Bringing The Masters in Art Alive

A new workshop by popular instructor, Cheri Isgreen

Wednesdays at Western Series at the Gunnison Arts Center

3:00 – 5:00 pm.
June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2

Featured artists: (clockwise) Juane Quick to See Smith, Georges Braque, Paul Cézanne, Gulaab Gang folk art, Jasper Johns

Do you love art? Do you want to learn more about artists, composition, art techniques?Bring art alive through creative discovery. Take a multimedia approach to exploring periods, movements, geography, and master artists through making art. No prerequisite; each session is a stand-alone class with new content each week.   Each week we will take a different artist as inspiration.  Emphasis is on creative expression and discovery; we will not copy masterworks.  Instead you will create your own “masterpieces” based on inspiration and techniques of  the “artist of the week.”  All levels welcome; beginners will be given extra support; experienced artists are given design challenges to deepen their understanding. 5 sessions, classes need not be taken sequentially. College credit available.  $35 includes all materials. Call the Gunnison Arts Center for details. Registration www.western.edu/academics/extended-s or by calling (970) 943-2885.
Pre-registration is required.

Passionate Pursuits Opens this Friday, June 2, 2017

You are invited to an art reception featuring my watercolor paintings celebrating horses, gardens, and travel.  The reception begins at 5:30 PM.  I will give a gallery talk about my inspirations, techniques, and processes beginning at 6:00 PM.  Along with my watercolor paintings, I am offering a wide selection of prints, notecards, and tiny paintings.  Live music and refreshments are planned.  This event is part of the Gunnison Colorado First Friday Artwork, with many venues in downtown Gunnison participating with art, spirits, music, and food.  For more information, please call Anne at 970-641-6111.

“Passionate Pursuits”  runs through the end of June.  Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-5:30 PM and Saturdays 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.

 

New Work: Watercolor Florals

orchidsOrchids is my newest painting.  After blocking in the basic composition, (two flowers on the upper and mid left and a long vertical for the stem), I created most of this work through negative painting.  I painted a series of dark saturated colors in a “blocky” wash, grading from very dark and cool at the top to warmer and lighter on the bottom.   I dropped a line of permanent rose from the top orchid, through the  bottom orchid , which creates movement through the background, as it also ties the two flowers together visually.  My goal was to create an abstract painting behind the flowers, which makes a more dynamic background.  Use of negative painting and lots of white highlights give the flowers drama.

I wanted the orchid stem to flow into the background at the bottom of the painting.  The background wash drips onto a light warm field of  raw sienna.  The orchid stem grades from dark blues-green into red and finally becomes part of the background drips.

Orchids was painted on 1/4 sheet of Arches 140# cold press paper.  Image size: 7.5″ x 22″  Matted size 12.5″ X 27″  $350

I will be teaching several watercolor workshops in 2017.  Each session will focus on different techniques, concepts, and effects.  Please visit my workshop link to find a class near you: watercolor workshop schedule

 

more new floral watercolors below:

 

Mexico Travel Journal Winter 2017 p8

Tonalá, just outside Guadalajara Ciudad, is best known as a major handcrafts center for Jalisco, particularly the large Thursday and Sunday street markets dedicated to handicrafts.  We went on a Thursday, which was great for shopping, but not so good for drawing.  It was packed with vendors, often booths erected four deep with double alley ways.  The views of street life and municipal buildings were blocked by the market.  We had to get creative to record what we were experiencing.

As a handicraft center, I was struck by the gorgeous handcrafted street lights made with wrought iron and blown glass celebrating the importance of bees to the ecosystem.  These whimsical sculptures reflect the ways Mexican culture beautifies even mundane utilitarian objects.  I later noticed this charming style adapted to one of the local Tonalá homes.

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Mexico Travel Journal Winter 2017 p7

We had five nights in Guadalajara, staying at the Hotel Dali in Guadalajara Centro.  We spent each day exploring different city zones, visiting museums, drawing, and searching out local food.  We ate from the markets and bakeries, at restaurants, and even from the street vendors.  We rarely at at tourist high-end restaurants, preferring to experience the local color.  I was careful to always order bottled water, and I had no trouble with the food as long as I told the server that I was lactose intolerant.  “No puedo comer lactose, no queso, no crema, no leche.”  The servers were quite accommodating to my needs.

One day we took the tour bus to visit Tlaquepaque, an area famous for its pottery and blown glass.  The name derives from Nahuatl and means “place above clay land”. Historically San Pedro Tlaquepaque was a distinct village.  During the 20th century, it was absorbed in Guadalajara, the state capital of Jalisco.  In Tlaquepaque, one can find many fine galleries and beautiful native arts.  Talaquepaque5

In Mexico, one sees many pruned and shaped trees.  The formal garden in the Basilica Laternensis courtyard features free-standing espalier trees.  Just beyond the basilica walls is a large church, almost as grand as the basilica itself.

Even a simple drawing, such as this involved the set up of perspective grids including the layout of formal gardens, courtyard walls, and a church beyond the walls.  By the time we reached Guadalajara and were sketching for several days, my brain became entangled with perspective lines and multiple vanishing points.

Mexico Travel Journal Winter 2017 p4

Lo de Marcos is a small beach community in the state of Nayarit.  Most residents are either farmers, fishermen, merchants, or work in the hospitality sectors, (food/lodging).  The town swells each fall when more than one thousand expats mostly from Canada arrive to spend October-March.  Population falls to under one thousand souls after the Canadians return home to qualify for their annual health care, and most others part time residents escape the torrid rainy season.

Lo de Marcos is a dusty town with a central plaza, a Catholic church, and pristine beach with dramatic waves.  Off the beaten track for tourists, it is quiet and friendly.  Like the rest of Mexico, its electrical wiring is rather chaotic.

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Lo de Marcos looking toward the main street and central plaza;  copyright Cheri Isgreen

2017 Schedule of Events

Both workshops and exhibitions are beginning to fill my 2017 calendar.  This Friday kicks off the year with the Gunnison Arts Center Staff and Instructor Show.    Art Walk  5-8 pm  102 S Main, Gunnison, CO  970.641.4029

The GAC’s talented staff and instructors come together to create an exhibition of their artistic side, displayed in the Upper Gallery for the month of January. These amazing local artists and educators bring life to the Gunnison Arts Center through their commitment to their community and students.

Click for more EXHIBITION LISTINGS  Check back often as my exhibition calendar fills for 2017.

The “Getting Loose” workshops were so popular in 2016, I have scheduled several for 2017 in Montrose, Gunnison, and possibly Palisade.  Also on tap for 2017 will be a continuation of my “Sketch Journal” series, held the second Saturday at Backstreet Bagels and possibly summers in Gunnison.  The Ah Haa School for the Arts has scheduled my “Poured Watercolor” workshop for July 28-30.  Get away to beautiful Telluride, Colorado and play with paint.

Click here for more WORKSHOP INFORMATION