Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Portrait of Em

Portrait of Em
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.
-Ashley Smith


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
Currently on Display at the Patachou Restaurant, 49th and Penn, Indianapolis

If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.
- Frances Hodgson Burnett,The Secret Garden

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Your Rose

Your Rose
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
Currently at the Patachou Restaurant 49th and Penn Indianapolis

It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,The Little Prince


"Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...”
-Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Roses are Red

Roses are Red
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
This poem sucks,
But hey, I love you.
-Roses are Red Parody, Author Unknown


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Tree Which Moves

The Tree Which Moves
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
Original Available at the Art IN Hand Gallery


“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”
-William Blake

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Nature's First Green

Nature's First Green
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"

Local Indianapolis folks- be sure to stop by the Monon Coffee Co. this month for my solo show, "Trees of Indianapolis" where you can see this painting live and in person!

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
-Robert Frost

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

SOLD: Waiting for Cherry Blossoms

Waiting for Cherry Blossoms
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
9' x 12"
SOLD


Cherry blossoms
I waited and waited for...
Countryside
-Issa, Haiku

Friday, February 28, 2014

February Florals Day 28!!! Redvein Enkianthus

Redvein Enkianthus
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
9" x 12" 
SOLD


You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.
-Pablo Neruda

Done!  Finissimo!

For the many folks who encouraged me and contributed inspirational photos as I did this painting challenge- thank you. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

February Florals Day 27: Valentine's Day Gift

Valentine's Day Gift
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil Pastel on Paper
11" x 14"

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
-Emerson

This was an experiment for me!
I've never done an impressionist drawing with oil pastels before.



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February Florals Day 26: Red Fire


Red Fire
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
9" x 12"


like a red fire
touching the grass,
the cold water.
There is only one question:

how to love this world.
-Mary Oliver, "Spring"

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

February Florals Day 25: A World Where Roses Bloom

A World Where Roses Bloom
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
8" x 10"
Original Available on Etsy

I'm in a world apart
A world where roses bloom.
-From "La Vie En Rose" Lyrics

Monday, February 24, 2014

February Florals Day 24: The Motion of Light

The Motion of Light
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
8" x 10"
SOLD


Enigma with Flower 
Victory. It has come late, I had not learnt
how to arrive, like the lily, at will,
the white figure, that pierces
the motionless eternity of earth,
pushing at clear, faint, form,
till the hour strikes: that clay,
with a white ray, or a spur of milk.
Shedding of clothing, the thick darkness of soil,
on whose cliff the fair flower advances,
till the flag of its whiteness
defeats the contemptible deep of night,
and, from the motion of light,
spills itself in astonished seed.
-Pablo Neruda

Sunday, February 23, 2014

February Florals Day 23: Shadow is a Color

Shadow is a Color
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
9" x 12"

Shadow is a color as light is,
but less brilliant;
light and shadow are only the relation of two tones.
-Paul Cezanne

(This was a study that I created during a still-life session for a class I was teaching.  The lesson being that the darkness behind the flowers is what makes them pop forward... we can't have the light without the darkness.)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

February Florals Day 22: The Rainbow of Chaos

The Rainbow of Chaos
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"
Original Painting Available on Etsy

We live in a rainbow of chaos.
-Paul Cezanne

Friday, February 21, 2014

February Florals Day 21: Orange Laughter

Orange Laughter
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
9" x 12"
SOLD


Of everything I have seen,
it's you I want to go on seeing:
of everything I've touched,
it's your flesh I want to go on touching.
I love your orange laughter.
I am moved by the sight of you sleeping.

What am I to do, love, loved one?
I don't know how others love
or how people loved in the past.
I live, watching you, loving you.
Being in love is my nature. 
-Pablo Neruda

Thursday, February 20, 2014

February Florals Day 20: The Bright Bouquet

The Bright Bouquet
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Museum Quality Panel
16" x 20"

The springtime's pallid landscape
Will glow like bright bouquet,
Though drifted deep in parian
The village lies to-day.

