New Dream Horse Series

Dream Horses………………………..

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.

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Size large: roughly 24″ x 20″  $125              Each piece is created individually, so size varies slightly.  Pictured above: pink horse: hand-dyed, handwoven cotton, handwoven patches of pieced cotton, silk, & novelty fibers in violet range; violet copper wires; fresh water pearls, crystals, handblown glass, & millefiori beads; metallic & cotton fibers in mane & tail.  Violet horse: handwoven cotton, silk, & novelty fibers; violet & aqua copper wire; handblown glass, crystal, natural stone, and rose quartz beads; silk, metallic, rayon, and cotton fibers in mane & tail.

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.

 

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Medium size mixed media Dream Horse: approximately 12″ x 16″  $65                                                  hand-dyed, handwoven cotton fabric; copper wires; crystals, handblown glass, millefiori, & glass pony beads; metallic & silk fibers in mane & tail.
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Small size mixed media Dream Horse: approximately 7″ x 10″  $45                                                  handwoven silk, metallic, cotton fabric; copper wires; vintage tube beads; metallic & silk fibers in mane & tail.

To read more about my Dream Horse inspirations, click Dream Horse Link

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More Collages

The Blue Pig in Palisade, Colorado is situated in the heart of wine and fruit country.  Several festivals have arisen, based on its agricultural roots, including the Honey Bee, Lavender, Wine, and Peach festivals.  To celebrate the vibrant agricultural environment, I have focused my collages for the Blue Pig along themes of plants and gardens.  Collages are created from my original artwork, embellished with a variety of found objects, and mounted on board.  The collages come in two formats: three 3″ square vertical triptychs and the larger 8″ patterned square.

“God Save the Queen Bee”  #1 & #2  $40

Bounty

“We come from the Earth, we return to the Earth, and in between we garden.”

“Bounty” mixed media collage on board, ink, paper, pewter  $40

New Works at Gunnison Arts Center

mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals, horse shoe, antique rhinestone and glass button on board  $40
“I WISH FOR A PONY”    copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals, horseshoe, antique rhinestone and glass button on board  $40

Based on the success of last year’s collages at the GAC Holiday Market, I have started a new series for spring 2016.  I build my collages on wood substrate from an inspiration taken from my paintings and drawings.  I add found objects, then give the collage a quote or a border.  I love pattern- repeated shapes and coordinating colors.  My patterns are decorative and organic, evolving by hand.  Sometimes I add text when I feel the piece needs it.  Text complements visual objects by combining two forms of communication.  Maybe in the future, I may also add a sound track….

I do my collages in two formats.  The first examples show a single image on an 8″ square board.  The second format is a vertical triptych of three images mounted on 4″ square boards, linked with colored copper.

The pieces featured here can be found at the Art Shop at the Gunnison Arts Center.  The GAC is open Tuesday – Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-2.  GAC offers many evening venues, with the Art Shop is open during special events.  The GAC is located at  102 S Main St, Gunnison, CO 81230.  For more information, call (970) 641-4029 or visit the website: GUNNISON ARTS CENTER

"BOUQUET" copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals, garnets on board  $40
“BOUQUET” copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals, garnets on board  $40

 

"BEST FRIENDS"  copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, nickel, glass bead on board  $40
“BEST FRIENDS” copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, nickel, glass bead on board  $40

 

"WHEN HORSES FLY"  copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals & beads on board  $40
“WHEN HORSES FLY” copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals & beads on board  $40
"POWER"  copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, pewter on board  $40
“POWER” copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, pewter on board  $40

 

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“A PAUSE IN THE DAY’S OCCUPATION”  copyright Cheri Isgreen 2016 mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, silver on board  $40

SECOND FORMAT

"INDIAN SUMMER"  copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals,  antique  button on board  $40
“INDIAN SUMMER” copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals, antique button on board  $40
"HIGH COUNTRY"  copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, pewter,  handmade bead on board  $40
“HIGH COUNTRY” copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, pewter, handmade bead on board  $40
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“TURNOUT” copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016  mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals  $40

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Market opens Dec. 9th GUNNISON ARTS CENTER

SUPPORT ARTISTS: SHOP SMALL, BUY LOCAL ONE-OF-A-KIND, HANDMADE CREATIVE WORKS OF ART FOR LOVED ONES AND SPECIAL FRIENDS

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NOW SHOWING AT THE GUNNISON ARTS CENTER THROUGH CHRISTMAS EVE:

