Maritza Ruiz-Kim

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

Mindful Painting at CoG

Week 2 at the Center of Gravity, here are the youngest kids getting a close look at their brushes and applying paint to their hands watercolor paper. šŸ™‚ This week we worked with the colors red, yellow, green, and blue. Read more…


Basic Brush Skills: The Gentle Sweep

It’s back to school week, and I’ve made a lot of new little friends at the Center of Gravity (CoG) where I teach two year olds through six year olds. I’m meeting mini-reflections of older sibs I’ve had in recent Read more…


Studio MFA Conclusion : Deadlines and Horizon Lines

External (or even internal!) art deadlines don’t always match what I need or serve my work. I thought I had come to terms with setting my own pace as an artist. I guess not. Well, life’s pace is setting me Read more…


Evaluating My Studio MFA: A Little Consideration

This will be just off the top of my head. The best I can do. The only thing I can do. I set out this pastĀ March to make my own MFA program out of my studio, and I made so Read more…


Lecture via Art Opening

ā€œSocial Practice and Art as Activism: Ways Artists Bring About Changeā€ is the title of a research subject I created for myself. I want focus in my artwork. To that end, I need to address the constant concern and distraction Read more…


Quotes from Readings for Studio MFA

Social Practice and Art as Activism: Ways Artists Bring About Change  Semester “One” #StudioMFA.  Collection of quotes/excerpts from things I’ve read for researching ā€œSocial Practice and Art as Activism: Ways Artists Bring About Changeā€. Updating with more quotes/selections as I go. Read more…


Setting Weekly Hours

The nitty gritty. TheĀ Studio MFA. Now, I actually started this in the Spring, as I recovered from my bike accident. I had plenty of time to explore things, set up parameters, goals, and ingredients of the process. I’ve not only Read more…


Artist Self Pep Talks

Next will beĀ the promised notes, the updates on theĀ Studio MFA. I promise. But I started this and had to get it out: I hate mediocrity. I feel it when I evaluate my work in artificial ways: where it is vs. Read more…


Studio MFA Modifications: I Was Up Above It…

…now I’m down in it. šŸ˜‰ …a sort-of NIN reference.   (I started writing this at 34012 feet flying eastward, flying towards five days of New York City, Sept 4th.)   September. It’s what I’ve been waiting for, the timeĀ when Read more…


Balancing Act: Life + My Studio MFA

It’s Summertime. Over here, that’s when things get both more quiet (my creative life) and more noisy (my boys at home, at play,Ā all-the-time.)Ā It’s easy and not easy, but this is a pretty good life. It’s our most successful summer so Read more…


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