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New Equine Works

2020 has been a productive time for me. So much time alone gave me the creative space to develop ideas and reflect on my artwork. During this time I worked in a variety of genre including equine art, still life, landscapes, and children at the beach. I have learned new techniques in watercolor, expanded my equine sculpture repertoire, explored new mixed media techniques, and “took a deep dive” into learning how to paint beaches, waves, and the ocean.

2020 has been a productive time for me. So much time alone gave me the creative space to develop ideas and reflect on my artwork. During this time I worked in a variety of genre including equine art, still life, landscapes, and children at the beach. I have learned new techniques in watercolor, expanded my equine sculpture repertoire, explored new mixed media techniques, and “took a deep dive” into learning how to paint beaches, waves, and the ocean. With so much creative expression, I’ve found limited time to write about my artwork. In these next blog posts I will discuss several new works I have completed since the quarantine in March.

Returning from Mexico in early March, I was bursting with ideas for paintings while also devoting much time to bringing my horse back into condition after two months of winter downtime. During this time of living and breathing “horse,” I painted four new equine compositions.

HEADED HOME, watercolor, matted/frame size: 21″ x 28″ (image size: 15″ x 22″) $600

The narrative painting HEADED HOME began the equine series, telling the story of the partnership between a horse and his cowboy working together to get the herd home before a storm. It was accepted and exhibited at “A Splash of Colorado,” Colorado Watercolor Society’s annual juried summer exhibition.  Featured in an earlier blog post, I discuss my painting process with demo photos. READ ABOUT HEADED HOME  Available for purchase: PURCHASE

LITTLE DANCER was inspired by the talented Lipizzan foals bred each year by TEMPEL FARMS. This painting celebrates the long tradition of classical dressage. The explosion of color and rich texture visually portray the young Lipizzan’s joy of movement that develops into a repertoire of haute école movements celebrated by classical dressage schools worldwide. 

Building on this theme, FROM BABY STEPS TO PIAFFE, shows the elegant shift in balance a dressage horse makes through years of progressive training.  A young horse carries 60% of his weight on his forehand. With careful training to develop strength and carrying power, a grand prix dressage horse learns to engage his abdominal muscles, lower his hindquarters, and shift his weight, carrying 60% on his hind end. The resulting shift creates enormous power, suspension in his movement, and elevated gaits. His withers rise, his neck arches, and he carries his poll as the highest point.  FROM BABY STEPS TO PIAFFE expresses equine nobility, grace, and stature.  PURCHASE LINK

As Monarch’s conditioning improved, we worked toward strengthening and balancing the canter in preparation for performing the flying change of lead. I took my arena focus into the studio, painting OUT OF THE WEST. In this composition, a violet horse bursts from the picture plane directly into your living room. Watercolor, framed size 16″ x 20″ $350,  PURCHASE LINK

OUT OF THE WEST, watercolor, framed size 16″ x 20″ $350,  PURCHASE LINK

 

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Where To See My Work

Thank you for your interest in my work!  My watercolor and 3-dimensional mixed media can be found at these fine art venues.

Thank you for your interest in my work!  My watercolor paintings and mixed media sculptures can be found at these fine art venues:

Gunnison Arts Center

Address: 102 Main St, Gunnison
Phone: 970.641.4029, GAC website
Summer Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10- 6 ; Saturday 10-3, (closed Sunday/Monday)

610 Arts Collective

Address: 610 Clinton Street, Ridgway, CO                                                                                        Phone970.318.0150, 610 website 
Covid Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10-3;  Sunday 10-2;  (Private Viewings by appointment)

Redstone Art Gallery

Address: 173 Redstone Blvd, Carbondale, CO                                                                                  Phone: 970.963.3790
Hours:Monday – Saturday 10-5; Sunday 11-4

Montrose Center for the Arts

Address: 219 E Main St Montrose, CO                                                                                                Phone: 970.252.0241
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11- 5; Saturday 10-4 (closed Sunday & Monday)

Backstreet Bagels & Art

Address: 127 N Townsend Ave, Montrose, Colorado                                                                     Phone: 970.240.3675
Hours:  6am – 2:30pm daily

Here is a sampling of what you can find at each venue; roll over image to see title.  Click image to enlarge.

