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

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

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

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

Joan Mitchell – Poetry, Jazz, Abstract Expressionism

My latest so far untitled work in progress (with miles to go before I sleep!) I was reading an article for dancers recently about “taking class” at home.  In the dance and acting worlds, “taking class” is a given.  You never stop taking class – learning, practicing, working on the moves or the lines or any of the countless details of your craft.  And it … Continue reading Joan Mitchell – Poetry, Jazz, Abstract Expressionism

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

The Poetry and Jazz of Painting

“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

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