How Deep Is the Ocean? ©2019, Molly Larson Cook 28 x 22 Acrylic on canvas My studio closed this week when someone in the building became exposed to the terror sweeping the world. Nobody wanted to take chances, so we all packed up and headed home – me, the tech guys down the hall, the marriage counselor next door, and the nonprofit at the … Continue reading When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Paint in the Kitchen
Just in Time from the Colors of Jazz Collection ©2019, Molly Larson Cook David Bayles & Ted Orland have long been my constant companions as I’ve worked to find my way as an artist. The title of their book, Art & Fear, makes me smile every time I see it. I smile because I know I’m not alone with either my art or my … Continue reading What Do You Need for Your Best Work?
In my last post, I wrote about a change in the artistic weather for me as I left behind my Colors of Jazz collection and headed down an entirely new track. Oh, how we kid ourselves. After finishing the first two paintings (posted here earlier), I believed I was headed down the wrong new track and gave this a lot of thought. I longed for … Continue reading Constancy and Choice – The Tools an Artist Needs Most
First Blush Acrylic, 16 x 20 on canvas In the gardening world, there’s a phenomenon known as “second flush.” This has nothing to do with anything that happens in the bathroom, but involves a second round of blooms on flowers, shrubs and trees. I thought of this today as I considered the paintings that surround me and are encroaching farther and farther into the limited space … Continue reading Following the Headlights
Yesterday I finally had to admit that “messing around” can sometimes just lead to a mess. The new painting I so happily worked on last week and over the weekend became, finally, something I did not love. I was happy with the colors and the balance and the design. But something was wrong that no amount of tweaking seemed to fix. I’d added some pastel … Continue reading It Tastes Like Ingredients
I was surprised to see that it’s been three months since I posted here. Three fascinating months, I should add, with more art than writing. My apologies for leaving on such short notice, but I’m back… and I have a few pieces of work to show for my absence. I’ve been experimenting with a lot of things and it’s a great ride, so … Continue reading Surprises When All Hell Breaks Loose