Monthly Archives: November 2009

A Personality of its Own

“My studio has a personality of its own. It can be a monstrous clutter from one end to the other or, at times, the very model of simplicity.”
– Harley Brown

"Leaving the City" 48" x 40" work on canvas

"Leaving the City" 48" x 40" work on canvas

I have been thinking of doing it for a long time now and I have finally decided this is it, I am going to have an Open Studio! YIKES! Ok, it is not really that big of a deal – or is it? I am very protective of my studio space, I think most creative people are. It is really a sacred area that has a personality of its own. However, there is nothing glamorous about where I work. I would like to tell you that I have a wonderful open space with white walls and such, endless work space and light – not so. I work in a space that was once an enclosed sleeping porch of a guest-house. It is often a “monstrous clutter from one end to the other”. It is tight, it is cramped, it is filled with everything I am sure I need to hold onto for the rest of my life! The house is on my parents property. It has worked out just fine for a number of years. I make full use of the space. I create, ship, store and manage all that I need to from this sacred little space. Leonardo da Vinci said, “An artist’s studio should be a small space because small rooms discipline the mind and large ones distract it.” Well, then, I guess I am in the right place! I count myself as being very fortunate to have the space I have to work.

After the end of the summer and the fall show season, I often think about having an open studio kind of event.  Thinking about it is as far as it has ever gone – too much work, not enough space, why bother, you know all the excuses. Well, now I am actually going to do it. Yes I am. My space seems a bit tight these days and I have a lot of wonderful pieces that I would love to have find homes. There are new works as well as many hidden treasures. Works on paper, and works on canvas. I even have some posters and note cards that I did a few years back. The planning is underway and I’ve got work ahead of me – I am making my opportunity happen! I look forward to welcoming visitors! Really I do!

Colter Open Studio
New Works & Hidden Treasures
Friday, November 27, 2009  11am – 4pm
Saturday, November 28, 2009 11am – 4pm

Please come for a visit if you are on Martha’s Vineyard for the Thanksgiving Holiday!

“Look for and make your opportunities happen; they are not going to come rushing up to your doorstep. But sometimes they’ll be looking you right in the face.”
-Harley Brown

Painting is available.

I paint how it feels

“The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than
the subtlety of the senses and understanding.”
-Sir Francis Bacon

I am finding it a bit hard to focus with the time change and the shifting daylight patterns. There is such a chill in the air. All of nature is subtley shifting, whispering change, as the sky is filled with varying spectrums of color. I spoke last time about the beauty of the fall colors – how inspiring it is to see those colors in full force. In the little time that has passed, many of those same colors have faded, changed to brown, or vanished completely through the force of wind, rain and cold. Constant change is a daily occurrence. The “subtlety of nature” as Sir Francis Bacon mentions, “is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding”. I am drinking in the subtlety of nature in my own quiet ways – watching, breathing, looking, absorbing – and working on incorporating that understanding into my pieces as I paint an expression of how it feels, not how it looks.

"Change of Seasons"  30" x 40" work on canvas

"Change of Seasons" 30" x 40" work on canvas

“I don’t paint how it looks, I paint how it feels.”-Robert Wade

Painting is available.