Shop Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk

“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

Looking for Your Lost Joie de Vivre? Try Art!

“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!

Art, TEGWAR, and Sweet Songs in the Halls of Creation

“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

Breaking Rules and Making Art

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

Solo Show in the Works – The Organic Artist Asks the Paint

When Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? Wait, I hear you say, we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet.  True enough, we haven’t, but Spring is on my mind for a happy reason. I’ve been offered a solo show in San Diego that will go up at the end of March and run for three months – April, May and June.  The gallery is one … Continue reading Solo Show in the Works – The Organic Artist Asks the Paint

Mixing It Up for the November Show

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

Another Month in the Gallery!

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!

Another Opening, Another Show!

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!

The Right Color and the Almost Right Color

Mark Twain once wrote that the difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. This week I had an artist’s equivalent dilemma. Working on a new painting, I had come to a place where much of it was pleasing to me, but for one remaining large section I knew just the color I wanted.  … Continue reading The Right Color and the Almost Right Color

Bringing Your Whole Heart Home

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