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.
Well this is exciting!!
I was commissioned by the amazing Dr Nesha Jenkins-Tate to paint her a cover for her book. Perfecting the Dance.
(Published by Balboa, a subsidary of Hay House.)
A wonderful journey, from her telling me her thoughts and ideas, to me (with her input) coming up with this concept.
It flowed right from the start, most enjoyable and easy. Even the ‘figures’, that I thought i might struggle with, just ethereally placed themselves there and asked for no feet (LOL!!!) im serious…feet were NOT on the agenda.
Nesha knew exactly the colours she wanted, and i got that spot on first time round too. Thank you Nesha for this wonderful opportunity, im totally honoured to have been able to do this for you. 🙂 All the very best, its a fantastic book!
Excerpt from the back cover:
“Perfecting the Dance offers the intimate counsel and refreshingly candid voice of a good friend as it shares practical and inspirational life-lessons.Gain new insights about yourself and your relationships while exploring various topics, such as people-pleasing, parenting, friendships, partnering, love-lessons, forgiveness, and how to discover and pursue your life’s purpose.But this isn’t a book about perfection—it is a book about perfecting. It is about constantly discovering something new about yourself while uncovering new ways to approach life’s twists and turns.And it isn’t a book about perfecting the dancer. It is a book about perfecting the metaphoric dance— navigating your way through life’s changes and challenges and learning how to transcend them through greater love, faith, and courage.Be enriched by these lessons about life and love that are essentially dance-lessons—powerful, practical reminders about how we can keep on dancing with life as it comes our way.“
©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…..
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.
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…. 🙂
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…..
ALL images & artwork is ©Reina Cottier Art 2013
More to come…… 🙂
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.
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 :
All images (c) Reina Cottier Art 2013
and last but not least, some more Reina inspirations:
I got asked to do a commission by a lovely family with an autistic son 🙂 I was honored to be able to do this and so enjoyed the whole process. She asked me to do a butterfly (Reina style) with the autism ribbon as the body. She sent me a couple of photos of the type of styles she like. I knew this painting was going to flow, because as soon as I went to sketch it, it literally flew out of the pencil onto the paper, the first drawing was the one I went with, and then immediately started on the canvas with paint. I want a warm toned nuetral-ish background, so it wouldn’t ‘fight’ with the butterfly and ribbon which I knew would be extremely colorful and bold. So I chose a soft mustard, caramel colour and made it lighter at the top going deeper at the bottom, this so, again, the intensity of the darker butterfly wings would not get lost in the background. Below is a series of shots from go to woe… the client and I are both thrilled with the result, the pics actually do it no justice but I just cant capture the colours true to tone on my camera, the blue is really blue, turquoise is very turquoise, etc.
Ta daa! 🙂
Final varnish and posting on Tuesday 🙂
Kids gone for a week with their Dad, so I am in the studio for 7 days…. BLISS…
back with more later…