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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 18: Carrot Island Marsh Looking North

Carrot Island Marsh Looking North
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
12" x 24"

This is a spot on Carrot Island, North Carolina where you can look over the flat marshland to see the Beaufort houses just beyond the scrubby coastal brush.  As the sun was setting the two layers of clouds took on a rich variety of color.  This preserve is named after Rachel Carson.

"To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of year, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be."
-Rachel Carson

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 17: Morning Glories

Morning Glories
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
5" x 7"

"The morning pouring everywhere, its golden glory on the air."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When I made this painting my daughter voiced that she wanted to make one too.  So we enjoyed the sunny day, painting on the porch.  Here is her interpretation of the morning glories...
My Daughter's Morning Glories
Painted by Emmaline, Age 8



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 16: White Oak Canyon Creek

White Oak Canyon Creek, Shenandoah National Park
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"


"I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles."
-Anne Frank



Monday, September 15, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 15: In the Shade

In the Shade
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
6" x 6"

"I never saw an ugly thing in my life: 
for let the form of an object be what it may, 
- light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful."
-John Constable 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 14: Sunflowers in the Light

Sunflowers in the Light
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"
 On the second day of having these flowers I moved them to a spot by the window. The morning light was so different than my spot light!  So dramatic yet gentle.

"Light-enchanted sunflower, thou
Who gazest ever true and tender
On the sun's revolving splendour."
~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca


Saturday, September 13, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 13: Sunflowers in a Jar

Sunflowers in a Jar
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"
"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not."
-Georgia O'Keeffe



Friday, September 12, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 12: Jude's Garden

Jude's Garden
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
24" x 36"

"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


Thursday, September 11, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 11: Cow Skull with Flowers

Cow Skull with Flowers
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"

The Indianapolis Art Museum will soon be hosting a Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit!  I borrowed this cow skull from a friend so that my student's could create still life paintings inspired by O'Keeffe's work.  Here is my own take.  

"Sun-bleached bones were most wonderful against the blue- that blue that will always be there as it is now after all man's destruction is finished."
-Georgia O'Keeffe




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 10: Flowers Shall Grow

Flowers Shall Grow
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
5" x 7"


"From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.
-Edvard Munch

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 9: Flower Study

Flower Study
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
5" x 7"
"Flowers are restful to look at.  They have neither emotions nor conflicts."
-Sigmund Freud




Monday, September 8, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 8: The Single Apple

The Single Apple
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
4" x 4"

"And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart:
Your seeds shall live in my body,
And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,
And your fragrance shall be my breath,
And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons
."
-Khalil Gibran


Sunday, September 7, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 7: Green Apples

Green Apples
Copyright 2014 Hirschten'
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"
"Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year.
The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple."
-J.K. Rowling


Saturday, September 6, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 6: My Nieces Reading

My Nieces Reading
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
Well this scene certainly warmed this former children's librarian's heart!
I am so lucky to have these cuties living so close to me.

"A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket." 
- Chinese Proverb



Friday, September 5, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 5: Pirates in the Harbor

Pirates in the Harbor
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
 Pirates like to gather in Beaufort, North Carolina!

"Whether we wound or are wounded, the blood that flows is red.”
- Eiichiro Oda


Thursday, September 4, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 4: Cosmos Flowers

Cosmos Flowers
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"
"The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it,
but the way those atoms are put together."
-Carl Sagan, Cosmos

(Does anybody get my double entendre?  Ha ha)


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 3: The Indiana Dunes

The Indiana Dunes
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"
Can you feel the wind whipping over the sand?  The rickety old fence was trying to tame it but obviously not succeeding.  I was amazed at the height of the dunes!  They create a very dramatic landscape.




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 2: Red Sails

Red Sails
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"
I saw this fabulous red sailboat off of the shores of Shackleford Banks, North Carolina this summer.  It was amazing how well the color of the sails matched the driftwood and scrubby brush on the dunes of the island.  I wish I could be there now to feel the wind filling up my metaphorical sails!



