“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
“Birdland,” © 2018, Molly Larson Cook 22″ x 28,” acrylic “An artist’s warehouse, full of experience, is not a store of successful phrases ready for use, but is a store of raw material. The successful phrases are there, but they have been broken down to be made over into new form. Those who have the will to create do not care to use old phrases. … Continue reading The Poetry and Jazz of Painting
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
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
My Jazz paintings cozying up to two from my Deconstructing Frank Lloyd Wright series As promised, here’s a photo of this month’s exhibit of my work at HYPE Gallery. The initial response has been good to this mixing of earlier and newer work. Hanging a gallery show can be a challenge in the desire to keep the work consistent and not present a mish-mash of … Continue reading Frank Lloyd Wright in My World of Jazz
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
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!
Part of my wall at the HYPE Gallery It was no coincidence that “art” was right in the middle of “party” on Saturday night at the Studio Door/HYPE Gallery in San Diego. Live jazz, good wine, happy people, great conversations, a little dancing and – of course – art! Like writers, artists like me without a big studio where I can invite people in work much of the … Continue reading Who Put the Art in the Party?
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!
As a pre-Internet child growing up in small towns in the American west, I was not exposed to much “great” art. There were no art galleries that I recall or art museums in these little places displaying the work of the masters. We didn’t have art classes in school beyond the occasional time spent with construction paper and crayons. I’m guessing there must have been … Continue reading Beginnings – What the Heart Wants