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When the student is ready…

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Hanging in the Balance  30″ x 30″ work on canvas/panel   ©2017 Deborah T. Colter

May I please share something with you? The last few years for me have been an ongoing challenge due to family obligations and caregiving. To be honest, I put my focus on family and not on my artwork. No regrets at all – I did what I felt I needed to do and I am grateful that I could do it. Long story short, when I was able to finally return to my art practice I was totally lost. Big time LOST! I couldn’t get back to where I was and couldn’t figure out where to go next. I was sitting by myself in my living room a year ago in February when I stumbled on the Art2life program. It has been a powerful journey to work with Nicholas Wilton and his team. The team mentorship and guidance was valuable beyond words. I am pleased to be able to share a referral link here as Art2Life is starting into it’s 3rd year program February 2018 . There is a free workshop you can sign up for and see if this is something that might work for you?? The free workshop begins February 6th and If you choose to carry on with the CVP program (not free) will begin later in February. I can attest, if you are willing to make a commitment, this program will rock your art making world. I am thrilled to feel like I am back on course with my own creative journey and making work I am proud of and happy to share. Art2Life Rocks!!

In Gratitude,

Deborah

Check out Art2Life here

“Hanging in the Balance” is currently available.

Soul searching, why do I paint?

“Once, Picasso was asked what his paintings meant. He said, “Do you ever know what the birds are singing? You don’t. But you listen to them anyway.” So, sometimes with art,
it is important just to look.”
– Marina Abramovic

Rising Sentiment  24" x 24" work on canvas/panel ©2017 Deborah T. Colter

Rising Sentiment 24″ x 24″ mixed media work on canvas/panel ©2017 Deborah T. Colter

Why do I paint? Why do I make paintings? Why do I include the collage materials in my work? I am at a curious place in my world where I find myself asking these questions and not being totally clear on the answer. I have always done it; it has always been a part of me, habit, pattern, but why? That is a much larger question to answer and do I even know? Let’s do a little soul searching…

I often feel that my paintings take on a life of their own however, the paintings would not exist if I didn’t exist to create them. Making art that comes from the soul is such a deeply personal thing that no two people can make the same thing. I am continually fascinated with building layers of collage into my work. I think of them as layers of experience. The experiences I have had, the life I have led, the happiness in my life, the food I have eaten, the tears I have cried all contribute to what is me. These layers of my experience inform what I paint. For example I love water, flowers, vegetable gardening, fish, cooking, reading, family, stars, circles, a drawn line, color, and the feel of paint, on and on. All these things are imbedded in my DNA; they are what make up “me”. The feelings and emotions I have when experiencing daily life informs the mark making and design of the work. It can be as simple as a single line I remember from the curve of a tree, a color from watching a sunset, a circle seen from looking out of an airplane, tears cried when my mom passed, picking a fresh strawberry. All of things are accumulated subconscious memories that continually inform the paintings I make. I guess my answer to why I paint is that I paint to visually communicate my experiences. I paint to remind myself of the things I love, I paint to escape the doldrums of daily life chores, I paint to awaken my senses to the simple joy of brilliant blue or yellow or green. I paint to see how a piece of charcoal makes its mark on a field of color. I paint to experience life and I paint to express my life experiences, to share the joy and the pain through a singular visual language. I paint to share my world.

I am in gratitude to you for sharing my world with me and for taking the time to just look. Why do you do what you do – have you asked yourself lately?

Rising Sentiment is available from artist.