Open to the Possibilities

“Unexpected happenings are encouraged through a serendipitous, intuitive openness to possibilities. Although these efforts do not guarantee achieving the goal of each picture, fresh, exciting results are instigated whenever stepping off known paths.”

-Bonnie R. Beaver

"Providence" 40" x 40" work on canvas    ©2010 Deborah T. Colter

"Confidential Providence" 40" x 40" work on canvas

I have been very selfish with my time lately – I have been obsessed with my paintings and have devoted the majority of my available hours to them and them alone. I have been destroying things, rebuilding, removing, applying, sanding, scraping, reworking. Trying new colors, shapes, angles everything I can think of to bring a fresh look to my work by stepping off known paths...

I have been concentrating on slowing my process down, simplifying somewhat and being open to the intuitive process of creating. It takes time to respond to  those unexpected happenings within a piece. I am excited about the results so far and love that renewed spark of energy that comes with new work. Spring is here and there is much to be done for the upcoming show and gallery seasons, deadlines loom and obligations must be met. Although these efforts do not guarantee achieving the goal of success within of each picture, I believe it is true that fresh and exciting results can be achieved by stepping out of one’s comfort zone ocassionally. For that, I will try to remain open to all the possibilities…

I am pleased to be included in a show titled “Mixed Media” presented by Anelle Gandelman Fine Art at the AGFA Project Space in White Plains, NY. The show opens April 8 and runs through June 3, 2010.

“I destroy things every day in the act of working and often recall a picture I had considered finished in order to rework it.”
-Fred Auerbach

Painting is available.

All Images ©2010 Deborah T. Colter

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4 thoughts on “Open to the Possibilities

  1. Alison

    I identify with your description of opening yourself up, especially with your boldness in attacking your surfaces with vigour and tools, having a visceral interaction with your supplies.
    And yet your final result is so calm, as it was an inevitable composition (which is the same feeling I get from all successful artworks).

  2. Diane Hoeptner

    Lovely painting. I’m doing a bit of work outside my comfort zone too, Deborah. It does seem to get easier every now and then. Congratulations on paraticipation in the NY show, may you have booming sales!

  3. Carolyn

    Really love your work – the colors, the complexity, and the freshness. Could see these in my home, and there is not a lot of art I would want to live with every day!


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