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



Friday, January 29, 2016

30 Painting Challenge Day 29: For the Beauty of the Earth

For the Beauty of the Earth
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Acrylic on Canvas 18" x 24"
Prints available on Fine Art America

"For the beauty of the earth
For the beauty of the skies
For the love which from our birth 
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all to thee we raise
this our joyful hymn of praise."
-Folliott S. Pierpoint


Thursday, January 28, 2016

30 Paintings Challenge Day 28: Roses on the Picket Fence

Roses on the Picket Fence
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 18" x 36"
Prints available on Fine Art America
 
There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; in the full-blown flower there is no more; in the leafless root there is no less.  Its nature is satisfied and it satisfies nature in all moments alike.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson


If you want to learn to paint florals like this join me at the 
Art and Soul Retreat September 2016 in Virginia Beach 
for a workshop on Victorian Flower Painting!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

30 Painting Challenge Day 27: An Ever-Flowing Stream

An Ever-Flowing Stream
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"


"Justice shall roll down like waters,
and peace like an ever-flowing stream."
-Barbara Zanotti, UU Hymn "We'll Build a Land"


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

30 Painting Challenge Day 26: The Coffee Table

The Coffee Table Designed and Created by Hirschten

This project took several months worth of time!  I wanted to conquer my fear of the table saw so I took a furniture making class at the Indianapolis Art Center.  I designed the table, cut all of the wood pieces, sanded them down, put it together, stained it, painted the design (so this kind of counts as one painting, right?!), and finally polyurethaned it.  Whew!  Feeling Wonder Woman-ish proud.

"It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project."
-Napoleon Hill 







Monday, January 25, 2016

30 Paintings Challenge Day 25: The Air

The White River from Broad Ripple Park
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Acrylic on Canvas 16" x 20"
SOLD


I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. 
I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary
-Margaret Atwood

Sunday, January 24, 2016

30 Painting Challenge Day 24: Sunset Over Indianapolis

Sunset Over Indianapolis
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Acrylic on Canvas 9" x 12"

“Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are there cannot be one without the other yet they cannot exist at the same time. How would it feel I remember wondering to be always together yet forever apart?”
-Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Saturday, January 23, 2016

30 Painting Challenge Day 23: Cloud Study

Cloud Study
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Acrylic on Canvas 9" x 12"


"Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson


Friday, January 22, 2016

30 Painting Challenge Day 22: Bright Morning Stars are Rising

Bright Morning Stars are Rising
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 18" x 24"

Bright morning stars are rising
 Bright morning stars are rising
Day is breaking in my soul.

Where are our dear mothers?
 Where are our dear mothers?
Day is breaking in my soul.

Where are our dear fathers?
 Where are our dear fathers?
Day is breaking in my soul.

Where are our dear sisters?
 Where are our dear sisters?
Day is breaking in my soul.

And where are our dear brothers?
 And where are our dear brothers?
Day is breaking in my soul.

They are in the valley singing
They are in the valley singing
That day is a breaking in their souls.

Listen and hear them singing
Hear them singing
It sounds an echo in our souls.
-American Folk Song, Original words anonymous

When I sang this folksong to my daughter as a lullaby I changed the lyrics to say that the people were in the valley singing.  A subtle difference but I thought it made more sense with the singer questioning where everyone was, then realizing that they are singing in the valley just as she is.

I give full permission to any musicians who want to sing this version of the song to please sing it!  Folksongs must be passed on to come alive.

Close up of Bright Morning Stars Painting by Hirschten



Thursday, January 21, 2016

30 Paintings Challenge Day 21: Sunset on Lake Lemon

Sunset on Lake Lemon
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 12" x 24"
Original Available on Etsy

"There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day,
and they're absolutely free.
Don't miss so many of them."
- Jo Walton

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

30 Painting Challenge Day 20: For the Beauty of the Skies

For the Beauty of the Skies
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 12" x 24"

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth,
Over and around us lies,

For the beauty of each hour,
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon, and stars of light.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild,

Lord of all to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise
-Folliott S. Pierpoint



Tuesday, January 19, 2016

30 Painting Challenge Day 19: The Nuthatch

The Nuthatch
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 5" x 7"

"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. 
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself."
-D.H. Lawrence



Monday, January 18, 2016

Alchemy of Art Podcast, Episode 19: Interview with Trisha Adams

Trisha Adams with two of her *amazing* commissioned paintings
www.trishaadams.com


Podcast also available on iTunes

Join us for the “Alchemy of Art” podcast.  Today's episode features an interview with Contemporary Impressionist painter, Trisha Adams.   Find out more about Trisha's work at:  www.trishaadams.com.

