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  • Writer's pictureCarolyn Land

The Creative Spirit Blog

“There is no ‘must’ in art, because art is free”

 Wassily Kandinsky

What motivates people to create fine art?  This is a question that has fascinated me over the years.  Being an instructor, it is a question that I have to ponder frequently.  For me it has always been a part of my life. It is like breathing.


I see something that touches me and I need to capture it…not just the picture, but the feeling it evokes in me: the hope found in a sunrise,the warmth of the setting sun. There will never be another moment like that one. By recreating it, whether realistically or abstractly it puts it indelibly in the memory bank. The best part for me is I can capture it realistically or abstractly depending on my mood.

There seem to be times, that one medium speaks more than another.  That a feeling is better captured abstractly than realistically, or vice a versa.   People frequently ask me why I do both?  Shouldn’t you commit to one style over another, or one medium over another?   That would be like eating pizza every night for dinner!


However, it’s not totally about capturing a moment.  There is more to my motivation process than capturing a feeling, even if that is a big part of it for me.  It also has to do with playing, and letting the inner child out.  Its seeing patterns and shapes in nature, and an innate need to capture them:  rearrange the patterns of lights and dark, stretch the lines, integrate forms, and reproduce the textures that intrigue me.

Each day dawns, and provides an opportunity to experience something new, capture something new, share something new. Please share what motivates your creative spirit.

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