Commissioned Book Cover- Perfecting the Dance (now published!)

Well this is exciting!!
I was commissioned by the amazing Dr Nesha Jenkins-Tate to paint her a cover for her book. Perfecting the Dance.
(Published by Balboa, a subsidary of Hay House.)
A wonderful journey, from her telling me her thoughts and ideas, to me (with her input) coming up with this concept.
It flowed right from the start, most enjoyable and easy. Even the ‘figures’, that I thought i might struggle with, just ethereally placed themselves there and asked for no feet (LOL!!!) im serious…feet were NOT on the agenda.
Nesha knew exactly the colours she wanted, and i got that spot on first time round too. Thank you Nesha for this wonderful opportunity, im totally honoured to have been able to do this for you. 🙂 All the very best, its a fantastic book!

Book Cover

Excerpt from the back cover:

Perfecting the Dance offers the intimate counsel and refreshingly candid voice of a good friend as it shares practical and inspirational life-lessons.Gain new insights about yourself and your relationships while exploring various topics, such as people-pleasing, parenting, friendships, partnering, love-lessons, forgiveness, and how to discover and pursue your life’s purpose.But this isn’t a book about perfection—it is a book about perfecting. It is about constantly discovering something new about yourself while uncovering new ways to approach life’s twists and turns.And it isn’t a book about perfecting the dancer. It is a book about perfecting the metaphoric dance— navigating your way through life’s changes and challenges and learning how to transcend them through greater love, faith, and courage.Be enriched by these lessons about life and love that are essentially dance-lessons—powerful, practical reminders about how we can keep on dancing with life as it comes our way.

book cover 2

latest work in progress…

April 10

©Reina Cottier Art 2015

this is a bit of something different from me.
mixed media for a start, decided to use some stuff i havent touched for a while so dragged out my old stencils, some spray enamel paints and some pastels.
Ive been reasonably ‘disciplined’ the last few months with the Mercury Bay Art Escape studio tour,
but now that that is over,
I  let myself just do what ever i wanted with no plan or thought, no agenda, nothing.
First of all a bright coloured background with all my favourite tones and shades,,,
and incredible urge, probably carrying on from my scared geometry pieces, to draw some circles, random placing, didnt matter as long as it felt ‘right’ when i looked at it….. then some stencils with spray paint….

Ive been working on it on and off for a few weeks now, and ONLY picking it up when i feel like i really want to do something on it, not because i need to, have to or because there is nothing else.
SO its had a dedicated purpose, its been unfocussed focus.

Sometimes i spend 2 hours on it, sometimes 5 mins and Ive had enough.
Its big, about 40″ x 36″, and i know, i do my best work on ‘big’. (not REALLY big tho…yikes, i had a commission the size of a dining room table once, it was like a workout everytime i worked on it, phew! lol!)

anyway… i dont know how close to ‘finished’ i am, might be tomorrow, might be in 6 months… will keep you posted. 🙂

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http://www.facebook.com/reinacottierart
or email:

reinacottier@gmail.com

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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.

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Kids painting #2 almost done….

This one for Miss 7, is about 80% there, (Miss 5’s  is done). They get back from a week away tomorrow, and I will have both paintings ready for them…cant wait to see their faces! I think I will be more excited than they will be.

For the kids….

I wanted to, after all this time paint something for my children. (been RATHER slak, painting my heart out for me me me me oh, and …me)…. but nothing for my family oops!
I have two full on vibrant feisty lil Goddess’s, Miss 5 & Miss 7, chalk n cheese, in almost every way except their determination, their strength, their sheer will.

Miss 5, who likes to go by the name “Rainbow’, (after I had asked her “if mum painted you a picture, what sort of things would you like in it?”_…. after a nano seconds hesitation she announced “A rainbow (SHOCK HORROR) and a heart please mum”.

OOOOOKAY, done. Quite happy to spend a day doing something non adult like,  get in touch with the ‘inner kid’ so to speak, felt great!

A day later and Im this far, I feel like its almost done, few little tweaks here in there, but hmmmmmm, yip. 🙂

© Reina Cottier and Reina Cottier NZ Artist, 2011.

Next up, is for Miss 7,…there will be WW3 if they are really totally different, because I can guarantee they will both want the same one, I can hear it now, “I want the heart one!” “I like those colours better!” grrrrrr,… so I’m still having a heart and a rainbow, and same colours, lots of twirls & swirls, …….but….

here’s the start of it: obviously a work in progress….

will keep you posted, if its as quick as the last one, shouldn’t take long at all.