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

 

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.

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

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

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More Small Painting Offerings

#artistsupportpledge Working small allows the artist to try many ideas in a short amount of time with low pressure resulting in a variety of free, expressive works.  These exercises are immensely satisfying in stretches the artist, expanding skills, and deepening knowledge.

As stated in my last post, working small allows the artist to try many ideas in a short amount of time with low pressure resulting in a variety of free, expressive works.  These exercises are immensely satisfying stretching the artist, expanding skills, and deepening knowledge.

In this post I share new  paintings in the 1/8 sheet format. They are framed 14″ x 11″ in the Swiss clip format, with mat, foam core backing, and glass.  All are available for $115, including shipping.  These paintings are offered as #artistsupportpledge artworks.

Artist Support Pledge

Artists make their living by showing and selling their art and by teaching art technique-based workshops or art courses. With the Covid19 pandemic, art centers have been shuttered, galleries closed, exhibitions and classes canceled.  Avenues for generating income closed for artists when the art centers and galleries closed their doors.  As art galleries and centers begin to reopen, attendance is sparse, so support for artists continues to be critical.

During the quarantine, 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 WordPress website.  To learn more, read How a hashtag caused a surge of optimism for artists on Instagram

All of the artwork featured on my website is promised for the #ArtistSupportPledge in 2020.

Offering #2

(To see Offering #1, please visit this link: Offering #1

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Pop Up

update- Pop Up is sold  OFFERING #2:  small watercolor paintings framed under glass using Swiss clips, with 14″ x 11″ white mat and  foam core backing, .  This classic,  contemporary method of framing small work puts the emphasis on the art, not the frame.  $115 includes shipping.  These inexpensive small paintings look well hung in groupings on a wall.  Your generosity helps me purchase another artist’s work.

Color studies exploring the figure/ground relationship.  Birds are cool with a warm background, while the fish are warm with a cool background.  Mixing wet-into-wet, colors blend seamlessly offering variety within the color scheme.

Nature gives me serenity.  It is a source of inspiration, as well as a refuge.

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Colorado Songlines

Like all the paintings above, this piece is about a sense of place.  Inspired by the aboriginal Dreamtime paintings, it is a painting of my home.  This painting was featured in the May 19, 2020 post.  Learn more about this special piece; click link for  Colorado Songlines

 

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.

 

 

 

I will be posting additional #artistsupportpledge offerings in the coming days.  Please visit CheriIsgreen.art again soon.  Comment, Like, and Follow on this page.  Support art and artists.  Thank you!

Small Artworks: Simple Pleasures, Sweet Treasures

#artistsupportpledge These little gems are selling quickly. Order yours today before they are gone!

UPDATE: These paintings are selling quickly.  Secure yours before they are all gone!

Working small allows an artist to try many ideas in a short amount of time.  These experiments give results quickly, generating prolific creative energy.  Each investigation leads to more questions…  What if I do this?  Can I push that?  How can I control this?  Good results are possible from working small because the artist is freer to express and explore.  Each inquiry stretches the artist, expanding skills and knowledge.

Using a variety of formats, I embarked on small artistic studies delving into color theory, compositional questions, and mark-marking with a variety of brushes.  Each group of studies investigates a set of variables.  All are offered as #artistsupportpledge artworks.

Artist Support Pledge

Artists make their living by showing and selling their art and by teaching art technique workshops or art courses. With the Covid19 pandemic, art centers have been shuttered, galleries closed, exhibitions and classes canceled.  Avenues for generating income closed for artists when the art centers and galleries closed their doors.

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

All my artwork sales in 2020 are offered as part of the #artistsupportpledge.

Offering #1

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From the Pepper Patch

OFFERING #1:  small watercolor paintings framed under glass using Swiss clips, with 8″ x 10″ white mat and  foam core backing, .  This classic,  contemporary method of framing small works puts the emphasis on the art, not the frames.  $80 includes shipping.  These small paintings look well hung in groupings on a wall, and at just $80 each you can afford to purchase two or three small paintings.  Your generosity helps me purchase another artist’s work.

 

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.

