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

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

Frank Lloyd Wright in My World of Jazz

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

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!