The lilacs, bending many a year,
With purple load will hang:
The bees will not forget the tune
Their old forefathers sang.

The rose will redden in the bog,
The aster on the hill
Her everlasting fashion set,
And covenant gentians frill,

Till summer folds her miracle
As women do their gown,
Or priests adjust the symbols
When sacrament is done.
-Emily Dickinson, LXXIII

Where I live in Indiana we have just beaten the record with over 51 inches of snow this year!  
We are so ready for spring it hurts.  

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder."  Yes

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

February Florals Day 19: A Handful of Flowers

A Handful of Flowers
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Museum Quality Panel
9" x 12"
SOLD


Oh! hearts that weep, and are prone to yield
To the touch of gloom in this world of ours,
Go search yourselves, and you'll always find
That there still remains a handful of flowers.
-Mary Dow Brine


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

February Florals Day 18: Within the Flower

Within the Flower
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
8" x 10"



I HIDE myself within my flower,
That wearing on your breast,
You, unsuspecting, wear me too-
And angles know the rest.

I hide myself within my flower,
That, fading from your vase,
You, unsuspecting, feel for me
Almost a loneliness.
-Emily Dickinson



Monday, February 17, 2014

February Florals Day 17: Flowers

Flowers
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"


I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
-Claude Monet


Sunday, February 16, 2014

February Florals Day 16: Tulips


Tulips
Copyright 2013 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
9" x 12"
But I have always thought that these tulips must have had names. They were red, and orange and red, and red and orange and yellow, like the ember in a nursery fire of a winter's evening. I remember them.
-Neil Gaiman, Coraline


Saturday, February 15, 2014

February Florals Day 15: Believe in Beauty

Believe in Beauty Collage on Paper


If you can love one person, you can love anyone.
If you can love yourself, you can love anyone.
If you can see the beauty in one spot on earth, you can see it anywhere.

The whole world is a single flower.
-Seung Sahn

Friday, February 14, 2014

February Florals Day 14: My Mother's Cross Stitch


My mother made this the year before I was born. 

Happy Valentine's Day!



Thursday, February 13, 2014

February Florals Day 13: To Bloom

To Bloom
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
12" x 24"



And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud
was greater than the risk it took to bloom.
-Anais Nin

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

February Florals Day 12: Flowers of the Spring

Flowers of the Spring
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvax
8" x 10"
Original Available on Etsy


Now, my fair'st friend,
I would I had some flowers o' the spring that might
Become your time of day; and yours, and yours...
-Shakespeare, A Winter's Tale

(Seriously my friends...
we here in Indiana haven't seen the ground in over a month.
I am officially ready for spring!)



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February Florals Day 11: The Perfume of a Rose

The Perfume of a Rose
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
8" x 10"
Available at the Art IN Hand Gallery


Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. 
There is really nothing to be said about it. 
It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
-W. Somerset Maugham 


Monday, February 10, 2014

February Florals Day 10: Life is the Flower

Life is the Flower
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Panel
8" x 10"

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
-Victor Hugo



Sunday, February 9, 2014

February Florals Day 9: Bouquet of Flowers



Bouquet of Flowers
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
8" x 10"

Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small.
We haven't time, and to see takes time 
- like to have a friend takes time.
-Georgia O'Keeffe

Saturday, February 8, 2014

February Florals Day 8: Lily

Lily
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Panel
8" x 10"

Time is jealous of you, and wars against your lilies and your roses.
-Oscar Wilde


Friday, February 7, 2014

February Florals Day 7: The Earth is Never Dead

The Earth is Never Dead
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
8"x 10"


The poetry of the earth is never dead.
-John Keats

 People have been asking to see my process... here are a few snapshots.

Step 1 Laying out the format in Burnt Sienna
Step 2 Laying in the dark tones

Thursday, February 6, 2014

February Florals Day 6: Yellow Roses in the Window

Yellow Roses in the Window
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"
Original Painting Available on Etsy


Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow