Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Today is the last day for Arizona Artist a Day Part 1. I have more on my plate than I did last year  Somehow though I'm going to make it work! I have received a lot of positive responses from the Arizona community about the blog. I love waking up in the morning and sharing a new artist. It's a very positive way to start the day. Until one to a month I am signing off.

Day 376: Steve Weiss

Steve Weiss is a Phoenix native of the worst kind, the kind that prattles on endlessly about the good old days when there was nothing North of Camelback Road and folks rode horseback through the neighborhood on the way to the desert.

Exposed to photography in high school, he only complicated matters by attending the San Francisco Art Institute and Arizona State University, getting a B.F.A. in 1978 that taught him the difference between the "winkin'" eye" and  the "shootin' eye".

He's done fine art commissions for Del Webb Corporation and the Gallagher Kennedy law firm, and received the Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum Artist Materials Grant in 2001. Since 2002, he has coordinated microcinema screenings of shorts and feature films under the umbrella organization "No Festival Required". Weiss has also collaborated with co-conspirator Leslie Barton on a number of video installation projects for AZ88, Artelphx and Modified Arts. His community service includes being a member of the Tovrea Castle Advisory Committee, Downtown Phoenix Arts Coalition and a founding member of Downtown Voices Coalition.
Pole Here Ford


Sun City Pool

"Winner", was a billboard in Las Vegas that caught my eye as the guy in the picture looked CRAZY, and the billboard printing made his eyes and teeth really pop! It was next to the Aladdin Hotel. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Day 375: White Raven Studios

Art transforms: It enriches, soothes, inspires and connects us. Art celebrates life and death and everything in between. I have always felt the need to create: from finger painting to oil painting, from playing with clay to working in stone and metal, I love it all! I am greatly inspired by the colors and subject matter of the impressionist and post-impressionist painters. It's great fun for me to recreate Monet's landscapes with my own color interpretation and brushwork. Van Gogh has always delighted me with his wonderful colors. My past studies in Chinese brushwork have led me to reinterpret those styles and themes in my acrylic paintings. The chickens and roosters remind me of growing up in rural New York and bring a smile to my face. My beloved cat companion, Beret, continues to be an inspiring subject in my paintings, even after her passing last year. I honor her 16 years of companionship and amusement by painting her many moods and poses. I hope she makes you smile, too.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Day 374: Mica Brinson

I am a Tucson based artist with a fascination of nature and how us humans are integrated into the world we see around us. I grew up in a very small town just east of Tucson with three stop lights, a truck stop and a handful decaying buildings, there wasn't much to do so I filled my time with dance and art. I started out painting and sketching, but it wasn't until a year or two ago I finally found my niche and art style. My work is typically done on wood panels with pen and ink. I like to stick to a pretty monochromatic color palette, using mostly black, white and metallics. I use geometric shapes, lines, shading and ancient numerology in my artwork. Each piece is unique in its own way with a strong presence of nature, mathematics and geometry. When I’m not working on art I keep busy with managing a monthly bass music event called Anticlockwise and teaching Aerial Silks classes.

Solar Culture Gallery Profile http://www.solarculture.org/art/artist/show/484 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mica.riggs
 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/micabrinson/

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Day 373: Aimee Ollinger

Aimee Ollinger recently graduated with a BFA in Drawing from the Herberger Institue for Design and the Arts at ASU. In her work she combines her fear of disease and fascination for nature. Starting at an early age, she found the fear of illness and death filled her thoughts with angst and apprehension. This type of anxiety can take its toll on the routine of daily life. Her love for nature began when she started traveling outside of her home state of Arizona. Having her sketchbook and camera in hand, she was able to gather and record information to incorporate into her pieces. The obsession she has with these two topics led her to sink the focus and energy into her work. Her research is used to turn her fears into something creative as well as utilizing nature to comfort and overcome her anxieties. She uses a combination of mixed media such as ink, watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, metallic paint, metal leaf, imitation gold mica flakes, and embroidery to best express her vision. Aimee hopes to inspire those who suffer from certain phobias that there are ways to cope by finding serenity through something you love. 
Instagram: @aimoart

A Deeper Fade, 2017

Mixed media on drawing paper

45 in x 31 in

Phases, 2017

Mixed media on watercolor paper
30 in x 22 in

Cellular Evolution, 2017
Mixed media on watercolor paper;
stretched onto embroidery hoops
33 in x 27 in

Scanning the Ecosystem, 2017
Ink, metallic paint, and metal leaf on
watercolor paper
20 in x 39 in

Invaders, 2016
Mixed media on watercolor paper
13 ½ in x 11 in

Friday, February 9, 2018

Day 372: Michelle Terry-Helmick

I'm a multi-media artist, and that seems to mean multi-genre. Lots of different stuff, lots of different styles. Experimentation is the essential and an actual lack of process is how I come up with most ideas. Drawing starts is all, then it will blossom into something else, 2D, 3D, no way to tell. Playing music also fuels the art, and vice versa. 

Lady Peacock

Delicate Thing Detail 2

Fly Away Detail 1



Tiny Tangle