The Power of Color

January 12th, 2018
The Power of Color

Color is a power which directly influences the soul. Wassily Kandinsky Color has emotion. Are you feeling blue? Did you see red? Are you green with jealousy? These metaphors are not random.      Blue? Have you ever sung the blues? During Picasso’s Blue Period he painted in a very subdued palette: blues, grays, pale […]

Hot Wax, Color and Fire

December 11th, 2017
Hot Wax, Color and Fire

I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match. Mia Hamm Hot wax, color and fire! Give me more of that!       The jackrabbit above is an encaustic photo collage which I created in a workshop with Angel Wynn, renowned […]

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 […]

Maintenant

May 14th, 2016
Maintenant

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well. Mark Twain Years ago, in one of the MANY on-line and in-the-flesh workshops I took with Alyson Stanfield, she suggested that we choose a word for the year. One word that would clarify, energize and inspire whenever it was invoked. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

Winslow Arizona, Art Mecca!

August 19th, 2015
Winslow Arizona, Art Mecca!

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness. – Mark Twain. I love to travel, especially when I can see new vistas and landscapes and LEARN new things! So my recent journey to Scottsdale, AZ, which took me through Winslow, AZ was perfect. I never tire of these vast southwestern horizons. The cloudscapes are […]