Houses, Boxes, and Art

In his fine old book, The Art Spirit, subtitled “Notes, Articles, Fragments of Letters and Talks to Students, Bearing on the Concept and Technique of Picture Making, the Study of Art Generally, and on Appreciation,” (first published in 1930), Robert Henri, my favorite writer and teacher when it comes to art, has a couple of things to say about houses. Houses are on my mind … Continue reading Houses, Boxes, and Art

Proceeding Through the Heat

“What veteran artists know about each other is that they have engaged the issues that matter to them. What veteran artists share in common is that they have learned how to get on with their work. Simply put, artists learn how to proceed, or they don’t. The individual recipe any artist finds for proceeding belongs to that artist alone…”— Bayles & Orland, Art & Fear … Continue reading Proceeding Through the Heat

Covering the Waterfront

    “I Cover the Waterfront”©2020, Molly Larson Cook36″ x 24″Acrylic on CanvasAvailable   It’s a fallow season and I know from my days in farming country that this is a good thing.  A productive thing.  We all need to rest at least a little.  Rest, relax, refresh, reflect.  I’ve been using the time to look through my older work, reconsider it and wonder if … Continue reading Covering the Waterfront

This Thing of Seeing Things

“Have You Met Miss Jones?” The Colors of Jazz Collection ©2020, Molly Larson Cook 30″ x 24″ Acrylic and ink on gallery-wrapped canvas   “This thing of seeing things. All kinds of seeing. Dead seeing. Live seeing. Things that are mere surfaces. Things that are filled with the wondrous. Yes, color must be seen beautifully, that is, meaningfully, and used as a constructive agent, borrowed … Continue reading This Thing of Seeing Things

The Art and Spirit of the Painting

  “These Foolish Things” 24 x 20 The Colors of Jazz Collection ©2020, Molly Larson Cook   “Dominant 7th chords are some of the most common chords you’ll find in the jazz repertoire…But they’re also some of the most confusing to play over, especially when it comes to all those #9, b13, #11 alterations and accompanying scales.” Are you a musician?  Perhaps you understand that … Continue reading The Art and Spirit of the Painting

Choosing – and Choosing Differently Tomorrow

                Mr. P.C. from the Colors of Jazz Collection” © 2020, Molly Larson Cook 36 x 24, Acrylic on Canvas   In any of the creative arts, revision is the name of the game.  Nobody gets it perfect the first time.  It’s always instructive for new writers to look at manuscripts left by well-known authors, manuscripts with scrawled new words or lines, other lines scratched … Continue reading Choosing – and Choosing Differently Tomorrow

One Painting at a Time

“My Funny Valentine” The Colors of Jazz Collection © 2020 Molly Larson Cook 28 x 22, Acrylic on Canvas Available The waiting game continues.  And so do the articles appearing daily about changing the ways to market our art.  At the same time, there are the seductive stories and ads that lead us to believe all will be back to normal “very soon.”  “Very soon” … Continue reading One Painting at a Time

It’s Going to Take Some Time This Time

Hot House Colors of Jazz Collection ©2020, Molly Larson Cook Acrylic on canvas 30″ x 24″   My county in Oregon has been cleared for a “soft” re-opening, Phase I as the governors and medical experts call it,  as we begin the shift out of lockdown for COVID-19.  I’m not sure yet how this will pan out, and it might be too early, but a … Continue reading It’s Going to Take Some Time This Time

Joy, the Pandemic, Heineken and Snickers

“Well, You Needn’t” ©2020, Molly Larson Cook from the Colors of Jazz collection Acrylic on canvas 28″ x 22″ Available   “No work of art is really ever finished. They only stop at good places.” So writes Robert Henri in his insightful and instructive book The Art Spirit.  I’m here to testify that this statement is 100% true.  Amen. Amen. Amen.  The painting included here … Continue reading Joy, the Pandemic, Heineken and Snickers