She is a prophesy of her breeding and bright future.
Currently showing at the Montrose Arts Center. Promise has been entered in the Montrose Visual Art Guild Annual Exhibition, October 9-13, 2019 at Camelot Gardens, Hwy 550, Montrose, CO.
Mixed media: ceramic body, forsythia legs, metallic, acrylic, and enamel finishes, copper wire, wood base. 18″ x 14″ x 4″ $250 Purchase through Montrose Center for the Arts: (970) 252-0241, or visit the center at 219 E Main St, Montrose, CO 81401.
Galaxy is the eternal horse; he glows in subtle shades of the blue heaven above. Visit Galaxy and Liberté at the 610 Arts Collective on Clinton Street, Ridgway Colorado. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Each sculptures is 18″ tall; $250.
Mixed media process includes ceramic sculpture, integrated legs from cured forsythia, multilayered surfaces including hand-rubbed metallic finish, copper wire hair treatments, and enameled wooded bases.
If not in the area, purchase and shipping can be arranged by calling the Gallery and speaking to Trisha: 970-318-0150 or visiting this link: purchase a Dream Horse
Introducing Liberté, completed on the 4th of July. His hand rubbed metallic finish is evocative of the copper patina on the Statue of Liberty. With an explosion of fireworks in his mane and tail, he symbolizes a celebration of freedom, both freedom of the wild horse, as well as freedom the United States guarantees its citizens. This sculpture is dedicated “with liberty and justice for all,” especially for the least of us.
Mixed media sculpture includes ceramic body with textured patterns, cured forsythia legs, various proprietary compounds that blend forsythia to ceramic body, acrylic base coat, metallic hand rubbed finish, acrylic clear coat, black enameled wooden base, and copper wire hair finish. To learn more about this sculpture process, visit this link: Dream Horse process
You can visit/view Liberté at the 610 Arts Collective in Ridgway CO. To purchase this free spirited celebratory horse, contact Trisha at the 610 Gallery, 970-318-0150.
Meet Sazerac, the first horse in my new mixed media equine sculpture series. Sazerac is a jazzy horse, inspired by New Orleans. He’s mellow as a fine whiskey with a touch of fire.
Requiring many steps to complete, my mixed media sculptures are a journey of art, fine craft, decision making, and most importantly playful creation. The horses begin with a foraging trip to find legs from the many trees and shrubs on my property. I like to use fruit wood and flowering shrubs, which are easy to shape while green and become quite hard during the drying process. The legs for this series are exclusively forsythia. As I forage, I am looking for limbs which suggest the anatomy of the horse, bumps and protrusions that echo fetlocks, chestnuts, hocks, knees, etc. From my basket of gatherings, I sort legs into fronts and backs; then I find pairs that go together. These groupings are sized, then bundled together for drying. Some of the legs are shaped while green to push the suggestion of animation.
After the sets of legs are determined, I begin to sculpt the horses with a white clay body. Each horse evolves organically, with its own gestures and personality. Using a variety of found objects, I press a pattern into the soft clay. Then I position the legs as they will appear after firing, checking for balance, anatomy, and temperament. I note which legs will go with each horse before I remove them for drying and firing. Drying the wood, as well as the clay takes patience- at least a month.
After the clay is fired, each set of legs is permanently attached to the selected horse using a special adhesive, allowing 24 hours to cure before sculpting the final musculature where legs join the horse’s trunk. Over time, with much experimentation, I have developed a proprietary compound that stays soft long enough to build the muscles and flesh, blending legs into the horse’s body, then dries hard and bonds to the fired clay. As everything cures, the horses get their own paddock to keep them safe. As you can see from the photo, the drying process involves shrinkage, so sometimes another coat of the blended compound is applied to the upper legs before the finish work begins.After everything is dry, each horse gets a base coat of black acrylic paint. When dry, each horse is hand rubbed with colored metallic pigments, and sealed with clear acrylic glaze.
I enjoy watching the interaction of the horses in their paddock after each application. The copper green horse seems “buddied” to the red horse. When all receive their finishes, they again come back together as a herd. When the sealer is dry, I use a fine gauge wire to create hairstyles and attitude for each horse. In the preview, you can see a close up view of Sazerac, detailing his pressed clay texture, metallic finish, articulation of limbs merging wooden legs with ceramic body, and copper wire mane.
Sazerac was shown at the 610 Arts Collective in Ridgway and sold in August. Please contact Trisha: 970-318-0150 to learn of available Dream Horse Sculptures.
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.
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” $40
“God Save the Queen Bee” #1 & #2 $40
“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
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
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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.
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.
print on paper, metallic ink, glass tiles
print on paper, metallic ink, acrylic paint, ceramic fish, metal charm, plastic button
print on paper, metallic ink, acrylic paint, metal & rhinestone charm, vintage rhinestone button
print on paper, metallic ink, acrylic paint, porcelain, gold
print on paper, metallic ink, acrylic paint, nickel, and pewter
print on paper, metallic ink, acrylic paint, garnets, silver, and pewter
print on paper, metallic ink, acrylic paint, glass beads
print on paper, metallic ink, acrylic paint, brass and vintage buttons
print on paper, metallic ink, acrylic paint, silver, and turquoise
print on paper, metallic ink, gold chain, vintage pin
Also available at the Blue Pig by Cheri Isgreen:
note cards and Christmas cards in a variety of themes
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.
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.
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