Collage by FL artist Carolyn Land

Starting a Painting

“To prepare one’s work is first to nourish one’s feelings by studies which have a certain analogy with the picture, and it is through this that the choice of elements can be made.  It is these studies which permit the painter to free his unconscious mind.”                                                          Henri Matisse There are many ways to start a…

Collage by FL artist Carolyn Land

Exploring Your Creative Side

“I like to think of creativity as the sex of out mental lives”.              Dr. Roger Von Oech Many people often say to me I can’t do that, I am not that creative.  Sure, you are!  You just have not tried the thing that sparks your innate creativity.  Many of the same people deny that they…

Painting by FL artist Carolyn land

Taking a Break

“Painting is a funny business”.       J.M.W.  Turner As artist we all long for people to validate our work.  We are constantly looking for places to show our work, new opportunities to share what we do.  The past 7 months have been that for me. They been an exciting, rewarding, and profitable.  But as I am…

Collage by FL artist Carolyn land

Maintaining a Positive Attitude

“Every creative act involves…a new innocence of perception, liberated from the cataract of accepted belief. “         Arthur Koestler We have decided where we want to go and set benchmarks to get there.  Now what?  Attitude is everything.  If we say we can’t, we won’t.  So, stay positive.  We can’t let negative self-talk…

Collage by Florida Artist Carolyn land

Goal Setting

  “The artist begins with a vision-a creative operation requiring an effort.  Creativity takes courage.”    Henri Matisse   I received many responses to the blog on “Commitment”. There was one question I would like to address: “I like to do so many things. How do I know which to commit to? Do I have…