  •  MIXED MEDIA ICONIC COLLAGE:  on 8” square panels, designed from my original watercolor paintings & printed on archival Reeves paper.  Large variety of subjects.  A unique border was designed for each image and embellished with found objects, vintage buttons, or semiprecious jewelry.  $40
  •  MIXED MEDIA ICONIC TRIPTYCH:  designed on three 3” square panels, designed from my original watercolor paintings printed on archival Reeves paper.  Large variety of subjects.  Some triptychs were embellished with found objects, (see individual pieces for design detail).  $40
  • CERAMIC FISH:  “One Fish;”  “Two Fish;”  “Red Fish;”  “Blue Fish”  Bas-relief stoneware fish with anatomical and textural detail, fired and finished with hand-rubbed metallics;  prices range from $60- $70
  • MIXED MEDIA ORIGAMI:  not just ornaments for your holiday tree; hang in a window, on an exposed beam, or below a swag lamp.  Folded origami horses are made from imported Japanese washi or rice papers, hung from metallic thread with a silver-colored origami crane charm, beads, and a hand crafted copper hanger.  $10
  • GREETING CARDS:  large selection of note cards from my original watercolors in sets and singles, including Christmas cards, horse sets, tea sets, and handcrafted cards  Prices range from $5-$16
  • ORIGINAL WATERCOLORS:  in a variety of sizes and subjects from florals to landscapes to horses  Prices range from $65 – $350

more work available at Blue Pig Gallery, Palisade; Backstreet Bagels & Coffee, Montrose; Redstone Gallery, Redstone; & through this website

DECEMBER SPECIAL CONTINUES WITH 20% ON ALL FRAMED ARTWORK  Print certificate below, fill it out, and present it with your purchase at any location mentioned above.

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Sampler of Mixed Media Collage at the Blue Pig Gallery, Palisade CO

For this collage series, I chose a variety subjects, all based on my original watercolors, which I  printed on Reeves paper.  The prints were then mounted on 7″ black square substrate.  I decorated each square with metallic inks, acrylic paints, and finished each with unique found objects.  All collages are now on sale for $25.  Collages can be purchased at the Blue Pig Gallery or through this web page.

"Dream Horse, Carousel"
“Dream Horse, Carousel”

print on paper, metallic ink, glass tiles

"Tree Frog"
“Tree Frog”

print on paper, metallic ink, acrylic paint, ceramic fish, metal charm, plastic button

"Three Gossips"
“Three Gossips”

print on paper, metallic ink, acrylic paint, metal & rhinestone charm, vintage rhinestone button

"Conversano Mima"
“Conversano Mima”

print on paper, metallic ink, acrylic paint, porcelain, gold

 

"Riding for Rain"
“Riding for Rain”

print on paper, metallic ink, acrylic paint, nickel, and pewter

"April Showers Bring May Flowers"
“April Showers Bring May Flowers”

print on paper, metallic ink, acrylic paint, garnets, silver, and pewter

"Spring Glade"
“Spring Glade”

print on paper, metallic ink, acrylic paint, glass beads

"When Horses Fly"
“When Horses Fly”

print on paper, metallic ink, acrylic paint, brass and vintage buttons

"A Pause in the Day's Occupation"
“A Pause in the Day’s Occupation”

print on paper, metallic ink, acrylic paint, silver, and turquoise

"Wine Pearing, #1"
“Wine Pearing, #1”

print on paper, metallic ink, gold chain, vintage pin

Also available at the Blue Pig by Cheri Isgreen:

  • original watercolors
  • note cards and Christmas cards in a variety of themes
  • matted prints
  • origami horses
  • sculpture

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Art & Chocolate Walk, Palisade, NOV. 28, 2015

Art & Chocolate at the Blue Pig Gallery, Palisade, CO
Art & Chocolate at the Blue Pig Gallery, Palisade, CO

Art and Chocolate Walk

Location: The Blue Pig Gallery, Palisade
970-464-4819
3rd and Main
Palisade Colorado 81526

 

Palisade stores and vendors are all open and offering free chocolate to everyone all day. Get your card punched at each vendor, turn in your card at your last stop and be entered into a drawing for a big basket of goodies, filled with art, chocolate and many other wonderful things. The event starts at 10:30 am and lasts until 5 pm. Be sure to drop by the Blue Pig Gallery first.  The Blue Pig has a reputation for the best chocolate in town, along with a large variety of fine art and gifts for holiday shopping.

