If It Gets Messy…

“…in time of daffodils who know…” ©2019, Molly Larson Cook 18″ x 24″ Acrylic on canvas   One of my favorite quotations comes from author Tom Robbins regarding life in general (at least that’s the way I always read it): If it gets messy, eat it over the sink. Given the way quotations so often morph from the original, Tom may have put this a … Continue reading If It Gets Messy…

If It Feels Right, It’s Right

  “…What the river says, that is what I say.” © 2019, Molly Larson Cook 18″ x 24″ Acrylic and ink   The summer heat has finally arrived in my part of Mexico.  Unfortunately, the heat is accompanied by humidity I didn’t expect, so the days are muggy and mostly still.  No cool sea breezes now, although the sea is just yards away. The good … Continue reading If It Feels Right, It’s Right

Forget Perfection: Art Is About Life – and Life’s Not Perfect Either

Work in progress, 18″ x 24″, ©2019 Acrylic and ink   My last post was about labels and why they are and are not necessary or even meaningful except to the critics and art historians and gallery owners who want to know which box to put you in when they write the press release to announce your show. But the truth is, as Popeye would … Continue reading Forget Perfection: Art Is About Life – and Life’s Not Perfect Either

When People Ask Me, I Always Say…

“…when sky and sea agree to take one hue…” © 2019, Molly Larson Cook 22″ x 28″  Acrylic on Canvas   When people ask me, I always say I’m an abstract expressionist, but the truth is those are just words.  I’ve loved abstract expressionism since my teens but when I look at the pictures by famous artists and back at my own work, I see … Continue reading When People Ask Me, I Always Say…

Scatter the Sky…Amy Lowell, Fictional Colors, Morning Mist

  “scatter the sky with my blazing heart” © 2019, Molly Larson Cook 18″ x 24″   Acrylic and ink Available You already know how much I love color – that animal that wags its own tail.  My color chart is always handy and my paint box goes well beyond red, yellow and blue although I enjoy mixing my own colors from those and a few … Continue reading Scatter the Sky…Amy Lowell, Fictional Colors, Morning Mist

Art, Chopin, Mazurkas, and Your One Wild and Precious Life

    “Your one wild and precious life” ©2019, Molly Larson Cook 18″ x 24″, Acrylic and ink on canvas Available   When my old friends whom I’ve never met, David Bayles and Ted Orland write about finding your work in their Art & Fear, they raise the spirit of Chopin to talk about useful forms on which to hang our art aprons or berets.  … Continue reading Art, Chopin, Mazurkas, and Your One Wild and Precious Life

Painting, Papa and Waltzing

  “My Papa’s Waltz” ©2019, Molly Larson Cook Acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 30″ Available When someone once said that “A picture is worth a thousand words,” a pundit quickly countered with this challenge:  “If that’s true, paint the Gettysburg address.” As an abstract expressionist painter who loves color, I don’t begin my work with a particular idea in mind.  I begin with what in … Continue reading Painting, Papa and Waltzing

The Questions That Matter

“when I heard the learn’d astronomer…” © 2019, Molly Larson Cook Acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 30″ available In that much-quoted book Art & Fear, David Bayles and Ted Orland suggest that perhaps there’s a simple premise when it comes to understanding our lives as artists and our work:  just pull together all the leads and pieces and we’ll discover a “single, clear, concise, fundamental, … Continue reading The Questions That Matter

Joan Mitchell – Poetry, Jazz, Abstract Expressionism

My latest so far untitled work in progress (with miles to go before I sleep!) I was reading an article for dancers recently about “taking class” at home.  In the dance and acting worlds, “taking class” is a given.  You never stop taking class – learning, practicing, working on the moves or the lines or any of the countless details of your craft.  And it … Continue reading Joan Mitchell – Poetry, Jazz, Abstract Expressionism

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 critiques here and there’s so much bad energy.” I suggested that she … Continue reading Playing Small May Be for Some People, But Not for the Artists of the World