Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Flower Painting Party at the Hatch

Anemone Flowers, Oil on Canvas, Hirschten

Do you love creating artwork inspired by flowers? For this workshop painter Addie Hirschten will bring an abundant floral arrangement from her garden for you to paint or draw. 

Bring your favorite materials... acrylic or oil paints, watercolors, pastels, or drawing supplies. Create your own unique piece with fellow art lovers and celebrate the beauty of spring!

Flower Painting Party at the Hatch
6161 N Hillside Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Saturday June 10th 1-4pm


Eventbrite - Flower Painting Party

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Alchemy of Art Podcast Episode 39: Interview with Felt Artist Paula Scott-Frantz

Felt Artist Paula Scott-Frantz

Also available on iTunes.

On today's episode fiber artist, Paula Scott-Frantz, shares her love of felt as well as her extraordinary personal art stories.  She has been working with the Indianapolis Museum of Art for over twenty years and offers a refreshing perspective on the purpose of art. The art history story of the day is about the origin of art therapy movement. 


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 1, 2017

My Painting Trip to Mexico!



I just got back from an amazing trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where I attended a week long painting class taught by artist Trisha Adams.  She takes this trip every year and I recommend it!

Here are the highlights from my journey...

On the first day Trisha did a painting demonstration at the Lavenderia, an old fashioned laundry park.  Here you can see people using the wash basins to clean clothes.

 That afternoon we hiked to the top of Montes de Oca Street to paint the view of the Parroquia Church.
La Parroquia de San Miguel de Allende, Copyright 2017 Hirschten
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On day 2 we painted in a stunning *secret garden.* 

I did two studies that day.  One of a pot of geraniums and another of the fountain.
Geraniums in the Secret Garden, Copyright 2017 Hirschten
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Fountain in the Secret Garden, Copyright 2017 Hirschten

On the third day we went to La Puetecita Hotel to paint the garden.  I focused in on an orange tree.


That afternoon we went to the famous Jardin at the town center.  Most of us painted a charming window that had plants spilling off of it. 

Window on the Jardin, Copyright 2017 Hirschten
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On day 4 we painted on Del Pueblito street.  Like many streets in San Miguel it is draped with Bougainvillea flowers.  I painted a doorway decorated with these flowers.


The Doorway, Copyright 2017 Hirschten
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 That afternoon we went to the Plaza Civica where I painted the Templo del Oratorio de San Felipe.

Templo del Oratorio de San Felipe, Copyright 2017 Hirschten
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 And on the fifth day we returned to Trisha's secret garden where I painted a tree in the morning light.
Tree in the Garden, San Miguel de Allende, Copyright 2017 Hirschten
Now that our class is over I can recreate the studies into larger paintings. I'll post them on the blog as I create them. Here is the first one I'm working on... 
Ladies by the Fountain
Oil on Canvas 18" x 24"
Copyright 2017 Hirschten

Other points of interest that are worth seeing on your visit to San Miguel include...



La Canada de la Virgin is an amazing pyramid to visit.  Apparently you can't walk up most pyramids but at La Canada they allow you to hike up to the top and see the incredible view.

 
La Aurora is an old mill factory that has been converted into a wide variety of art galleries.

The Bellas Artes Center features galleries with edgy modern art and art classes.

And last but not least La Gruta Hot Springs was a deliciously unique experience.  Here you can swim through a tunnel to a domed hot springs room.  They have lockers and it was very reasonably priced.


Overall this was a wonderful trip.  I can't help but mention that San Miguel has catered to American tourists for years so the staff at every facility I visited spoke English.  Also this is the only place I have visited outside the US where I was not harassed by pickpockets or men.  Put this stunning city on your bucket list.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Yellow Roses Commission

Yellow Roses Commission

This client asked for a larger rendition of smaller floral painting I had done awhile back.  We toned the colors so that it would fit the decor of her elegant room.  Didn't it turn out stylish in the classy frame?!  Lovely.

"Everything you can imagine is real."
-Pablo Picasso



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fish in the White River

Fish in the White River
Copyright 2017 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 12" x 24"
Can you find the fish?

"All men are equal before fish."
-Herbert Hoover



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Boat on the Water

Boat on the Water
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Acrylic Painting on Canvas, 11" x 14"

We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Monday, January 30, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Day 30

Illustration for an upcoming book!

And for the grand finally of my "30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge" I'm here to share a teaser illustration for an upcoming book I've been illustrating!

The story is written by a woman whose ancestors immigrated to the United States from Ireland.  For this project I got to work from an amazing collection of family photographs and images of Ireland.

And that's all I'll say for now!  Stay tuned for the big release this summer: Sign up for my monthly art newsletter

Happy 30 in 30!


