“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass… It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

I REALLY love that quote. SO sums up me, my art, my life, everything. (I have no idea who wrote it and there was no one credited with the quote where i found it, so i take no credit for it what so ever).

For years I have ‘waited for the storms to pass’..the old saying ‘this too shall pass’… so we sit it out, bravely, strongly and we wait and hold our breath and its excruciating…instead of stepping right into it, facing it, acknowledging it and realising ‘it’ cant kill us, we just have to change our perception of ‘it’.

So many cliches we are conditioned to live by,its criminal….

.. its still  going to rain, its always going to rain! Learn/change to love it, every single freakin drop..and your whole world will change. I promise. 🙂

Life doesn’t ‘happen to you’, YOU create it.

© Reina Cottier and Reina Cottier NZ Artist, 2011.

things that inspire me creatively…

Im not and never have been a painter of fruit bowls, people or landscapes, -anything that ends up happening to look like one of these is PURELY accidental, not design :-)… oh & dont get me wrong, I have FULL respect for those that do and love it, …I dont. My kicks are from experiences, and feelings, the stuff within. All sounds rather deep and ommm i know, but really this is where im at. I remember at school, art, yip, won all the prizes for COPYING stuff, *sigh* this is so not satisfying for me, there is no expression of me when i copy a photo or a ‘thing’ and draw/paint it onto a page/canvas. I want to get soul stuff down, I want to be real (not for ONE minute saying that painting things like fruit aren’t real of course they are, its relative i guess :))about what i am projecting and what ever is then being perceived is up to the viewer. If someone looks at my art and gets a great feeling or connects with it in anyway that stirs something up for them then i am thrilled. I never want to dictate what thsoe things should be, therefore another reason im not going there with a bowl of roses and such.

Having said all that, yes, lately have investigated the ‘heart’ theme, and have been really enjoying it, .. trying to get it on the canvas in a way that is open for individual perception. Heart to me is about feeling, not something tangible in a solid 3D way, something that can be felt in a million ways.  A heart can be sensual, sensitive, vulnerable, and/or it can be empowered, strong and passionate. SOme hearts are closed for the time being, some are totally free. 🙂

If i have an aversion to something i will often ‘try it out’ just to ‘put it to rest’  once and for all. Sometimes it surprises me that i do enjoy it and the result is ok, or more than ok, and i like that. The Gemini I Am needs these challenges.

this man, (below)Jonas Gerard, is amazing,huge inspiration to me,  he paints to music and has the best philosophies. He paints with his hands too, fingers, palms, he FEELS the paint onto the canvas…  I watch him on Youtube and LOVE his freedom.

                                                  Jonas Gerard live painting. 🙂

Women Who Run with the Wolves….

The Venus of Willendorf.
Painted by Reina Cottier.

A healthy woman is much like a wolf ~ robust, inventive, loyal, fierce.
Yet separation from her wildish nature causes a woman to become
meager, ghostly, anxious about leaping, fearful to create new life.
With the wild nature as ally and teacher,
we see not through two eyes only,
but through the many eyes of intuition.
With intuition we are like the starry night;
we gaze at the world through a thousand eyes.
The archetype of the Wild Woman carries los bultos,
all the bundles for healing and meaning. She carries all the medicines
of stories, words and songs, and the mending tools of dances,
signs and symbols. She is both vehicle and destination.
She is the essence of the female soul.
No matter how many times she is cut back, called unsafe,
dangerous, useless or mad, she rises through the psyche regardless.
Even La Sombre,
the most restrained woman, keeps a secret place
for the wild nature. Even La Cautiva,
the most captured woman,
is waiting for an opportunity to hightail it to freedom.
All women are born gifted. To live close to the instinctual
nature does not mean to become undone. It means to establish one’s
creative territory, find one’s pack, be in one’s body with certainty and pride.
It means to act in one’s behalf, to find what one belongs to.
It means to rise with dignity,
to proceed as a powerful being
who is friendly but never tame.
The Wild Woman is the one who thunders in the face of injustice.
She is the one who keeps a woman going when she thinks she is done for.
The Wild Woman is fluent in the languages of dreams, images, passion and poetry.
No act of love or social justice occurs without her.
She lives in women everywhere;
in the barrios and in the boardroom,
in the prison and on the mountain at the fire,
in the penthouse suite and on the night bus to Brownsville.
She is the mother of El Duende, the goblin wind of creativity.
She leaves footprints behind for us to try on for size
Whether you are possessed of a simple heart or the ambitions
of an Amazon, whether you are trying to make it to the top
or just make it through tomorrow,
whether you be spicy or sombre,
regal or roughshod ~
the wild nature belongs to you.
She truly belongs to all. The issue is simple:

Without us Wild Woman dies.
Without Wild Woman, we die.

Para vida, for true life,
both must live.

from: Women Who Run with the Wolves- by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

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This is where i get most of my inspiration for life!