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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]