Sunday, January 29, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Day 29 Your Roses

Your Roses
Copyright 2017 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 12" x 24"

"I want to fall on you like rain
upon a wildflower
Opening new reason from you
Scaring all the old bees away..."
-Robert Rorabeck  

Saturday, January 28, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Day 28 Sherando Lake

Sherando Lake Recreation Area Virginia
Copyright 2017 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

"What are men to rocks and mountains?"
-Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice



Friday, January 27, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Day 27 Within My Flower

Within My Flower
Copyright 2017 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"


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

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Alchemy of Art Podcast Episode 38: How to Become a Professional Artist


Also available on iTunes

Are you ready to take the next step and become a professional artist?  In this episode Hirschten answers this question covering the wide variety of ways artist make money today and what it takes to bring in business.  The story of the day is the ancient fable by Aesop, "The Silkworm Weaver."

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

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Day 26 The Climbing Tree

The Climbing Tree
Copyright 2017 Hirschten
This is another rework painting.  This one has been on the wall of my living room for a couple of years.  I finally realized that the greenery was too bright.  Better.  Onward!
Before




Wednesday, January 25, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Day 25 Contentment

Contentment
Copyright 2017 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 18" x 24"

"I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve."
-Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Day 24 Stage 3 of Song of the Flower

Song of the Flower
Copyright 2017 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 24" x 36"

I drink dew for wine, and hearken to
The voices of the birds, and dance
To the rhythmic swaying of the grass.

I am the lover's gift; I am the wedding wreath;
I am the memory of a moment of happiness;
I am the last gift of the living to the dead;
I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.

But I look up high to see only the light,
And never look down to see my shadow.
This is wisdom which man must learn.
-Gibran from Song of the Flower



Monday, January 23, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Day 23 Stage 2 of Song of the Flower

Stage 2 of Song of the Flower

At dawn I unite with the breeze
To announce the coming of light;
At eventide I join the birds
In bidding the light farewell.

The plains are decorated with
My beautiful colors, and the air
Is scented with my fragrance.

As I embrace Slumber the eyes of
Night watch over me, and as I
Awaken I stare at the sun, which is
The only eye of the day. 
-Gibran from Song of the Flower


Sunday, January 22, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Day 22 Stage 1 of the Song of the Flower

Stage 1 of The Song of the Flower


I am a kind word uttered and repeated
By the voice of Nature;
I am a star fallen from the
Blue tent upon the green carpet.
-Gibran from Song of the Flower

Saturday, January 21, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Day 21 Flower of Beauty Rare

A Flower of Beauty Rare
Copyright 2017 Hirschten



I KNOW a flower of beauty rare,

Ah, how I hold it dear!
To seek it I would fain repair,

Were I not prison'd here.
-Goethe



Friday, January 20, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Day 20 Flower Salute

Flower Salute
Copyright 2017 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

Flower Salute
THIS nosegay,--'twas I dress'd it,--

Greets thee a thousand times!
Oft stoop'd I, and caress'd it,

Ah! full a thousand times,
And 'gainst my bosom press'd it

A hundred thousand times!
-Goethe 



Thursday, January 19, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge Day 19: Stage 1, 2 and 3 of Flower Salute



Stage 1 of Flower Salute

Stage 2 of Flower Salute
Stage 3 of Flower Salute
Tomorrow I'll reveal the final painting!  

Oh and here is a photo of the flowers on my table...


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Day 18 Crystal Wandering Water

Crystal Wandering Water
Copyright 2017 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 11' x 14"

Fair river! in thy bright, clear flow
Of crystal, wandering water,
Thou art an emblem of the glow
Of beauty- the unhidden heart-
The playful maziness of art
-Edgar Allen Poe from To the River 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Day 17 Marsh on Carrot Island

Marsh on Carrot Island
Copyright 2017 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 24" x 36"
This is a painting I created a few years ago...


It took me a few years of staring at it on my wall but I finally realized why this painting wasn't working for me.  It was that the sky was too dark in value.  I lightened it up and now we are done.

Onward!


Monday, January 16, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Day 16 Heart's Ease

Heart's Ease
Copyright 2017 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

Heart's ease or pansy, pleasure or thought,
Which would the picture give us of these?
Surely the heart that conceived it sought
Heart's Ease
-Algernon Charles Swinburne

Sunday, January 15, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Day 15 Child from his Heart

Child from his Heart
Copyright 2017 Hirschten
Acrylic on Canvas 18" x 24"


"Spring comes with a bound, Spring the deliverer...
Here that child from his heart drinks of eternity."
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Saturday, January 14, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Day 14 Heart and Hands

Heart and Hands
Copyright 2017 Hirschten
Acrylic on Canvas 18" x 24"
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"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."
-Gandhi