A short demo video of my on my mixed media butterfly, using acrylic makers and ink. 🙂
The first painting, of three, (2.4m x 1m) has now been installed on level one of the internal stairwell of the office block.
For those of you tha dont know, I got a contract to paint 6 panels, each 2.4m x 1m for the internal stairwell of a major city office block, the external wall being glass so will be able to be seen from the road. It is all based around native New Zealand (where I live) so the lower level is seabed, the middle is native forest/bush and the upper will be NZ skies. First panel now complete. The next one is a diptych. and the final is a triptych.
Couldn’t be happier .
‘My show, on Colour In Your Life, is now live on You Tube and on their website.
I absolutely love using collage in some of my latest work.
Collage & ink on canvas.
This style suits itself perfectly to my elephants and butterflies.
Here is an elephant in progress, this is the second in s series of 3 so far. 🙂
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Have completed this commission. It has been shipped to its owner in Australia.
My best whale yet I think 🙂
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EDIT Feb 23 2017:
here is the link its just aired yesterday:
Tomorrow I have the Colour in Your Life film crew here from Australia, to shoot for my episode. These videos are shown on over 26 TV channels around the world.
A days filming. I’ll be demo-ing my art process and talking about my journey and the way I work. I think it’s going to be an awesome day.
I’ll post a link once it goes to air.
Vision: To build a library of the minds of artists; to preserve a digital record of creative spirit, culture and techniques for future generations.
Put Some Colour In Your Life, or Colour In Your Life, is a television series created by Master Artist and CEO Graeme Stevenson. It began in the small town of Murwillumbah, just south of the NSW/QLD border in Australia, and from this incredibly artistic region has spread out to encompass the arts and artists of Australia, and the world.
The website, which runs in conjunction with the TV Series, was created in the hopes of building an Arts Hub for artists all around the world. Here, it is Graeme’s hope people can share their knowledge, display their work, and learn as much as possible from others. The episodes are also available for viewing, and it is here that Colour In Your Life hopes to create a library of the minds of Artists – a digital record of the many varied talents and techniques of artists that might otherwise have been lost when their time came. The website and television series offers investors, educators, students, teachers, and people all over the world the chance to have access to the enormous creative energy that is part of the minds of right-brained people. Art and what is does for our society is incredibly important to the spirit and souls of all that see it.
In 2011, after the crippling effects of the global financial crisis, it became apparent that people of Australia were no longer going out to buy or enjoy art. Over 50% of galleries across the country were closing, and it occured to Graeme, after working with The Fine Arts Showcase in America, that it was time to take art to a digital platform. Realising that the techniques and knowledge of great artists are often lost once the artist has passed on, Graeme concluded that a television show that captures artists in their studios, creating their pieces, could be utilised as a digital library. He coined the term ‘a library of the minds of artists’, and with this in mind, he made the decision to study Film at a TAFE in Murwillumbah, NSW. By the end of this course, Graeme had produced the first six episodes of the now nationally aired TV Series ‘Put Some Colour In Your Life’.
Put Some Colour In Your Life, often simply referred to as ‘Colour In Your Life’, was fostered in the Green Cauldron of the Northern Rivers, NSW, with much of our opening credits hoping to promote Mount Warning and the stunning landscape. With the largest concentration of artists in the country situated within the Northern Rivers region, the series had some incredible artists come on board in the first few months. It was also during this time that Graeme met and began working with videographer Sophia Stacey.
For approximately the first year, Colour In Your Life aired on paid television channels such as Brisbane 31 and Melbourne 31, gradually building a name for itself. In 2012, the show was nominated for two Logie awards, one being for ‘Best Host’, and the other ‘Best Light Entertainment Program’. In 2012, Colour In Your Life began to air nationally on the network TV 4Me, run by the company Brand New Media.
As time progressed, Graeme began to further develop the website to match the television series, wanting to offer artists around the world a communal place they could speak, share ideas and information, and enjoy the show. A ‘Facebook for Artists’, as it were. This was developed simultaneously with the Colour In Your Life Facebook page, and now both interact seamlessly in an effort to further promote the great artists of this country.