The story of the day is on "Impressionism," how the term was coined and the beginnings of the art movement.This story and many others are found in the book, "The Alchemy of Art: Stories for the Classroom."



30 Painting Challenge Day 18: The Pet Squirrel

The Pet Squirrel
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

"Animals are such agreeable friends- 
they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms."
-George Eliot

Sunday, January 17, 2016

30 Paintings Challenge Day 17: Sunshine in a Bottle

Sunshine in a Bottle
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Acrylic on Canvas 8" x 10"


No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
-Charles Dickens

Saturday, January 16, 2016

30 Paintings Challenge Day 16: The Barn Cat

The Barn Cat
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

"Happiness is like a cat, 
If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. 
But if you pay not attention to it and go about your business, 
you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap."
-William Bennett



Friday, January 15, 2016

30 Paintings Challenge Day 15: The Yellowthroated Warbler


Yellowthroated Warbler
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 5" x 7"
SOLD

How did it happen that their lips came together? 
How does it happen that birds sing, 
that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, 
that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? 
A kiss, and all was said.
-Victor Hugo

Thursday, January 14, 2016

30 Paintings Challenge Day 14: Red Bellied Woodpecker

Red Bellied Woodpecker
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 8" x 10"
Original Available on Etsy

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
-Aesop


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

30 Painting Challenge Day 13: Finch

Finch
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 5' x 7"


Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
-Zhuangzi

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

30 Painting Challenge Day 12: The Happy Dog

The Happy Dog
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"
Original Available on Etsy
Prints available on Fine Art America 

Dogs are our link to paradise. 
They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. 
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, 
where doing nothing was not boring--
it was peace.”
- Milan Kundera


Monday, January 11, 2016

30 Paintings Challenge Day 11: Golf in the Fall

Golf in the Fall
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"
SOLD

We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. 
Yet our opinions have no permanence;
like autumn and winter,
they gradually pass away.
-Zhuangzi

Sunday, January 10, 2016

30 Painting Challenge Day 10: The Crane

Galapagos Island Crane
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"
Original Painting Available on Etsy

"When you have seen one ant, 
one bird, 
one tree, 
you have NOT seen them all."
-E.O. Wilson

Saturday, January 9, 2016

30 Paintings Challenge Day 9: The Littlest Bird

The Littlest Bird
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"
This Painting is inspired by William Morris' fabric design, "The Strawberry Thief."  

Here the bird is placed in the form of a window as if he is honored as divine creature.  
Perhaps more small things should be.

The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs
Well, it's times like these, I feel so small and wild
But I'm not too blue to fly
-From a song by the Be Good Tanyas


Friday, January 8, 2016

30 Paintings Challenge Day 8: Birds in the Thicket

Birds in the Thicket
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Acrylic on Canvas 24" x 36"
Available on Etsy 
Prints Available on Fine Art America
There are 8 birds in this tree.  Can you find them all?

Know'st thou the land where the lemon-trees bloom, 
Where the gold orange glows in the deep thicket's gloom,
Where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows,
And the groves are of laurel and myrtle and rose
-Johann von Goethe

Thursday, January 7, 2016

30 Paintings Challenge Day 7: The Rainbow

The Rainbow
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"
Available on Etsy


But pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flower; its bloom is shed;
Or like the snow falls in the river;
A moment white- then melts forever;
Or like the borealis rays,
That flit ere you can point their place.
-Robert Burns, Tam O'Shanter

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

30 Paintings Challenge Day 6: Mr. Squirrel

Mr. Squirrel
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Acrylic on Canvas 11" x 14"
SOLD

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
-Bertrand Russell 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Alchemy of Art Podcast, Episode 18: Interview with Jessica Kaufman

Kaufman wearing a sweater she designed!
(See it explained on Ravelry!)


Podcast also available on iTunes

Join us for the “Alchemy of Art” podcast.  Today's episode features an interview with Jessica Kaufman and the story of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement.   Find out more about Jessica's work at:  www.happygocrafty.com.

The story of the day is on "William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement." This story and many others are found in the book, "The Alchemy of Art: Stories for the Classroom."

30 Paintings Challenge Day 5: Kitten with Milk

Kitten with Milk
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"
Available on Etsy

It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens 
that whatever you say to them, they always purr.
-Lewis Carrol, Through the Looking Glass



Monday, January 4, 2016

30 Paintings Challenge Day 4: Seagull in the Air

Seagull in the Air
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"
Available on Etsy

He was not bone and feather but a perfect idea of freedom and flight, 
limited by nothing at all.
-Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull