Reversal of Orbit

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense.”
-Melody Beattie

Reversal of Orbit   24″ x 24″ work on canvas ©2013 Deborah T. Colter

As we move into the New Year with all its vast possibilities, I would like to reach out to each of you with heartfelt thanks for your continued support. I am most grateful to each and every one of you.  I could apologize for my absence on this blog but that’s is not why you are here. Time sometimes slips by faster than we realize and the longer one is away from something, the harder it is to return. Where to start? How to begin? It somehow just makes sense to begin here and now – it’s January 2014.

I am painting, setting goals and focusing on fine tuning my approach to the business side of my art career. I count myself among the lucky ones, I do what I love and I love what I do. Of course there are always times when the path is difficult but those are the times I remind myself how fortunate I am. I do believe that being grateful unlocks the fullness of life and I am truly grateful to be living the artist life, with all of its successes and struggles.

I am pleased to share with you my newest gallery representation Exhibit by Abersons in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I have never been to Tulsa but would love to have feedback from any of you who are in the area. I look forward to working closely with Aberson Exhibits and sharing my work with a new audience.

Another new development is my listing on the new CODAworx.com website. The website states “CODA: Collaboration of Design + Art. The global online community that celebrates design projects featuring commissioned artworks.” I have posted projects and artwork and look forward to expanding my connections there.

An exciting start to the New Year! I welcome your thoughts…what’s new in your art world?

I am filled with gratitude for the ability to live the artist’s life.
In my studio. Being an artist. Everyday.”
-M. Acierno

Mayan Gold   24″ x 24″ work on canvas ©2013 Deborah T. Colter

 

Painting Mayan Gold is available from Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa Oklahoma
Painting Reversal of Orbit is available from Artist.

A Controlled Magic…

“What I dream of is an art of equilibrium, purity and tranquility,
devoid of upsetting or troubling subject matter …”

-Henri Matisse

Controlled Magic 30" X 30" work on canvas ©2012 Deborah T. Colter

I regularly receive a studio newsletter titled “The Painter’s Keys” from fellow artist Robert Genn in Canada. It is always full of interesting thoughts on the business and pursuit of Art. The newsletter seems to magically arrive when I am searching for some particular answer… this time I thought I would share with you, a quote from the newsletter which jumped off the page at me… 

“Abstract understanding doesn’t mean arbitrary sloshing and messing. Abstract art is controlled visual magic based on laws and methodology. Abstraction generally involves implication, suggestion and mystery rather that obvious description. Like a good poem, a good abstraction attacks your feelings before your understanding. Abstraction within realism adds zest and excitement to otherwise dull subject matter. Abstract understanding takes time and patience.”

-Robert Genn
“Five skills worth learning”
Newsletter dated February 14, 2012

Painting is sold.

Stand by Me

“A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.”
-Edgar Degas

Idle Reverie  48" x 36" work on canvas

Idle Reverie 48" x 36" work on canvas ©2011 Deborah T. Colter

Next week my work will be featured at the Cousen Rose Gallery in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Owner Zita Cousens has exhibited my work since 1997.  We met when I was waiting tables and she and her husband Mike used to come in for dinner on a regular basis. They always came late after Gallery openings and the other wait staff wanted out – I always volunteered to stay. After a time Zita found out I was a painter and asked me to bring in some of my work. From the beginning she believed in me. I was working very much off the beaten path of the other local artists who primarily sell representational work. She has stood behind my artwork through all of its growth and changes without ever questioning where it was headed.

Next Saturday night my work will be up and I will walk into the gallery reception and Zita Cousens will have outdone herself in the modest space she has to present my work. For a few hours we will celebrate the exhibit and win or lose, sales or no sales, I will walk away knowing that the work is a true extension of myself, an accumulation of my own personal expression, represented by a Gallery owner who has always believed in me.

If you are on Martha’s Vineyard at all this summer, please come by and have a look.

