Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Love, Lust and Poetry!

The Lovers
Copyright 2012 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
Prints available on Fine Art America

All kinds of marvelous things go on,
I don't see how anyone who has looked, and seen,
can do ought but say,
'where I stand, wherever I stand, I am on holy ground.'
-John Wood

Join me for the opening reception of Love, Lust and Poetry!  This painting and two others will be included in the exhibit.

Love, Lust and Poetry Opening Reception
Noblesville, IN
Friday, February 6, from 6-9 p.m.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Kayak

The Kayak
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"

"The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore."
-Dale Carnegie


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Top 10 Reasons to Create Art

Sedums and Skull
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
Purchase Prints on Fine Art America
www.azhirfineart.com

 
1.  To express emotion
If you are angry, happy, sad or in love you can use art to express your emotions.  The purpose of this form of art is to heal the artist by letting out pent up feelings, not to create a product.  If this appeals to you may be interested in the Art Therapy.  This form of art has its roots in the German Expressionist Movement, a group of artists who used art to reflect their internal world and were influenced by Freud, Jung and other psychologists.

2.  To communicate our values
Art can convey a message to the viewer.  Political art clearly goes into this category.  In addition if you create landscape art because the environment is important to you; you are communicating your values.  We often create more of what we want to see in the world.

3.  To open our eyes
When we look at a flower for hours on end in order to recreate it in artistic form we view it in a whole new way.  We break it apart, dissecting it until every detail is more apparent to us.  Art can open our eyes to the miraculous patterns found in nature.  We observe our world and appreciate it more fully.  Henry Miller said it best when he wrote, "The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."

4.  To challenge ourselves
Sometimes we need direction.  Focusing our energy on accurately depicting a mountain stream can help an artist find direction in life.  Pushing ourselves to the limit of our abilities is healthy and promotes innovation.

5.  To share our experiences
Whether it is in celebration or anger we often want to share our experiences.  Art can be used to help others understand what it is to be another person with different values, skin tone or culture.  When a truth is expressed people listen.  This is a powerful form of art that can transform cultures.

6.  To honor the sacred beauty of creation
Many artists have a reverence for the natural world.  They use art as a way of honoring that messy beauty.

7.  To create more beauty in the world
William Morris founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement wrote, "Have nothing in your house that you do not believe to be useful and believe to be beautiful."  He believed that we should not fill our lives with ugly things.  Artists who fit this category create art with the purpose of filling our homes and communities with more beauty.  The Aesthetic Movement and the writings of Oscar Wilde may interest artists with this purpose.
A word of caution: do not be fooled by standard measures of beauty.  Beauty is not easily defined.  It is in the eyes of the beholder.  Robert Henri wrote, "Beauty is an intangible thing; can not be fixed on the surface, and the wear and tear of old age on the body cannot defeat it.  Nor will a 'pretty' face make it, for 'pretty' faces are often dull and empty.  Beauty is never dull and fills all spaces."

8.  To understand the human experience
When we create art it can show us a lot about ourselves.  It can show what we are afraid of, what we value, what we love... what we are attracted to.  Art reflects the experiences of the people who create it.  I often see my students be shocked when they expose their inner lives to the outer world.  They are surprised at what they see in that mirror. 

9.  To articulate our purpose
Art can be used to narrow down our goals.  It can help us to articulate what it is we want to say before we make our final exit.  Sometimes I will have students who think that they will use painting to express their message but soon find that writing or another art form would suit their needs best.  

10. To enjoy ourselves
Sometimes it is as simple as that.  We create art for the enjoyment of creating art.  When we do this we are participating in the great cosmic dance, being active, being alive.  Many art movements have campaigned for this purpose.  The Decadent Movement proclaimed "L'art pour l'art... Art for art's sake."  After Zen Buddhist writings such as "Zen and the Art of Archery" were published in the west artists strived to enjoy the process of art more than the product.  The Process Art Movement and Jackson Pollack fell into this category.   


In conclusion...

The reasons we create art are as diverse as the many artists of the world.  Sometimes artists conflict because they do not understand that the motivation for another artist may be different from their own.  I have seen artists bad mouth one another and I am tired of it.  Through art we can come to better understand ourselves and each other.  Art is unique to the human experience.  If we truly value diversity and the worth of every person we must strive to understand the various reasons for creating art.
Reasons to create art can influence style but it doesn't have to.  Another element to respecting each other is recognizing when a style is different from our own it does not mean the art is "bad" or "not art."  There is room for a diverse range of styles in the art world.  Just as "one man's junk is another man's treasure" recognize that just because a work of art doesn't speak to you it might be important to someone else.

