Passport Photos of the Art World

“Mr. P.C.,” ©2018, Molly Larson Cook 24 x 36, Acrylic on canvas Over the years as an arts writer, a steadfast museum and gallery visitor, a buyer, a student of art history and now an artist, one thing remains uppermost in my personal Arts Appreciation endeavors – the photos never look as good as the actual work. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a professional doing the … Continue reading Passport Photos of the Art World

Downtime – Good for the Artist’s Soul

“Straight, No Chaser,” ©2018, Molly Larson Cook Acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 36″ An artist’s life is a busy life.  And conventional wisdom has it that any creative life should be a busy life.  After all, what with the many things to think about, there’s no time to dawdle.  The White Rabbit’s lament from Alice in Wonderland is quite apt — “I’m late! I’m late!” … Continue reading Downtime – Good for the Artist’s Soul

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

New Work and Words on the Subject of Fear

“East of the Sun,” 22″x28,” acrylic, copyright 2018, Molly Larson Cook I subscribe to several art websites and find each of them fascinating and informative.  Now and then, I’d go so far as to say I find one of them thought-provoking and downright challenging. This happened today when I opened one of those sites to find this big question for readers (artists)…”What are you afraid … Continue reading New Work and Words on the Subject of Fear

To Frame or Not to Frame

When I began to think about submitting paintings for art shows, I also began to think about frames for those paintings.  As I strolled through framing stores or framing sections of art supply stores, I thought more about it. Looking at art in galleries and museums, frames are even more on my mind – the many styles and possibilities. I sometimes wonder why an artist chose a particular … Continue reading To Frame or Not to Frame

Painting, Juggling and Business

Untitled, copyright, 2018, Molly Larson Cook The beat goes on as I continue to work on new pieces for the upcoming show.  And I’ve expanded the canvas, so to speak, by bumping myself up to a slightly larger size.  The new one above, as yet untitled, is 22″ x 28″ and I had fun working again with a wider surface. As a writer, I know … Continue reading Painting, Juggling and Business

Iconic Books, Individuality and Confidence

Robert Henri and his 1923 book, The Art Spirit, continue to be wise and welcome companions on this artist’s journey. I have begun to carry the book around with me the way I once carried Walden and Yevtushenko’s Selected Poems and Steinbeck’s Log from the Sea of Cortez.  There were others over the years. We all have our iconic books at one time or another. Henri, … Continue reading Iconic Books, Individuality and Confidence

Forget the Axeman – It’s Finished When I Say It’s Finished

The holidays are here in full force, but I’ll admit that my head is more in the studio than in wrapping packages.  I’ll get the packages wrapped in time, I know, but it’ll be a last minute rush because something happened – a good thing – in the studio. Of course, each good thing is balanced by something else, and yesterday it was balanced by … Continue reading Forget the Axeman – It’s Finished When I Say It’s Finished

Knowing When to Stop: The Axeman Cometh

I’ve spent a lot of years in the world of words – writer, writing instructor, editor, and oh, yes, reader.  I’m familiar with William Faulkner’s famous advice to writers that they must sometimes “kill your darlings,” those phrases you are particularly fond of which are really not all that good. This kind of murderous idea is a little shocking, I suppose, but I laughed out loud … Continue reading Knowing When to Stop: The Axeman Cometh

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