Always Searching: Cañon de Chelley

December 3rd, 2018
Always Searching: Cañon de Chelley

In beauty I walk With beauty before me I walk With beauty behind me I walk With beauty above me I walk With beauty around me I walk It has become beauty again Navajo Prayer   The home of Spider Woman is a small, ancient stone structure at the base of Spider Rock in Canyon […]

Florence! Firenze! Italia!

October 31st, 2018
Florence! Firenze! Italia!

You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” – Guiseppe Verdi  The birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence has been a shining beacon for me for as long as I can remember. After 410 sequential days of Italian on the free app Duolingo, it seemed about time to go to Italy. We flew first […]

Spring!

April 2nd, 2018
Spring!

Spring is the time of plans and projects. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina The bluebirds are already in Santa Fe. They arrive in a fluttering, somewhat pushy crowd, but share the perching places around the rim of the birdbath. I painted this bluebird with oils many years ago. I’ve painted many bluebirds since but this remains […]

Energy!

March 6th, 2018
Energy!

Energy and persistence conquer all things. – Benjamin Franklin     He was a very clever man, that Ben Franklin, as we know. Also brilliant, lustful, charming and cultured. Another one of his sayings that I admire (and lament not being able to actuate) is the good old: early to bed and early to rise, […]

Viva Las Vegas! or Wretched Excess

February 4th, 2018
Viva Las Vegas! or Wretched Excess

Life is either a great adventure or nothing -Helen Keller Everything in excess is opposed to nature. Hippocrates Even though Hippocrates would have been appalled and Ms. Keller would have been unable to see the bright lights or  wild color displays of the fountains and glittery  signs, Las Vegas is an astonishing place. Much of […]

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 […]

Strawberry Moon In Orlando.

June 21st, 2016
Strawberry Moon In Orlando.

I am going to notice the lights of the earth, the sun and the moon and the stars, the lights of our candles as we march, the lights with which spring teases us, the light that is already present. -Anne Lamott There are some choices we can make, and others which are thrust upon us. […]

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. […]