Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Irises in the Afternoon

Irises in the Afternoon
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"
Original painting available on Etsy

"Then we had the irises, 
rising beautiful and cool on their tall stalks, 
like blown glass, 
like pastel water momentarily frozen in a splash, 
light blue, 
light mauve, 
and the darker ones, 
velvet and purple,
 black cat's ears in the sun, 
indigo shadow, 
and the bleeding hearts, 
so female in shape it was a surprise they'd not long since been rooted out. 
There is something subversive about this garden of Serena's, a sense of buried things bursting upwards, wordlessly, into the light, as if to point, to say: 
Whatever is silenced will clamor to be heard, though silently.”
-Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

I created this painting en plein air in my garden one sunny afternoon....



First I set up my easel with my circular rainbow of colors.


Next I mapped out the forms using the burnt sienna and ultramarine blue.  
The darkest shapes are in.




Now the fun start with mixing the vibrant colors in the shadow side of the objects.


And last but not least I added the bright sections that are highlighted by the sun.

I get asked so often by students how to break down paintings into steps that I created this free mini-course.  You are welcome to this detailed step-by-step guide for free...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Alchemy of Art Podcast, Episode 26: Interview with the Painter Randall David Tipton

Randall David Tipton hard at work in his studio!
Find out more about his work at: www.randalldavidtipton.com

Podcast also available on iTunes.

Today's episode of the Alchemy of Art Podcast features an interview with the painter, Randall David Tipton and the folktale, "The Moon and the Dressmaker."  Find out more about Randall's work at: www.randalldavidtipton.com

Riverlight by Randall David Tipton
See!  Doesn't Randall's work remind you of Asian painting?  It has these open, uncomplicated expanses of spaces where the eye can rest with swift bold brushwork at the focal points.

On the Alchemy of Art Podcast we interview artists from a wide variety of mediums about their creative process and art philosophy.  Each episode includes folktales and true stories about artists to inspire you and keep you going.  Hosted by Addie Hirschten, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author and public speaker.  Find out more at www.azhirfineart.com

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Wind through the Trees

The Wind through the Trees
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 18" x 24"
Available on Etsy

"There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open."
-Martha Graham

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Alchemy of Art Podcast, Episode 26: Interview with Squam Retreats Founder, Elizabeth Duvivier


Elizabeth Duvivier in her element!
Find out more about Squam Art Retreats at:
www.squamartworkshops.com

Podcast also available on iTunes

Today's episode of the Alchemy of Art Podcast features an interview with the founder of Squam Art Retreats, Elizabeth Duvivier.  This is an interview about believing in yourself...
 It is about finding the strength to be successful.

 
And like all of the best chats our conversation wandered to include such questions as what we would grab from our houses if there was a fire.  

Elizabeth said she would grab her book, "The Adventures of Perrine" by Hector Malot.  


I would grab this cross stitch piece created by my mother the year before I was born...


What would you grab if there was a fire?  
Asking yourself this question can tell you a lot about yourself and what you value.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Visible Lily

The Visible Lily
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"


The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible
-Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Blue Spring Missouri

Blue Spring Missouri
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 18" x 24"
Available on Etsy

"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, 
is a way to make your soul grow.  
So do it."
-Kurt Vonnegut


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Alchemy of Art Podcast, Episode 25: Interview with Writer and Illustrator, Danny Gregory

The *amazingly fun-loving* Danny Gregory
Find out more about this character at:  www.dannygregory.com

Don't let him stare you down!

Podcast also available on iTunes.

Today's episode of the Alchemy of Art Podcast features an interview with the writer and illustrator, Danny Gregory. This is a man who sees beauty in the messiness of life....


And past the grandiose pompous side of design to the elements that remind us of what we really love.

The small things... like tuna fish sandwiches and all of those details that put together make up the whole.


This interview is one of those that gave me many chunky nuggets to take and put in my pocket.  As much as I love creating art my head often swims with the many reasons why I love it, why we keep creating. Danny Gregory's fresh perspective seems to have been knocked into place by the tragic events in his life.  This breath of fresh air is the sort of thing that happens when someone is frank, honest and open.  Find out more about Danny's work at: www.dannygregory.com

Today's featured story is a folktale from India, "The Three Dolls."  This story any many others are found in the book, "The Alchemy of Art: Stories for the Classroom."

