Introducing Colour Analyst Courtenay St. John Gibson (Massachusetts, Connecticut)

Every student brings many traits and qualities that I admire. Courtenay’s are difficult to single out because there are many. You meet a wonderfully pleasant, cheerful, civilized, considerate person. She is delightful to be with, and very relaxing, someone who can let you be you and find all the good.

The patience to let a conversation or situation unfold without jumping to conclusions is as essential a quality as one could find in a colour analyst. I have great respect for her ability to be content with what she knows at each step of the PCA process without needing to leap ahead.

 Her voice is quiet but her words are always worth hearing. Although training was some time ago, Courtenay is consistently committed to the highest standard of colour analysis, very much devoted to her clients, and to continuing education. With great instincts and having seen many clients since training,  Courtenay has become an excellent colour analyst. 

Courtenay St. John Gibson
Courtenay St. John Gibson

In the 1980s when Color Me Beautiful first appeared on the scene, I lived in a community where many younger women embraced Personal Color Analysis. Not only was I eager to have my colors done, I had my 6-yr old daughter analyzed as well. I was typed a Summer, largely because of my light brown hair, blue-green eyes and pink cheeks. My daughter’s consultation particularly interested me because, although she was, of course, adorable, her skin looked green and she had shadows under her eyes. She had no symptoms of allergy or illness and had tons of energy, though! She was an “Autumn with Summer influence”. This meant that khaki and dusty yellows were good for her – she did look wonderful in those colors. It was not surprising that she had looked so sickly before – little girl’s clothing in the 1980s was pink, lavender and blue.

Fast forward to 2010. As a grandmother, I was increasingly avoiding the face that looked back at me from store windows. The colors of my Summer palette just didn’t look good – and I personally liked them and dutifully sought them out! Like my daughter in the 1980s, I still had lots of energy, but found that my face looked harsh and drawn. Cranberry and steel blues did not enliven my skin. Was my hair color off? Something in my appearance was jarring and I couldn’t pinpoint what it was. I despaired that I was going to be a tired-looking older woman.

Not interested in plastic surgery or fillers, since it was the gray cast that I found so objectionable, I searched on the web for Color Analysis and found my way to the Sci\ART system. Instantly, I was fascinated. There were not only four seasons in this system, but twelve. I headed to Barnes and Noble to research other books on the 12-tone system to see if I could figure it out on my own. The colors I tried did not seem to make much of a difference, and trying to drape myself was ultimately frustrating!

Fortunately, I was able to locate a Sci\ART trained analyst who had a studio 5 hours away. I booked an appointment and hoped to discover a new physical identity!

The consultation proceeded rapidly; my analyst knew what to look for, and had no doubts that she was finding “It!” She announced that I was a Light Spring and showed me a Light Spring swatch book. I owned NONE of those colors! I could not even imagine what it would be like to wear them – surely, I would be a laughing stock of a mature woman, dressed as a jellybean.

Only one of us is a Light Spring!
Only one of us is a Light Spring!

 

My worst nightmare did not come to pass. As I started switching out my closet for my new Light Spring Colors, the compliments were rolling in. When I passed a store window, I no longer grimaced with disapproval. Other women around me took note, and wanted their own color transformations.

I quickly became interested in becoming an analyst myself. At the time, no one in the US was offering Sci\ART training.

In 2013, while visiting the 12Blueprints website, (which had become a regular haunt for me!), I saw that Christine Scaman would be offering a 12Blueprints Analyst Training Course based upon the Sci\Art system. I seized the opportunity, hoping to gradually ease into business over 5 years, as I developed more expertise in Personal Color Analysis and retired from my full-time teaching job. Christine’s training course was thorough and demanding. The visual scrutiny necessary to observe each nuance in skin tone that responded to shifts in the calibrated drapes required an attention to details that I would normally not have been visually aware of.

