Do you strive for luminous color in your watercolor paintings? Knowing pigment properties and following simple pigment rules go a long way in achieving colors that sing. Pouring paints, instead of using a brush, further… More
To get to Puerto Vallarta to catch our flight back to the States, we broke our journey into two days. We took the ETN bus to Guadalajara and spent another night at the Hotel Dali, then took our final bus ride to Puerto Vallarta, again staying at the quaint Hotel Bellmar. We like to stay on the top floor, which is a huge grunt with luggage, but the view is worth the climb. We stay in Viejo Vallarta Centro, so no beach views. Instead one looks out on the busy, colorful street life.
Our flight was scheduled to leave at 4:30, so that gave us time to make one last drawing before leaving Mexico. I took many photos of street life, charmed by the papeles banners, the shiny piñata-like sculpture banners, and other handicrafts Mexicans create to celebrate life. I captured Calle Iturbide, an appropriate ending to my Mexico sketch journal. (Iturbide was another revolutionary independence hero.) The view is looking toward the ocean. The street ends in a plaza on the beach where many artists display their work. I wanted the emphasis of this drawing to be on the banners, so I eliminated the ocean view. I chose to add paint only to the banners to further emphasize the celebratory theme of this ink drawing.
photo collage left to right/ top to bottom: Tlaquepaque street view with shiny miller piñatas, Puerto Vallarta papeles, Ajijíc papeles & street vendor, door knocker San Miguel de Allende, door knocker Pátzcuaro, veterinary clinic Ajijíc, antique bicicletas at the tire shop in San Miguel de Allende, street musicians Pátzcuaro, street view San Miguel Deb Allende.
Two paintings have been selected for exhibit in Ouray at the 58th Annual Alpine Artist
Holiday: “Orchid’s Glow” (pictured at right) and “Hillside Guanajuato” (featured above in preview). The 58th annual Alpine Artists Holiday is a national juried exhibition, held every summer in the Ouray Community Center, 340 6th Ave, Ouray, CO.
JULY 25 7:00 PM
The show runs July 26-August 5, 2018. Hours vary so visit the website: SHOW HOURS
“Orchid’s Glow” explores the glorious array of color occurring when light shines through the petals of an orchid. Executed in a loose manner, flower forms are highlighted in a semi-abstract composition of light and shadow.
“Hillside Guanajuato” was painted on a recent trip to Mexico, in the capital city of Guanajuato, Guanajuato. It depicts the charming jumble of sherbet homes that appear to almost tumble down each hillside.
Each painting is offered for sale during the show $350. If you are unable to attend the show, visit the link to purchase online. PURCHASE PAINTINGS
the confluence of my dreams, experiences, and passions arise to my stream of consciousness from time to time. Showing my Dream Horse watercolor paintings at the Equine Art in the Park, Denver and the Montrose Center for the Arts Pop-Up Show have brought new energy to this creative direction.
In their new incarnation, the Dream Horses are mixed media, not quite bas-relief, but definitely semi-sculptural.
I start with my handwoven fabric, shaping with colorful wire, sewing, and pressing. Legs are created with rare and precious beads. Manes and tails are formed with natural fibers, novelty yarns, and sizing. The horses are then finished with more wire and beads.
The mixed media Dream Horses come in three sizes: large (above); medium & small (see below.) Fill out the information on the purchase link to receive photographs and details of available sizes, materials, and colors. Custom horses can be created with your horse’s hair and/or your sentimental jewels, fabrics, etc.
To order please visit purchase link. All details will be handled securely through email.
To read more about my Dream Horse inspirations, click Dream Horse Link
Montrose Center for the Arts and Weehawken Creative Arts present a “POP-UP GALLERY” May 19 – May 31, 2018 at the Montrose Field House, corner of Rio Grande and Colorado Ave. Join me for the Opening Reception, May 19 from 2-4 pm. Light snacks and refreshments provided, and sales will be open! Commission proceeds benefit the Center.