On the Alchemy of Art Podcast we interview artists from a wide variety of mediums about their creative process and art philosophy. Each episode includes folktales and true stories about artists to inspire you and keep you going.  Hosted by Addie Hirschten, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author and public speaker. Find out more at www.azhirfineart.com

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

View in Tuscany

View in Tuscany
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"
SOLD

Earth and sky, 
woods and fields, 
lakes and rivers, 
the mountain and the sea, 
are excellent schoolmasters, 
and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
-John Lubbock

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Illinois Street Bridge in the Afternoon

Illinois Street Bridge in the Afternoon
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

Summer afternoon, summer afternoon;
 to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
-Henry James

Monday, April 4, 2016

Alchemy of Art Podcast, Episode 24: Interview with Nature Painter, David Gallup

David Gallup Painting
Find out more at:  www.dgallup.com


Podcast also available on iTunes.
 
Join us for the Alchemy of Art podcast.  Today's episode features an interview with a painter of nature and the oceans, David Gallup.  Find out more about David's work at: www.dgallup.com.  


Today's featured story is the true tale of "Thoreau on Walden Pond."  This story any many others are found in the book, "The Alchemy of Art: Stories for the Classroom."

On the Alchemy of Art podcast we interview artists from a wide variety of mediums about their creative process and art philosophy.  Each episode includes folktales and true stories about artists to inspire you and keep you going.  Hosted by Addie Hirschten, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author and public speaker.  Find out more at www.azhirfineart.com

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Natural Bridge State Park Kentucky

Natural Bridge State Park, Kentucky
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"
Original Painting available on Etsy

The sound of colors is so definite 
that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with base notes, 
or dark lake with the treble
-Wassily Kandinsky

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

My Sister's Cat, Zoey

My Sister's Cat, Zoey
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 8" x 10"
 My sister has always had hand-me-down cats.  She took in my cat, Maya, who was too sensitive to move to a different city with me and many others over the years.  Recently she adopted a cat that didn't have a name.  She was very excited to give it the name, Zoey.  This painting is a special gift to her.

"What do I care about the purring of one who cannot love, like the cat?"
-Friedrich Nietzsche

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Fields of Lavender

Fields of Lavender
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 8" x 10"

"I love the way the color lavender smells, and the way the color salmon tastes.
And if there were a color called "fur," I'd like the way it feels."
-Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

And as luck would have it this painting is not for sale either.  :)


Monday, March 14, 2016

Alchemy of Art Podcast: Episode 23 Interview with Painter, Pam Newell

Pam Newell Painting
Find out more at: www.pnewellart.com


Podcast also available on iTunes

Today's episode on the Alchemy of Art Podcast features an interview with the plein air painter, Pam Newell.   Find out more about Pam's work at: www.pnewellart.com.  



The story of the day is the ancient myth, "Pygmalion." This story and many others are found in the book, "The Alchemy of Art: Stories for the Classroom."

On the Alchemy of Art podcast we interview artists from a wide variety of mediums about their creative process and art philosophy.  Each episode includes folktales and true stories about artists to inspire you and keep you going.  Hosted by Addie Hirschten, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author and public speaker.  Find out more at www.azhirfineart.com


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Along the Picket Fence

Along the Picket Fence
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 39" x 48"

After churning out so many paintings for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge I focused on one big painting for several weeks.  This monster "Along the Picket Fence" is another view into
the garden of my imagination, 
where the mother is safe on her nest 
and all is right with the world.


"The ache for home lives in all of us, 
the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned."
-Maya Angelou

Monday, March 7, 2016

A Painting Mystery!


Landscape Painting by Allen Cochran

One of my wonderful students at the Indianapolis Art Center, Jerome Steketee, purchased this lovely little landscape painting in the early 1980s.  It was created by an Ohio artist named Allen Cochran (1888-1971).  Imagine his surprise when he recently went to have it cleaned and it was discovered to have another separate painting tucked inside the back of the frame!

This is the mysterious portrait that they found:
Portrait of a Mystery Man by artist Allen Cochran
Who was this gentleman?  Why was the portrait covered up and forgotten?  Did Cochran decide he didn't like the painting or did the patron not pay him for the commission?  Questions, questions!

We will probably never know who our mysterious gentleman was but needless to say if you have a lead on solving this mystery let me know!  In the meantime I'll have to write a book about who I imagine this guy to be.