The series has since been picked up by free-to-air New Zealand, Sky TV, Foxtel Aurora 183, and Virgin Airways worldwide, and Graeme is in constant talks with agents in America, and other parties interested in the series across the world. Receiving frequent feedback from other countries such as America, Canada, Europe, Scotland, South America and the Philippines, Graeme perseveres knowing that his artistic message is reaching people around the globe.
It was during the middle of the year in 2012 that Graeme and the team were approached by the Junee Correctional Facility, about the amazing impact the show had had on the inmates and their rehabilitation. From this, the Junee Gaol Episode was filmed, in which Graeme and several of the Colour In Your Life Team went inside the prison to teach the inmates. After this incredible experience, Graeme realised that there were more people across the country that didn’t have access to their creative rightbrain, and he began the process of creating the Paint Your Life Foundation. This Foundation will one day be able to provide creative outlets for all manner of people unable to access it on their own, from the elderly in nursing homes, people or children suffering from disease or illness, and prison inmates.
At the conclusion of the Sixth Season in late 2013, with the one of a kind and never before attempted episode on ‘The Three Amigos‘, it was decided that Colour In Your Life would travel to New Zealand during its Seventh Season, to film some of the incredible artists in their beautiful country. It is Graeme’s hope, however, that Colour In Your Life will soon be able to travel to countries all over the world, filming artists in their studios and preserving that knowledge and craft for future generations.
This is a commission for a friend. Ive painted loads of whales, but decided to change the angle of this, I wanted it to more dramatic. I akso, for the first tine am using acrlic markers for some of the detailing , certainly alot faster than brush & ink.
Really happy how it’s progressing so far 🙂
Latest progress on this butterfly. Really enjoying these at the moment very fulfilling.
©Reina Cottier Art – Finished : SOLD
Feeling really attached to this lil guy, he carries the very special energy of the Bali Elephant Sanctuary I went to on my recent art retreat Bali trip. All the elephants were rescued from Sumatra where the jungles are being desecrated for palm oil. 😦 I used powers, inks predominantly, with some acrylic.
I have had a huge amount of butterflies fly into, around and over me lately. I always have at least 2 butterflies in progress. This mixed media piece is about 3/4 done. I love the pop of orange 🙂
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.
hi all, Just a quick post, here is the link to a fab piece written about me & my arty endeavours. Also mentions a very large project coming up that I am in the middle of sorting…..
Every now and then I have what I call a ‘shift’ in my creative expression
This was one of them 🙂 This magical goddess appeared suddenly while I was fluffing around with mixed media, having my usual fun, music blasting, half dancing, swaying around the studio… boom, there she was 🙂 !!
Wow i thought… this is something I really resonate with, something I can get VERY excited about. I knew she was going to be the first in a series… the ‘Inner Goddes’ series, number One.
How very satisfying.
She is availbale for purchase Please message me if interested.
and oh, the usual shenannagins going on over at my FB page if you’d like to join me there 🙂
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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.
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.
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I barely know where to start…. after having 6 weeks of no creativity thru end of December and January 2016 (kids on summer school holidays here in New Zealand), I have thrown myself back into it with a vengeance and so much stored up creative ideas, its like I cant stop and nor do i want to!
So this year has been about breaking thru some boundaries I was starting to get stuck in with my art last year. I still LOVE my precise detailing and fine lines, but I needed and wanted to do something alot freer and alot faster, so im having day on, day off with commissions (precise detailing taking alot of focus and time) and this new technique i hahve literally thrown myself into. Fast, no thinking, mixed media, ink, stencils, sticks, scrapers, acrylic, enamel spray and anything else i can get my hands on…. layers and layers of detail, to then use it for inspo to pick out something, in this case peacocks. 🙂
This first one is in progress, still have some to do, but its pretty much there,… totally LOVED these, they satisfied the aspect of me that is messy, uncontrolled, i even used my left hand (I am right handed) for some of it to make sure it was naive and not contrived in anyway.
This is a Karearea (New Zealand Falcon, native bird of NZ), this is the second one i have painted, REALLY love the powerful energy that comes thru with these glorious birds.
and i started this whale tail yesterday… been wanting to do one for about a year, and finally felt an uncontrollable urge.
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