Take Me To A Place I Haven’t Been

“Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” from the Colors of Jazz collection © 2020, Molly Larson Cook Acrylic, 24″ x 30″   Knowing who you are and where you belong in the art world can be a bit dicey.  With social media, big auctions, “everybody’s a critic,” and the rest of the 21st century hoo hah, it’s even dicier than before. This is especially true since there are … Continue reading Take Me To A Place I Haven’t Been

People to Hang With

  “Con Alma” from the Colors of Jazz collection ©2020, Molly Larson Cook 24″x30″ Acrylic/mixed media Available   For an artist, looking through a fine art magazine is like walking into a banquet hall.  Where to start, what to see, when to stop.  What’s new on the table?  Do I dare and do I dare to try this or try that? My artist friend, Peggy … Continue reading People to Hang With

Don’t Get Caught Chasing Shiny Objects

          “Above/Below”                                    #1, Red Iris Series Mixed media on cardboard            Mixed media on cardboard 5″ x 8″                                                  5″ x 8″ These are originals, not prints.  They are matted to size 8″ x 10″ and sell for $35 each, including shipping.   T.S. Eliot was wrong about April being the cruelest month.  At least wrong for this year.  January was cruel indeed around here, and instead of spending … Continue reading Don’t Get Caught Chasing Shiny Objects

Jazz – and Other – Lessons

“I Want to Talk About You” from the Colors of Jazz Collection © 2019, Molly Larson Cook   I don’t just read books or blogs or news articles about art and neither should you.  Like people in any working field, we want to keep up with what’s new or useful in our own but we also need to bring out whole selves into our work.  This … Continue reading Jazz – and Other – Lessons

Art and the Moon

“…usually – but not always — the piece you produce tomorrow will be shaped, purely and simply, by the tools you hold in your hand today.” — Bayles & Orland It’s still another month before I’ll see my paints and painting tools again, so I’ve been spending my “dedicated” painting time reading about the creative paths of other artists instead and taking a look at … Continue reading Art and the Moon

A Tribute to Wackiness or What Happens When All the Paint is Packed

“If we suppress our wackiness we’ll seal off the source of some of our most truing impulses. Our potential will dwindle. We’ll no longer feel the sweet daze and speed of the push of it.” —David Greenhood, the Writer on his own Today’s post is a tribute to wackiness. Artists, writers, musicians, chefs, bus drivers…whatever your line of work, let a little wackiness come through.  … Continue reading A Tribute to Wackiness or What Happens When All the Paint is Packed

“Mere Color,” Art, and the Soul

“Remembering the Rain” ©2019, Molly Larson Cook 18″ x 24″  Acrylic and Ink on Canvas Colors of Jazz series   “Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. ” ― Oscar Wilde   I’m trying hard to imagine “Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form…” as anything but abstract expressionism. And … Continue reading “Mere Color,” Art, and the Soul

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…