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

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

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

My Brief Happy Life in the World of Children’s Books

I thought I was ready to write something about art today, but I was wrong.  I looked through a dozen “inspiring” quotes on the subject and not a single one of them inspired me.  They mostly sounded dry and dusty, clichés from the past without connection to the present much less the future. Or smug. Perhaps I am in the art doldrums because I have … Continue reading My Brief Happy Life in the World of Children’s Books

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