I am showing three of my Dream Horses, “Carousel,” “Spanish Walk,” and “Walk Like An Egyptian.”
Unlike my equine portraits and pastoral compositions, Dream Horses arise from a deeper, mysterious place- the confluence of my experiences, emotions, and energy. Dream Horses are part nocturnal dreams and part dream goals; part whimsey, part wistfulness, and part triumph. The process of mastery and harmony with the horse is a long dedicated journey traveled by luminaries Xenophon, de la Guérinière, Podhajsky, and mere mortals, such as myself. Dreams Horses are elusive, unpredictable, free spirits. During the artistic process, I release control to the emergence of the horse, which evolves from old world cultures, shared traditions, modern design, and playful exploration, synthesized with my experiences, (the sensation of fluid power, connection, and engagement upon his back) and profound feelings of awe and gratitude for everything the horse gives. Dream Horses represent idealized beauty, power, grace, generosity, and wisdom.
“Spanish Walk” & “Walk Like An Egyptian”
watercolor 20″ x 16″ framed; $350 each; to order visit purchase link
Paintings selected by juror, Sheri Farabaugh for 21th Annual Colorado Visions Exhibition of Art
May 1-31, 2018
Opening Reception May 10, 5:30-7:30
Westminster City Hall; 4800 W. 92nd Ave; Westminster, CO
Below is a short background to the paintings, “No Hoof; No Horse” and “Orchid’s Glow.”
No Hoof; No Horse
tells the story of skill and craft behind the farrier’s art of hot shoeing. A farrier carefully trims each hoof, then shapes each horseshoe to ensure comfort, balance, and performance. Skilled work by talented farriers enhance the movement of sport horses, provide therapy for rehab horses, and prolong soundness for pleasure horses. The painting captures the drama when a hot shoe is placed on a horse’s hoof to test for fit. This painting spotlights the incredible trust horses place in their human partners.
is a study in light. Light reveals color and form. The backlit forms of the orchids give the illusion of a glow from within each flower. This semi-abstract composition puts the emphasis on design first and subject matter second. Deep rich color give the painting harmony. Strong movement and contrast provide interest.
It looks like this summer will be busy with numerous exhibitions and shows. First on tap is the Colorado Watercolor Society 2018 juried exhibition. This year the show was juried by Robbie Laird, NWS. Robbie is currently the president of the National Watercolor Society.
My entry, “Break in the Clouds, Nicaragua,” was accepted for exhibition. This painting is available for purchase through this link.
Colorado Watercolor Society
2018 STATE WATERCOLOR EXHIBITION
May 12 to June 27, 2018
Library 21c, Pikes Peak Library District, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Opening & Reception May 12, 2PM-5PM
Juror: Robbie Laird
“Break in the Clouds, Nicaragua” watercolor by Cheri Isgreen; framed size 20″ x 16″ $350
To learn more about this painting, visit this link
Time to register for POURED WATERCOLOR with Cheri Isgreen
Time to register for POURED WATERCOLOR with Cheri Isgreen
Fri-Sun March 23-25 10 am – 4 pm. $355
Fri-Sun March 23-25 10 am – 4 pm. $355
Forgo the brush & experiment with the process of pouring watercolor to produce looser paintings with unique results. Learn pigment rules & pouring techniques, as well as color theory, composition, & strategies for successful painting. Learn how pouring watercolors in a series of glazes allows depth of color to develop while preserving underlying layers and enhancing luminosity. Experience how poured watercolor fosters a wide range of spontaneous colors while maintaining the harmony of a limited palette. All levels of painters welcome, including first-time watercolorists. Extra support for new painters and design challenges for experienced artists will be provided.
