Earthday: Green has always been my color.

April 24th, 2016
Earthday: Green has always been my color.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. – Albert Einstein   The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. – John Muir I’m just not the outdoor type. – Liza Myers, age 5 My childish (and untrue) words were spoken after a rainy, mosquito-besieged camping trip in a […]

Scott Kelly chose to soar

April 17th, 2016
Scott Kelly chose to soar

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. Helen Keller It’s been a long spring! Today we had snow AND hail AND sleet. These high desert spring days are completely unpredictable. Against all odds, Helen Keller chose to soar above her very challenging limitations. Scott Kelly chose to soar in […]

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 […]