Breaking the Rules, Asking the Questions

“Soft Summer Breeze” 22 x 28, copyright Molly Larson Cook, 2018 Acrylic on Canvas   Although Robert Henri wrote and painted years before abstract expressionism came into play, I find a lot of inspiration for my abstract work in some of the passages in his never-out-of-my-sight book, The Art Spirit. To wit:  “A great painter will know a great deal about how he did it, … Continue reading Breaking the Rules, Asking the Questions

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

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

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

Solo Show in the Works – The Organic Artist Asks the Paint

When Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? Wait, I hear you say, we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet.  True enough, we haven’t, but Spring is on my mind for a happy reason. I’ve been offered a solo show in San Diego that will go up at the end of March and run for three months – April, May and June.  The gallery is one … Continue reading Solo Show in the Works – The Organic Artist Asks the Paint

Frank Lloyd Wright in My World of Jazz

My Jazz paintings cozying up to two from my Deconstructing Frank Lloyd Wright series As promised, here’s a photo of this month’s exhibit of my work at HYPE Gallery. The initial response has been good to this mixing of earlier and newer work. Hanging a gallery show can be a challenge in the desire to keep the work consistent and not present a mish-mash of … Continue reading Frank Lloyd Wright in My World of Jazz