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

What Do You Need for Your Best Work?

Just in Time from the Colors of Jazz Collection ©2019, Molly Larson Cook   David Bayles & Ted Orland have long been my constant companions as I’ve worked to find my way as an artist.  The title of their book, Art & Fear, makes me smile every time I see it.  I smile because I know I’m not alone with either my art or my … Continue reading What Do You Need for Your Best Work?

You Don’t Have to Sing, You Don’t Have to Dance…

  Alley art in my new town… Lots of art and artists in this place! Time flies when you’re making a major move, and it’s now been a month since I last posted here.  But the move from Mexico up the Pacific coast to Oregon has gone well, all things considered, and I’ll be unpacking my art supplies and tools soon in my first dedicated … Continue reading You Don’t Have to Sing, You Don’t Have to Dance…

Notice…and Listen

  “…notice the objects you notice… Or put another way: make objects that talk–and then listen to them.” –Bayles & Orland, Art & Fear Straight, No Chaser Colors of Jazz Series 24″ x 36″  © 2018 For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been listening to this painting.  It was supposed to go with the others I took from Mexico to storage on the way … Continue reading Notice…and Listen

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