May these reasons to create art inspire you to find your voice.  I want to hear what you have to say.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Marsh on Carrot Island North Carolina

Marsh on Carrot Island North Carolina
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
24" x 36"

I had to kayak from Beaufort to get to this amazing spot on Carrot Island.  When I arrived there were 28 horses gathered around this marsh pond drinking.  Gradually they walked away down the well worn horse path in groups of 5 or 6.  Then the sunset became glorious with two layers of clouds being pushed in from the sea.  I can only hint at how overwhelmingly beautiful this place was.

"Any landscape is a condition of the spirit."
-Henri Frederic Amiel

And here is a small study I made before doing the big one...
Sunset Study
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Orange Season


Orange Season
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"

"There is no blue without yellow and without orange."
-Vincent Van Gogh

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Street in Berlin

Street in Berlin
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"
This is my holiday gift to the mysterious stranger walking the streets of Berlin. 
(Hope he likes it!)

"It is all a matter of love.
the more you love a memory,
the stronger it is."
-Vladimir Nabokov


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rose in the Cafe

Rose in the Cafe
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"

Art is like a bright star up ahead in the darkness of the world.  It can lead peoples through the darkness.  Art is a guide for every person who is looking for something.
-Thornton Dial

As my fall classes wind to a close I have been thinking a lot about how art is a language.  We use paintings to express what we cannot say in words. There is so much that we all want to share including the sacred beauty around us. As the earth quiets with the stillness of winter may you all find the voice to express what you are longing to say. 

"The human heart is full.  Each pulse beat draws us towards new frontiers.  The life within us calls out for expression.  This is what creativity serves.  It endeavors to bring some of our hidden life to expression in order that we might come to see who we are."
-John O'Donohue

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Bouquet in London Cafe

Bouquet in London Cafe
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"

When I was a teenager I went on a trip to France.  I was very, very excited about the trip.  I had studied French language and art for years beforehand to prepare.

When I arrive I had a wonderful time.  I had a host family that served me five course meals from their seafood restaurant every evening.  It was lovely but inside I felt a bit let down.  France wasn't perfect.  It wasn't Shangri-la, a mythically divine place.

One day toward the end of the trip I was walking along the streets of Paris with my friends just below Montmartre.  I looked up and hanging from a window was a large banner in English which read:

"Bloom where you are planted."

Often happiness feels like it is just out of reach.  It is as if we are climbing a mountain trying to reach the summit of bliss but the mountain just gets taller.  It feels as though Shangri-la is just out of our reach.  The Buddhists might say that this is because all life is suffering.  If we can accept where we are we can learn to bloom anywhere.  We can learn to create happiness by allowing our roots to sink down into the soil of wherever the wind takes us.

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

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thanksgiving Roses

Thanksgiving Roses
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"
"The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest."
-William Blake



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Giveaway!

Today's Sunflower
Copyright Hirschten 2014
Oil on Canvas
5" x 7"

Thanksgiving Giveaway!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

White River Shadows

White River Shadows
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas Board
11" x 14"
Bid now on Daily Paintworks starting at $100.
"Shadow is the obstruction of light. Shadows appear to me to be of supreme importance in perspective, because, without them opaque and solid bodies will be ill defined; that which is contained within their outlines and their boundaries themselves will be ill-understood unless they are shown against a background of a different tone from themselves."
-Leonardo da Vinci

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The End of the Stream

The End of the Stream
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Acrylic on Canvas
11" x 14"
SOLD
"Study how water flows in a valley stream, 
smoothly and freely between the rocks.  
Also learn from holy books and wise people.  
Everything- 
even mountains, rivers, plants and trees- 
should be your teacher."
-Morihei Ueshiba

Today is the last day to enter the art auction.  The three paintings up on Daily Paintworks are priced hundreds of dollars less than their regular asking price.  This is a deal folks so bid today!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

New Art Auction!

Sunflowers in a Jar
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
 11" x 14"
SOLD

BIG NEWS!
It has been advised to me that I try auctioning my paintings online.  Paintings will be posted on Daily Paintworks weekly.  You can bid starting at the shockingly low price of $100.  This way the market can set the price for paintings instead of me or galleries guessing what the patrons want.  

