiest time of the year for me, a number of important birthdays, and family celebrations and lots of other activities that need my attention,

hence, not an overly active painting time, but still… I have managed to start some really cool cnavas’s that are making me smile.

here’s 2 I started, the red & purple on the left and the turquoise, orb & koru on the top right- both with LOADS of texture…

The bottom right is a revamp, a re visit of an older one that never ever quite sat ‘right’ with me. So I am totally changing it, and its feeling much better, even though I still have a long way to go.

all in progress……..

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thses 2 are finished and sold:
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this one is part of the ongoing ‘Shades of White’ series, I decided to depart from the ‘marbly’ type backgrounds and go for something smoother….

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May update:

May 20(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

So, continuing with my latest obsession:

my ‘Shades of White’ series #5 above, complete and sold. This one is my favourite!

Totally in my element to be painting these at the moment, loving the backgrounds, they look like a mix of galaxy and marble to me. I create them with a combo of water spraying, sponging and big/wide paint brush on its side,  I layer this up, and sometimes let dry inbetween layers, but because Ms Gemini here needs INSTANT results, we are not too fond of ‘waiting for things to dry’, no, noooooo waiting for me…. of course, IF I do have to wait, I have another 6 paintings to continue on with on my never ending conveyor belt of creations. 🙂

………also completed and sold #4 below: May 15 final iphone(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

and I have started 2 more!

in progress: May 22

in progress:

May 21

ON A ROLL!!!!

*but quietly wonders when it will end?- who cares!*

back with completed updates soon.

Have a good weekend everyone.

xxx

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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 blue sway

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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.

Marching on…

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When it is overcast outside and my studio seems a little dull and dark,i have this amazing industrial light that my partner put up for me,

its fantastic,  so light and bright and perfect for varnishing, can see any imperfections immediately.

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so these three are what I have been working on for the last week or so,

really enjoying the bright clearness of summer that gets into my bones and reflects in my art……..

all in progress :

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All images (c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

and last but not least, some more Reina inspirations:

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Tribal, Koru

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I also continued on with my’ TRIBAL’ series,  which I LOVE doing…

as always there is very little planning with any of my paintings, they are all just go with the flow, most of the time I have no idea what the final result will look like and I just play it out as it evolves.

IF i try to plan something it never flows & I often end up leaving it for months before it is finished.

I am currently working on a mix of both, tribal and sun/surf, and its really exciting for me,..

seeing all my styles coming together like a story intertwining.

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