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. 🙂

Sacred Geometry

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. 🙂

Starburst 2 1000 sig

©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.

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

Tribal, Koru

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©Reina Cottier Art.All rights reserved

(c) Reina Cottier Art. 2012

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I also continued on with my’ TRIBAL’ series,  which I LOVE doing…

as always there is very little planning with any of my paintings, they are all just go with the flow, most of the time I have no idea what the final result will look like and I just play it out as it evolves.

IF i try to plan something it never flows & I often end up leaving it for months before it is finished.

I am currently working on a mix of both, tribal and sun/surf, and its really exciting for me,..

seeing all my styles coming together like a story intertwining.

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Waves of Creativity :)

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

(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!

xx

Preview of book Im in….

Here is a preview of the book my art is in……

Just click on the link below,  expand the book thumbnail and Im on page 12.

News
Art & Beyond Publications is proud to announce that new Special Art & Beyond Online Issue dedicated to artists published in the Living Artists of Today: Contemporary Art is open for public view.

http://www.artandbeyondpublications.com/online_mag/2012/01/januaryfebruary-2012/

 

and just so this post looks a little bit pretty lol!, here is a very nice pic to look at:

an experiment, not a result, going to do some more to it at al later date. 🙂

 

Multi tasking again

2 unfinished works in progress, started this one yesterday:

this is the background, im LOVING the colours, feel like i could dive right in there. 🙂 Really inspired by the sun at the moment, the colours, the energy, the feel of it, and I have always had a major love affair with water, any type of water, so… this one will be nurtured and adored and cherished for a while and we will see where that takes me, as usual hardly any plan to speak of, just go with the flow and the feelings that are conjured up.

and this:

im about half way thru, … been through a few stages with this one, started off with great gusto, gesso thrown with abandon onto the canvas, and lots of scraping and swirling…. then it all came to a grinding halt, for weeks, now im back into it with a passion, needed to connect the top and bottom of it, it was really disconnected before and i wasn’t sure what was required, started again yesterday and it seems, for the time being, to be flowing along, feels good.

Other than that, I have taken to photography a little and really enjoying it!

My calendar of my word art for 2012 is up and running online,opened a Zazzle store and am having a ball creating all sorts of things from shoes, to iphone/ipad covers to key chains/rings and necklaces, another outlet for the creativity, what could be better than that!