A Body of Work and the Traces of Art

The body here, which I found some now-forgotten place, was the inspiration for my series, “Celestial Bodies.” I was attending a marketing workshop for artists about how to sell the paintings when I heard the line, “You’ll need a body of work…” At that moment, words from an old tune ran through my head: “I ain’t got no body…” And I did, in fact, have … Continue reading A Body of Work and the Traces of Art

Learning to Play Like Myself

Miles Davis had it right: “Sometimes it takes a long time to learn how to play like yourself.” And with that, I’m right back in the jazz world. But Miles Davis knew whereof he spoke. And it applies to any creative work. Even to the woodcarvers who put their talent to work carving pumpkins for Halloween. I’m back but I’ve learned some things in the … Continue reading Learning to Play Like Myself

Considering the Lilies

Today, serendipity and a sidestep from jazz. Serendipity was finding a wonderful image of this lily, a cobra lily, and recognizing that I wanted to use it right away. This is how art happens. Consider the Lilies is a one-off. I am not planning a series about flowers. But it was the right thing at the right moment and tells the right story, so who … Continue reading Considering the Lilies

Plato Had It Right

And so it begins. Plato is rumored to have said (who knows who really said what back in the day?) that “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” Whether he said this or not, I have long believed it. It’s the first stroke on the canvas, the first words in a piece of writing, the first notes of a new composition, the … Continue reading Plato Had It Right

Walking Slowly Toward the Jazz

“Postcards from Home”©2015 Molly Larson CookAcrylic and paper ephemera SOLD   As I work my way through new territory, I’m open to whatever guideposts I come across.  My decision to continue painting and creating pieces related to jazz is the basic map, but to go from there to finished new work is a little more daunting.  The underlying vision is intact, but the execution of … Continue reading Walking Slowly Toward the Jazz

Don’t Get Caught Chasing Shiny Objects

          “Above/Below”                                    #1, Red Iris Series Mixed media on cardboard            Mixed media on cardboard 5″ x 8″                                                  5″ x 8″ These are originals, not prints.  They are matted to size 8″ x 10″ and sell for $35 each, including shipping.   T.S. Eliot was wrong about April being the cruelest month.  At least wrong for this year.  January was cruel indeed around here, and instead of spending … Continue reading Don’t Get Caught Chasing Shiny Objects

Art, TEGWAR, and Sweet Songs in the Halls of Creation

“I don’t follow any system. All the laws you can lay down are only so many props to be cast aside when the hour of creation arrives.”  —Raoul Dufy “Do what suits you…try to paint in the moment… forget everything you have learned…” –Jan van Oort The words of these two painters are near and dear to my creative heart. Dufy was a French Fauve painter … Continue reading Art, TEGWAR, and Sweet Songs in the Halls of Creation