Playing Small May Be for Some People, But Not for the Artists of the World

“Know you could tumble any second…” ©2019, Molly Larson Cook Acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 30″ Several years ago a nonartist friend held a business seminar in a classroom at the art school in my city.  When I arrived, she was busy “saging” the room.  I asked why and she said, “Because they do art criticisms and there’s so much bad energy.” I suggested that … Continue reading Playing Small May Be for Some People, But Not for the Artists of the World

The Art of Imperfection

What is commonly called ugliness in nature can in art become full of beauty. –August Rodin It was the father of a young boy at a Rodin show at the National Gallery and my grandmother, the consummate gardener who taught me the truth of Rodin’s statement. I was visiting the Rodin show at the National Gallery several years ago, following along behind a man and … Continue reading The Art of Imperfection

The Spirit of the Work

  “…whose woods these are I think I know…” Acrylic on canvas 20 X 24 ©2019, Molly Larson Cook (Poetry and painting) I thought it was perhaps because I’m so relatively new in the art world.  Or maybe I was overthinking the work and my art brain was rebelling.  Or maybe my quirks were taking over and nobody but me had this oddly vague idea … Continue reading The Spirit of the Work

Home, Sweet Studio

“Light breaks where no light shines…” Acrylic on canvas 24 x 30 ©Molly Larson Cook 2019 For an artist, a relocation upsets more than an apple cart.  It’s not just a matter of packing the paints and the canvases, sorting through old brushes and making a lot of decisions about what to keep and what to throw away.  It’s also a matter of adjusting to … Continue reading Home, Sweet Studio

Art Problems and Ordinary Problems – They’re Not the Same

In their fine book, Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, David Bayles and Ted Orland make a distinction between art problems – which are unique – and ordinary problems – which are, well, ordinary. Their point here is that ordinary problems may be ordinary but they are in no way trivial. Ordinary problems are the ones that consume too much … Continue reading Art Problems and Ordinary Problems – They’re Not the Same

Let There Be Joy and Goofiness and Laughter and Art

I’ll be honest…I don’t know who these girls are.  Or who this photograph might belong to.  But since I first saw it, I’ve been taken with the outright joie de vivre captured here. I think they remind me a little of my own daughters, who are all grown up now and have their own kids and never owned hula skirts – plastic, grass, or otherwise.  … Continue reading Let There Be Joy and Goofiness and Laughter and Art

Goodbye, Old Paint

Many things have happened since my last post, Art Friends.  Let me count the ways. I went to Mexico with my significant other and we found a new place to live. We strolled the streets of our new town, wandered into local art galleries and met a couple of artists.  We ate good food and drank good margaritas which, down there, do not cost $9 a throw! … Continue reading Goodbye, Old Paint

Got a Problem? Hire an Artist!

I’m between paintings at the moment, preparing for my show at La Playa Gallery in La Jolla, California, this month (https://www.laplayagallery.com/), and doing the usual odds and ends of preparation with breaks to stay in touch with other places in the art world. I was reading today about a place I want to see – The Garage in Rapid City, South Dakota – a brilliant workspace “for makers … Continue reading Got a Problem? Hire an Artist!

The Artist and the Carpenter

  Unlike the Walrus and the Carpenter, the Artist and the Carpenter were not wandering along a sandy shore (although they’ve been known to do so) looking for oysters (neither of them eat the things) or talking of cabbages and kings (they have better things to talk about). No, the Artist and the Carpenter were wandering through one of the bigger-than-big box hardware stores the other day – he in search … Continue reading The Artist and the Carpenter

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