Opening on Martha’s Vineyard July 16, 2011

Cousen Rose Gallery
Will feature the works of Deborah T. Colter
71 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA, 02557

Exhibit runs from July 16 – July 23 and work will be on location the entire summer 2011.

Opening Reception Saturday July 16, 2011 7:00-9:00pm
gallery website

On another note, I was very excited to have Mary Grauerholz interview me a few months ago and write a feature piece about my work for the Cape Cod Life ART 2011 special annual edition which has just been published. The magazine is widely availabe on the Cape and Islands and can be viewed online here as well.

Painting is available.

Motionless Movement

“What I am seeking… is a motionless movement, something equivalent to what is called the eloquence of silence…”
-Joan Miro

The Eloquence of Silence  48" x48" work on canvas

"The Eloquence of Silence" 48" x 48" work on canvas

“The artist is concerned not with a single focal point but with the unfolding of many layers of movement within a fluid language of images.”
-Una Johnson

A motionless movement, the eloquence of silence, the unfolding of many layers of movement within a work, a fluid language of images. How clearly these thoughts describe the surface and textures I constantly strive for. It is always a joy to me to stumble upon an artist’s quote that perfectly fits my present tense. I am reworking of some canvases from an earlier time and finding pleasant surprise in their evolution. Art for me is in constant motion and this just feels like the right thing to be bringing new life to these canvases I had once looked at as complete. This process brings fresh spring growth if you will, new life, an unfolding of many layers that push me towards a motionless movement.

Coming up soon Anelle Gandelman Fine Art of Larchmont, New York will be representing my work at the Spring Affordable Art Fair in New York City. The Affordable Art Fair takes place the weekend of May 5 -8, 2011.

I am excited to now be represented by Joyce Robins Gallery. Joyce Robins has been showcasing quality paintings and sculptures for discerning collectors since 1996. Joyce represents a carefully selected a group of living artists whose styles range from representational to abstract, working in a variety of media.

Work is available.

@2011 Deborah T. Colter

In This Moment

“Creativity occurs in the moment, and in the moment we are timeless.”
– Julia Cameron

work on canvas 48" x 60"  ©2011 Deborah T. Colter

'Seize the Day' work on canvas 48" x 60" ©2011 Deborah T. Colter

It seems as though the days are just speeding by – how could it be that I have not written a post in months? Yikes! Faster than a speeding bullet the studio time just disappears. Painting, painting, and more painting – I have been fully immersed in the preparations for a new show that I will be exhibiting at in New York City. The Artist Project New York will make its debut in at Pier 92, March 17-20, 2011, co-located with the 10th Anniversary edition of the Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94. I am exited to be included as one of the 150 independent artists who are exhibiting works in painting, photography, mixed media and sculpture.

The Artist Project is not the only event on the horizon. I am thrilled to learn that Anelle Gandelman Fine Art of Larchmont, NY will be representing my work at the Spring Affordable Art Fair in New York City, May 5 -8, 2011.

In addition to these two events my  gallery & festival schedule is being finalised and summer exhibitions arranged. Spring is in the air and for the moment creativity is occurring, making every moment timeless… with so much to do in this moment!

The Artist Project New York
March 17 – 20, 2011 Pier 92, New York City presents a rare opportunity to view and purchase contemporary fine art created by a selection of international artists in New York City. The exhibition offers collectors, curators, dealers and the public direct access to a juried selection of emerging and established talent.

I am very pleased to be able to offer complimentary tickets to the event: click here.

“The pressure of constantly showing work motivates me to paint every day.”
– Linda Blondheim

Work is available.

