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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.

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!

The Lucky Ones

How disappointing to discover we aren’t going to be young and strong and live forever… The challenge and the fascination of artistic creation is the best distraction in the world…we’re the lucky ones.”
-Janet Best Badger

"Contemplation of Infinity" 48" x 40"

"Contemplation of Infinity"

Well, my husband and I just dropped our youngest son off at college. He is a lucky one but I am not sure he realizes it just yet. He is in a wonderful school in a fabulous city and will be studying art for the next four years. I was transported back to my lucky time. Wow, it was a number of years ago that I was in his shoes, how did that happen?  I have been living with the fascination of artistic creation and all its challenges for many years. I am truly one of the lucky ones…      

-Deborah
www.deborahcolter.com

Copyright © 2008 Deborah T. Colter. All rights reserved.)
Work on canvas, 48″ x 40″. Painting has been sold to a private collector. 

Nothing…?

“It’s a lot harder to paint nothing than to paint something.”
-Graham Gillmore 

"Rhythm of the Wind" 30" x30"

"Rhythm of the Wind" 30" x30"

A work on panel
Painting nothing and making it something. Over the weekend I heard once again how easy it is to make abstract work. Is it? Am I fooling myself? I find the challenge of painting “nothing” far more interesting than painting “something”. I do not find it easy in any sense of the word. I choose to take the road of creating something from many different elements, many different “nothings” and making them into a unique and interesting work that stands on it’s own as “something”. 
-Deborah

(Copyright © 2008 Deborah T. Colter. All rights reserved.)
Painting has been sold to a private collector. 

www.deborahcolter.com

Opening Saturday:

At the Cousen Rose Gallery – Martha’s Vineyard
71 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA, 02557
phone:508-693-6656
Reception Saturday, July 26, 5-7 pm
Exhibit runs from July 26 – August 1, 2008

* Judges at the Westport Fine Art Festival selected Deborah T. Colter’s mixed media works for the Blue Ribbon in her category at this year’s event July, 2008.

Freedom

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.”  

-Albert Einstein

"Potential Balance" 30" x 30"

"Potential Balance" 30" x 30"

a work on panel
(Copyright © 2008 Deborah T. Colter. All rights reserved.)
Painting has been sold to a private collector.

Deborah
www.deborahcolter.com

Hello Blogging World!

In my world of color, paints, composition and creativity the blogging community seems very foreign to me. I create with paint, words often elude me however, I will give it a try…

My challenge as a painter is to find an exciting balance between the pandemonium of my thoughts and the multitude of images and events that bombard our daily lives. I trust the inner thoughts of the mind as they reveal themselves purely through the act of creating.

“Abstract literally means to draw from or separate. In this sense every artist is abstract… a realistic or non-objective approach makes no difference. The result is what counts.” -Richard Diebenkorn

a few pieces in the 2007 gallery show at Mary bell Galleries

I work with an abstract collection of marks, textures and color, repeating shapes and forms, seeking to find a balance of chaos and harmony within each piece I create. Often these marks will reflect architectural landscapes, roads, maps, repeated patterns, or colors as if seen from above or as recalled from within, a sort of visual record book of the mind.

It’s a start…

Deborah

mixed media paintings