 

I will be posting additional offerings in the coming days.  Please visit CheriIsgreen.art again soon.  Comment, Like, and Follow on this page.  Support art and artists.  Thank you!

Aboriginal Inspiration for Earth Day

This spring, as my community was on “lock down,” and we began to practice social distancing, the earth awoke in a splendor of color and new growth.  Without the distractions of daily life, a greater awareness of the incredible beauty of my environment blossomed.  The need to express this beauty resulted in the painting, Colorado Songlines, inspired by Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Paintings.  Like all native peoples, the Australian Aboriginals have great reverence for the Earth.  I was drawn to the grid-like symmetry of their Dreamtime paintings, which are a visual manifestation of the ritual migratory walk-about, called “Songlines.”  Each Songline describes the ceremonial path one follows.  As one walks, one sings the Songline way, recounting landmarks, ancestor deeds, and the oral history of one’s unique tribe.  If a Songline is a set of verbal directions, then a Dreamtime painting can be called the map.

My painting is inspired by these ideas.  I made modifications to the process and the Dreamtime compositions  to create a painting uniquely my own.  Water is the lifeblood of my landscape, as I live on a high desert mesa, surrounded by mountains which capture snowfall and channel the melt water to thirsty lands below.  A network of canals and arroyos flow through adobe hills to nurture the fields stitched into a patchwork of farmland and wild lands.  I exaggerated the scale of the canals to reflect their importance to the landscape.  The rings in the adobe hills convey the contour lines of the landscape, just as one find on a topo map.  Colorado Songlines offered for purchase $115, as part of the #artistsupportpledge.  It arrives framed with 14″ x 11″ white archival mat, foam core backing, under glass in a Swiss clip frame system.  This classic contemporary framing system puts the emphasis on the artwork, not the frame.  You can purchase this painting or commission a Dreamtime painting of your special place; (Dreamtime paintings available in a wide range of sizes.)

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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.  You can also use this form to discuss a commission of your special place.

 

Anatomy of a Painting

Headed for Home has been accepted by the Colorado Watercolor Society for the July exhibition, A Splash of Colorado at the Gunnison Arts Center.  The show opens Friday July 3rd with a reception and presentation of awards.  Judge, Cindy Brabec-King will give a talk about the show.

06/26/2020 Headed for Home has been accepted by the Colorado Watercolor Society for the July exhibition, A Splash of Colorado at the Gunnison Arts Center.  The show opens Friday July 3rd with a reception and presentation of awards.  Judge, Cindy Brabec-King will give a talk about the show.   A Splash of Colorado will rain through the end of July.  Please contact the Art Center for current hours of operation and more information about the show. (970) 641-4029

05/16/2020     Headed for Home is a story about partnership.  The skies have turned dark.  A lone cowboy and his equine partner work in tandem to bring home the herd.  I encountered this scene several years ago, grabbing a quick photo as I intended to paint it one day.

This is the week I revisited this inspiration.  For this large studio painting, I began with a detailed study in graphite to work out the composition. Note how the perspective, as well as the placement of the bovine forms draw your eye into the painting and your imagination into the story.  I took my time to develop the forms, as well as setting the atmosphere.  Drawing is 11″x15″ in graphite.

Originally, I thought I would paint this composition as a “quarter-sheet” watercolor.  After the drawing was complete, I realized it needed to be much larger to do justice to the subject and the setting.  I doubled the size of the drawing, blocking in the basic forms on a “half-sheet” Arches 140# watercolor paper.  I worked on it in three settings, as the focus to paint it required rest periods.

Headed for Home, watercolor painting on 140# Arches mould-made paper, matted and  backed with foam core.  Shipped in an archival crystal bag, this painting is ready for your 28″ x 21″ frame upon arrival.  Art collectors: all paint, paper, and framing materials used to create this painting are of archival quality.  Accepting major credit cards or PayPal.  $600   (Shipping included in price.)

Headed for Home, graphite drawing, 11″x15″  is offered on 75# archival paper, shipped matted with foam core backing in a crystal bag, and ready for your 16″x20″ frame, $100. (Shipping included in price.)

Please complete this form to reserve your painting or graphite drawing. 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.