Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Flower Painting Party at the Hatch

Anemone Flowers, Oil on Canvas, Hirschten

Do you love creating artwork inspired by flowers? For this workshop painter Addie Hirschten will bring an abundant floral arrangement from her garden for you to paint or draw. 

Bring your favorite materials... acrylic or oil paints, watercolors, pastels, or drawing supplies. Create your own unique piece with fellow art lovers and celebrate the beauty of spring!

Flower Painting Party at the Hatch
6161 N Hillside Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Saturday June 10th 1-4pm

Eventbrite - Flower Painting Party

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Alchemy of Art Podcast Episode 39: Interview with Felt Artist Paula Scott-Frantz

Felt Artist Paula Scott-Frantz

Also available on iTunes.

On today's episode fiber artist, Paula Scott-Frantz, shares her love of felt as well as her extraordinary personal art stories.  She has been working with the Indianapolis Museum of Art for over twenty years and offers a refreshing perspective on the purpose of art. The art history story of the day is about the origin of art therapy movement. 

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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

My Painting Trip to Mexico!

I just got back from an amazing trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where I attended a week long painting class taught by artist Trisha Adams.  She takes this trip every year and I recommend it!

Here are the highlights from my journey...

On the first day Trisha did a painting demonstration at the Lavenderia, an old fashioned laundry park.  Here you can see people using the wash basins to clean clothes.

 That afternoon we hiked to the top of Montes de Oca Street to paint the view of the Parroquia Church.
La Parroquia de San Miguel de Allende, Copyright 2017 Hirschten
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On day 2 we painted in a stunning *secret garden.* 

I did two studies that day.  One of a pot of geraniums and another of the fountain.
Geraniums in the Secret Garden, Copyright 2017 Hirschten
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Fountain in the Secret Garden, Copyright 2017 Hirschten

On the third day we went to La Puetecita Hotel to paint the garden.  I focused in on an orange tree.

That afternoon we went to the famous Jardin at the town center.  Most of us painted a charming window that had plants spilling off of it. 

Window on the Jardin, Copyright 2017 Hirschten
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On day 4 we painted on Del Pueblito street.  Like many streets in San Miguel it is draped with Bougainvillea flowers.  I painted a doorway decorated with these flowers.

The Doorway, Copyright 2017 Hirschten
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 That afternoon we went to the Plaza Civica where I painted the Templo del Oratorio de San Felipe.

Templo del Oratorio de San Felipe, Copyright 2017 Hirschten
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 And on the fifth day we returned to Trisha's secret garden where I painted a tree in the morning light.
Tree in the Garden, San Miguel de Allende, Copyright 2017 Hirschten
Now that our class is over I can recreate the studies into larger paintings. I'll post them on the blog as I create them. Here is the first one I'm working on... 
Ladies by the Fountain
Oil on Canvas 18" x 24"
Copyright 2017 Hirschten

Other points of interest that are worth seeing on your visit to San Miguel include...

La Canada de la Virgin is an amazing pyramid to visit.  Apparently you can't walk up most pyramids but at La Canada they allow you to hike up to the top and see the incredible view.

La Aurora is an old mill factory that has been converted into a wide variety of art galleries.

The Bellas Artes Center features galleries with edgy modern art and art classes.

And last but not least La Gruta Hot Springs was a deliciously unique experience.  Here you can swim through a tunnel to a domed hot springs room.  They have lockers and it was very reasonably priced.

Overall this was a wonderful trip.  I can't help but mention that San Miguel has catered to American tourists for years so the staff at every facility I visited spoke English.  Also this is the only place I have visited outside the US where I was not harassed by pickpockets or men.  Put this stunning city on your bucket list.