Gunnison Arts Center

  • TOP ROW: Refuge and Be at Peace; Seek Harmony, watercolor, 14″ x 11″ $115;  Patty’s Garden, Croton Late Afternoon Light, watercolor, 8″ x 10″ $80
  • MIDDLE ROW: Patty’s Garden, Croton Morning Light, watercolor, 8″ x 10″ $80; Aspens, West Fork Dallas Creek, watercolor, 8″ x 10″ $80
  • BOTTOM ROW: Cinderella Reef, watercolor, 14″ x 11″ $115

Orders & shipping accepted by phone: 970.641.4029

610 Arts Collective

 

  • TOP ROW: Summer Garden, watercolor, 12″ x 6″ $115
  • MIDDLE ROW: Stargazer, watercolor, 12″ x 6″ $115; Columbine Splash, watercolor, 12″ x 6″ $115; Starburst, watercolor, 12″ x 6″ $115
  • BOTTOM ROW: Dusk; watercolor, 13″ x 7″  $125; Forest Gems, watercolor, 13″ x 7″  $125

 Orders & shipping accepted by phone: 970.318.0150

Redstone Art Gallery

  • TOP ROW: Baby Steps to Piaffe, watercolor, 16″ x 20″  $350; Out of the West, watercolor, 16″ x 20″  $350
  • MIDDLE ROW: Cowboy Up, watercolor, 16″ x 20″  $350; A Good Hair Day, watercolor, 16″ x 20″  $350
  • BOTTOM ROW: Promise, mixed media sculpture, $375; Galaxy, mixed media sculpture, $375; Caprice, mixed media sculpture, $375

Orders & shipping accepted by phone: 970.963.3790

Montrose Center for the Arts

Pictured above: mixed media Dream Horse, Bucephalas, ceramic, wire, forsythia, hand rubbed metallic finish, 18″x 9″x 4″  (special offering $200)   All Star Heroes, celebrating the heroes of the Covid19 pandemic, mixed media sculpture- quilted handwoven fabric, embellished with found objects, $95

Not pictured: a selection of matted original paintings, ready for your frames, and a variety of card sets, including equine, floral, birds, travel, and landscape themes. Drop into the Art Center to see.  Orders & shipping accepted by phone: 970.252.0241

Backstreet Bagels & Art

Backstreet offers a full complement of card sets and framed equine, floral, and travel themed watercolor paintings. Pictured above: Lavade and Pasture Patterns, 15″x 12″ $125. Bleeding Hearts, 19″x 10″ $200. Los Onzes Patíos, (The 11 Patios), Patzcuro, 16″x 20″ $350. Visit the gallery to see more at 127 N Townsend Ave, Montrose, Colorado , 6am – 2:30pm daily. To arrange for purchase & shipping of these works, CLICK HERE TO INQUIRE ABOUT ARTWORK

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VISUAL POETRY ONLINE WORKSHOP

VISUAL POETRY, Understanding Color and Composition through Exploration–  Online, downloadable, self-paced course with teacher/student collaboration and feedback. Any level; any medium. We have a strong need to engage with art and feed our souls. This course guides you to making satisfying art.

VISUAL POETRY, Understanding Color & Composition through Exploration–  Online, downloadable, self-paced course with teacher/student collaboration and feedback.

A longing for excitement can be satisfied without external means within oneself: For creating is the most intense excitement one can come to know.  Anni Albers

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In these times of voluntary isolation, with art centers shuttered, we still have a strong need to engage with art and feed our souls.  To that end, I have developed an online course to help you use color and composition to elevate your artwork.  In this course you will gain fluency and control over color for dynamic expression.  You will also empower your artwork with strategic arrangements of visual elements to better communicate with your audience.  This online course is designed for you to work at your own pace in the medium of your choice!  Choose a medium that you have familiarity in expressing yourself, be it paint, pastels, fiber/fabric, mixed media/collage, photography, etc. 

The course is presented in 7 downloadable modules, with several exploratory exercises in each module.  Each module begins with art theory to guide you in making decisions for placement, sparking emphasis, generating rhythms, creating harmony, understanding balance, etc.  You work at your own pace, exploring each segment as deeply as desired.  Unlimited instructor feedback and individual support will be available by video phone calls, email, and texting for a full year from time of your enrollment.  If you can open and send emails and share photos through text messages, you have the technology skills to participate in this class.   All skill levels welcome from novice to experienced artists.  By the end of this class, you will have greater mastery of color and composition for enhanced creative expression.  Make your color sing and your design dazzle!

Please complete the form below to give Cheri your preferred medium and experience level, then pay below.  You can pay using your Paypal account or use your credit card by hitting the card icon.

 

 

REGISTER NOW & DISCOVER THE FULL RANGE OF YOUR CREATIVE EXPRESSION

$100 Visual Poetry course

  • 7 downloadable modules to store on your computer or print into a workbook
  • unlimited instructor support for 1 full year
  • color principles
  • composition and art theory

 

 

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Complementary Coloring Book

With social distancing and self-quarantine keeping us at home, many are looking for things to do.  In appreciation for joining my newsletter group and following my blog, I will send you a complementary equine coloring book set to keep you occupied and to nourish your soul with art.

