Butterfly Series

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…..

Nov 9 iphone final sig May 27 Sig

OCt 29 iPhone final Oct 18iphone final Oct 7 -2 iphone final Oct 7 (4) iphone final nov 3

ALL images & artwork is ©Reina Cottier Art 2013

More to come…… 🙂

Reina Cottier Art YouTube channel

VERY happy to announce that I finally have sorted my YouTube channel and have uploaded a whole pile of slideshow vids.
SOme are of last years art, and others are right up ot the present moment, including my Shades of White Series above.

Im so happy with how they have turned out, I managed to get some awesome royalty free music to go along with it, and I have credited the musicians in the blurbs with the vid.

Here is another:

If you want to go to my Youtube channel here is the link:

http://www.youtube.com/reinacottierart

Down the track I will be adding some painting progress videos, Ill keep you posted when that happens.

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June 11th 2013

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This is the busiest time of the year for me, a number of important birthdays, and family celebrations and lots of other activities that need my attention,

hence, not an overly active painting time, but still… I have managed to start some really cool cnavas’s that are making me smile.

here’s 2 I started, the red & purple on the left and the turquoise, orb & koru on the top right- both with LOADS of texture…

The bottom right is a revamp, a re visit of an older one that never ever quite sat ‘right’ with me. So I am totally changing it, and its feeling much better, even though I still have a long way to go.

all in progress……..

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thses 2 are finished and sold:
photo023480392(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

May23Iphone final(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

this one is part of the ongoing ‘Shades of White’ series, I decided to depart from the ‘marbly’ type backgrounds and go for something smoother….

photo298392(c) Reina Cottier Art

May update:

Marine Dreams

May 20(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

So, continuing with my latest obsession:

my ‘Shades of White’ series #5 above, complete and sold. This one is my favourite!

Totally in my element to be painting these at the moment, loving the backgrounds, they look like a mix of galaxy and marble to me. I create them with a combo of water spraying, sponging and big/wide paint brush on its side,  I layer this up, and sometimes let dry inbetween layers, but because Ms Gemini here needs INSTANT results, we are not too fond of ‘waiting for things to dry’, no, noooooo waiting for me…. of course, IF I do have to wait, I have another 6 paintings to continue on with on my never ending conveyor belt of creations. 🙂

………also completed and sold #4 below: May 15 final iphone(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

and I have started 2 more!

in progress: May 22

in progress:

May 21

ON A ROLL!!!!

*but quietly wonders when it will end?- who cares!*

back with completed updates soon.

Have a good weekend everyone.

xxx

Shades of White

Shades of White #1

well this series happened quite by ‘accident’ ….

I painted the background of #1 and then doodled a very fast design straight onto the canvas and painted the outline of it white, as I always do as a prep for the rest to come… the COLOUR, the signature ‘Reina colour’ 🙂 ……

I posted an ‘In Progress’ pic on my FB page and got an overwhelming response of: “its FAB as it is!!” … so, a new series was born…

this is the finished result of the first one:

#1 (18″ x 36″-for sale)
Shades of White #1(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

#2 (20″ x 24″ Sold)

Shades of White #2(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

and this one i started yesterday, still in progress: (SOLD)

Shades of White #3 in progress(C) Reina Cottier Art 2013

I feel like I have another few of these left inside me yet 🙂

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oh and in other news, my art is one of 52 artists featured in the wonderful e-book:

52 Prescriptions for Happiness- by Joe Dunn & Mali Apple.

Link here:
http://www.amazon.com/52-Prescriptions-Happiness-Inspiration-ebook/dp/B00CHU9PSO/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

this is the pic they used:
FINAL GAIA SPEAKS“Gaia Speaks”-by Reina Cottier
(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

This week…..

Started this the other day (its not complete) …. got all inspired by a combination of what I have done in the past, (one of my first paintings was of Maori designs on top of flowing swirly shapes), and what I have been doing lattely with my stenciling etc… Ive been wanting to experiment with a more commercial look, one that perhaps could be licensed, printed on fabric, or products. I wanted vibrant colours with definite boundaries,

I also did this:

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2012

It sold within a day, had alot of interest in it actually, so was happy about that.
I love the contrasting colours next to each other, really makes the reds/yellows pop out, esp with the dark outline.