Santiago de Queretaro es una cuidad con mucha historia, cultura, y belleza…
Three days in Santiago de Queretaro, the capital city of Queretaro, is not enough time to experience all its history, culture, and beauty. A Unesco World Heritage site, the city central remains a pristine jewel of Baroque and neoclassical structures, with world class music in a variety of styles heard on every plaza and jardin, masterful handicrafts, and gardens tastefully landscaped with jaw-dropping tropical flowers. Known by the 17th Century as the “Pearl of the Bajio,” S de Queretaro continues to flourish to this day. It is recognized as having the highest quality of living and is the safest city in all Mexico.
Like Dolores Hidalgo, Queretaro boasts a historic role in Mexico’s struggle for independence. Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, wife of Queretaro’s Mayor in the early 1800’s, is revered as the Mother of Independence. Using her prominent position and influence to gather intelligence, her home was used to plan and support the insurgency which resulted in Hidalgo’s “el Grito,” cry for independence in Dolores Hidalgo, launching Mexico’s struggle for independence against Spain.
Each city block contains mostly restored and preserved Colonial buildings and churches, each grander than the last. The main streets, along with the andadoras, (pedestrian walkways), are lined with plazas, gardens, fountains, open-air cafes, street artists, and musicians in colorful arrays of rich culture to saturate one’s senses.
El Mercado de las Flores
San Luis Potosí
Watercolor 12″ x 15″
Last night we returned from a weekend in the colonial city and capital seat of San Luis Potosí. Founded in 1592, El Centro abounds with stunning architecture in a variety of styles including Moorish domes, ornate Baroque, and stately neo-classical, (to name just a few). Named a Unesco World Heritage site, the city appeals to both visitors’ and citizens’ aesthetic senses. El Teatro de Paz, a palatial neoclassical period theater, seats 1200 patrons. World-class museums abound, including Museo de la Mascara, a three story, fully restored Baroque government building, exhibiting masks from around the world. Lavish cathedrals, encircled by manicured gardens, elegant plazas, and tinkling fountains dot each city block . La Calzada de Guadalupe, a tree-lined pedestrian boulevard, leads the faithful from El Centro to the Basilica de Nuestra Senora Guadalupe. Music is celebrated throughout the streets. We were treated to open air opera arias, Latin jazz fusion, Chicago blues with a Mexican twist, a kids’ percussion band complete with homemade instruments, and traditional Mexican music. The International Chocolate festival, running the weekend we visited, featured some of the best chocolate I have ever eaten, along with beautiful chocolate sculptures and displays, all housed in a sumptuous neoclassical edifice from the 1800’s.
A weekend in the city of San Luis Potosí is not nearly enough time to explore all the city has to offer. We are already planning a return trip next year.
Plaza Aranzazu; ink drawing
Check out this travel guide with photos: San Luis Potosí
La cuna de la independencia………..the cradle of Mexican independence
We spent last weekend in Dolores Hildalgo, where the Mexican struggle for independence began. Our hotel room overlooked the Gran Jardin de Independencia Plaza Principal and the famous church, Nuestra Senora de los Dolores. It was on the steps of this church that Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costello uttered his famous cry for independence on September 16, 1810, sparking the beginning of Mexico’s struggle for independence. Known as el Grito de Dolores, each Mexican president reenacts the cry on the eve of Independence Day. Benito Juarez later declared the plaza be dedicated to Father Hidalgo. Around 10PM Sunday night, a multimedia presentation was projected on the facade of the church. With our balcony, we had the “best seats in the house!”
We visited many historical sites and museums. Dolores Hidalgo ciudadanos are justifiably proud of their city. To share the history, all museums are free. The city is also well known for its colorful Talavera ceramics- both blueware & polychrome. We bought several pieces for the kitchen and patio.
Ink drawing of the park: my inspiration was to capture the variety of interesting Mexican trees. I couldn’t find anyone to tell me the name of the tall cypress-looking trees. In Mexico, one sees a vast variety of topiary. Drawing the spiral shape was interesting.
Tomorrow we leave for San Luis Potosí. Up early, we will catch a bus to Leon at 8AM, then get a second bus to SLP, arriving around 2PM.