Whitianga Art Centre Exhibition -feature artist…

I was honoured to be asked to be feature artist at the Whitianga Art Centre Annual Exhibtion for the month of January 2016.

Below are the paintings I have on display. I have sold four of them, so feeling very pleased with how it is going. For any New Zealanders reading this, the Srt Centre is on School Rd, at the end of the street. Exhibition runs for the month of January.

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Colouring Book- 23 Pages

Colouring Book- 23 pages, combines my books One & Two, with 3 NEW images.
Falcon, Kiwi and my Maori/pacifica inspired design, Legend.
Beautiful images with a distinct Pacific/Native/Cultural art feel to them.
Each image taken from my original paintings.
23 Images.
A4 size.
Each page has a blank reverse side, so can be removed from book and displayed if desired.
Images include: various NZ/pacific island inspireddesigns, falcon, kiwi, seahorse, lotus, angel,2 x owl, peacock, dolphin, elephant, whale, tui bird, tribal moon goddess, hibiscus. -scroll thru pics to see them all.

All Original Designs by Reina Cottier.
All images are ©Reina Cottier Art. All rights reserved.

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Reina Cottier Art Colouring Book. Series One

Reina Cottier Art Colouring Book. Series. One

collage for promo 4

collage for promo 1

collage for promo 2

collage for promo 5

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Band of Gold- Commission process….

Ive started a commission for a lady, and she asked if this piece could be inspired/influenced/reflect one of her blog entries, ‘Band of Gold’. When I first read it, and about her, I was felt like I could have been energetically reading myself. We are very alike in many ways… naturally this has helped the whole process along beautifully. Im letting you all into a part of my process that I havent detailed in words before, because there are many relevant aspects to this painting and it gives you an insight as to my process, thought and intuitive feeling pattern. So Im including the blog entry for those who wish to read it,  and an explanation of what I have painted so far. Bearing in mind, there are only the bones of the painting there at the moment, the white is merely the outlines of my colouring/detailing to come…altho some white will stay, Ill know that once I start ‘filling in’ my piece some more.
Here is her blog:

Band of Gold.

“There is no better feeling than knowing that where you are, is where you are supposed to be. I have had many moments through out my life when I have truly known that at that moment I was right on track. One of those moments happened while I was working on a sailboat named “Pentoga”, a little harbor 54, down in the islands. The name Pentoga is the name of an indian chiefs wife, from the Ojibwa tribe.

The captain and myself were sailing the owner and his wife from St Martin to the British Virgin Islands. We went through the the Anegada Passage from St Martin to Virgin Gorda. Now if we were going the other way it would be called the Oh-My Godda Passage due to the way the currents converge in that area with wind and swells it can be very nasty if you have to go the other way.

Luckily for the owners sake it was a smooth sail as the wind and seas were following. It truly made for an awesome sail. We were sailing at night and the captain and I took three hour watches. It was a crystal clear night, not a cloud in the sky. It will go down as one of the more memorable sails for me. It was the night I married myself to the sea.

I was up on deck on my watch, sometime in the middle of the night. The warmth of the night air and salt water on my skin felt so comforting. I was listening to the rush of water on the hull of the boat as the wind and waves were pushing us through the sea with ease. There was so much beauty and so much power, the feeling was unforgettable. At the time I was wearing a gold wedding band that my mother gave to me from her first marriage.

While that marriage didn’t last I knew in my heart that gold band could be used to represent something bigger than a failed marriage. To me the sea represents freedom, life, love and adventure. It is all knowing and powerful. It can carry you along in its loving embrace or it can pick you up and flick you across its body for miles like the little speck that you are. I love what it represents and I want the sea to always be a part of who I am.

So on this magical night I sat up on the deck of this sailboat in the middle of the Caribbean and married myself to the sea. I used the gold band as an offering and made promise to always respect, love and honor what the sea is to me. In turn it will always take care of me, even in the worst of storms I will always be protected.

