Quoth the Raven

February 29th, 2016
Quoth the Raven

“Needless to say, urgings by ravens are ignored at one’s peril.” ― James D. Doss I never see ravens as ominous. They are an iridescent, graceful presence soaring in the sky or perched on a branch close to me. Nine separate species of ravens are found in the northern hemisphere. They are in the corvid […]

Studio Visit Ta Da!

February 10th, 2016
Studio Visit  Ta Da!

Don’t hide your light under a bushel. Matthew 5:15 (paraphrased) Good News! Studio Visit, a juried, highly-respected, national publication has included my work in Volume 32! They distribute the book to galleries nationwide. Jurying in was a lengthy process, all on-line of course. First I sent in the jpegs for the jury, then waited eons […]

Baby bellies

January 25th, 2016
Baby bellies

A ship under sail and a big-bellied woman Are the handsomest two things that can be seen common.” –Benjamin Franklin (Somehow I think only a guy would say that!) A few years ago and a few years apart, two moms-to-be made graceful, sculptural, rotund plaster casts of their bellies in the latter stages of pregnancy. […]

Public painting

December 6th, 2015
Public painting

“Nothing is yours. It is to use. It is to share. If you will not share it, you cannot use it.   -Ursula Le Guin My painting process is painstaking. I am fascinated by the exquisite light, shadows and detail the world has to offer. Each square centimeter receives individual attention.   You wouldn’t think that […]

Gratitude! How to start a Kickstarter Campaign?

November 22nd, 2015
Gratitude! How to start a Kickstarter Campaign?

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. – AA Milne  To all of you who backed the Aartz West Kickstarter, I can’t thank you enough! What does it take to create a Kickstarter campaign? If you check out their website they have […]

Down to the Wire!

November 2nd, 2015
Down to the Wire!

The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. -Mark Zuckerberg We’re almost there!!!   I am filled with gratitude. We’re down to the wire at 87% with 60 backers!!! But there are only 7 more days to […]

Art Phobic? Come on Down!

October 28th, 2015
Art Phobic? Come on Down!

If you are alive, you are a creative person! -Elizabeth Gilbert. Let your muse come out and play! -Liza Myers One of my favorite classes to teach is called Elementary Arts for Art Phobic Adults! It’s really fun for me because I get to help a group of adults play with art materials and in […]

Aartz West! A new adventure in the arts!

October 11th, 2015
Aartz West! A new adventure in the arts!

TA DA!!! Announcing AARTZ WEST!!! Here’s to freedom, cheers to art. Here’s to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start. -Jason Mraz I  am embarking on a new adventure! I’m very excited about opening a new creative haven and teaching studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I can share creative processes […]

Humor & technique= Success for Natalie Featherston

October 1st, 2015
Humor & technique= Success for Natalie Featherston

I was so pleased to be able to meet Natalie Featherston last Friday at her opening at Meyer East Gallery on famed Canyon Road in Santa Fe. I have admired her work for years for its quirky, joyful celebration of different realms of art: innocent childish art and sophisticated professional work. Her trompe-l’oeil style is […]

Painting LIVE!

September 24th, 2015
Painting LIVE!

Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone. -Robert Allen. Standing in a public place working on my paintings all day? Making decisions, trying them out, then trying something different? With everyone watching??? (gulp!!!) Art is a conversation. I make a mark,  the painting responds. I hear my muse telling me the next step.  […]