Creating the Fahrenheit Collection II

Dramatic New Abstracts….

              One of my favorite first steps in working with a client is to conceptualize.

It is a total collaboration. We look at space, color,theme, lighting,audience, materials, timing, and much more. Out of this comes a proposal in the form of digital sketches derived from a multitude of sources that inspire Lila, me and the client. Next step…more ideas and more back and forth. Then approval. Then paint….

Furnace II


    Thirteen new works are now up at Fahrenheit. Have dinner and drinks at the restaurant or join us for our official preview on Thursday March 12 at 6pm. Reserve your place at 216-403-2734, or email to

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Some official PR:     Hartshorn Studios will continue their presence at Fahrenheit by complimenting the walls of the restaurant and bar with thirteen new pieces of art designed specifically for the space. The new series of luminous landscapes, Fahrenheit Collection II, created by Rob Hartshorn and Lila Rose Kole, melds Fahrenheit’s sophisticated style with the powerful heritage of Cleveland’s steel mills and smokestacks. Most of Fahrenheit Collection I, the first series showcased at the restaurant, now resides in a local private collection.

Teaching and Learning

January 2015 was a month of beginnings at Hartshorn Studios. Wonderful commissions developed, a new series of Industrial abstracts kicked off, and Tremont ArtWalk and 78th Street Third Friday brought new friends, collectors and collaborators into our two galleries. If that weren’t enough, Lila and I began teaching painting classes. I will let Lila post about her experience.

739054914_420bc3bfa7_o       For my part, let me step back and give you some context about me and art instruction. I have been painting for 50 years (professionally for 35 years) and am self-taught primarily through the old method of trial and error and by devouring books on the techniques of artists from Rembrandt to Hockney. What is in my head and at my fingertips is an amorphous mass of instinct and intuition, seemingly without structure. The results of my industry at the easel satisfy me, but I would be hard pressed to tell you how I got there.

Still, I have had many requests over the years to teach… but I have resisted. To most I would say that I am too busy with commissions, but in my head I would say “Who am I to teach anyone else.” As a fallback, I have had artists paint informally with me, and we encourage and critique each other. Still, in defiance of my little voice, in January and February I scheduled a class of four sessions…my first ever art teaching venture.

Oh, the lessons this painter has learned about painting and learning.

Perhaps in a future post, you find a long winded discussion about teaching practices and techniques. But for now, here is my conclusion: By teaching others I bring the act of painting out of the dark and into my consciousness (excruciating!). Lo and behold, it has already made me a better painter.

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