"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand."
-Neil Armstrong


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Peachy Keen

Peachy Keen
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 16" x 24"
Buy now on Etsy
Prints available on Fine Art America 
I woke up to snow on the ground again!  This is the point of winter when I break down and buy the brightest, most garish hot house flowers I can find.  Then I paint them, savoring the yummy excitement of color.  This is springtime knocking on my door.

"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,
and paints his own nature into his pictures."
-Henry Ward Beecher

As I created this painting I took snapshots of the process.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Alchemy of Art Podcast, Episode 22: Interview with Painter, Carrie Schmitt

Find out more about the Painter, Carrie Schmitt, at:
www.carrieschmittdesign.com

Podcast also available on iTunes

Today's episode of the "Alchemy of Art Podcast" features an interview with intuitive painter, Carrie Schmitt. It was such a joy to chat with her.  Her story is one of making lemonade out of lemons... of perseverance and light.  Find out more about Carrie's work at: www.carrieschmittdesign.com.  


I found Carrie through her fabulous book!
Available at:

Also included in today's podcast is a review of Elizabeth Gilbert's new book, 
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear,  
and my own most personal story of mystical art connections.

Enjoy!

Let the sun shine in?

Hydrangeas Painting by Hirschten
Order Prints on Fine Art America
After this painting sold my clients shared their excitement by posting this photo on Facebook.  The response was interesting because so many people were concerned over the original painting getting damaged by the sunlight. 

Sun damage on paintings can be bad over time but not half as bad as poor quality printing.  You can loose a print in just 6 short months by having it in a sunny spot.  This is an oil painting made with my favorite stellar high-quality paints.  (I have seen a painting made overseas with very poor quality paint crumble after only a few months.)  With the varnish the Hydrangeas painting has on it it should be good for several centuries unless it gets constant exposure to the elements. 

One person suggested placing the painting under UV protectant glass.  (I am not an expert on archiving paintings!) But it is my understanding that oil paintings are best not put under glass because it will trap moisture and rub against the texture of the paint. 

No worries the clients have said that this spot only occasionally gets sun in the winter.  And we all know that will be over soon!

Thoughts? 


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Guilford Bridge

The Guildford Bridge in Broad Ripple
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas Painting 16" x 20"

We build too many walls and not enough bridges.
-Isaac Newton



Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Trust

Trust
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Acrylic Painting on Canvas, 18" x 24"
Prints available on Fine Art America

"Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do."
-Dr. Benjamin Spock



Monday, February 15, 2016

Alchemy of Art Podcast Episode 21: Interview with author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas

Author and Storyteller Dianne de Las Casas!


Podcast also available on iTunes

Join us for the Alchemy of Art podcast.  Today's episode features an interview with the author and storyteller, Dianne de Las Casas, and the folktale,"The Three Brothers."   Find out more about Dianne's work at: www.diannedelascasas.com/.  


On the Alchemy of Art podcast we interview artists from a wide variety of mediums about their creative process and art philosophy.  Each episode includes folktales and true stories about artists to inspire you and keep you going.  Hosted by Addie Hirschten, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author and public speaker.  Find out more at www.azhirfineart.com.

The story of the day is "The Three Brothers." This story and many others are found in the book, "The Alchemy of Art: Stories for the Classroom."

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Pumpkins and Flowers at the Harrison

Pumpkins and Flowers at the Harrison
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.
-Paulo Coelho



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Alchemy of Art Podcast Episode 20: Interview with Sofiya Inger

Artist Sofiya Inger

Podcast also available on iTunes

Join us for the Alchemy of Art podcast.  Today's episode features an interview with textile artist and painter, Sofiya Inger, and the Russian story, "The Stone Flower."   Find out more about Sofiya's work at: www.sofiyaingerart.com

The story of the day is "The Stone Flower." This story and many others are found in the book, "The Alchemy of Art: Stories for the Classroom."

On the Alchemy of Art podcast we interview artists from a wide variety of mediums about their creative process and art philosophy.  Each episode includes folktales and true stories about artists to inspire you and keep you going.  Hosted by Addie Hirschten, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author and public speaker.  Find out more at www.azhirfineart.com

Saturday, January 30, 2016

30 Painting Challenge Day 30: Let There Be Peace

Let There Be Peace
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Acrylic on Canvas, 18" x 24"
Prints available on Fine Art America

"You cannot find peace by avoiding life."
-Virginia Woolf