My show, on Colour In Your Life, is now live on You Tube and on their website.
I absolutely love using collage in some of my latest work.
Collage & ink on canvas.
This style suits itself perfectly to my elephants and butterflies.
Here is an elephant in progress, this is the second in s series of 3 so far. 🙂
©Reina Cottier Art.
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.
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!
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.“
©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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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.
©Reina Cottier Art 2014
this one is also finished, (and sold),
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.
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.
A few months ago I spontaneously painted an abstract-ish butterfly, it was so popular, sold within 5 mins of posting it, and everyone said ‘you HAVE to paint more butterflies!’……
I didnt feel like it at the time, but a few weeks ago, I suddenly had an urge, and in my usual style, have painted about 10 in 3 short weeks. LOL!
Here are a few of the ones I have done so far, more to come, they have all, but one, sold…..
ALL images & artwork is ©Reina Cottier Art 2013
More to come…… 🙂
(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013
This was a very quick doodle i sketched straight onto the canvas in about 3 mins
I was so excited about it I painted it immediately and the whole thing was done and dusted in about 2 hours.
Totally inspired by this ‘new’ thing i was doing, I decided to do something similar on a dark background:
(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013
As usual i have several paintings on the go at once, so while I was belting out the above, I was also working on these 2 which i completed:
(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013
(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013
It seems as though i am returning to my beginnings as far as my paintings go.
These latest ones are very similar to my first few paintings I ever did, and the ones i am working on right now are even more so.
….those will be in my next post 🙂
School holidays right now, so about to go away for a few days with the kids, back to normal next week.
That time again! More activity in Reina’s cavern of creation! So, where to start?
Did this as a fun thing one day, sort of over time really, but it all came together in a flourish of swirls, teal, white and purple, and started to look really interesting…..
I post everything I create on Facebook on my art page, and it was clear that this was a hit 🙂 Two lovely ladies wanted it, one in Oz and one in USA…..and as of right now it is winging its way across the Pacific to USA. I look at this and see real New Zealand flavour,… purely unintentional of course, but i see lots of korus and flowing interlocking shapes and lines, Loving the clear colours and feel of movement, and the elements, like i see wind/air, water, earth,,,, and even fire. The winds of change!
This one below is a commission I did for a friend in Alaska, she chose the colours and the basic feel of what she was after and left the rest to me:
This is a smaller sized piece for me, its 12″ x 16″, and at first I wondered if I was going to be able to ‘do my thing’ on such a little canvas, but it worked really well and I felt i was still able to get the feeling of movement with the shape, line and colors that I wanted to. I have shown her pics and she loves it. 🙂 This lady is all about loven light, so it was a total pleasure to be able to zone into that whilst creating that for her.
13 commissions, 3 down, 10 to go…….. 🙂
Lastly, finally the hard copy of the book I have been published in has arrived! It looks really professional, and im thrilled with how my art is showcased. Some really awesome artists have been chosen for this book so I felt honored to be amonst such talent.
there I am, third row down, second from left,
if anyone wants a look online its here: (im pages 26 & 27 :))
or to buy it from Amazon go here:
Ciao for now my friends, hope you are all well & happy.