Shop Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk

“Molly, please.” copyright, 2018 There are two kinds of people who go to the dentist’s office – or the doctor’s office, or wait at the garage for the car to be fixed. The first kind want to read any contemporary magazine that might be in the rack or on the table, “contemporary” being anything published in the last five years. The second kind picks up … Continue reading Shop Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk

Breaking the Rules, Asking the Questions

“Soft Summer Breeze” 22 x 28, copyright Molly Larson Cook, 2018 Acrylic on Canvas   Although Robert Henri wrote and painted years before abstract expressionism came into play, I find a lot of inspiration for my abstract work in some of the passages in his never-out-of-my-sight book, The Art Spirit. To wit:  “A great painter will know a great deal about how he did it, … Continue reading Breaking the Rules, Asking the Questions

Kisses in the Rain and Your One and Only Life

“Kisses in the Rain” Molly Larson Cook, copyright 2018 20″ x 24″  Acrylic on canvas Elsewhere on the global readerboard otherwise known as the Web, I wrote recently about not letting pressures – specifically, other people – keep you from living your one and only life the way you choose. A lot of people connected with the idea of setting boundaries, of standing firm in the face of … Continue reading Kisses in the Rain and Your One and Only Life

Traveling with an Artist’s Eyes…and Heart

  Mexican paper flowers Leave home, leave the country, leave the familiar. Only then can routine experience—buying bread, eating vegetables, even saying hello—become new all over again. – Anthony Doerr So I did.  Left home, left country, left the familiar.  Okay, I only did it for a couple of days over Memorial Day weekend, and it wasn’t far from my front door to the border of Mexico, … Continue reading Traveling with an Artist’s Eyes…and Heart

Cowboy Wisdom

“Blue Bossa” ©2018, Molly Larson Cook 24″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas available From the ever-helpful and inspiring little book of wisdom I carry around with me, Art and Fear: On the perils (and rewards) of artmaking by Ted Orland and David Bayles, come these words of not just any old wisdom, but cowboy wisdom: “When your horse dies, get off.” In all its simplicity, the phrase … Continue reading Cowboy Wisdom

The Painting Part — with Singing and Dancing

“Morning Dance” © 2018, Molly Larson Cook Acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 30″   “Painting is the easiest job on earth, until you get to the painting part.” Brian Rutenberg I’d like to meet Brian Rutenberg and if I ever get back to New York, I’ll look him up.  I found this line of his on somebody else’s blog and immediately remembered Picasso’s declaration that … Continue reading The Painting Part — with Singing and Dancing

Creativity, Solitude and Happiness

  24″ x 30″ acrylic © 2018, Molly Larson Cook “A Felicidade” “In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ~ Rollo May I’ve begun work on a new collection of jazz paintings, putting my solitude to constructive use as Dr. May suggested.  I’ve long been open to creativity, … Continue reading Creativity, Solitude and Happiness

Looking for Your Lost Joie de Vivre? Try Art!

“Boplicity,” 20″ x 24″, acrylic on canvas, copyright 2017, Molly Larson Cook I read a question the other day on one news site or another, a question about art.  I’ll paraphrase here, but it went something like this:  “With all the craziness going on in the world and in the United States, all the corruption and politics, threats of war or actual war, why does … Continue reading Looking for Your Lost Joie de Vivre? Try Art!

Art, TEGWAR, and Sweet Songs in the Halls of Creation

“I don’t follow any system. All the laws you can lay down are only so many props to be cast aside when the hour of creation arrives.”  —Raoul Dufy “Do what suits you…try to paint in the moment… forget everything you have learned…” –Jan van Oort The words of these two painters are near and dear to my creative heart. Dufy was a French Fauve painter … Continue reading Art, TEGWAR, and Sweet Songs in the Halls of Creation