Larry-Michael Hackenberg

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How My Paintings Are Created: The act of painting a fine watercolor for me happens in an almost meditative or spiritual state of being. There, the subject (be it animate or inanimate) seems to engage me in a quiet conversation about how to paint it. The conversation launches a co-creative process between the subject and me leading directly to strokes of paint on the paper. Most of my paintings evolve in this manner. It is a most fascinating experience; albeit a silent and intensely personal one.

The finished painting, however, becomes a public record of that conversation. The viewer, in the presence of the painted images, is able to replay something of the conversation and, for a moment or two, drift into their own fascinating experience.

 Individual One-on-One Watercolor Classes for 2011

Watercolor classes focus on a specific subject area (e.g. landscape, portrait, fruit & vegetables, sunsets, trees, Intoduction to Photoshop for artists, digital enhancement of scanned watercolors, producing limited edition giclee prints and cards, etc.) depending on interest. Two classes of two hours durations each, about one week apart, scheduled to fit individual schedules for a total fee of $35.

The two class segment may be repeated either on the same subject area or a new subject area as desired. The classes are in my studio and we both paint together either from photographs or still life or outside.

For more information: 269 244-3252


Brief Bio:
-- Registered architect in the state of Michigan.
-- Taught graduate design in Landscape Architecture at Univ of Michigan and Univ of Virginia.
-- Taught drawing at the Albemarle Art Academy, Charlottesville VA.
-- Published one book, The Green Wood House (University Press of Virginia, 1976).
-- Currently publish with my wife and partner Becky Hackenberg a weekly newspaper column.entitled The Cycles of Earth appearing in the Three Rivers Commercial and Sturgis Journal.and online at .
-- Began painting watercolor architectural renderings when I was 18 years old.
-- Retired in 2004 at the age of 62, returned to the town of Three Rivers MI where I was born and raised, and began painting watercolors as fine art.
-- Currently studying under master watercolorist Joan Hector.

Work At The Following Locations:
-- Golden Finch, 62 N Main Three Rivers - 269 273-9034
........Larger digital watercolor exquisitely framed ranging in price from $150 - $750.
-- Kalmazoo Institute of Arts, Gallery Gift shop
-- Love Your Mother store downtown Three Rivers
-- Farmer's Market, Three Rivers May-September
-- A 19"x39" watercolor was selected by the CEO Matt Chambers, Three Rivers Health, to hang in the main hospital lobby above the fireplace.
-- Several First Place Ribbons from the St. Joe Grange County Fair, Catagory: Original Watercolor.
-- Selected to represent artists at Career Day, Andrews Elementary School.
-- A 24"x48" watercolor was selected by the City of Three Rivers for the background image of the downtown East Parking Lot sign.

Contact Information:

Larry-Michael Hackenberg ........
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60321 Constantine Rd.
Three Rivers MI 49093
269 244-3252