From top:  "Conversano Mima," "Riding for Rain," "Spring Glade," "Tree Frog," "A Pause in the Day's Occupation"
From top: “Conversano Mima,” “Riding for Rain,” “Spring Glade,” “Tree Frog,” “A Pause in the Day’s Occupation”

For the Chocolate Walk, I have been busy creating mixed media collages.  For this series, I chose a variety subjects, based on my original watercolors, which I  printed on Reeves paper.  The prints were then mounted on 7″ black square substrate.  I decorated each square with metallic inks, acrylic paints, and finished each with unique found objects.  All collages retail for $40.

Today I hung a new collection of framed watercolors featuring both equine subjects and landscapes.  I also have a wide variety of greeting cards, Christmas cards, journals with half-tone images from my pencil studies of horses, small “found-objects” horse sculptures, origami ornaments,  and monoprints.  Get started on your holiday shopping at this fun event!   If  you come the following day, Sunday, November 29th,  I’ll see you there.  Mention this post, and I’ll share some chocolate with you.

From now through the end of the year, purchase any of my framed artworks at the Blue Pig, Redstone Art Gallery, Gunnison Arts Center, Backstreet Bagels, my home studio, or from this website, and receive 20% off.  To order from the web, use the Gallery pulldown menu above.  You will find separate galleries for horses, landscapes, etc.    To redeem your 20% discount, scroll to the bottom of this post.  Select and drag the certificate to your desktop.  Print the certificate, fill it out, and bring it to any of the galleries mentioned above.

RECEIVE 20% OFF ANY FRAMED ARTWORK FROM CHERI ISGREEN FINE ART

Print this certificate and present at any gallery mentioned above.

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Save the Date: October 8-11 for the Montrose Visual Arts Guild

I have several works of art entered in the 24th Annual Montrose Visual Artists Guild. The show will again be held at the beautiful Camelot Gardens.   The show is free and open to the public.  This year’s dates are  Oct. 8-11, 2015.

Friday——Oct 9 …… 9:00-5:00

Saturday—Oct. 10 ….. 9:00-5:00

Sunday–—Oct. 11 … 10:00-3:00

Artists can show up to 3 works in a variety of media, and enter 1 artwork in this year’s special category, “Junque.”  I will show 3 paintings:  “Hot Shoe,”

"Hot Shoe" copyright C Isgreen 2015 $600
“Hot Shoe” watercolor copyright C Isgreen 2015 $500 (framed size 28″ X 21″)  

“Conversano Mima,”

"Conversano Mima" watercolor, copyright Cheri Isgreen, framed size 20" X 16"  $350
“Conversano Mima” watercolor, copyright Cheri Isgreen, framed size 20″ X 16″ $350

and “Wise.”

"Wise" watercolor, 16"X20" $350
“Wise” watercolor copyright Cheri Isgreen, framed size 16″X20″    $350

For the special category, I am developing a found art sculpture of a herd of horses.  I am looking for old locks to become individual horses.  (More about this sculpture in a later post.)

"3 Gossips"  watercolor copyright C Isgreen framed size 15" X 12"
“3 Gossips” watercolor copyright C Isgreen framed size 15″ X 12″

For those patrons looking for gifts, the Guild will hold a special sale during the show.  Each artist can enter a maximum of 8 pieces, priced under $100.  I will show a few paintings and several monoprints.  Monoprints are one-of-a kind prints created from a master drawing.  They are painterly and produced by the hand of the artist, (unlike giclée prints, which are simply a photograph taken of a painting.)

A reception for artists, guests, award contributors, and patrons will be held Thurs., Oct. 8, from 6:00-8:00 PM.  This year’s juror is Colorado and Arizona artist, Cynthia Underwood.  She is a Master Signature Member of the Colorado Pastel Society and a Signature member of Plein Air Artists of Colorado.  Cynthia will present a FREE demonstration on Friday morning, Oct. 10, 10:00 at Camelot Gardens demonstrating in her impressionistic paintings where she pushes color. Visit her website at http://cynthiaunderwoodartist.com

Dream Horses 3D

Sometimes ideas come and are quickly brought to fruition.  Sometimes an idea gestates before it takes material form.  The idea for my Dream Horses began last summer.  Before I could express them three dimensionally, I developed them in drawings and paintings.

