Gallery Feature & other creative obsessions released….

Hi all! Ok, so whats been happening, let me think…

I started and finished a painting in lightening speed last week, the whole thing fromm go to woe (not incl drying time) was about 3 hours. I had a vision, and aside from a few “OMG that looks so wrong”! moments, which were quickly painted over, it was a rather smooth enjoyable process. I got it in my head last week that i wanted to paint an eye…bordered on obsession actually, I was sketching eyes in my sketch book at midnight one night and knew i had to paint it the next day, the eye was created rather quickly with no real hassles, then i knew i wanted some korus (spirals-we call them korus here in New Zealand, its a Maori word) underneath it, and I also knew i wanted some circular somethings around it, …. that was the loose plan, and it all just had to unfold.

So here it is… apart from edges and varnish, its done. Im calling it: “Eye Catching”

©Reina Cottier. 2011

Oh, and then i had a huge ‘hippy-love-peace-flowerpower’ moment (I have them often, im a beach surf paisley girl from wayyyyy back!), and in a flurry of ‘F the housework I want to paint today!’ (the house is a total tip but i dont care), I decided NEEDED to do fiddly detail amongst a carnival of colour. ….. so sat down with a fresh canvas and started  this (minus the detail of dots and such) in about an hour (Ive never been able to do ANYTHING slowly, its just not part of my make-up), its all or nothing.

so its obiously not finished, no where near, but i needed to add some detail to get a feel for where it was all going and the overall result, once Id done that, i could then see parts clearly where i needed to change the colour, (hence the big white out bottom left, that was green, now going to be orange, and im going to stencil in some patterns over it). Loving the summery feel (its summer here at last!!), and how light and bright it is. 🙂


Still working on this… really enjoying this one… 🙂


and experimenting with stencils (a grill from our old fireplace guard) around the edges of this….


so yes, been productive artistically, , housework has suffered, dont really care….. there is a very fine line between having my own needs met (creatively) and meeting those of a mother, partner, etc etc. Im a better person if i walk that line with putting myself slightly first.  Im happier, calmer, and well, lets face it, nicer all round!

Oh yes! lastly, I was featured in the Together Arts website gallery for this month, here’s the link if you are interested:  (sorry not sure how to load up a link properly).

bye for now, have a great weekend! 🙂