A Week’s Work (Or Play, I Should Say)


I have been talking with people a little bit about showing my work in a variety of possible venues. One woman I spoke with said, “Well to show in a gallery you have to have more than a couple of pieces.”

She obviously doesn’t know me. (Yet.) Here is this week’s work! 

Photographing the Work.

It is much harder to photograph this stuff than to paint it. I have discovered that my cell phone takes better photos than my Nikon 35 milimeter SLR Digital camera. And my cell phone is not even high end. It’s a smart phone but rather cheesy, I thought.

The photos below are taken by my cell phone.

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Mixed media collage by Jan Kirstein. 11″ x 14.” Summer, 2019.

But the cell phone captures higher detail, better color, and is higher resolution. I have an app on my phone I use called “Camera.” How creative. Anyway, it apparently bumps up the quality quite a bit from my bare smartphone camera, which is really pretty close in quality. My cell phone is an LG Cricket. (I go cheap whenever I can. )

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Mixed media collage by Jan Kirstein. 11″ x 14.” 2019.
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Mixed media collage by Jan Kirstein. 11″ x 14.” 2019.
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Mixed media collage by Jan Kirstein. 11″ x 14.” 2019.
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Going Large: Collage on Canvas


In my art studio, space is limited, and there is just barely room for this latest 4 foot by 8 foot canvas. I love working in large scale. I won’t give it up for anything, though I still find making small 14″ x 11″ collages on paper and unstretched canvas a way to grow as a painter daily by leaps and bounds.

Jan Kirstein

“The Fall of Western Civilization,” by Jan Kirstein. 4′ x 8.’ Mixed media on canvas. 2019

“The Fall of Western Civilization” Details

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Detail: “The Fall of Western Civilization.”

The title of this work comes from the general shift of virtually everything I see around me on every level, in government, both Federal and State, in institutions, in relationships, in land, in all aspects of our culture, in all aspects of life. Though with the changes comes movement and flexibility with new connections occurring at a most rapid pace.

Jan Kirstein

In the Artist’s Studio


My art studio is a place to celebrate, contemplate, examine and perceive. The creative process continues today .

My name is Jan Kirstein and I invite you to look at the Artist’s Journey through my eyes.

My new inspiration for creating in my studio still spins from reading Nancy Hillis’ inspiring book just out called “The Artist’s Journey.”



The journey down stairs leads to the studio where the painting with sumi e ink begins.



I move on to other painting media and collage with Japanese rice paper.
















Thanks for joining my on my journey. I hope you feel an inspiration to create wherever you can find a small space. I used to complain that I didn’t have a studio. Now I call the world my studio!!

Jan Kirstein

I Read “The Artist’s Journey” by Nancy Hillis and Created This!


“I hadn’t painted in over six months. As a professional artist, I was depressed because I didn’t feel like I had adequate studio space. But after reading Nancy Hillis’ new book “The Artist’s Journey,” I created all of this in under two hours. No more excuses for me! I am a professional artist who has been painting for over 40 years, and I am certainly not about to give up now! ” Artist Jan Kirstein

Get “The Artist’s Journey” by Nancy Hillis HERE.

"After not painting for over 6 months, I read "The Artist's Journey" and in 2 hours I created this in my laundry room studio space. No more excuses for me! That's for sure!"
Materials used include Sumi e ink, Japanese rice paper, pastel, colored pencil, and graphite." Artist Jan Kirstein

“Just when you think hope has left the building, someone like Nancy Hillis comes along and revives our purpose and place in the universe. “The Artist’s Journey” is a game changer, a mind bender and true epiphany of purpose for every artist living in the challenges of the 21st century”. -Janis Kirstein, artist.


“After not painting for over 6 months, I read “The Artist’s Journey” and in 2 hours I created this in my laundry room studio space. No more excuses for me! That’s for sure!
Materials used include Sumi e ink, Japanese rice paper, pastel, colored pencil, and graphite.” Artist Jan Kirstein