Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Studio Alchemy Podcast Episode 115: Historian Tory Schendel-Vyvoda on Mystic Artist Hildegard of Bingen


Today’s episode of the Studio Alchemy Podcast features in interview with the artist and art historian, Tory Schendel-Vyvoda, on the mystic artist Hildegard of Bingen!  Find out more about Tory's work at: https://www.toryvyvoda.com/

On the Studio Alchemy Podcast we explore creative ways to transform our lives.  Hosted by Addie Hirschten, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author, and public speaker.  Find out more at https://studioalchemy.art/.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Art Inspiration: William Morris' House and Moving!


Hello My Fellow Art Lovers- 


When I bought Studio Alchemy in 2019 I thought I would live here FOREVER!


Similarly when William Morris designed his Red House in 1859 he thought he would live there FOREVER.

He spent a lot of time decorating the space but by 1865 he realized that he had to move. It was a damp unhealthy building and he had a three hour commute to work.  It had to be sold.

Inspired by his house and Monet's Giverny I wanted to create a unique space for artists to gather, a space covered with symbols!

Now that I will be moving to North Carolina to be closer to my family I ask myself, "was it worth it?"  

It was so much work!

But I DO think that it was worth it.  As William Morris said,"No work that cannot be done with pleasure is worth doing."

I enjoyed the process of creating our space AND sharing classes with fellow artists.

It was worth it.  And I am ready to start over and do it all again.  

Studio Art Sale Friday:

If you've ever wanted to take home one of my paintings, now will be the time to do it.... I have everything on super sale so that I will have less to move.
Open First Fridays May 3rd and June 7th 6-9pm


Upcoming Classes:

If you would like to join us for Paint Club or one of our upcoming classes now is your last chance! Next week we will start Impressionist Painting which will be our last 7 week class together. June 13th will be our last Paint Club session.
See the full list of upcoming classes here:  https://studioalchemy.art/classes-at-the-studio


Studio for Sale:

The studio and the house next door will be for sale. I'd love to hand it off to someone who will love the garden and be able to use this space in a creative way. If you or anyone you know is on the lookout for a unique house let me know.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Art Inspiration: Monet's Garden


Hello My Fellow Art Lovers- 

"Perhaps I owe becoming a painter to flowers."
-Claude Monet


Monet created his garden at Giverny so that he could paint it.

 Monet's Garden Painting from 1902

He said, "My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece."

He diverted water from a stream to create the famous water lily pond.

And he employed seven gardeners! Now Giverny is a museum and there is a whole crew 

I don't have seven gardeners but I do have a wonderful set of plants to paint. 

Want to learn to paint like the impressionists?

Join us for impressionist painting ...  our class starts in just two weeks!


Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Studio Alchemy Podcast Episode 114 Mystic Artist Jahje Ives


Today’s episode of the Studio Alchemy Podcast features an interview with mystic artist, Jahje Ives.

Jahje Ives is a life empowerment coach and human design specialist, mystic artist and intuitive channel who loves to guide and inspire others to create their aligned life with ease. Her studio is just outside Philadelphia, PA where inspired by the sacred bloom within us all, she gathers inspiration from nature to translate flowers and figures into intuitive blooming paintings using a combination of materials including crystal derived watercolors to create sacred artworks to raise your vibration. Her latest project explores the 64 Gates in Human Design to create intuitive portraits of her clients to root them into the story of their Human Design.

Find out more about Jahje at:  https://www.jahjeives.com

Here's the artwork we discussed on the show: https://www.jahjeives.com/blog/gate-11-the-gate-of-ideas
Access a free human design chart at:  https://www.jahjeives.com/free-chart
Jahje's Instagram link is https://www.instagram.com/jahjeives

On the Studio Alchemy Podcast we explore creative ways to transform our lives.  Hosted by Addie Hirschten, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author, and public speaker.  Find out more at https://studioalchemy.art/.


Thursday, March 7, 2024

Art Inspiration: Emerson's Nature Essays


Hello My Fellow Art Lovers- 

"Nothing is quite beautiful alone."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Emerson's View of Nature, Acrylic on Canvas, 36" x 36," Hirschten, $400

I was assigned to redesign a book cover for a class I am taking with the School of the Art Institute Chicago.

I chose Emerson's Essays on Nature....

This classic collection of essays shares the thoughts of Ralph Waldo Emerson on the sacred spirituality of nature. In the beauty of nature he found wisdom that he could apply to his life. He believed this wisdom to be a greater authority than traditional church doctrine.  

  What a rebel!!!                       

When these essays were written they revolutionized the role of individual people in religious organizations. He viewed nature as the ultimate healer and unifier.  He viewed God, nature, and humanity not as separate entities but as a unified whole. 

  Check out this first edition.  So steampunk!

He stated, "The reason why the world lacks unity and lies broken and in heaps is because man is disunited with himself."

To unite with creation you must, "find something of yourself in every great and small thing. The mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common."

So many beautiful covers have been created over the years....

And have you heard of the transcendentalist eye? 

This creepy cartoon was made in 1838 to illustrate this section of the Nature essay ...

"I feel that nothing can befall me in life, no disgrace, no calamity, which nature cannot repair.  Standing on bare ground, my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space- all egotism vanishes.  I become a transparent eyeball."

Inspired by all of this I made a new painting for my cover design...

"The eye is the best composer, so light is the first of painters.  There is no object so foul that intense light will not make it beautiful."

If you need a graphic design I am now taking illustration and website design commissions

Please keep me in mind for your future projects!

Join us for upcoming art classes at Studio Alchemy.... 
and more!  See the whole list of classes here

Our latest Studio Alchemy Podcast episode features an interview with holistic spiritual counselor, Laura Rain!

May this message inspire you!  Feel free to share ❤