Ive only told a few people about this moment, until now. I share it with you because its a part of who I am. Not everyone understands that to throw a gold ring in the sea means more than the value of the ring itself. Just like a marriage its about the pact, the promise to honor and respect that one that you made the pact with. I find my peace in the salt water and feel like its a part of me forever.

There are no words to describe the comfort it brings me to be in its embrace, no matter what part of the world I am in. It will most probably be my most profound love in this life. So as I am now so far away from where I made this pact, I find myself dreaming about this moment and planning my way back to my comfortable place. The home in my heart I call the sea.”


The painting so far:
Okay so the sun/moon, can be either. Moon representing the night on the boat. The sun representing Leo – her star sign, ruled by the sun -and the colours of Leo. The nautical feel of the sacred geometry around it again representing being at sea and just the whole connection to the cosmos universe etc…. and then we have the wave or the boat. Predominately a wave /sea of course, or It can also represent a boat as well, the bow of the boat rising up on a wave. Bottom centre-left sweeping up you will see the symbol for the feminine, (my client), lying on back going upwards left into the symbol for Leo wrapped in what will be a band of gold, and the ring encompassing the wave, so they are intertwined for ever. It will be a very subtle soft yellow, almost opaque in places, not a predominant bright band of bright yellow.
All the other symbols and patterns are just what I have intuitively drawn on for the feel of the whole painting. As I said, loads of colour and detailing to do yet, this is just the start.

Band of Gold

©Reina Cottier Art.

thanks all, have a great day!
if you want to catch up with more if what im doing on a daily basis, its all happening over on ym FB art page,
youll fond the link in the column on the right there, at the top. 🙂

Kiwiana, Silver Fern & Tui Bird

New Zealand has many native flora and fauna.
We are blessed with some of the most stunning native bush in the world.
We live between native bush and the sea, so I get to go bush walking when ever I want to.
I could load up 100 pics 🙂 of my walks if i wanted to, but i wont , (collective sigh of relief lol)…
here are 3 to show you where i get my inspiration from………

Mamaku 2

Mamaku 1

Mamaku 3

….to then paint things like this:
Silver Fern 1000 with sig

©Reina Cottier Art.  (Sold)

and, right outside my bedroom window in spring, are gorgous wee chaps like this Tui bird,
(another native of New Zealand),
talking away, clicking and singing with what sounds alot like a bell bird at times.
The stunning ‘metallic’ colours on this bird are mesmerising to me, these pics dont really show the deep gun metal grey, emerald greens and deep turquoises…the subtle nuances of them are what fascinate me, not a blaring vibrant “look at me” type thing, but more, an elegance, (esp with that ‘cloak’ of feathers around its nape), and a slight arrogance in a way. They are quite naturally tame, you can get within a metre or so when they are feeding and they dont mind at all.

Tui Collage

so here are 2 of my Tui paintings:

Tui 1 1000 with sig

©Reina Cottier Art (sold)

Tui 2 1000 with sig

©Reina Cottier Art (sold)

hope you enjoyed a taste of Kiwiana in this post.

As always, im rampantly active on FB if you want to chat there 🙂
(my FB link to the right of this post)

or email me: reinacottier@gmail.com

xxx

Decorative Surfboard Mini’s

Handmade Mini Surfboards, made from recylced ply wood and painted.

Can be hung either vertically or horizontally, or leaning against something.

to inquire about pricing email me: reinacottier@gmail.com

All designs are ©Reina Cottier Art

Reina Cottier Surfart

surfboard mini 1

Email me if interested: reinacottier@gmail.com. Board 4 boards

©Reina Cottier Art

If interested in purchasing please email me: reinacottier@gmail.com

So much fun…. wil post complete and progress pics of more in the coming weeks 🙂Mini Board Surf Art~ Reina Cottier Art Mini Board 1 (1000 with sig)

©Reina Cottier Art. All rights reserved.

Tribal Moon finished, & Work in Progress…

 

 

Aug 6th iphone 650 sig

©Reina Cottier Art
Finished and Sold.

