“10 Exciting Artists…” …and I’m one of them!

ArtPromotivate.com has featured me as one of ’10 Exciting Artists & Why They Create Art”

I am totally honored to be a amonst such amazing artists, really appreciative of Graham Matthew and his awesome website which is an invaluable tool for any artist, I highly recommend it. While you are there have a good look around, some awesome articles and tips for all artists.  See article in link below:


I FINALLY finished this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

only took about a year *whistles* yeh… ok, so I ignored it for about 6 months… blah, didn’t even want to look at it, 😦 poor thing, … then a friend came over the other day and said ‘hey is that for sale??” and I thought, I REALLY MUST FINISH THAT. …..and did ,  the next day. 🙂  To be honest, im not in love with it. Im ‘ok’ with it. I see faults in it , which is really highly unusual for me- to pick faults in my own work, im normally good with the end reult and can feel satisfied,  I hark back to what I was saying about it in the last blog entry it featured in…a looooooong time ago: this painting was inspired by another painting, its not a copy, but aspects are similar and I never ever ‘got my groove on’ with it, it wasn’t coming from ‘within me’, it was out of me.  SO, there it is. And I need to get over it and move on. 🙂

oh and finished this commission (to Oz):

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2012

REALLY happy with this. Its for a lovely lady who already has a few of my pieces and wanted this to compliment another of mine, both in her bedroom. 🙂 how appreciative an I??!

Lots of repeat work for the same people, its so great developing that relationship, that is the reward for sure.

Im keeping my own projects going at the same time though, this is what keeps the flow going, when i have some things that are free reign, alongside the commissions, which still come form within me,  and Im so lucky that my commissions are all from people who want me to go for it with my spin on it. Fantastic.

Posted to Arizona/USA and KIama(Australia) yesterday,, after the school holidays I have one going to Holland and several more to Oz.  LOVING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Life is good.


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. 🙂

Face lifts, Kiwiana & Commissions….

I have SOOOOO much to post up…. time has been short, kids back to school, GAWD I LOATHE organising stationery, uniforms, shoes, hats, bags, ack.  It literally does my head in, I so cant stand the stationery thing, I just ordered the pack for both kids online and had it delivered to the house this year, LOL! The thought of trawling through what they do and dont need, esp with books called LBW4a2 and there is a BIG difference between that and the LBW4a3…… argh!!! … enough of that, you get the pic…..

so what have I been creatively up to? face lifting old art of mine!…….

I dug out an old collage the other day and added some metallic paint to it, some antique gold and some bronze, and some shadowing….

rather pleased with how it is evolving, it looked really flat before and sat in the cupboard for about 2 years, because i couldn’t quite put my finger on what I was to do with it… now its getting some depth and I like the ethereal underwater feel to it too…. still much to do.


This is another ‘oldie’ I have revamped a little (Im really LOVING giving my older ones a facelift!), this one is all but done now,.. some tidying here and there, a tinted glaze or two, a coat of varnish and done I think!



and this one I have just started:

this one is little, and has a very ‘Kiwiana’ (New Zealand) feel to it I think. (pronounced Keewee- ar- na) Again, no where near finished, but very happy with the direction Im headed in.

Now, over the next month, as time allows, I have 2 large commissions to do. Both triptychs. Both with text on them, so they are fairly involved, but I am really looking forward to both of them. Luckily both clients have full trust in my ability to deliver, so they are giving me full creative license which is superb. 🙂 Im only going to post progress shots of one of them as I want the other to be a surprise for that particular client. More on that over the next while.


WHat else? OH yes, the book my art is in, (and I will feature on what looks like from the proof i have just read,  2 pages) is being published soon. Living Artists of Today Volume 1. Mila Ryk from Art & Beyond Magazine is a dream to deal with! She is publishing the book, such an accomplished artist, and talented business woman, Love her!


OH! I nearly forgot!…. *drum roll please!*…..and I got nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award!!! *skips around the room* so I will be back later today to do all the  things I must to acknowledge this lovely honor and pass it on to others as well…..

watch this space……