C mimaWith social distancing and self-quarantine keeping us at home, many are looking for things to do.  In appreciation for joining my newsletter group and following my blog, I will send you a complementary equine coloring book set to keep you occupied and to nourish your soul with art.  (Sample at left)  Your information is never shared and newsletters are sent infrequently.  Your inbox will not be inundated with spam.

Here’s how to receive your complementary coloring kit with my gratitude for your interest and support of my artwork:

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Then, fill out the request form below.  That’s it!  Easy Peas-y.  Stay safe, stay healthy, and thank you!

Susperstar Heros

The virus has begun to surge to all time highs.  Some of us will return to being shut-ins.  Others may even be admitted to the ICU.  With danger and sacrifice comes heroes. Who is your hero? Honor your shining star with a handcrafted personalized mixed media work of fiber art.

The virus has begun to surge to all time highs.  Some of us will return to being shut-ins.  Others may even be admitted to the ICU.  With danger and sacrifice comes heroes.

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Who is your hero?  Who has rendered extraordinary service for your benefit?  

 

 

Honor your shining star with a handcrafted personalized mixed media work of fiber art.

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Top: sculpture is handwoven in cotton & silk yarns in a red-orange colorway with mohair, silk, wool, and novelty yarn hair.  Her face is natural stone.  Adorned with a silver heart, anodized buttons, and pewter hands, she wears a festive hat and Renaissance shoes.  She represents the concerned friend that stays in touch and keeps you company because your immune system does not allow you to go out in public.

Each Superstar Hero is crafted with a heart on the chest to symbolize kindness.

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Inspired by the form of a starfish, this sculpture is handwoven in silk, metallic, and cotton yarns in a violet colorway with mohair, metallic, and hand-dyed wool hair, styled in braids and tied with tulle ribbon.  Her face is natural stone.  Adorned with a pearl heart, Venetian and glass beads, and silver hands, she wears high heels and carries a small bottle.  She represents the dear friend that faithfully shops for you, so you can stay safe at home.

Personalize your Superstar Hero by choosing:

  • handwoven fabric in a variety of colorways from natural fibers and novelty yarns
  • type of heart, (silver or pearl)
  • type of face, (silver charm or polished stone)
  • style of hands
  • shoes/boots
  • buttons & beads
  • hairstyle and/or hats
  • gender
  • other considerations– make it special

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This rugged cowboy sculpture is handwoven in linen and cotton yarns in a violet/sage colorway with mohair and wool hair.  His face is natural stone.  Adorned with a pearl heart and silver hands, he wears cowboy boots, a silk bandana, a Stetson hat, and a big-buckle Lone Star leather belt; he carries a lariat.  With his “git ‘er done- can do” attitude, he represents the reliable  friend that can fix anything for you.

Purchase one of these sculptures, or let me create one just for you.  $100 includes  customized creation of your handcrafted fiber art sculpture, plus shipping.  Allow two weeks for creating and shipping your sculpture.  To order, please fill out the following form. Then pay using your PayPal account, or you can use your credit card by hitting the card icon below. All major credit cards accepted.  A receipt will be sent to your email.

Read more about our Superstar Heros

HEROES of the PANDEMIC ERA

HEROES of the FRONT LINES

About Cheri Isgreen: Creating Art Feeds My Soul

With a focus on light, form, and color, my colorful contemporary paintings will enliven any space or home. Being outdoors and visually investigating horses, flowers, and the natural world feeds my soul.  I enjoy working in watercolor, mixed media, and sculpture.

With a focus on light, form, and color, my colorful contemporary paintings will enliven any space or home.  I’m drawn to horses, flowers, and the natural world.  Being outdoors and visually investigating these subjects feeds my soul.

CONTACT ME; let’s get to know each other

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ARTIST STATEMENT

I am fascinated by the relationship between light and shadow on natural forms; compositions develop as I respond to the interplay of light and the variety of shapes and colors that result.  I enjoy working in watercolor, mixed media, and sculpture.

  • With watercolor, I seek fresh, unexpected color mixtures through spontaneous wet-into-wet techniques.
  • In mixed media, I develop a lively visual surface, juxtaposing abstract shapes with living forms, while combining  color and texture.
  • In sculpture, I capture the spirit of the piece through lively gesture, hand-rubbed metallic finishes, and found-object embellishments.

Regardless of the medium, I preserve a sense of mystery and narrative, allowing the viewer to connect to my artwork through her experiences and emotions.

My art reflects all that my senses record: the luminous, ephemeral beauty of flowers; the wonder of visiting new places, and of course the noble presence of the horse.   My equine art is informed by a lifetime spent with horses in daily care and training.  Through my experiences, I’ve gained  intimate knowledge of the equine spirit and anatomy.  Touching sinuous curves, tendon lines, and muscular shapes; inhaling the equine scent; burying my cold face into a warm, soft, winter coat; sharing a horse’s breath; and gazing deeply into a horse’s soul.  Monarch, my wise and sensitive partner, a Lipizzan X Andalusian gelding, appears in many of my works.