Was really pleased with this slightly newish direction I have taken lately,

Ive taken my detailing to a whole new level, and really loving the results,

feeling like im in a real transition period 🙂 so that then lead to this work in progress……
WIP aug 10 sig ©Reina Cottier Art
In Progress

and then this as well

Goddess wip©Reina Cottier Art
In Progress

Not sure how much colour im going to put into these 2 above, not much i feel.

and lastly, …this in progress as well:
WIP Peacock 2 sig ©Reina Cottier Art

Currently working on 8 paintings, have completely 2 whales, have a dolphin going, a lotus, and another frangipani painting.
Of course, I love it, and can only operate this way, if I only have one or two paintings on the go, I feel listless and bored & it never feels enough.

ok, must go, talk soon people.

xxxx

Work in Progress

Artwork in Progress


July 31 wip 4
©Reina Cottier Art 2014

Moon Goddess’s #1 & #2 almost done,

#1 needs a lot of work on the face & some tribal decoration to be put on her neck,

I still have to do some shading on #2 face and finish her hair at the front and a few other minor tweaks,

unnamed©Reina Cottier Art 2014

Dolphin #3 in progress, always love my dolphins, this one only really just started,

July 31 wip 5©Reina Cottier Art 2014

WIll finish Tribal Moon within a week I would expect, and Moon Goddess’s wont be far behind. 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂

x

Commissions and Pre Sold artworks

This month as been full of commissions, and artworks selling before I have finished them 🙂
Really enjoying the diversity of what people are asking for, Im fortunate enough to have wonderful people asking for pieces that are  fully trusting my process so they are not trying to control the outcome. My best work is when I am left to my own devises and all I really need is an idea of colour and size.

May 3

©Reina Cottier Art 2014

May 15

©Reina Cottier Art 2014

May 27

©Reina Cottier Art 2014

this one below was a fun one I did in my ‘other artwork is drying so I need something to do’ time. ..

I really like it, its is currently available for sale…..

For Sale

May 28 © Reina Cottier Art 2014

and right now, I am working on 3 peacock paintings,

next post here will feature those.

Lots more daily art action on my FB page if you would like to join me…

http://www.facebook.com/reinacottierart

🙂 take care, back soon.

x

Whales & Dolphins

I succumbed, and finally painted a dolphin. 🙂 ‘Reina Style’ of course 🙂

Here is the result, the hardest part was getting the shape of the dolphin right, I had about 4 goes at it

until I was satisfied it looked right (in perspective).  The rest was easy, so much fun, like coloring in when you were a kid!

dolphin©Reina Cottier Art 2014
SOLD

SImilar thing with the whales below, getting the shape right was the most important thing and what I

focussed on. After that, it just flowed……

whale 2 (1)©Reina Cottier Art 2013
SOLD

 

Whale500 x 200  final-sig©Reina Cottier art 2014
SOLD

 I have a 3rd whale on the go, a commission, and perhaps there is another dolphin inside me somewhere…?

as usual, you can contact me at: reinacottier@gmail,com if there are any queries. 🙂

Tis all for now… bye. x

the ‘Legend’ continues….

I have decided to call this series ‘Legend’.

The viewer can make of that what they will, I dont like naming my art, I dont want MY influence to affect what the viewer sees/feels… but for the sake of marketing (lol!) I need to name a series when I am creating them.
So I am now on #5! Yep speedy gonzalas is at it again!

#1 (SOLD)

Feb 14© Reina Cottier Art

here is #2 (SOLD)

 Legend  #2© Reina Cottier Art 2014

#3 (SOLD)
 Legend #3© Reina Cottier Art 2013

#4 (SOLD)

Legend

© Reina Cottier Art 2014

#5 (in progress)

Legend #5cropped close up…..

Legend #5© Reina Cottier Art 2014

Quite a  few people have asked me lately “Where can I buy your art?”
All of my sales are usually finalised on my FB art page Reina Cottier Art. >>>>>>

see right at the top of that side column there. >>>>   and/or below left  for link.

this is where I post all my progress shots from the beginning, you can chat to me about my paintings, and ask any questions, Im  always there, interacting with everyone, love it. 🙂