So ‘everything in 3’s’ right?

well here’s #3:

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2012

Got several commissions on the go, which is exciting, but a week of sick kids and then me has not been conducive for creatove production…. get well this weekend, and FULL SPEED AHEAD next week. 🙂

bye!

x

Contrasting tones, sprinkles and stencils….

Almost finished this piece above 🙂 I decided I wanted to experiment with contrasting colours, so used the reds/oranges with the greens/teals… and I have to say, Im liking the result so far. This piece didn’t start off so well…. in fact it was painted over at least twice before I felt an ease and flow with what I was doing. Unlike how I usually paint (lightening speed!) I have taken my time with this, lots of pauses, looking, walking away, and revisiting…  getting the bones of it on the canvas was not the issue, it was more, what to do with it after that.  ‘I decided it was going to be part of my Magical Wave series, and once I had made that decision, it just flowed along (no pun intended!) nicely.

Above is a commission in progress. This one harks back to a style I was doing about a year ago which proved to be really popular, most of the pieces I did in that time sold quickly.  I have loved re visiting this style and had forgotten what a great effect my ‘sprinkling’ gives, (putting paint on a scrubbing brush and then flicking the paint onto the canvas by scraping the brush with a palette knife or spatula). I love the colors the client has chosen for me to work with… this actually increases my creativity, but having ‘limits’ i seem to be far more inventive and creative, than when im left to my own devises.

And lastly,  I have been experimenting with different stencils and techniques, shading, shadows etc.

Not always feeling like I have to use stencils in my art, but have found a level of satisfaction in being able to merge them with my own paitning style.

Ok thats about it for now…Ive been very busy getting through all these commissions and still have 5 left to complete of 13 in the last 3 months! 🙂 not compaining though, so love it all, and know how blessed I am. 🙂

ciao!

“10 Exciting Artists…” …and I’m one of them!

ArtPromotivate.com has featured me as one of ’10 Exciting Artists & Why They Create Art”

I am totally honored to be a amonst such amazing artists, really appreciative of Graham Matthew and his awesome website which is an invaluable tool for any artist, I highly recommend it. While you are there have a good look around, some awesome articles and tips for all artists.  See article in link below:

http://www.artpromotivate.com/2012/06/10-exciting-artists-and-why-they-create.html

I FINALLY finished this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

only took about a year *whistles* yeh… ok, so I ignored it for about 6 months… blah, didn’t even want to look at it, 😦 poor thing, … then a friend came over the other day and said ‘hey is that for sale??” and I thought, I REALLY MUST FINISH THAT. …..and did ,  the next day. 🙂  To be honest, im not in love with it. Im ‘ok’ with it. I see faults in it , which is really highly unusual for me- to pick faults in my own work, im normally good with the end reult and can feel satisfied,  I hark back to what I was saying about it in the last blog entry it featured in…a looooooong time ago: this painting was inspired by another painting, its not a copy, but aspects are similar and I never ever ‘got my groove on’ with it, it wasn’t coming from ‘within me’, it was out of me.  SO, there it is. And I need to get over it and move on. 🙂

oh and finished this commission (to Oz):

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2012

REALLY happy with this. Its for a lovely lady who already has a few of my pieces and wanted this to compliment another of mine, both in her bedroom. 🙂 how appreciative an I??!

Lots of repeat work for the same people, its so great developing that relationship, that is the reward for sure.

Im keeping my own projects going at the same time though, this is what keeps the flow going, when i have some things that are free reign, alongside the commissions, which still come form within me,  and Im so lucky that my commissions are all from people who want me to go for it with my spin on it. Fantastic.

Posted to Arizona/USA and KIama(Australia) yesterday,, after the school holidays I have one going to Holland and several more to Oz.  LOVING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Life is good.

🙂

Pretty full on right now…… :)

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…..

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2012

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!

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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:

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2012

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.

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13 commissions,  3 down, 10 to go…….. 🙂

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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 :))

http://issuu.com/art_beyond/docs/livingartistoftoday_international_vol1?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222

or to buy it from Amazon go here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1469171082/ref=tag_dpp_yt_edpp_rt?_encoding=UTF8&ie=UTF8&redirect=true&redirect=true&s=books%23tags

Ciao for now my friends, hope you are all well & happy.

Arohanui.

Reina.x