MARITZA RUIZ-KIM

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

Waiting on the Girl, and Other Things

So yes it’s been a long month since I’ve posted. My mom has been weary from fibromyalgia, polymyalgia-rheumatica, back pain. On top of that- pneumonia! It’s hard to see her so weary. But she’s getting better. The daughter of one Read more…


Choosing Girl Colors

So I am working on the bedroom for the little girl we want to foster adopt. Hard work? Sorta. I have to sort & organize the entire house because getting her room ready means it has to stop being what Read more…


My Many Colored Days

Well I do have a second to tell what my art class has been doing the last two weeks. I got the main idea from Princeton Online (early childhood art lessons section) and then I added my own twist. I Read more…


These Days

I haven’t posted my art lessons as much these days- with the adoption process & the time spent now taking Enn to several classes a week (how’d that happen?) it’s enough work just trying to keep up with the day Read more…


Exhausted and Happy

I took my son to Disneyland. Just me and him. Free for me (free on your birthday this year) and free for him (under three). Our day at there was to-the-bone exhausting, yet totally worth it. On some rides, I Read more…


And Away We Go

Today begins our 3 day trip to Orange County, just me & this guy. Enn & Daddy had their time in Las Vegas together, visiting family and now it’s our turn to fly away. Here is Zee studying what to Read more…


A Girl Imagined

Today we had our first home study interview. Exhausting! GK says it wasn’t tiring for him, but for me? Definitely. We sat for a two hour interview about the details of who we are, how we do things, how we Read more…


Possibilities of a Girl

It hasn’t yet been 24 hours and we are headed home from our one night away. This is the perfect manner in which to begin what feels like the beginning of our adoption story… even though we might have a Read more…


To Add a Girl

One step in this thing: having an official into our home, to look around, to see if we can do this. Our first home study interview is next week! Really? Will I really have a little girl in my home Read more…


The Lego Milestone

I think one of the milestones that should be marked in the life of a kid is this: the making of the first Lego contraption all by himself. Enn ripped open his little Lego box, poured out all the pieces, Read more…


Zee Favorite Things

The other morning when I went into his room to get him out of bed, he opened up the top of his footie pajamas. I asked him if he had an owie. He said, No, Yook, Mama, Yook! (Yook=Look.) He’d Read more…


Ming Dynasty Ceramics

  This was from last week’s lesson… I had them work on the background separately from the vase. They drew a horizontal line in pencil, and used washable markers, then painted water over them for the wash effect you see. Read more…


Seurat’s “Sunday Afternoon in the Park…”

We took a look at Seurat’s famous park painting, then a close up of the profile of a man from another- it’s easy to get lost in those dots Seurat spent many afternoons in the park sketching & preparing for Read more…


Big Wheels Keep on Turning

Just a few posts ago, I talked about how Enn knows the states of the U.S.- about how he would look at a shape and tell me that it looks like a certain state. From that, it seemed like he Read more…


Art lessons pending…

So just wanted to say that the posting of my art lessons hinges on the fixing of my Internet. Anyone? Anyone? 🙂 Our techy friend thinks our router is kaput. GK would’ve made a visit to Best Buy tonight if Read more…


Enn Portrait

Here’s the portrait I mentioned in my last post. I decided to tackle an oil painting portrait after the drawings I’ve done lately. Oil paintings just seem more substantial and I just wanted to see if I could do it. Read more…


Three Joys

My internet has been down for a week+. Today I discovered I can blog from my phone. Technology is amazing and yet I’ve been happy to discover the rhythym of my days without that uninterrupted connection to the world. I’ve Read more…


Favorite Enn Things

Enn is himself an explorer, and also, I get to explore his little mind as we go about our business day to day. Our conversations and his learning style have grown from asking specific questions that don’t have answers, to Read more…


Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”

Well, my internet has been down at my house since Saturday morning when my mom was “fixing” something that was working 🙂 (thanks mom!) 🙂 ha ha. I’m having trouble uploading photos here at the library. I’ll do that someday Read more…


Paul Klee’s “The Twittering Machine”

Art History: We took a look at Paul Klee’s The Twittering Machine (I make sure the children say “Clay” instead of “Kleeeeee”) Klee was a friend of Kandinsky’s (who we discussed last week.) This was a painting with a message- Read more…