My painting, “Una Calle Vieja, San Miguel de Allende,” (An Old Street), received 2nd Place at the Weehawken Arts “Ridgway Open.”
My painting, “Una Calle Vieja, San Miguel de Allende,” (An Old Street), received 2nd Place at the Weehawken Arts “Ridgway Open” last Sunday night, April 14th. The show runs through the end of May at Weehawken’s exhibition space, the 610 Arts Collective, 610 Clinton, St, Ridgway, CO 81432. 610 Arts Collective
I’m getting stronger 3 months post-op, and beginning to participate in art events and finally able to make art again. The painting, “Una Calle Vieja, San Miguel de Allende,” was actually repainted just a week before I entered it in the “Ridgway Open” show. Last year when I originally painted it, I was never happy with the composition. To me it felt unresolved, and I wasn’t sure how to correct that. On that inspired day, I revisted the painting. I decided to go back into the painting with pure Windsor red- an opaque pigment- in the shadowed background areas. It was just what I needed, pulling all the red areas together. Then I used manganese blue- another opaque color in the foreground shadows where the road tiles create a linear movement into the heart of the painting. Wow! Cool- using opaque pigments to lead the eye into the focal point and around the painting. Overpainting with opaque pigments also made a good vehicle for bringing unity to the red/blue accents found throughout the painting. I love it when experimentation leads to new understanding.
Deciding what to enter, I chose to showcase my travel work. The second piece I entered was “A Break in the Clouds,” which was accepted for exhibition last May 2018 for the Colorado Watercolor Society National Exhibition of water media. It also received 3rd place at the Montrose Visual Arts Guild annual show, October 2018. These paintings complement each other with the San Miguel piece executed in warm glowing colors and deep shadows, while the Nicaragua painting features cool colors, sunlight, and strong contrasts.
Both paintings are 16″ x 20″ watercolor on paper, framed under glass, $350 each. Paintings can be purchased by contacting the 610 Arts Collective, 970-318-0150. If you are local to the Western Slope of Colorado, take a drive to Ridgway and check out the entire show. Spring is in full glory, and the drive is spectacular.
Two paintings have been selected for exhibit in Ouray at the 58th Annual Alpine Artist
Holiday: “Orchid’s Glow” (pictured at right) and “Hillside Guanajuato” (featured above in preview). The 58th annual Alpine Artists Holiday is a national juried exhibition, held every summer in the Ouray Community Center, 340 6th Ave, Ouray, CO.
JULY 25 7:00 PM
The show runs July 26-August 5, 2018. Hours vary so visit the website: SHOW HOURS
“Orchid’s Glow” explores the glorious array of color occurring when light shines through the petals of an orchid. Executed in a loose manner, flower forms are highlighted in a semi-abstract composition of light and shadow.
“Hillside Guanajuato” was painted on a recent trip to Mexico, in the capital city of Guanajuato, Guanajuato. It depicts the charming jumble of sherbet homes that appear to almost tumble down each hillside.
Each painting is offered for sale during the show $350. If you are unable to attend the show, visit the link to purchase online. PURCHASE PAINTINGS
Paintings selected by juror, Sheri Farabaugh for 21th Annual Colorado Visions Exhibition of Art
May 1-31, 2018
Opening Reception May 10, 5:30-7:30
Westminster City Hall; 4800 W. 92nd Ave; Westminster, CO
Below is a short background to the paintings, “No Hoof; No Horse” and “Orchid’s Glow.”
No Hoof; No Horse
tells the story of skill and craft behind the farrier’s art of hot shoeing. A farrier carefully trims each hoof, then shapes each horseshoe to ensure comfort, balance, and performance. Skilled work by talented farriers enhance the movement of sport horses, provide therapy for rehab horses, and prolong soundness for pleasure horses. The painting captures the drama when a hot shoe is placed on a horse’s hoof to test for fit. This painting spotlights the incredible trust horses place in their human partners.
is a study in light. Light reveals color and form. The backlit forms of the orchids give the illusion of a glow from within each flower. This semi-abstract composition puts the emphasis on design first and subject matter second. Deep rich color give the painting harmony. Strong movement and contrast provide interest.
5″ x 7″ prints, framed in oak, taken from my Mexico sketch journal, pencil & ink. $25 each
All images copyright Cheri Isgreen 2014
“Three Passions: Horses, Flowers, Travel”exhibition of new work by Cheri Isgreen. Running through Sept 30, 2016 at the Blue Pig Gallery, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5:30 pm and Sunday – 10 am – 5:00 pm
“Three Passions: Horses, Flowers, Travel” features new works by Cheri Isgreen.
Horses highlights my deep connection with horses, especially my special relationship with Monarch, who I have raised and trained from green colt to seasoned show, clinic, trail, and special events horse.
“Ebony and Ivory” is my newest watercolor. It depicts a Lipizzan and a warmblood in joyful camaraderie. These horse create their own “liberty pas de deux.” Look closely at how suspension enhances the beauty of horses’ movement. Light on living forms creates a unending variety of interesting and harmonious shapes. The white horse is defined by shadows, in contrast to the highlights defining form in the black horse.
Flowers, like Horses focuses on my interest of how light defines living forms. Unlike Horses, (which I paint in a narrative style), Flowers are painted in a looser style that explores pure design and composition.
Travel samples a collection of entries from my travel sketch journals in a variety of media, including pencil, ink, watercolor, and collage. Works are presented as 5″ x 7″ framed prints from Colorado, Utah, Texas, and Mexico trips.