Monday, September 1, 2014

30 Day Challenge Day 1: Horses on Carrot Island

Horses on Carrot Island
copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"
Here we are at day one of the 30 Day Painting Challenge hosted by artist Leslie Saeta!  Me and many other artists will be posting daily paintings during the month of September on Leslie's blog.  It is an excellent way to push yourself to progress.  This time I will be focusing on beach scenes from my summer including Beaufort, NC and the Indiana Dunes.

This painting is the first horse painting I've ever done!  (Unless you count fourth grade drawings.)  The horses on Carrot Island are all wild.  This painting had to be done from a photo since they move so quickly.  The sun was setting from the opposite direction creating amazing purple clouds to the east. 




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Nectarines and Porcelain Vase

Nectarines and Porcelain Vase
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"

"Love is your life, your friend, your relative, your food and your everything.  Heart that is filled with love can never be polluted.  Love is like a nectarine.  Once you fill it in your heart, the poison of evil will have no place in it."
-Sri Sathya Sai Baba


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sunset Over Beaufort

Sunset Over Beaufort
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"
SOLD

"It is the artist's business to create the sunshine when the sun fails."
-Romain Rolland

We create what we want to see more of, what we desperately crave.  This is why northerners fill their homes with bright colors, why dissonant industrial sounds of the city make us crave the harmony of music.  This is why the depressed become comedians. Artists create to push their own lives back into balance. 

A few years ago I was horribly depressed.  Everything seemed ugly.  It was through art that I was able to see the beauty of the world again.  With every painting I create I am reminding myself of that beauty.  And it is my sincere, cheesy hope that you, dear reader, can see it too.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"

"It is not peace that I seek, but life."
-Romain Rolland


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Grandpa's Roses

Grandpa's Roses
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Acrylic on Canvas
11" x 14"

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns;
I am thankful that thorns have roses.
-Alphonse Karr


Join me tonight for the Opening Reception
at
Gallery Two
5914 North College Ave. Indianapolis  
 Wednesday August 6th 5-9pm


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sunflowers

Sunflowers
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
SOLD

"The sunflower is mine, in a way."
-Vincent Van Gogh

Come see this painting live and in person for our opening:
Wednesday August 6th 5-9pm
at
Gallery Two
5914 North College Ave. Indianapolis 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rays of Light

Rays of Light
Copyright 2013 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
Prints available on Fine Art America

 

Art is a process... and it's a process that never ends.

Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn't matter. The intent does.

Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.

It's not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it. What matters, what makes it art, is that the person who made it overcame the resistance, ignored the voice of doubt and made something worth making. Something risky. Something human.
-Seth Godin

I am in love with Seth Godin's new book "The Icarus Deception."  In it Godin examines the purpose and process of creating art.  What is the purpose behind creating something like this sunset painting?  For me it is to call attention to the divine beauty of nature, of who we are, of what we see.  And the process of mixing the paint, laying it down and making this strange reflection of what is in front of me... this is part of the mess of creation.  This is part of being human.

To love beauty is to see light.
-Victor Hugo

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Still Life Paintings

Pitcher and Pears
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"

 The more things change the more they are the same.
-Alphonse Karr

Here are a few still life paintings that I worked on recently as a personal challenge and exercise. Below is the first and last one I created...


Orange and Gold
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"

Apple Reflections
Copyright 2014 Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Saturday Morning

Saturday Morning
Copyright 2014 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"
While I was painting this I had one of my favorite songs in my head, "Morning Blues." 
Here are the lyrics...

Been in business and I've been in love
I used to fly high like a turtle dove
Had the blues many a time
Just a girl on a poor boy's mind

I got the morning blues
Oh so bad
Honey come and kiss me
They're the worst I've ever had

Nickel's worth of grease, Dime's worth of lard
I would buy more but the times are too hard
Ain't no need for me to work so hard
'Cause I can live off the chickens in the neighbors yard

I got the morning blues
Oh so bad
Honey come and kiss me
They're the worst I've ever had

Woke up this morning with a pain in my head
So I crawled right back in bed
Alone in the morning make you feel so bad
lonesome blues make you feel so sad
-Traditional Song, Jim Kweskin Version