The Painting Part — with Singing and Dancing

“Morning Dance” © 2018, Molly Larson Cook Acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 30″   “Painting is the easiest job on earth, until you get to the painting part.” Brian Rutenberg I’d like to meet Brian Rutenberg and if I ever get back to New York, I’ll look him up.  I found this line of his on somebody else’s blog and immediately remembered Picasso’s declaration that … Continue reading The Painting Part — with Singing and Dancing

Creativity, Solitude and Happiness

  24″ x 30″ acrylic © 2018, Molly Larson Cook “A Felicidade” “In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ~ Rollo May I’ve begun work on a new collection of jazz paintings, putting my solitude to constructive use as Dr. May suggested.  I’ve long been open to creativity, … Continue reading Creativity, Solitude and Happiness

Looking for Your Lost Joie de Vivre? Try Art!

“Boplicity,” 20″ x 24″, acrylic on canvas, copyright 2017, Molly Larson Cook I read a question the other day on one news site or another, a question about art.  I’ll paraphrase here, but it went something like this:  “With all the craziness going on in the world and in the United States, all the corruption and politics, threats of war or actual war, why does … Continue reading Looking for Your Lost Joie de Vivre? Try Art!

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

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