Making (and re-making) Art – Nobody’s Perfect

“Secure Your Chains” ©2018, Molly Larson Cook 18 x 24 Acrylic on canvas “X-rays of famous paintings reveal that even master artists sometimes made basic mid-course corrections (or deleted really dumb mistakes) by overpainting the still-wet canvas.” –Bayles and Orland, Art & Fear Several years ago, back in the days when I was a full-time writer instead of a full-time artist, I taught a course … Continue reading Making (and re-making) Art – Nobody’s Perfect

Doing As Little As Possible

“Boy, Howdy” ©2018, Molly Larson Cook, 22 x 28, acrylic on canvas Available The Dog Days of August are upon us…the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer with heat waves everywhere on the planet.  This weather is conducive to one thing for artists – doing as little as possible. Not that we’re not doing anything.  We’re just doing the little things like reorganizing our supplies, … Continue reading Doing As Little As Possible

Constancy and Choice – The Tools an Artist Needs Most

In my last post, I wrote about a change in the artistic weather for me as I left behind my Colors of Jazz collection and headed down an entirely new track.  Oh, how we kid ourselves. After finishing the first two paintings (posted here earlier), I believed I was headed down the wrong new track and gave this a lot of thought.  I longed for … Continue reading Constancy and Choice – The Tools an Artist Needs Most

Art, Old Tracks, New Melodies and a Wayward Dogie

“I did not punch that dogie” ©2018, Molly Larson Cook 20 x 24, Acrylic “When old words die out on the tongue, new melodies break forth from the heart; and where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders.” –Rabindranath Tagore I’m not going so far as to say that any old tracks have been lost, but when any artist or … Continue reading Art, Old Tracks, New Melodies and a Wayward Dogie

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