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

 

About Cheri Isgreen: Creating Art Feeds My Soul

With a focus on light, form, and color, my colorful contemporary paintings will enliven any space or home. Being outdoors and visually investigating horses, flowers, and the natural world feeds my soul.  I enjoy working in watercolor, mixed media, and sculpture.

With a focus on light, form, and color, my colorful contemporary paintings will enliven any space or home.  I’m drawn to horses, flowers, and the natural world.  Being outdoors and visually investigating these subjects feeds my soul.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

I am fascinated by the relationship between light and shadow on natural forms; compositions develop as I respond to the interplay of light and the variety of shapes and colors that result.  I enjoy working in watercolor, mixed media, and sculpture.

  • With watercolor, I seek fresh, unexpected color mixtures through spontaneous wet-into-wet techniques.
  • In mixed media, I develop a lively visual surface, juxtaposing abstract shapes with living forms, while combining  color and texture.
  • In sculpture, I capture the spirit of the piece through lively gesture, hand-rubbed metallic finishes, and found-object embellishments.

Regardless of the medium, I preserve a sense of mystery and narrative, allowing the viewer to connect to my artwork through her experiences and emotions.

My art reflects all that my senses record: the luminous, ephemeral beauty of flowers; the wonder of visiting new places, and of course the noble presence of the horse.   My equine art is informed by a lifetime spent with horses in daily care and training.  Through my experiences, I’ve gained  intimate knowledge of the equine spirit and anatomy.  Touching sinuous curves, tendon lines, and muscular shapes; inhaling the equine scent; burying my cold face into a warm, soft, winter coat; sharing a horse’s breath; and gazing deeply into a horse’s soul.  Monarch, my wise and sensitive partner, a Lipizzan X Andalusian gelding, appears in many of my works.

Photo of Cheri on her horse Monarch behind flowers

From cultivated gardens to scenic wild lands, I’m drawn to express the beauty around me.  In nature I work alla prima to create bright, energetic compositions.  As an avid travel sketcher, I record a wide variety of experiences from cities, towns, and neighborhoods; wilderness and nature; festivals, musicians, and street life.  All these experiences enlighten my studio work.

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BIOGRAPHY

Cheri Isgreen is a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society.  As a retired art educator, she taught the gamut of media, styles, and subjects, giving her the strong range she draws upon today when creating her watercolor and mixed media compositions.

Upon retirement, Cheri changed focus to  develop her personal vision in watercolor.  Stir Gallery in Colorado Springs gave Cheri her first one woman show in 2012, pointing her on the path she follows today.   In 2013 she entered her first art competition, receiving two patron awards and People’s Choice.  In 2014 Cheri embarked on a year-long traveling exhibition, “High Point,” a benefit art show raising over $2K for nonprofits.  Cheri feels strongly about “paying it forward.”  To schedule a benefit art show with Cheri, click the link: LET’S TALK   Since 2014, Cheri has exhibited widely in regional, national, and international juried & invitational shows. Her artwork has been showcased in museums, galleries, and publications both in the United States and abroad.

Cheri keeps an active studio schedule, winning awards in juried exhibitions, showing in galleries, accepting commissions, and maintaining an online presence through her website and social media.  Along with an active studio schedule, Cheri is a popular workshop instructor at regional arts centers and through online instruction.  CLICK LINK TO JOIN CHERI IN A WORKSHOP

 

 

 

Cheri is represented by:

  • Backstreet, Montrose, CO
  • Montrose Center for the Arts
  • Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, Co
  • Redstone Art Gallery, Redstone, CO
  • 610 Arts Collective, Ridgway, CO

Where To See My Work

Thank you for your interest in my work!  My watercolor and 3-dimensional mixed media can be found at these fine art venues.

Thank you for your interest in my work!  My watercolor paintings and mixed media sculptures can be found at these fine art venues:

Gunnison Arts Center

Address: 102 Main St, Gunnison
Phone: 970.641.4029, GAC website
Summer Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10- 6 ; Saturday 10-3, (closed Sunday/Monday)

610 Arts Collective

Address: 610 Clinton Street, Ridgway, CO                                                                                        Phone970.318.0150, 610 website 
Covid Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10-3;  Sunday 10-2;  (Private Viewings by appointment)

Redstone Art Gallery

Address: 173 Redstone Blvd, Carbondale, CO                                                                                  Phone: 970.963.3790
Hours:Monday – Saturday 10-5; Sunday 11-4

Montrose Center for the Arts

Address: 219 E Main St Montrose, CO                                                                                                Phone: 970.252.0241
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11- 5; Saturday 10-4 (closed Sunday & Monday)

Backstreet Bagels & Art

Address: 127 N Townsend Ave, Montrose, Colorado                                                                     Phone: 970.240.3675
Hours:  6am – 2:30pm daily

Here is a sampling of what you can find at each venue; roll over image to see title.  Click image to enlarge.

