Traveling with an Artist’s Eyes…and Heart

  Mexican paper flowers Leave home, leave the country, leave the familiar. Only then can routine experience—buying bread, eating vegetables, even saying hello—become new all over again. – Anthony Doerr So I did.  Left home, left country, left the familiar.  Okay, I only did it for a couple of days over Memorial Day weekend, and it wasn’t far from my front door to the border of Mexico, … Continue reading Traveling with an Artist’s Eyes…and Heart

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

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

It’s Not Just About the Paint

  My summer vacation – I say that with a wry little smile – is about over, and it’s time for me to get back to work. This year, my summer vacation was more about doctors, lab technicians, pharmacists and naps than it was about artists, canvas or painting.  I know that into each life some glitches are likely to fall and mine fell hard this summer.  All things considered … Continue reading It’s Not Just About the Paint

Those Who Follow Tao Make Use of the Straight and Round*

I no longer think these new paintings are being delivered by pixies, elves, friendly spirits or anything/one else.  They’re mine. And here’s the progress…all are 18″ x 24″, acrylic on canvas. “Deconstructing Frank Lloyd Wright” (all images copyright 2016, Molly Larson Cook.) For my next number…I’m working on a piece with a similar design, but instead of using color, I’m working with neutrals.  So far, … Continue reading Those Who Follow Tao Make Use of the Straight and Round*

Notes from the “What the Hell – Why Not?” School of Painting

I was a writer for many years – corporate writing, technical writing, editing, free-lance journalism. I penned the occasional poem or short story and eventually wrote novels and full-length plays.  I’m still a writer, but no longer for money.  I’ve graduated to being the fledgling artist that I am these days, satisfying a deeper and older creative urge. When I was a writer – and … Continue reading Notes from the “What the Hell – Why Not?” School of Painting

Art Is Where You Find It, and You Can Find It Everywhere

The holidays are over, and it’s time to get back to work. Seriously, back to work. Yesterday, I took a walk through the neighborhood to check out some new shops in an area of funky old buildings in Old Town San Diego that are being redone, and I happened on a color and design bonanza at Cal Soul Apparel and Vintage Aloha Shirts. I was … Continue reading Art Is Where You Find It, and You Can Find It Everywhere

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

It’s taken longer than I expected to get back to work here – life intervened and work and a hot spell we didn’t expect that has sapped our energy and dried up the gardens and left us to sit in whatever cool spot we can find and read for the duration. I’ve lately been reading James Elkins’ What Painting Is, a book that uses the … Continue reading This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things