The Spirit of the Work

  “…whose woods these are I think I know…” Acrylic on canvas 20 X 24 ©2019, Molly Larson Cook (Poetry and painting) I thought it was perhaps because I’m so relatively new in the art world.  Or maybe I was overthinking the work and my art brain was rebelling.  Or maybe my quirks were taking over and nobody but me had this oddly vague idea … Continue reading The Spirit of the Work

Cowboy Wisdom

“Blue Bossa” ©2018, Molly Larson Cook 24″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas available From the ever-helpful and inspiring little book of wisdom I carry around with me, Art and Fear: On the perils (and rewards) of artmaking by Ted Orland and David Bayles, come these words of not just any old wisdom, but cowboy wisdom: “When your horse dies, get off.” In all its simplicity, the phrase … Continue reading Cowboy Wisdom

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

Life on the Edge(s)

I’ve been working on edges this week. In Walt Disney’s version of Alice in Wonderland, there’s a musical number, “Painting the Roses Red,” in which the minions of the Queen of Hearts are tasked with doing just that – painting the white roses red. I’ve been humming that tune all week, adding my own words, “Painting the edges black.”  And doing just that to the … Continue reading Life on the Edge(s)