The Excitement and Possibilities

“As you work, the mood grows on you. There are certain images which suddenly get hold of me and I really want to do them. But it’s true to say that the excitement and possibilities are in the working and obviously can only come in the working.”
-Francis Bacon

60" x 48" work on canvas ©2010 Deborah T. Colter

"Reconnecting the Dots" 60" x 48" work on canvas

Taking myself back into the studio has been a bit overwhelming. I feel like I have been trying to reconnect the dots! It has been an exciting and busy fall season. My road trips to festivals are over for the moment.  I have been shipping work, delivering work and picking up and rotating work around. I am in the midst of reorganising my studio to best prepare for the long winter ahead. Catching up on neglected chores around the house and garden. Resting. Autumn always seems to bring changes – transition time. After diving back in to the studio this week, the familiar exciting mood is beginning to grow once again. It’s true to say that the excitement and possibilities are in the working…” I feel the excitement – and the possibilities – I do love this time of year!

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

Painting is available. ©2010 Deborah T. Colter

Circular Time

“I have never thought of time as being linear. I believe in circular time,
one season following another.”
Josy Hilkes Britton

Time does seem to move in a circle and the rotation gets faster and faster! Hard to believe we are moving into a new season already but I can feel the change in the air. It has been a busy, fantastic summer and I do hate to see it go, but it is time to refocus. The circle of time is moving…

Timeless Edge 40" x 40" work on canvas

Timeless Edge 40" x 40" work on canvas

Labor Day has come and gone and I will soon be getting on the road. The first weekend in September brings my fall festival schedule into full swing with five exciting events lined up. The September air brings a renewed energy. I am renewed as well with a sense of excitement for the future. I am delighted to have been chosen to participate in these upcoming shows and to have the chance to exhibit my work and meet and greet interested collectors. Studio time will be limited for a few weeks as I participate in these events. However, the break from the studio routine always brings me back in with new direction…full circle.

I was thrilled to have recently been Friday’s Featured Abstract Artist on Lynne Taetzsch’s Abstract Art blog. Lynne features abstract art, abstract artists, and the daily practice of painting and drawing on her blog each week. Thank you Lynne!

“One of the essential characteristics we must have to be happy and productive artists is the skill to navigate our way through random time; so that even without a clock for a compass, and without a clear destination,
we still know what direction to go.”
Eleanor Blair

I do hope to see you at one of the following events…

8th Annual Alexandria Festival of the Arts
480 King St, Alexandria, VA
September 11, 2010, 10:00 am-7:00 pm
September 12, 2010, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
website


Annual Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

18th & Walnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA
September 17, 2010, 11:00 am-7:00 pm
September 18, 2010, 11:00 am-6:00 pm
September 19, 2010, 11:00 am-5:00 pm
website

49th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show
North Castle Community Park, Armonk, NY
September 25, 2010 10:00 am-5:00 pm
September 26, 2010, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
website

The Gracie Square Art Show
at Carl Schurz Park
East End Avenue between 84th & 88th Streets
New York, NY
Saturday, October 2, 2010 – 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday, October 3, 2010 – 10:00 am-5:00 pm
website

29th Annual Outdoor Arts Festival of the Bruce Museum
The Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich ,CT
October 9, 2010, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
October 10, 2010, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
website

Painting is available. ©2010 Deborah T. Colter

Art is the River

“Art is the river that runs through my life. I drink from it as often
as I can to refresh myself.”
– Loretta Marvel

Gallery KH, Chicago 2010

Gallery KH, Chicago 2010

Settling down after the whirlwind of two openings in the past two weeks. I am trying to regroup and replenish and I find that the summer heat is just making things a move a little slower right now. I always find that Art is the river that runs through my life – a constant that grows wider and deeper. Sometimes it rages and sometimes it just sort of slowly drifts along.

The opening at Gallery KH in Chicago coincided with a freak rainstorm that dumped 7 plus inches on the city – creating real rivers in unexpected places! Fortunately most of the rain fell well after the opening.

I was thrilled to see my work hung alongside the work of Charlotte Foust, it is an exciting mix of abstract paintings. p7230019I love the surprise of walking into the gallery and seeing the show for the first time!

