The Dreamcatcher- A childrens book by Reina Cottier & Dhyana Muir

PUBLISHED! the creative collaboration by my life long friend Dhyana and myself….

The Dreamcatcher is a book that honours both daydreaming and night dreaming as the voice of our soul and our unique creative force in the world.  Written to ignite and validate dreams, and visions of children, to help develop self esteem and an awareness of the power of imagination.

The Dreamcatcher is a mythical presence in the book overseeing, and interpreting the various dreams of children bringing positive messages and encouragement.
There is also an introduction to meditation techniques built into the storyline which can help sooth those having difficulty sleeping. Our hope is to alleviate the fear of night dreaming and encourage parents and children to discuss daydreams and ideas in a way that supports the next generation of innovators and creative spirits.
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http://atawairuacreations.dremus-shop.com/thedreamcatcher

Art Fair, Whale Mural, Colouring Book feature and commission complete!

Lots of news to share with you in this post….
first up,

Band of Gold

©Reina Cottier Art (SOLD)

….Finished painting for commission “Band of Gold” .

see June 16 post for details on this piece, link below:

https://reinacottierart.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/band-of-gold-commission-process/

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in other news, colouring book is going really well,
the regional paper did a feature piece on me and it spurred alot of interest
resulting in many sales of the book, so very happy about that! 🙂

Paper Feature August 2015

Im also helping students at Tairua School do a whale mural for the school pool wall.
We have cut it into ’tiles’ and they will be mounted slightly apart…
progress is going well, with only detailing left to do, here is a part pic of it, not complete.

whale mural

And last week, I had a stall at the Whitianga Art and Craft Fair… again, very successful, and alot fo fun.
Met some awesome local artists, and sold plenty of prints, colouring books and cards.
I also got 3 commissions out of it, and sold a mini board and 2 paintings…
cant really ask for more than that really, very pleased with the results.

Whitianga Art & Craft Fair

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

Peacock Series

May 8 sig©Reina Cottier Art 2014
(SOLD)

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.

May 7sig©Reina Cottier Art
(available for sale)

and this one was the commission:
May 30©Reina Cottier Art
(SOLD)

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…. 🙂

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

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. 🙂

February 2014

Feb 14          ©Reina Cottier Art 2014

hey all, been a while huh… Ive had 9 weeks off painting because we moved house & towns,

we now live by the beach, a beautiful coastal town with the back drop of mountains covered in native bush… so so so happy here……

and then it was summer school holidays for 6 weeks here in New Zealand 🙂 Absolutely no painting gets done with kids around, 🙂

So, the above painting is  (finished and sold) one of the first I have done this last week.

Decided to kick of the year with a blast of colour and i have to say I love it.

Feb 18

©Reina Cottier Art 2014

this one is also finished, (and sold),

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The 3 below are all in progress 🙂 so I have been busy, and as usual have about 7 paintings on the go at once

which is the only way I can work.

Feb 15

Feb 17

Feb 19

I have no plans in store for my art this year, other than to keep producing paintings that

make me feel good. Being by the sea is so much better for my soul/creativity.

Against the Grain series cont’d

The rest of the series I produced here, (the first few are in the previous post),

acrylic on canvas, with a rustic ‘wood’ look background with my  designs of korus, swirls and intense vibrant colour.

    All images are © Reina Cottier Art 2013

Sept 18 iPhone final

Sept 14 iphone final

Sept30 iphone final

Oct iphone final

Oct 2 iphone final

Oct 1 iphone final

All images © Reina Cottier Art 2013

‘Against the Grain’

ATG series #1© Reina Cottier Art 2013
#1

New Series!
‘Against the Grain’

Aptly named, acrylic on canvas, abstract wood look backgrounds  with my Reina style korus & swirls atop.

I decided to try and create a more textured background for my shapes & colours.

Not at all planned or by design, I stumbled upon this wood look background and love it!

So set forth to put varies combinations of colour, swirl and curl on different shades and ‘wash’ of board.
I like how the spirals/korus ‘pop’ off the board, an illusion of 3D.

Spet 11 final© Reina Cottier Art 2013
#2

Sept 14 iphone final©Reina Cottier Art 2013

#3

I really like the white wash board background of #3 above, I think so far this is my favourite,

although I am experimenting with many shades and tones of board.
SO the top 3 there are complete, (top 2 are sold), one above For Sale….

the next load of pics are all Works In Progress…..

sept 10© Reina Cottier Art 2013
WIP

Spet 11 WIP

WIP

sept 14 bkgndWIP

 Have lots more creative energy for this series, so will continue in that flow until I lose interest, and then it will be onto something else.

Great weekend to all! 🙂

 

A Gallery of July/August works

I have so many pics to share, that this post is going to be mainly pics of my art that I have produced through end of July and August.

Aug 1SOLD

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Aug 12 (2)FOR SALE

Aug 20 (1)FOR SALE

Aug 20 (2)FOR SALE

Aug 26FOR SALE

ALL WORKS © Reina Cottier 2013

I bought some TOTALLY COOL acrylic markers and you can see I have been having some fun with them.

Instead of outlining shapes in a large painting taking me about half and hour, it now takes me about 15- 20 mins max!

Been using my stencils again too, loving it!

