Video update on NZ Seabed mural

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Work in Progress..
Large commercial commission I have started, this is Panel One, (will be six panels once complete) , this one is New Zealand Seabed (Reina style :)) Featuring kina, anenome, paua, abalone, starfish, scallop, sting ray….
Each panel: 2.4m x 1m

©Reina Cottier Art

 

Whale / Tohora Commission 

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This is a commission for a friend. Ive painted loads of whales, but decided to change the angle of this, I wanted it to more dramatic. I akso, for the first tine am using acrlic markers for some of the detailing , certainly alot faster than brush & ink.
Really happy how it’s progressing so far 🙂

Acrylics, Inks, Acrylic markers.
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Mixed Media Elephant & Butterfly-Bali Sacred Marks Art Retreat

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©Reina Cottier Art – Finished : SOLD

Feeling really attached to this lil guy, he carries the very special energy of the Bali Elephant Sanctuary I went to on my recent art retreat Bali trip. All the elephants were rescued from Sumatra where the jungles are being desecrated for palm oil. 😦  I used powers, inks predominantly, with some acrylic.

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©Reina Cottier Art – in progress : Will be available to purchase 🙂

I have had a huge amount of butterflies fly into, around and over me lately. I always have at least 2 butterflies in progress. This mixed media piece is about 3/4 done. I love the pop of orange 🙂

Carnival Peacock

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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.

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“Doing it my way, doing it with flair”

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hi all, Just a quick post, here is the link to a fab piece written about me & my arty endeavours. Also mentions a very large project coming up that I am in the middle of sorting…..

Feature Article on Reina Cottier in ‘Coromandel Goodness”

Inner Goddess

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Inner Goddess One  sig 1000

Every now and then I have what I call a ‘shift’ in my creative expression
This was one of them 🙂 This magical goddess appeared suddenly while I was fluffing around with mixed media, having my usual fun, music blasting, half dancing, swaying around the studio… boom, there she was 🙂 !!

Wow i thought… this is something I really resonate with, something I can get VERY excited about. I knew she was going to be the first in a series… the ‘Inner Goddes’ series, number One.
How very satisfying.

She is availbale for purchase Please message me if interested.
reinacottier@gmail.com

thanks…

and oh, the usual shenannagins going on over at my FB page if you’d like to join me there 🙂
http://www.facebook.com/reinacottierart

©Reina Cottier Art

Recently Completed Works

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After a  somewhat prolific painting period in Feb/MArch, I was so pleased to be able to have some of these on display for the Mercury Bay Art Escape (Studio tour) recently. Also  happy that some sold, and some are going to 2 separate galleries in our region.
I am totally loving my new abstract pieces, harking back to my first days of painting, and combining with some techniques both learned/inspired from others, and also self discovery as I go.

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and last but not least , a commission I completed for a man who owns a Bed & Breakfast on the shores of our beautiful Lake Taupo, named after our native owl, ‘Ruru’, with views of the lake, and Mt’s Tongariro, Ngarahoe & Ruapehu. He asked for the owl to be the feature and for it to be set at night….I was really pleased with how it turned out.101 with sig

 

(All image posted are ©Reina Cottier Art. All rights reserved)

New Works! – Falcon, Whale Tail, Peacocks.

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I barely know where to start…. after having 6 weeks of no creativity thru end of December and January 2016 (kids on summer school holidays here in New Zealand), I have thrown myself back into it with a vengeance and so much stored up creative ideas, its like I cant stop and nor do i want to!

So this year has been about breaking thru some boundaries I was starting to get stuck in with my art last year. I still LOVE my precise detailing and fine lines, but I needed and wanted to do something alot freer and alot faster, so im having day on, day off with commissions (precise detailing taking alot of focus and time) and this new technique i hahve literally thrown myself into. Fast, no thinking, mixed media, ink, stencils, sticks, scrapers, acrylic, enamel spray and anything else i can get my hands on…. layers and layers of detail, to then use it for inspo to pick out something, in this case peacocks. 🙂
This first one is in progress, still have some to do, but its pretty much there,… totally LOVED these, they satisfied the aspect of me that is messy, uncontrolled, i even used my left hand (I am right handed) for some of it to make sure it was naive and not contrived in anyway.

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In progress:
This  is a Karearea (New Zealand Falcon, native bird of NZ), this is the second one i have painted, REALLY love the powerful energy that comes thru with these glorious birds.

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and i started this whale tail yesterday… been wanting to do one for about a year, and finally felt an uncontrollable urge. wp 3

ALL IMAGES ARE ©Reina Cottier Art. All rights reserved.

For more on what im up to on a daily bases, come and visit me on my FB page,  www.facebook.com/reinacottierart  id love to chat.

Cover of The New Zealand Artist Magazine!

COVER of NZ Artist Mag. Reina Cottier Art

So happy to be telling you all that not only was I given a four page spread with 12 images and a fantastic write up….
…. but also, my owl painting, ‘Guardian’,  was also featured on the COVER of The New Zealand Artist Magazine!

(EDIT: I have since been told that this issue was their biggest selling magazine to date!)

4 page spread Reina Cottier Art

Sacred Geometry

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A little while ago i had an intense desire to incorporate some sacred geometry into my pieces.
whilst I didnt want a perfect symmetrical statement, I did want the feel/energy of it to come thru.
Combining this feeling with my style, these 2 pieces emerged,

both sold. 🙂

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©Reina Cottier Art

Starburst 1000 sig

©Reina Cottier Art

super happy with the results and this is just the beginning….
I feel many more with this underlying theme running thru it.

Kiwiana, Silver Fern & Tui Bird

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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………

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Mamaku 1

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….to then paint things like this:
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©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.

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so here are 2 of my Tui paintings:

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©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