Release the Image: Find your artist within!

July 10th, 2016
Release the Image: Find your artist within!

          REGISTER HERE! CLASS SIZE LIMITED TO NINE STUDENTS BEGINNERS AND ADVANCED STUDENTS WELCOME. Working with moist watercolor on Arches cold-pressed paper, Liza will guide you in the exploratory process of using brush and color to release the image that waits within the washes. Discover shape and form by working in […]

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 […]

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.  […]

Indian Market 2015 Santa Fe

August 20th, 2015
Indian Market 2015 Santa Fe

  Indian Market! An amazing annual event in Santa Fe with events and exhibitions all over the city. There are 800 art booths, representing 22 tribal nations from every corner of the US. Additionally you can visit the Native Cinema Showcase; the Edge, a contemporary gallery show; a Saturday night fundraising auction. There are many […]

Fresh off the Easel!

June 8th, 2015
Fresh off the Easel!

There is something wonderful about the dried bones of the cholla cactus. They aren’t really bones, of course, they are the fibrous, woody inner structure of the plant and an ubiquitous part  of the desert landscape. Recently some collectors purchased a painting of mine, Raven on the Rocks from True West Gallery in Santa Fe.  […]

Graduation!

May 21st, 2015
Graduation!

  We don’t stop going to school when we graduate. Carol Burnett All over the country students are graduating from college; from high school; from kindergarten. They’re finishing up one phase of their lives and forging ahead into the next. Looking back, everything seems to glow. There’s nostalgia for the events that helped you grow, […]

Asphalt and ideas vs. Mother Nature.

November 6th, 2011
Asphalt and ideas vs. Mother Nature.

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do. – Georgia O’Keeffe The days you work are the best days. – Georgia O’Keeffe Last night we made a visit to see the work of an old friend, Ms. […]

When Art reaches out and Grabs you

September 20th, 2011
When Art reaches out and Grabs you

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. –Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior & orator There are moments when art just reaches out and grabs you […]

Color and Pizzazz in the Animal Kingdom

September 4th, 2011
Color and Pizzazz in the Animal Kingdom

“I want the viewer to walk away having felt something.” – Linda St. Clair I recently visited the studio of artist Linda St. Clair in Santa Fe, New Mexico. What a delight! Her airy studio is a sky-lit space filled with color and energy. Linda paints animals of all sorts and sizes, furry and feathered. […]

Color and Pizzazz in the Animal Kingdom

September 4th, 2011

“I want the viewer to walk away having felt something.” – Linda St. Clair I recently visited the studio of artist Linda St. Clair in Santa Fe, New Mexico. What a delight! Her airy studio is a sky-lit space filled with color and energy. Linda paints animals of all sorts and sizes, furry and feathered. […]