Pastel painting by FL artist Carolyn Land

Your Purpose for Painting

  “The work of a man is the explanation of the man.”                                                 Paul Gauguin I have written many times about having an “Artist Statement”, which tells people what motivates you, the artist, to paint.  For emerging artists, this is “good food for thought”, and an excellent exercise to undertake.  It helps you zero in on…

Acrylic painting by FL artis Carolyn Land

I am Done for Now…

” Finishing a painting demands a heart of steel:  everything requires a decision, and I find difficulties where I least expect them…It is at such moments that one realizes one’s own weaknesses.”         Eugene Delacroix                                   Several…

Collage by FL artist Carolyn Land

What is Essential?

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”                                  Hans Hoffman How many times have we said: “I should have stopped and hour ago” or “I wish I had not put that in.” …

Pastel painting by FL artist Carolyn Land

Finding Commonality

  “Creation is the artist’s true function: where there is no creation there is no art.”                 Henri Matisse   Art is about telling our story.  We each have a different story; colored by past experiences.  Even children from the same family, who experience the same event, will…