Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Studio Alchemy Podcast Episode 112 Creating Sound Immersion Music with Michelle Qureshi

 


Today’s episode of the Studio Alchemy Podcast features an interview with musician, Michelle Qureshi.  We chat about her creative process and improvisation. Find out more at: https://michellequreshi.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/.



Monday, February 5, 2024

Studio Alchemy Podcast Episode 111: Exploring Place with Mixed Media Artist Luke Buchanan

 



Today’s episode of the Studio Alchemy Podcast features an interview with mixed media artist Luke Buchanan.  We chat about our friend, Jackson Griffin, place and memory, what is beautiful and ugly, and finding a job you actually enjoy.  Find out more about Luke's work at: https://www.instagram.com/lukebuch/


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/.




Monday, January 29, 2024

Metamorphoses: a new experimental class!

 

Hello My Fellow Art Lovers- 

"As wave is driven by wave
And each, pursued, pursues the wave ahead,
So time flies on an follows, flies and follows,
Always, forever and new.

What was before is left behind; what never was is now;
And every passing moment is renewed.

Be assured, there is no death- no death,
But only change and innovation.  The sum of all things remains the same."

- Ovid, The Metamorphoses

 Persephone and the Pomegranates by Addie Hirschten

Ovid wrote a collection of myths called the Metamorphoses in the year 8CE.

 Daphne Transformed by Addie Hirschten

The tales are all about change.... how the characters of the ancient Roman gods and goddesses changed.

Ultimately Ovid was writing about how change is inevitable.    

 Surrender to Growth by Victoria Williams Steen

My artist friend, Victoria Williams Steen, have both made paintings inspired by the Metamorphoses myths.

AND we will be teaching a very special class together on the subject in March!

In this unique experimental class, we will create mixed media collage pieces inspired by stories found in the ancient Roman book of myths, Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Each session will start with a story, a meditation and a surprising project! 

Join us!  Register Here

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Join me for other upcoming classes...

 
 

and more!  See the whole list of classes here


Also!  If you are north of town I will be teaching Perfume Making at Schoolhouse 7 in Fishers February 24th.

More new episodes just release of the Studio Alchemy Podcast!  An interview with Sabrina Ward Harrison, an innovative and successful mixed media book writer.  
  

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Studio Alchemy Podcast Episode 110: Mixed Media Journaling with Sabrina Ward Harrison

 


Today’s episode of the Studio Alchemy Podcast features an interview with mixed media writer, Sabrina Ward Harrison.  Find out more about her work at: https://www.sabrinawardharrison.info/


On the Studio Alchemy Podcast we explore creative ways to transform our lives using visualization, art making, and self-help techniques.  Each episode includes stories and reflections to inspire you to transform your life.  Hosted by Addie Hirschten, a.k.a. Vita, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author, and public speaker.  Find out more at https://studioalchemy.art/.


Thursday, January 11, 2024

Art Inspiration: How to make decisions with the help of the stoics!

 


Hello My Fellow Art Lovers- 

"Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life."
- Marcus Aurelius

 Oranges in the Sun, Available

Do you have trouble making decisions?  I STRUGGLE with this!  



When I have a big decision to make I tend to sit on the fence weighing pros and cons for far too long. 

Sometimes these decisions are small.... like should I make this painting more realistic or should I keep it soft?


Or should I add another color to this painting?  (This is using a new process for me!  I created a wallpaper of the musical score then painted on top of it.)


 
Decisions about paintings are so SMALL, so easy and satisfying.

When making bigger decisions I look to the wisdom of the ancient Greek stoic philosophers.  



Make clear decisions THEN take action! 

Stoics suggest that you should look, not to emotions, but to logical reasoning for guidance. 



Never blame others for your fate but take fate into your own hands.



They guide us to be optimistic, use logic, and be decisive.  

As we enter this new year may all of your decisions be easy!

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Join us for upcoming classes at the studio...