Gunnison Arts Center

  • TOP ROW: Refuge and Be at Peace; Seek Harmony, watercolor, 14″ x 11″ $115;  Patty’s Garden, Croton Late Afternoon Light, watercolor, 8″ x 10″ $80
  • MIDDLE ROW: Patty’s Garden, Croton Morning Light, watercolor, 8″ x 10″ $80; Aspens, West Fork Dallas Creek, watercolor, 8″ x 10″ $80
  • BOTTOM ROW: Cinderella Reef, watercolor, 14″ x 11″ $115

Orders & shipping accepted by phone: 970.641.4029

610 Arts Collective

 

  • TOP ROW: Summer Garden, watercolor, 12″ x 6″ $115
  • MIDDLE ROW: Stargazer, watercolor, 12″ x 6″ $115; Columbine Splash, watercolor, 12″ x 6″ $115; Starburst, watercolor, 12″ x 6″ $115
  • BOTTOM ROW: Dusk; watercolor, 13″ x 7″  $125; Forest Gems, watercolor, 13″ x 7″  $125

 Orders & shipping accepted by phone: 970.318.0150

Redstone Art Gallery

  • TOP ROW: Baby Steps to Piaffe, watercolor, 16″ x 20″  $350; Out of the West, watercolor, 16″ x 20″  $350
  • MIDDLE ROW: Cowboy Up, watercolor, 16″ x 20″  $350; A Good Hair Day, watercolor, 16″ x 20″  $350
  • BOTTOM ROW: Promise, mixed media sculpture, $375; Galaxy, mixed media sculpture, $375; Caprice, mixed media sculpture, $375

Orders & shipping accepted by phone: 970.963.3790

Montrose Center for the Arts

Pictured above: mixed media Dream Horse, Bucephalas, ceramic, wire, forsythia, hand rubbed metallic finish, 18″x 9″x 4″  (special offering $200)   All Star Heroes, celebrating the heroes of the Covid19 pandemic, mixed media sculpture- quilted handwoven fabric, embellished with found objects, $95

Not pictured: a selection of matted original paintings, ready for your frames, and a variety of card sets, including equine, floral, birds, travel, and landscape themes. Drop into the Art Center to see.  Orders & shipping accepted by phone: 970.252.0241

Backstreet Bagels & Art

Backstreet offers a full complement of card sets and framed equine, floral, and travel themed watercolor paintings. Pictured above: Lavade and Pasture Patterns, 15″x 12″ $125. Bleeding Hearts, 19″x 10″ $200. Los Onzes Patíos, (The 11 Patios), Patzcuro, 16″x 20″ $350. Visit the gallery to see more at 127 N Townsend Ave, Montrose, Colorado , 6am – 2:30pm daily. To arrange for purchase & shipping of these works, CLICK HERE TO INQUIRE ABOUT ARTWORK

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.

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

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

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.  Your purchase keeps the arts alive.

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.

 

Raven Series

Raven.1The gliding  shape of a raven evokes a sense of freedom and grace.  Known for their wily intelligence, ravens are attributed with prophecy.  Today in these times of quarantine and isolation, it seems prophetic that I focused on the raven’s essence of freedom and possibility as I began my Raven Series in early winter.  These images in pastel and watercolor arouse sensations of liberty and optimism through flight.  Art gives me the language to communicate my aspirations and dreams.  Through art I can soar high above this uncertain world.  (Pictured left: “Soar”     Pictured above:  “Winging It”   Both images–framed watercolors, 15″ x 12″  $175; image size 10″ x 7″

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Like ravens- I, too, have an affinity for shine and glitz.  I pushed my final piece with mixed media, adding shiny gold acrylic and gel ink. Pictured right:  “Glide”   mixed water-media , framed 15″ x 12″  $175; image size 10″ x 7″

 

Framed Pastel Ravens:  20″ x 16″ (image size 14″ x 10″)  $350

Because of the size, these paintings cannot be shipped framed in glass.  They are shipped with mat and foam core backing in archival clear bags ready for your 16″ x 20″ frame.  Price includes shipping. 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.