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Diagonally Parked in a Parallel Universe

“The growth that an artist seeks is a fine combination of mastering craft, garnering an audience, maintaining one’s mental health, and working mightily from a ever-expanding base of experience.”
Eric Maisel

"Collective Harmony III" 21" x 21' work on paper

"Collective Harmony III" 21" x 21' work on paper

I have been trying some new things. Really they are old things that I am refocusing on. Drawing is a basic necessity of creating art. I have to admit I have not been drawing very much of late. I love to dive right into the tactile pleasures of the paint. I’ve found that the spontaneity of the brush to canvas has been inspiration enough. Now don’t get me wrong, I do use line, liquid acrylics, pencil, conte, charcoal all faint and scribed within my pieces.  I have done this in my work for a long time. I love quality line work. I would like to incorporate more black line into my work – I will draw more…

When my son came home from College this spring he had to ship back his art supplies. He shipped home a giant bottle of India Ink that of course leaked [kids! – oops – I mean young adults!]. Fortunately he had put the ink in a plastic bag so the clothes were spared [ I must have taught him something somewhere along the line]. In cleaning up the mess, I was reminded how wonderfully black India Ink is. It was an inspirational moment disguised as a big mess! I filed that one away in the thought banks.

Last weekend, I was in Philadelphia exhibiting at the Rittenhouse Square Art Show. I was close to another painter pal of mine Joyce Stratton. I love her work and suddenly there it was – Joyce had used India Ink in her paintings! Is the universe hitting me over the head with this or what?? Joyce shared with me some of her tools – I showed her the lines I have been working with. Long story short, I am now way out of my comfort zone, experimenting with ink drawing, and ‘working mightily from an ever-expanding base of experience.”

Not quite ready to post new pieces, but stay tuned…

”Sometimes I think I’m diagonally parked in a parallel universe.” – Diana Britt 
 
"Vibrant Perspective" 14" x 21" work on paper

"Vibrant Perspective" 14" x 21" work on paper

“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”- Brian Tracy 

Both artworks are available in the Martha’s Vineyard Decorator Show House and Gardens 2009. Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard is the beneficiary of all tickets sales and a portion of the sale of the furniture, accessories and artwork through out the house. Click here to see my works in the Captain Thomas Mellon House.

Nurturing and Preservation

“Never forget that the nurturing and preservation of your own muse is job one. 
Lose it and you may be losing a great deal.”
– Robert Genn

"Ambitions Interface" 40" x 40" work on canvas

"Ambition's Interface" 40" x 40" work on canvas

I have been finding it very difficult to get into the studio these days. I have been inundated with all the stuff coming in. My two college students arriving home [with all of their various paraphernalia], the fresh outdoor air, and the recent dissapointing show trips, are my excuses. Stuff. Procrastination has a firm grip on my art world. Stuff. Inspiration and motivation seem to have taken a walk together and  I am left staring blankly into space. Stuff keeps coming in. Perhaps this is not such a bad thing. I enjoyed reading Tight Times Loosen Creativity  at nytimes.com. I am encouraged to read, Many artists …testifying that the recession had strengthened their commitment to their work or allowed them to concentrate on their art — since the time spent on side jobs had diminished — or had even been a source of creative inspiration.” Ok, I admit, I have not felt this sort of creative inspiration in my world [as of yet…]. I make a living through the sales and placement of my work – it is my only job. Stuff. It is what I do. More stuff. I took a deep breath when I read this piece and thought, hmm, perhaps I am not looking at the recession in the best available light. I have been studio bound for many months of the winter, I have been traveling to shows and marketing, blogging, twittering, and more stuff. I need to remember “…that the nurturing and preservation of your own muse is job one.”   Perhaps I need a break. Perhaps I need to make a little space for myself where I can think, nurture my muse, and not get inundated with other stuff coming in. 

“The hardest thing is to make this little space for yourself where you can think and not get inundated with other stuff coming in.”
-Catherine Yass

Painting is available from:
The Blue Heron Gallery
Wellfleet, MA

Breathing Room

“What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.”
-John Updike

The simple luxury of time – breathing room – time to experiment with some new pieces. I read somewhere that a recession should be thought of as a recess.** I like that idea, timeout for the soul to play and regroup. The gloom and doom in the news everyday is difficult to bear at times. I am working hard on focusing, creating new pieces and watching as things slowly begin to change in the world. I have added a few new areas to my website. An online sale area for studio sales and a new gallery to showcase some of my smaller works. Art is important.

-Deborah
www.deborahcolter.com

**I found where I read this great thought!!  It was posted on the NAIA forum for artists by Patricia Hecker. Here are her wonderful thoughts: “There are days I feel very depressed about the climate of selling my work. There are other days where I see this as a time of growth and opportunity. If we think of the word recession and think of it more as ‘recess’……it can become for us the ‘break’ from routine it was when we were in grade school. We probably all loved recess in school. We now have a ‘new’ version of the same. Maybe not as fun, but the time to do things differently. An intermission to re-group.”

Thank you Patricia!

These are 6″x 6″ square on panels.

"Small Work #61"

"Small Work #61"

"Small Work #59"

"Small Work #59"


Change, A New Year, Change

“One should paint small, and then very big. Miniatures and murals. Humans do their best with variety. Most people are bored, and even artists are bored. The answer is change.”

 -Peter William Brown

"Thought Structure" 48" x 60"

"Thought Structure" 48" x 60"

Painting large. I have been focusing my energy on this for what seems like a very long time. Large canvases somehow seemed to call to me. Recently, I was asked to create a 6″ x 6″ work for a show titled “Small Wonders” at my Gallery in Michigan  (The Water Street Gallery), piece of cake I thought… major mind shift! Wow, I am having some fun with this!! There is something absolutely wonderful and precious about small work. (I will post some of the pieces soon…) Change, the catch phrase of the moment seems to be grabbing a hold of me as well – it is so easy to sit in a comfortable place and not take on that challenge of change that is required…let see where this goes. Anyone interested?

-Deborah

Work on canvas
(Copyright © 2008 Deborah T. Colter. All rights reserved.)
Painting has recently been sold to Cisco Systems in California. 
www.deborahcolter.com

As promised, here is a peek at some of the new small works…

"Small Work Series #62"

"Small Work Series #62"

"Small Work Series #63"

"Small Work Series #63"

All pieces are 6″x6″ square on panels and are available for direct sale on my new “Small Works Gallery“. 

Fun!