Today marks the first auction.  You can bid on the 3 paintings on the site for just one week.

I have also created a new formal website:  www.azhirfineart.com.
Check it out and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Camp Washington Carver

Camp Washington Carver
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
16' x 20"


I created this painting on site at Camp Washington Carver in West Virginia while attending the Clifftop Music Festival this year.  It was a hot day... one section of this hill hadn't been mowed so it was rich with tall grasses and wildflowers.  The small pond at the right was dark muddy purple and tucked between the trees.  Bugs bit at my ankles the whole time I painted this but it was worth it to capture this scene!  I took a photo of the scene as well and it was amazing to see how much more color variation I could see on site than in the photo.  This is why, if you can, painting on site creates a richer painting.  You can smell the wind and feel the heat!  Summer.

"It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong."
-John Cheever


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Light in the Graveyard

Light in the Graveyard
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"


“Let's talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs;
Make dust our paper and with rainy eyes
Write sorrow on the bosom of the earth,
Let's choose executors and talk of wills”
-William Shakespeare, Richard II

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Clifftop Water Tower

The Clifftop Water Tower
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
SOLD
Clifftop Music Festival is an annual event where old-time traditional musicians gather to camp and jam.  It is located in West Virginia at Camp Washington Carver.  When I attended this year everyone said that I should do a painting of the famous water tower which functions as an "Eiffel Tower of Clifftop."  The view I had turned out to be nice as the sun was setting.  You can glimpse the canopies under the trees.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Roses on the Table

Roses on the Table
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"

"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying
."
-Robert Herrick






Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Coral Roses and Bellflower

Coral Roses and Bellflower
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"

"The world is a looking glass that gives back to every man the reflection of his own face."
-William Thackeray


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 30: Sedums and Skull

Sedums and Skull
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"

"Life's true face is the skull.”
-Nikos Kazantzakis


Monday, September 29, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 29: Flowers in the Backyard

Flowers in the Backyard
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"
"Art does not reproduce what we see, rather it makes us see."
-Paul Klee





Sunday, September 28, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 28: Cafe in Carmel

Cafe in Carmel
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"

"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us."
-Winston Churchill


Saturday, September 27, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 27: 1st Street in Carmel Looking East

1st Street in Carmel Looking East
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
"There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast."
-Charles Dickens

Friday, September 26, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 26: The Violin

The Violin
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
My violin is by far the most beautiful thing I own.  It was probably built in Germany in the 1880s or so.  The back is inlaid with a mother of pearl design.  I've wanted to paint it for awhile but this is my first attempt... and boy was it difficult!  All of the weird shadows and proportions are what make it beautiful and almost impossible to depict.

"There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportion."
-Edgar Allan Poe


Thursday, September 25, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 25: Morning Roses

Morning Roses
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"

"The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things but their inner significance."
-Aristotle

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 24: Give Light

Give Light
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"

"Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself."
-Desiderius Erasmus


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 23: The Kiss

The Kiss
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Pen and Ink on Paper
11" x 14"

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a far better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry
--the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids' flutter which says

we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life's not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis.
-E.E. Cummings

Monday, September 22, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 22: Bookplate Design


Bookplate Design
Here is another small doodle on paper inspired by the Art Nouveau class I am teaching.  Many old bookplates said "Ex Libris"which means "from the book."

"There is so much more to a book than just the reading."
-Maurice Sendak



Sunday, September 21, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 21: Stars and Feathers

Stars and Feathers

Today's entry is just a doodle on paper, the sort of thing that wouldn't normally see the light of day... but the 30 day challenge brings it out.  

"When the sun goes down the stars come out."
-Proverbs



Saturday, September 20, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 20: Kisses Sweeter than Wine

Kisses Sweeter than Wine
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Wood
24" x 24"

"When I was a young man and never been kissed
I got to thinking it over what I had missed.
I got me a girl, I kissed her and then
Oh Lord, I kissed her again
."
-Pete Seeger, Kisses Sweeter than Wine

Friday, September 19, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 19: Guildford Street Bridge in Broad Ripple

Guilford Street Bridge in Broad Ripple
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"
Whew I struggled with this one!  It was the day of burnout from this 30 day challenge for me.  My easel broke... I started cussing at the clouds for changing my shadows and geese were bothering me. It turned out a bit bright, as many plein air paintings do, but I think it could be a nice sketch for a larger painting.

"There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection."
-H.G. Wells