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The Pause Button

Matter Remixed 24" x 36" work on canvas/panel ©2017 Deborah T. Colter

Matter Remixed   24″ x 36″   work on canvas/panel     ©2017 Deborah T. Colter

Sometimes life events put you on pause. Unexpected, expected it doesn’t really matter – time seems to stop and then one day you look up. Where was I, what was I thinking, what was I doing, where do I go from here?? These are all questions I was facing this past winter when I was able to return steadily to my studio and my work. How do I get back in touch with my inner soul – my work – my passion? The answer for me was to step a bit outside of my comfort zone and to commit to an online creative visionary program (CVP) with Art2Life that has rocked my world. To give myself up to total immersion in an intensive 12 week program that I knew very little about was a real leap of faith. I will speak a little more about CVP in the next time as I am still processing this amazing experience. Some may believe that artists who seek out workshops are just starting out, my feeling remains that there is always something more to learn. I hope I never stop wanting to learn. Stepping out on a limb was the best gift I could have given to myself at this time.

The good news is, here I am posting to my long sleeping blog and while I can’t commit to future posts. I can say that I am glad to be painting, I am working steadily again and I am totally excited about my new work. I look forward to sharing more thoughts with you all about my creative journey.

“As artists, we must learn to be self-nourishing. We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them – to restock the trout pond, so to speak.”
-Julia Cameron 

Painting the Roses Red 12″ x 12″ work on panel

 

Making my own Sunshine

“My paintings evolve organically from life’s everyday glances.  Rather than trying to force my will on them, I give them total control.  Each layer determines and guides the next.”
-Dion Archibald

Strength of the Sun 48" x 48" work on canvas

Strength of the Sun 48″ x 48″ work on canvas   ©2015 Deborah T. Colter

Signs of spring are finally peeking through here. Spring greens and sunshine yellows have been making their way into my work. In the depths of winter working with yellows and greens always lift my spirits. I’m making my own sunshine!

 

Golden Sun I, II, & III  works on paper  21" x 21" each  ©2015 Deborah T. Colter

Golden Sun I, II, & III works on paper 21″ x 21″ each ©2015 Deborah T. Colter

There have been some terrific changes on my website lately. I have been working with my web designer Heather at Goffgrafix – she is wonderful! Check out the new zoom capability for images. There is now a search element if you are looking for something specific. Work on paper has been added along with grouping or companion pieces if your home, office or client is looking for multiple pieces. I am quite pleased with the results and invite you to take a look and share your thoughts.
I hope I have added a bit of sunshine to your day!
I am most grateful for your continued support of my work.

 


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“Only he can be an artist who has a religion all his own – an original way of viewing infinity.”
-Vincent van Gogh

A Thrilling Joy

“All of us have had the experience of a sudden joy that came when nothing in the world had forewarned us of its coming – a joy so thrilling that if it was born of misery we remembered even the misery with tenderness.”
-Antoine de Saint Exupery

 

My work is in the HGTV Dream Home 2015
on Martha’s Vineyard!

"Blue Banter I & II" Great Room HGTV Dream Home 2015

“Blue Banter I & II” Great Room HGTV Dream Home 2015

‘”Two large paintings on either side of the front door were sourced locally – much of the art in the house is local,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum of the striking artwork art found in HGTV Dream Home 2015.’
quote from HGTV site

Allow me to share some wonderful news with you – I am thrilled to have had my work chosen for the HGTV Dream Home 2015 which was built on Martha’s Vineyard this year. The designers for the project visited my studio in late October and chose 3 original works they felt would enhance the interior spaces of the home. The two pieces above, titled Blue Banter I & II are featured in the Great Room of the newly built home. There is also a third work titled Chartreuse City which is featured prominently over the fireplace in the Master Bedroom can be seen below.
HGTV.com has some wonderful photos posted on their website which show the works installed.
Every year HGTV builds a Dream Home which is given away to some lucky winner along with other great prizes. HGTV will air a special TV program on January 1st at 8:00 pm EST which will be a full reveal of the spectacular property. I invite you to join me in watching the program this Thursday evening.
You can begin entering to win the Dream Home online at the HGTV.com site.
I appreciate you visiting my blog.
May 2015 bring you all the best!

 

Master Bedroom HGTV Dream Home 2015

“City Chartreuse” in the Master Bedroom HGTV Dream Home 2015

Thank you. 

 

A Small Show

I am grateful to be included in an exhibit at the Featherstone Center for the Arts on Martha’s Vineyard. Featherstone Center for the Arts is nonprofit dedicated to promoting the arts and developing community through the arts. In celebration of Featherstone’s 18th  year they have invited artists to submit work that is no larger than 18” X 18”. The show is currently up and includes the work of 53 different artists.  I am pleased to be able to support this wonderful organization and show 3 small original works on canvas. That’s my work in the middle of this photo. Small works are such a great way to start or add to your collection and you help out a nonprofit at the same time!