Photo of Cheri on her horse Monarch behind flowers

From cultivated gardens to scenic wild lands, I’m drawn to express the beauty around me.  In nature I work alla prima to create bright, energetic compositions.  As an avid travel sketcher, I record a wide variety of experiences from cities, towns, and neighborhoods; wilderness and nature; festivals, musicians, and street life.  All these experiences enlighten my studio work.

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BIOGRAPHY

Cheri Isgreen is a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society.  As a retired art educator, she taught the gamut of media, styles, and subjects, giving her the strong range she draws upon today when creating her watercolor and mixed media compositions.

Upon retirement, Cheri changed focus to  develop her personal vision in watercolor.  Stir Gallery in Colorado Springs gave Cheri her first one woman show in 2012, pointing her on the path she follows today.   In 2013 she entered her first art competition, receiving two patron awards and People’s Choice.  In 2014 Cheri embarked on a year-long traveling exhibition, “High Point,” a benefit art show raising over $2K for nonprofits.  Cheri feels strongly about “paying it forward.”  To schedule a benefit art show with Cheri, click the link: LET’S TALK   Since 2014, Cheri has exhibited widely in regional, national, and international juried & invitational shows. Her artwork has been showcased in museums, galleries, and publications both in the United States and abroad.

Cheri keeps an active studio schedule, winning awards in juried exhibitions, showing in galleries, accepting commissions, and maintaining an online presence through her website and social media.  Along with an active studio schedule, Cheri is a popular workshop instructor at regional arts centers and through online instruction.  CLICK LINK TO JOIN CHERI IN A WORKSHOP

 

 

 

Cheri is represented by:

  • Backstreet, Montrose, CO
  • Montrose Center for the Arts
  • Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, Co
  • Redstone Art Gallery, Redstone, CO
  • 610 Arts Collective, Ridgway, CO

Offering #3 Small Works

Artist Support Pledge

Offering #3 shows small artworks in a long rectangular format.  All are offered as part of the #ArtistSupportPledge.  To review, the Covid19 pandemic wreaked economic havoc in art community.  With art centers shuttered, galleries closed, exhibitions and classes canceled,  avenues for artists generating income and making a living disappeared. As art galleries and centers begin to reopen, attendance is sparse, so support for artists continues to be critical.

British artist, Matthew Burrows conceived of a platform where artists can share and sell their artwork to stimulate the art market and directly benefit other artists.  Through Instagram, artists post images of their work with the pledge that each time the artist makes $1000 in sales, the artist will commit to using 20% of their earnings to purchase another artist’s work.  Burrows’ concept creates a sustainable “micro-culture and economy” to generate income and immediacy.  Along with offering my small artworks on Instagram as part of the Artist Support Pledge, I am also offering them on Facebook and this website.  To learn more, read How a hashtag caused a surge of optimism for artists on Instagram

Become part of this worldwide movement to keep the Arts alive!

Offering #3 highlights the four seasons, including small works in horizontal and vertical formats, framed in brushed silver metal frames.  Price includes framing and shipping.  The larger format celebrates the landscape in glowing autumn and peaceful winter.  The smaller format spotlights the glories of spring and summer.

Larger Size 13″ x 7″  $125

Forest Gems
Forest Gems; larger size: 13″ x 7″  $125

Forest Gems:  when I hike, I am mesmerized by the wealth of shapes and colors of fallen leaves along the trail and the forest floor.  The leaves create a mosaic of cool pattern in the summer and warm pattern in the autumn.  Colorful patterns sparked this painting, but I wanted push it farther than just a composition of color and pattern.  Before painting, I stitched the watercolor paper in metallic threads, then drew leaf patterns in resist.  The stitchery and resist highlight the fallen leaves over washes of wet-into-wet color– pale for the patterns and deep for the background.  The metallic stitchery adds a subtle shimmer.

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Dusk; larger size: 13″ x 7″  $125

In the winter, dusk is my favorite time of day.  The world is colored in subtle neutrals with bare branches stenciled against a pewter sky.

Smaller Size 12″ x 6″  $115

Like its wildflower cousin the Colorado Blue Columbine, the native Red Columbine inhabits alpine meadows in the Rocky Mountains.  Bookend this pair of paintings with the Stargazer Lily, a show-stopping centerpiece for cultivated gardens.

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Summer Garden, smaller size 12″ x 6″ $115

Tuck this little jewel in an intimate space, a powder room, entry hall, or small study.

Please complete this form to reserve your painting. Then pay using your PayPal account, or you can use your credit card by hitting the card icon below. All major credit cards accepted.  A receipt will be sent to your email.  Your purchase keeps the arts alive.