Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Apothecary's Window

The Apothecary's Window
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
This is an unusual painting that was inspired by the frame!  I found it at an antique shop in Chicago.  The lovely curved wooden frame held a black piece of wood.  I cleaned it up, reapplied a coat of black paint and added the image of wildflowers from my garden.  I named it "The Apothecary's Window" because the black background reminds me of some of the early herbal paintings.  I imagine this on the wall of a medieval doctor.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Gardener

The Gardener
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Collage Painting on Canvas, 16' x 20"

"Oh, sacrament of summer days,
Oh, last communion in the haze,
Permit a child to join,

Thy sacred emblems to partake,
Thy consecrated bread to break,
Taste thine immortal wine!"

-Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Nest

The Nest
Copyright 2016 Hirschten
Collage Painting on Canvas, 16" x 20"

"If I can stop one Heart from breaking 
I shall not live in vain
If I can ease one life the Aching 
Or cool one Pain 
Or help one fainting Robin 
Unto his Nest again 
I shall not live in Vain"
-Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Alchemy of Art Podcast Episode 37 Interview with Artist and Curator Kyle Herrington

Also available on iTunes.

Today's episode features an interview with artist and curator, Kyle Herrington.  The chat covers his thoughts on modern artwork, using humor and censorship.
Find out more about Kyle's work at:

In addition Hirschten shares two true stories from art history: the story of the painting the Mona Lisa and what happened to the works of the Louvre museum during World War II.

On the Alchemy of Art podcast we interview artists from a wide variety of mediums about their creative process and art philosophy.  Each episode includes folktales and true stories about artists to inspire you and keep you going.  Hosted by Addie Hirschten, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author and public speaker.  Find out more at