I hope you will be able to take in this show and perhaps find a treasure for your collection!

18" x 18" Show At Featherstone Center fo rhte Arts  Martha's Vineyard MA

18″ x 18″ Show At Featherstone Center for the Arts – Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Photo shared from the Featherstone Facebook page.

The 18×18 show runs daily, 12 noon to 4 pm, through March 19. The entire Featherstone 2014 schedule of shows, classes, and events is currently posted on its website, featherstoneart.org

The Color of Love

“Through some memory, feeling, experience, the passion wells up and spills into my palette; it mixes with my paint. And the paint tells me what to do. I listen. I act on it.”
Ann Dettmer

Seduction 1399  40" x 30" work on canvas

Seduction 1399   40″ x 30″   work on canvas

“February is the month associated with the color purple and the birthstone for those born is February is Amethyst.” Purple is also said to be uplifting, calming to mind and nerves, It offers a sense of spirituality and encourages creativity.* In my experience the color purple has a very strong effect on art viewers. You either love it or hate it  – no middle of the road with purples. Personally I find the color to be exciting and passionate – the color of love. It feels warm and comfortable, seductive in its beauty. How does purple make you feel?

“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.”
Marc Chagall

Seduction 1399 is available from the Artist.
Selected Quotes from Robert Genn’s Art Quotes: The Painter’s Keys Resource of Art Quotations
*(http://arts-humanities.squidoo.com/allaboutpurple)

Copyright © 2014 Deborah T. Colter. All rights reserved.

The Impression it Creates…Color!

“A color is as strong as the impression it creates.”
– Ivan Albright

Beyond the Boundary 36″ x 48″ work on canvas ©2013 Deborah T. Colter

I write to you as the snow is piling up once again. It has been a cold and snowy winter but then again, it is winter isn’t it? I am grateful for the solitude and the time I can devote to my painting.

I have been thinking a lot about color. I find I tend to focus on certain groups of color for a time period and then rotate into something different. I love using bold color, color that grabs and holds the viewer long enough to beg a longer look. Karla Araujo writing for the Martha’s Vineyard Times wrote an article last summer about my work. She mentioned just this thought when interviewing me; “Color is extremely important,” she told The Times, pointing to groupings of archived paintings that range in hue from deep rusts and reds to royal blues and teals, citrons, and mossy greens. Color is what first draws the eye to Ms. Colter’s paintings. But it is the complexity of shapes and patterns that holds the viewer’s interest.” (read the whole article here)

In my pieces I build multiple layers of collage elements that create patterns and subtle shadowing. I often feel as though I am creating something out of nothing – transforming paper, paint, collage & mark making into a painting that is alive, provocative and thrilling is my goal. Color for me, provides an invitation to look deeper and longer – it is an invitation to breathe in the pure pleasure of the impression it makes on the soul.

What impression does color make on you?

“Just as there are connoisseurs of wine, there are connoisseurs of blue,”
said the French writer Colette.”
–Quote from the January 28, 2014 newsletter of Robert Genn

Painting 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.

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

Let go and trust

“Let go and trust; allow inspiration and imagination to lead the way… beyond the limitations of what the mind knows.”
-Linda Saccoccio

Painting a lot these days – so much so that I seem to have neglected writing anything for a while. I have been consumed by the work at hand, preparing for an upcoming two person show at Gallery KH in Chicago, working on a large commission project for a Boston hotel lobby, organizing for spring festival shows and summer gallery openings, and making some neccesary changes in order to move forward. Change is not always easy. I am enjoying pushing my own limits a bit. Continuing to work on some new directions – focusing on letting go and trusting. I am not quite ready to post new works yet..still allowing my imagination to lead the way. Baby steps – giant leaps…stay tuned!

Post 390  Boston, MA

"After Treading Water" 60" x 48" Post 390 Boston, MA

I had occasion to visit Boston recently while dropping of some new pieces for Jules Place. My husband an I were able to vist the new restaurant Post 390, an upscale comfort food restaurant at 406 Stuart Street, where 6 of my original works are installed.

post390c

"Vanished Concentration" 60" x 48"

What a treat to actually see the paintings installed in their new home! We had a really nice lunch and enjoyed our visit with all the staff of this fabulous new restaurant.

Series of 4 works on paper

Series of 4 works on paper

“It may take a leap of faith to be an artist and to trust that somehow with resolve, it will all work out and make sense to those who encounter it.”
-Alice Rich

All work in the collection of Post 390, Himmel Hospitality Group
Boston, MA

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.