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
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
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
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!
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
“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
Simon Jennings, trained as a graphic artist and a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, authored a number of books for artists. He worked as a designer and graphic artist in New York, Chicago, and London and taught at several British art schools, including the Royal College of Art. My favorite among his books is his Artist’s Color Manual which includes valuable information about the … Continue reading Breaking Rules and Making Art