Betting on the Come

“The Midnight Sun”copyright 2021, Molly Larson Cook30 x 24, Acrylic and ink $720 We are in-between with the pandemic now. Many of us have our vaccinations and life is beginning to take on the aspect of the familiar. But not quite. Galleries are re-opening and we may soon be able to invite people to our studios. But not quite. I currently have no shows scheduled, … Continue reading Betting on the Come

The Things Worth Doing

“The only work really worth doing — the only work you can do convincingly — is the work that focuses on the things you care about. To not focus on those issues is to deny the constants in your life.” — Bayles and Orland, Art and Fear This relatively simple idea is, in a different way, huge for an artist. Most of us are, after … Continue reading The Things Worth Doing

Be the Brook – Concise, Simple, Clear, Running Down Hill

“Take the A Train” The Colors of Jazz Collection ©2021, Molly Larson Cook 28″ x 22″ Acrylic on canvas $600   “Water runs down hill concisely. There is no quibbling about it. It does not have to run up hill in order to be entertaining…. The soul of a person may reveal its mysteries through direct expression, simple speech, simple gesture, simple painting, just as … Continue reading Be the Brook – Concise, Simple, Clear, Running Down Hill

A Relationship With Something Outside Ourselves

“Night and Day” The Colors of Jazz 24″ x 18″ ©2021, Molly Larson Cook Acrylic on canvas $400   In the art world, as everywhere else, the pandemic has wreaked a certain amount of damage.  And I don’t mean just lost opportunities to exhibit or to make sales. The art wheels are turning slowly, creaking as it were, and I’m happy to report that it’s … Continue reading A Relationship With Something Outside Ourselves

Art, the Studio, and the Intimate Presence

Many arts articles I’m reading these days are not so much about the art itself but about where it’s created.  Perhaps the pandemic has made us all more conscious of how an artist works, but my guess is that with galleries closed and artists unable to freely invite the public to visit their studios, the studios themselves have become more interesting or appealing, the way the … Continue reading Art, the Studio, and the Intimate Presence

Comfort Me with Painting

“Good  Morning, Heartache” from the Colors of Jazz Collection ©2020, Molly Larson Cook 24″ x 18″  Acrylic on canvas     In a writing book by a man named Peter Elbow there is a chapter on revision titled, “Nausea.”  It always gets a laugh or at least a knowing smile when I teach writing classes and mention this.  And yet revision is the heart of good … Continue reading Comfort Me with Painting

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

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Paint in the Kitchen

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

Painting in the Pandemic

  Kind of Blue © 2020, Molly Larson Cook Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 24″ Available   When I lived in New York a few decades back and took acting classes and thought I might one day get back on a stage, I developed my “Who woulda thought” school of thinking. I was a small town girl from Idaho suddenly breezing down 5th Avenue or … Continue reading Painting in the Pandemic