This, just finished, is a commissioned peacock from a wonderful friend of mine
from my school days.
There is something really liberating about using these colours, something uplfiting
and joyous. Reminded me of a carnival.
When it is overcast outside and my studio seems a little dull and dark,i have this amazing industrial light that my partner put up for me,
its fantastic, so light and bright and perfect for varnishing, can see any imperfections immediately.
so these three are what I have been working on for the last week or so,
really enjoying the bright clearness of summer that gets into my bones and reflects in my art……..
all in progress :
All images (c) Reina Cottier Art 2013
and last but not least, some more Reina inspirations:
I just had a FULL week of nothing but painting!!!!!! (ok yes, I slept, I ate,) I felt so inspired, the more I painted the more creative I felt. The only downside was that I couldnt get to sleep at night, so many ideas whizzing around my brain! lol!
I ended up selling 4 painitngs in 5 days and getting a 5th commission 🙂
here’s some of what I was doing….
These 2 (to follow) were inspired by a place I go to in summer called Tairua, in New Zealand… I have had nearly all of my summer holidays there since i was 13.. its a stunning small seaside town on the east coast of NZ, the beach is beautiful and the energy of the beach & sea there just sooths my soul… its a surf beach, so sometimes very big surf, and not great for swimming, but I go and sit on the beach and soak it all in on every level…. (both sold within a day of uploading)….
(c) Reina Cottier Art 2012
In all of these I am also heavily influenced by a place called Muriwai, I lived there for nearly 2 years a few years ago. It was a tumultuous time in my life, a time where I needed healing and this house I had there was up on a hill, set into native bush, and looked out onto a NZ west coast beach (Muriwai) and I had view right up to the Kaipara Harbour… one of the best views EVER. Every day I would sit on my deck/balcony and look out at the water and watched the sun set…. omg the most AMAZING sunsets I have every every seen.. i have so many photos of it now, and every one different. The water was rough and wild, a different colour every day, deep turuoise, almost black at times, – so beautiful, yet always so unpredictable, so dangerous, so full of life, unforgiving, all encompassing LOVED IT. ….
so this one is finally finished and also sold on the first day of loading….
(c) Reina Cottier Art 2012
Second week of school holidays this week coming, and I have the kids , so not alot of painting happening, but have a day or 2 set aside so should get on a roll again – scuse the pun!