Summer Aartz 2015

July 23rd, 2015
Summer Aartz 2015

It has been my pleasure every summer for the past 12 years, to share creative processes with students ages 7 to 17 in my Summer Aartz Camps. It works wonderfully well to have a wide range of ages in the group. The older kids forge ahead with their own interpretation of the projects but usually […]

Petroglyph Elves

December 25th, 2014
Petroglyph Elves

The holidays were just around the corner. Yikes! What to do for my far flung family and nieces and nephews? I turned to the petroglyph elves. Problem solved! I decided I’d have some fun with little notebooks this year. I started with sturdy little pocket sized notebooks. These aren’t moleskine but they are well made. […]

In Search of Transparency: Watching Paint Dry

February 6th, 2013
In Search of Transparency: Watching Paint Dry

Last weekend I did a demonstration at the Copley Society’s Co/So Gallery at 158 Newbury Street in Boston. It was  fun. I’ve been spending a lot of time working on the layered glazes that  I use for backgrounds, so the demo I gave was about creating and pouring glazes. My goal is to create a […]

Mud, Glorious Mud

June 27th, 2012
Mud, Glorious Mud

There is something very primal about clay. For me, at least. I’ve always had an urge to shape a formless lump of malleable mud into something beautiful, something useful. For many years I made functional pottery. Cookie jars, tea pots, mugs, and more. Now I mostly am a sculptor, only occasionally making utilitarian ware. But […]

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. […]

I am moving my Studio!!!!

August 8th, 2011
Liza in Granary Studio

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. -Walt Disney GROAN! I am moving! But it’s the grunt work of the move that is daunting. The editing and decision making and tossing of things that once seemed indispensable! Once that’s done […]

Winston Churchill, Plein Air Painting, Dead Rats and Towed Cars

April 23rd, 2011
Winston Churchill, Plein Air Painting, Dead Rats and Towed Cars

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. -Winston Churchill Did you know that Winston Churchill was quite the painter? He was a late starter- He didn’t begin painting until he was 40- but over the next 48 years he painted more than 500 paintings. One of his works […]

Aloha and Mahalo

April 13th, 2011
Aloha and Mahalo

This is the most magnificent, balmy atmosphere in the world– ought to take dead men out of grave. Mark Twain in Hawaii As usual, Mark Twain is correct. Hawaii does have magnificent, balmy sea breezes which rustle through the palm fronds and froth the translucent waves. I had never been to these islands before, but […]

Tis a poor craftswoman who blames her tools…

April 7th, 2011
Tis a poor craftswoman who blames her tools...

          Anything you can do needs to be done, so pick up the tool of your choice and get started. Ben Linder Perhaps it’s frivolous to write a quote about art tools while quoting Ben Linder, but I know that he would undoubtedly have approved of choosing the appropriate tools to […]