“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
“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
“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!
“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
Today was a gallery day as I rearranged the work from last month, switched things around and added two new pieces. The new additions are from an earlier series. and I wasn’t sure they’d work with the more abstract pieces already in place. I loaded the trunk with an assortment, so I’d have plenty of options. I had fun and smiled to myself when I … Continue reading Mixing It Up for the November Show
October has been a happy and busy month with the show at HYPE Gallery and my gigs as a participating artist gallery-sitter through the month. I don’t know about the other artists in the show, but I love being at the gallery and talking to any and all who wander in. The good news now is that the show has been extended through November. I’ve met … Continue reading Another Month in the Gallery!
Part of my wall at the HYPE Gallery It was no coincidence that “art” was right in the middle of “party” on Saturday night at the Studio Door/HYPE Gallery in San Diego. Live jazz, good wine, happy people, great conversations, a little dancing and – of course – art! Like writers, artists like me without a big studio where I can invite people in work much of the … Continue reading Who Put the Art in the Party?
As September winds down, and summer as well, my attention is fully on preparations for the gallery show in October. Selections have been made, titles chosen, labels printed and postcards mailed. In other words, I’m ready to get this show on the road. As someone who has done a turn or two on the stage, I can easily compare this first show to opening night – the … Continue reading Another Opening, Another Show!
Pen, ink and watercolor, 2013, Molly Larson Cook Forgive me, but today’s post is somewhat more personal than most of what you’ve seen here. It comes in part as a response to a recent health issue – nothing serious but painful day in and day out. Oddly enough, it also comes after receiving a particularly fine award and publication for my poetry, a gift I’ve … Continue reading Bringing Your Whole Heart Home
As both a poet and an artist, I tend to wander back and forth, crossing the invisible line between the two like a drunk on a bicycle. I give many of my paintings poetic titles and I write poems about art. I’m not the only one who does this. One of my favorite books on the practice of writing is titled The Writer on His Own, and much of … Continue reading Imagining Forth!