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When the student is ready…


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,


Check out Art2Life here

“Hanging in the Balance” is currently available.

Inspiration, what is it that lights you up?

“Life inspires me to paint. Painting inspires me to paint.”      – Dion Archibald 

Inspiration Board

Inspiration Board


What inspires you as an artist? I think this is one of the most asked questions an artist gets other than “how long did it take you to make that?” Inspiration, what lights you up? What are the things you love? How often do we really stop and collect all those things together and analyze them? I was asked to do this exercise as a part of a workshop and it was an eye opening experience. I cut out photos of the things that inspire me – pasted them on a board and hung it in my studio. Wait a minute; does my art come out of all these different things? I had to really question what I was painting and why? I have always felt that my work comes from a deeper place within – it is connected to everything that is me – I just couldn’t see the connections clearly in the work I had been making. My work suddenly felt shallow and super controlled, too deliberate with these new eyes.

Now what?

The suggestion was to write, stream of consciousness sort of thing, think about how you feel about these things, allow the deeper feelings to surface – let go, take risks. All things that used to be so easy to do but somehow I managed to bury. I am not sure I am any closer to painting the things that really light me up however; I am on a path to include the feelings, the emotions, the layers, and the depth in my paintings. To put a muzzle on my inner control freak and allow the experience of painting guide the work where ever it chooses to go. One thing I learned is that what inspires me is allowing all the various elements of my experience to surface through the multiple layers of my painted language. I learned that painting inspires me to paint. I am super excited about the new work I am making and can’t wait to share more.

What inspires you in your work?

Mechanical Energy    24" x 36"    mixed media work on canvas   ©2017 Deborah T. Colter

Mechanical Energy   24″ x 36″   mixed media work on canvas   ©2017 Deborah T. Colter

Mechanical Energy is available.

Turn off the Brain Chatter

It is so much fun exploring each new small advance. Magic happens with a series. It’s wonderful to trust your inner instincts and turn off the brain chatter now and then.”

-Jean Bradley

Did Jean Bradley really say; “turn off the brain chatter now and then” ? Brain chatter, what  a wonderfully interesting way of describing the  constant barrage of information that plays like a movie reel in my mind. Brain chatter. I think you know what I am talking about – it is that continuous  stream of Continue reading

Painting is Hard Work


 “One of the many blessings of being an artist is that you don’t have to wait for someone to hire you before you can work. That’s wealth beyond measure.”
-Eleanor Blair  

"Deliberate Trust" 40" x 48" work on canvas

"Deliberate Trust" 40" x 48" work on canvas

Painting is hard work, not a relaxing hobby was the headline in a short letter by Michael Smith (Dersingham, Norfolk)I found online this week published in the UK Telegraph. Mr Smith states; “Anyone who finds painting relaxing will never make a successful artist.” Relaxing, no I can not say that I have ever found painting to be Continue reading

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.


**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"

Just Talk About the Paintings…

I asked, what do I do with this blog? What do I say on it? 

He answered, “Just put up one of your paintings each week and talk about it… people want to here what you have to say.”  Do they??

Okay, I will talk about the paintings… let’s just see.

"On the Edge" 60" x 48"

"On the Edge" 60" x 48"

This is an original work on canvas that has been created using acrylic paint. The collage that I apply to the surface of the work gives me texture, and color options to work with. Structure and balance of the elements is important – I want to see energy and excitement, as well as harmony.


This piece is currently available.
(Image Copyright © 2008 Deborah T. Colter. All rights reserved.)