 
 

and more!  See the whole list of classes here

Oh!  And listen to the latest Studio Alchemy Podcast episode, an interview with my old friend, sexuality writer Jera Brown.
  
 


  Need even more philosophy?  Read this!

Monday, January 8, 2024

Alchemy Podcast Episode 109: Interview with the Sexuality Writer, Jera Brown

 



Today’s episode of the Studio Alchemy Podcast features an interview with sexuality writer, Jera Brown. Jera Brown is a queer, nonbinary freelance writer focusing on sexuality, spirituality, and social justice topics. Find out more about them at:  https://www.jerabrown.com/

On the Studio Alchemy Podcast we explore creative ways to transform our lives using visualization, art making, and self-help techniques.  Each episode includes stories and reflections to inspire you to transform your life.  Hosted by Addie Hirschten, a.k.a. Vita, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author, and public speaker.  Find out more at https://studioalchemy.art/.






Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Studio Alchemy Podcast Episode 108: Finding Peace

 



Today’s episode of the Studio Alchemy Podcast features an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Hirschten’s new book, "The Alchemy of Symbols: How to Use the Power of Images to Transform Your Life."  People use symbols to highlight what is important to them and manifest what they want to see. In this uplifting book, Hirschten explores the psychology of symbols to inspire anyone who wants to thoughtfully incorporate them into their life. In this book you will learn how to use images to help clarify your hopes and dreams. Whether you want to select a symbol for your next tattoo, painting, or sacred altar the Alchemy of Symbols will give you many ideas to work with. Part self-help and part encyclopedia, this book offers a fresh perspective on the meaning behind symbols.


Purchase a fully illustrated copy of the Alchemy of Symbols at: 

https://www.amazon.com/Alchemy-Symbols-Power-Images-Transform/dp/B0CFZGXQGC

On the Studio Alchemy Podcast we explore creative ways to transform our lives.  Each episode includes stories and reflections to inspire you to transform your life.  Hosted by Addie Hirschten, a.k.a. Vita, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author, and public speaker.  Find out more at https://studioalchemy.art/.


Thursday, December 14, 2023

Art Inspiration: Memories

 


Hello My Fellow Art Lovers- 

"Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it."
- L.M. Montgomery

 The Wreath Maker: A Memory from San Miguel de Allende

Themes weave in and out of my life.  One recent theme has been memory

  The Smell of Roses in Cottage Home

I have been touching base with a number of old friends lately... friends like Melissa and Luke who I hadn't seen in over 20 years.  It has been funny what we each remembered and forgot. Places where our memories of each other overlapped or gapped.

  Kitty in the Garden

Why is it that some memories fade and others become precious stones that we hold on to?

 The Dawn of a New Brain by Lori Lee Andrews

My friend, the artist Lori Lee Andrews, just created a series of artwork about the human brain.  Her mother has dementia.  She has been thinking about memory and how our miraculous brains are structured.

 The Reflection
I created this painting during the Covid quarantine time.  Do you see the reflection of me in the vase?  Seeing this painting brings me right back to that feeling of being in alone, in the safe little cocoon of my house.  

I've realized that many of the objects I own are little slices of memories. 

 Ladies by the Fountain in San Miguel

When I look at items like this painting or my grandparent's nativity scene, memories are refreshed within me. 

  My grandparent's nativity scene

Objects often become talismans that preserve our memories.

  
These photographs reminded me that my sister and I went with my grandfather to cut down our Christmas tree in 1986. My father had died a few weeks before. I had forgotten that detail.

When we create artwork, take photographs, or bring out the holiday decorations we enshrine the images with our memories. We distill the big picture of our lives down into tiny drops.  A lot can be held within one image.

What do you want to remember and how can you preserve it? 

As we enter the new year, how do your memories affect your future decisions?




May your next season be merry and bright and may you create many new happy memories.

❤️ ❤️ ❤️ Happy Holidays!  ❤️ ❤️ ❤️