🙂

Merging new and old

This month has been soooo busy, and we are only 2/3 of the way through.
Well, my shades of white series has morphed into a combo of lots of different styles,

Im revisiting the old, the VERY old, the just last year and the new with technique, style & how I am painting at the moment.
Also, quietly noticing how bored I am becoming with my creations, no sooner have I started a piece,  i am over it…..

….Its not that I dislike it, quite the opposite in fact, I love it, but my rate of ideas, and creative output is too fast for my time allowance and physical speed of painting. No sooner have i come up with an idea, its not even born and im onto another, lol, not sure this is a good thing, but im just going with it for now, not giving it too much attention. 😉

So, first up is a series of 10″ x 10″ i did, this is a selection of them

collage10x10(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

these proved very popular and 3 were sold before they were finished.

I also finished these 2 below, top one has sold:

July 9 (2)(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

July 7(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

This one had taken me a while, I started it in early May, unusually taking a long time on it, not sure why, but I am really pleased with how it turned it, and it sold about 15 mins after being posted up online:

Kiwi Sun Surf (c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

I found my balinese stamps whilst looking for something else one day, so had a little play

around with those in the background of these 2 paintings,

I really like the subtle detail they add to the painting, not ‘taking it over’ but just a little interest 🙂

July 16 (2)(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

July 7 (2)(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

Back soon with some pics of current artworks in the pipeline,
until then, take care,

x

June Update…


June 9th 2013

Hi  all! 🙂

 

My artwork has been featured alongside 19 other artists in this recent artpromotivate article:
20 Colorful Abstract Paintings for Inspiration… click on the link below for a look:

http://www.artpromotivate.com/2013/06/20-colorful-abstract-paintings-for.html

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I have been working on this piece below for a while, and Im not sure about it at all, slow progress is foreign to me and I would love to just paint over it, my rule of thumb in general is that if its not flowing fast, forget it, but there is a small niggle,,,, keep going, its going to be ok lol… so I am 🙂

June 12

this one is finished and sold… its off to Australia. …

photo9823749 (c) Reina Cottier Art.

I think Im coming to the end of my Shades of White series, well I mean my obsession with it, there is ALWAYS a few more that sneak out when I least expect it, but I feel another phase morphing its way over me and Ill been keen to see what happens next week in the studio! 🙂

Hope everyone has a great week!

Ciao!

May update:

May 20(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

So, continuing with my latest obsession:

my ‘Shades of White’ series #5 above, complete and sold. This one is my favourite!

Totally in my element to be painting these at the moment, loving the backgrounds, they look like a mix of galaxy and marble to me. I create them with a combo of water spraying, sponging and big/wide paint brush on its side,  I layer this up, and sometimes let dry inbetween layers, but because Ms Gemini here needs INSTANT results, we are not too fond of ‘waiting for things to dry’, no, noooooo waiting for me…. of course, IF I do have to wait, I have another 6 paintings to continue on with on my never ending conveyor belt of creations. 🙂

………also completed and sold #4 below: May 15 final iphone(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

and I have started 2 more!

in progress: May 22

in progress:

May 21

ON A ROLL!!!!

*but quietly wonders when it will end?- who cares!*

back with completed updates soon.

Have a good weekend everyone.

xxx

Contrasting tones, sprinkles and stencils….

Almost finished this piece above 🙂 I decided I wanted to experiment with contrasting colours, so used the reds/oranges with the greens/teals… and I have to say, Im liking the result so far. This piece didn’t start off so well…. in fact it was painted over at least twice before I felt an ease and flow with what I was doing. Unlike how I usually paint (lightening speed!) I have taken my time with this, lots of pauses, looking, walking away, and revisiting…  getting the bones of it on the canvas was not the issue, it was more, what to do with it after that.  ‘I decided it was going to be part of my Magical Wave series, and once I had made that decision, it just flowed along (no pun intended!) nicely.

Above is a commission in progress. This one harks back to a style I was doing about a year ago which proved to be really popular, most of the pieces I did in that time sold quickly.  I have loved re visiting this style and had forgotten what a great effect my ‘sprinkling’ gives, (putting paint on a scrubbing brush and then flicking the paint onto the canvas by scraping the brush with a palette knife or spatula). I love the colors the client has chosen for me to work with… this actually increases my creativity, but having ‘limits’ i seem to be far more inventive and creative, than when im left to my own devises.

And lastly,  I have been experimenting with different stencils and techniques, shading, shadows etc.

Not always feeling like I have to use stencils in my art, but have found a level of satisfaction in being able to merge them with my own paitning style.

Ok thats about it for now…Ive been very busy getting through all these commissions and still have 5 left to complete of 13 in the last 3 months! 🙂 not compaining though, so love it all, and know how blessed I am. 🙂

ciao!

SOLD!

Skite time! I thought, since all I have been doing is packaging up paintings to ship away, I would take 5 mins to have a ME moment and share all my sold paintings in the last 2 months!Its been an abundant time in my on all levels, (there is actually one more, that I dont have a pic of, another commission that I took to Australia.)

(c) Reina Cottier 2012

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(c) Reina Cottier 2012

 

(c) Reina Cottier 2012

 

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(c) Reina Cottier 2012

(c) Reina Cottier 2012

(c) Reina Cottier 2012

(c) Reina Cottier 2012

…and I have another commission to start in the next week or so.

🙂

a moment in time,