Responding to the information conveyed to the analyst and client in the draping sequence requires focus, discrimination and analysis – traits that have been part of me my whole life. In the past, my pursuits have been logical, scientific and mathematical: teaching college logic and linguistics, becoming a Registered Dietitian, and thirteen years as a 7th grade math teacher.

My hunger for the artistic has been an avocation until now. As a Personal Color Analyst, seeing the visual transformation that occurs for each client is thrilling. When their friends see their newfound radiance, they, in turn, show up in my studio!

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Vitality – physical, intellectual and spiritual, is a quality that I value highly. Providing this service is fun and contributes to the vitality of my clients; they watch their inner energy come alive and find its expression in their outward appearance. My favorite clients are those who are over 70 years old because they are the most amazed by their own beauty. Many are receiving compliments for the first time in years!

My other passions are hiking and sharing adventures with my family. This year I will finish the last 40 miles of the Appalachian Trail, which I began in 1999 with my Mom. We both continue to work on our hiking goals together.

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Family hiking trip to Lakes of the Clouds, Mt Washington, NH.

 

My studio, located in Williamstown, MA, has been open for three years. A second studio will be opening in Norwalk, CT early next year. Travel dates are planned for Charleston, SC, Traverse City, MI and Fairfield, IA.

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To contact Studio St. John by email:

courtenay@courtenaystjohncolors.com

By phone: 413-884-3649

Website is under construction.

 

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7 thoughts on “Introducing Colour Analyst Courtenay St. John Gibson (Massachusetts, Connecticut)”

  1. Thank you for this beautiful posts. I love reading about all the analysts’ journeys to Sci-Art.

    I have a small and probably not very important question – in the photo of Courtenay and the young girl, where they are wearing matching blouses, what season is the girl? I’m trying to guess but sure I’m getting it wrong…

  2. What an inspring story, someone who’s had a total career change at a relatively advanced age! And love the humourous attitude in it, e.g. “surely, I would be a laughing stock of a mature woman, dressed as a jellybean” :)

    (Light Spring colours truly are a bit jellybean-like and so lovely, although so very wrong for me personally ;))

  3. She looks amazing in the green blouse and orange pullover, and not a bit like a jellybean. That’s what’s so great about 12 seasons- the way the person plus the colours come together to be so much more than the sum of their parts.

  4. Yes, just to clarify that I didn’t mean above that *she* would look like a jellybean in those colours, only the LSp colours taken by themselves do :) Deliciously so.

  5. Yes, that was the point I was making. The palettes alone have all the usual associations of those colours – cute and jellybean-like and maybe not very grown up in the case of LSp, or rich but rather solid and a bit boringly- sensible for my season, TA. But put them on the right person and they always look sophisticated and exciting.

  6. Courtenay’s light green shirt and orange vest lights her up like a spotlight :-) Now imagine if she was wearing snow white and ink black instead, lol. I imagine LSp colors as sorbet colors–fun, youthful, and easy on the eyes :-)

    Courtenay seems to be the stereotypical LSp with her light eyes and hair. But I also believe that dark-eyed, dark-haired people could turn out to be LSp, as well. My brown-haired, brown-eyed sister and nephew glow in cream and lemon yellow. No, neither of them have had a PCA so I won’t know for sure until they are draped. Since Christine talked about photography in her latest post, I thought I’d mention that they both recently had professional photos taken and the dark colors they wore were simply too dark and intense for them. My nephew faded away in black, and the gorgeous royal blue my sister wore unfortunately aged her (e.g. her facial lines were more prominent) and made her look heavier. I think black and other dark colors only help “slim” someone down if they are actually included in his/her own color palette.

    Anyway, back to Courtenay I love her fun-loving, youthful energy magnified by her sweet, playful LSp colors!

  7. Andrea,
    The young girl, so far, has not been able to sit still long enough to be draped! But Light Spring, at least, made her look messy and discombobulated. On my last visit, she indicated that she is ready to know her colors!

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