In 3 weeks I will travel again to participate in the Saratoga Arts Celebration at the National Museum of Dance. I am looking forward to visiting this area. My fall festival schedule begins in September and there is much to prepare for, but for the moment, a little rest is on my list…

Saratoga Arts Celebration
August 21, 2010 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
August 22, 2010 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
at the National Museum of Dance
99 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY

“How fortunate we are to make our life’s work centred on experiencing life with depth and creating a soulful response to it.”
-Linda Saccoccio

Voyage of Discovery

“Each painting is a kind of discovery, a discovery of new forms, color relation, or balance in composition. With every painting completed, the artist may change his viewpoint to suit the discoveries made, making his vision many-sided.”
-Robert Colquhoun

July is an especially busy month and I look forward to presenting my new paintings. As I write this, nine new paintings are on the way to Chicago  for the July 23rd opening of “Surface Elements”, a two person show at Gallery KH. Next week a number of new works will be delivered to the Cousen Rose Gallery for a feature show opening July 17th. Beginning July 22nd, the Lagerquist Gallery will be featuring a collection of my works.

"Shifting Admiration" 48" x 36" work on cnavs

"Shifting Admiration" 48" x 36" work on canvas

Quite often I think of the view from an airplane window and how the surface below is mapped out by the intervention of the human hand. The roads, the buildings and homes, the congestion in contrast with open spaces and how those elements interact with natural elements and each other. There is somehow always an ordered sense of chaos, a quiet beauty, when the landscape is viewed from above. Borrowing from virtual images of the earth’s surface, I have enjoyed the ability to travel over the landscape at will. My paintings for this new series of work have been influenced by the complexities of pattern, structure of lines and vast open spaces discovered through those virtual travels.

Gallery KH
“Surface Elements” featuring the works of Deborah T. Colter & Charlotte Foust
July 23 – September 7, 2010 Opening Reception: Friday, July 23, 2010 5-8pm

Cousen Rose Gallery
Will feature the works of Deborah T. Colter
July 17 – July 24, 2010 Opening Reception: Saturday July 17, 2010 7-9pm

Lagerquist Gallery
Will feature a collection of works of Deborah T. Colter
Exhibit runs from July 22 – August 6, 2010

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes
but in having new eyes.”
-Marcel Proust

Painting is available from Gallery KH, Chicago, Il.

A Blooming Adventure

“Once an artist gets it in his mind that it’s a blooming adventure, then, and only then, everything falls into place and starts to work.”
-Joseph P. Blodgett

"Natural Peace" 20" x 20" work on canvas

"Natural Peace" 20" x 20" work on canvas

Adventure, I love that! It’s a blooming adventure all right. Just back from the most recent art festival, one of my favorites, where we endured 90º plus heat and humidity, 4 am garbage collection wake up calls outside the hotel room every morning, and high winds, which put some exhibitors tents at risk. In addition we were warned of pending weather issues approaching on the last day – over half of the artists packed up and left which pretty much put an end to the festival. I took a chance, watching the radar all the time, and the pending rain never did make it to our location. I had my best sales that day! There was a robbery, a doggie carnival, a drunken celebration by fans of a winning team that left filth overnight in some exhibitors booths. It was three blooming days of adventure for sure! Great meals, nice hotel, good sales, lots of sweat, tears and a little blood. All in all a good weekend…

Looking forward to new adventures next weekend when I will be back on the road again. Leaving Friday to participate in the brand new Scarsdale Fine Art Fesitival on Saturday and Sunday. This will be the last of my spring festival show as I am preparing for up coming Gallery events this summer.

“Your most valuable asset can be your willingness to persist longer than anyone else.”
– Brian Tracy

Scarsdale Fine Arts Festival
Scarsdale, New York
June 19, 2010, 10:00 am-6:00 pm
June 20, 2010, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Visit me in Booth #82

Painting is available.