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"

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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

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