3D Dream Horses $125 copyright Cheri Isgreen 2015
3D Dream Horses $125 copyright Cheri Isgreen 2015

See          https://cheriisgreenfineart.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/dream-horses/

Dream Horse #2
Dream Horse #2 “Walk Like an Egyptian” 14″x10″ $350

But actually I saw the three dimensional horses first.  Like the 2D versions, my new sculptural Dream Horses are stylized and leggy with strong geometric references and derivations from ancient cultures.  The techniques for these new horses evolved from my work with the clay fish.

See          https://cheriisgreenfineart.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/one-fish-two-fish-red-fish-blue-fish/

“Two Fish” copyright C Isgreen $65 (stoneware bas-relief sculpture, roughly 11″ x 10″)

Each horse begins with a set of four legs in two pairs.  I search my home landscaping for branches that suggest front legs and back legs.  The branches are sun-cured for several days before they are stable for use in the sculpture.

Mare & Foal view 1 copyright Cheri Isgreen 2015
Mare & Foal view 1
copyright Cheri Isgreen 2015
Mare & Foal, view 2 copyright Cheri Isgreen
Mare & Foal, view 2 copyright Cheri Isgreen

Next, a gestural drawing from heavy gauge copper wire is created.  This wire work serves as both a guide to the finished horse, as well as an armature to strengthen the sculpture.  Because the wooden legs are integral to the finished horse sculpture, I needed to find a medium that hardened without firing.  I began my prototypes by sculpting with air-dry clay.  This clay proved unsatisfactory, as it was too fragile to withstand the demands of sculpture. Through lots of experimenting, I’ve developed my own compound, (my secret recipe), that improves the durability of the sculpture.  The compound I use behaves much like fired stoneware.  When the form has evolved to my satisfaction, I finish my horses with carved geometric designs.  At this point, the horses must rest to cure.  After many days, the sculptures have hardened and are ready for the finishes.

“Abracadabra” carved geometric designs; copyright Cheri Isgreen 2015

I begin by applying a matt black paint to the entire surface of the sculpture.  Next I burnish with a metallic medium, carefully blending the colors to the effect I envision.  When the colors are balanced and desirable, I put several coats of clear acrylic glaze to enhance the colors and further protect the sculpture.

Capriceaux metallic burnished finish; copyright Cheri Isgreen 2015
Capriceaux metallic burnished finish; copyright Cheri Isgreen 2015

I finish with copper wire, in colors carefully selected to complement the surface design of each sculpture.  The wire is shaped and modeled, refining the personification of each horse’s spirit.

The Wind Horses, wire treatment to complement each horse; copyright Cheri Isgreen 2015
The Wind Horses, wire treatment to complement each horse; copyright Cheri Isgreen 2015
Zephyr and Sirocco, view 2; copyright Cheri Isgreen 2015
Zephyr and Sirocco, view 2;
copyright Cheri Isgreen 2015

The Dream Horses will be showing August 21st through September 14th at Commonwheel, 102 Cañon Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO.  To purchase, visit the gallery or contact Juanita   719-685-1008.

Art for Valentine’s Day

I found a special rock in Lo de Marcos last winter when I walked up the street from the beach to my casita.  It was shaped like a heart.  I give my husband hearts once in a while for special occasions.  I thought this would make a good gift, but I thought it needed a little something before it became a gift.  

rock from Lo de Marcos, Mexico
rock from Lo de Marcos, Mexico

I was inspired to develop this rock into a work of art by a demo at the Montrose Visual Arts Guild monthly meeting.  The woman who gave the demo used a variety of sticks to get different size dots.  I quickly realized how tedious this could become, but I was motivated by the vision I saw in my mind’s eye upon completion.

I developed the cover design for the box based on Australian Aboriginal paintings.  I felt this piece was an homage to their work, as it did not copy any of their animal images or designs.  It only borrowed from their way of working and the rhythm of the dots.

Acrylic on enamel wooden box in the style of Australian Aboriginal paintings
Acrylic on enamel wooden box in the style of Australian Aboriginal paintings

As I developed the cover design, I simultaneously gave the rock two coats of red paint and worked on the paper lining for the inside of the box.  As you can see these designs complement, but do not mirror each other.

inside box design
inside box design

After the red coat was dry, I was able to finish by painting the rock itself and placing it inside the box.  This gift needed no wrapping.

box with rock
box with rock

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