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.
“Three Passions: Horses, Flowers, Travel” opens tomorrow at the Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade, Colorado, running through September 30, 2016
“Three Passions” features new works inspired by my love of horses, flowers, and travel. All the horse and flower paintings are executed in watercolors, and explore the effects of light on living forms. While the horse paintings are narrative in nature, the flower compositions are pure design. They focus on movement, space, color, pattern, rhythm, and line. My travel pieces are framed 5″ x 7″ prints from my sketch journals. They represent a wide range of work including pencil, pen & ink, watercolor, watercolor & ink; Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Utah.
I have one more piece on my easel, a narrative equine painting which will be titled, “Ebony & Ivory.” This is the study for “Ebony & Ivory.” (Note difference in style between equine & floral compositions.)
“Cosmos” will be one of the featured works for my upcoming show at the Blue Pig Gallery running Sept 1-30, 2016. For more information about this show, visit the following link:
Horses! Total synesthesia: pure poetry in motion; my original raison d’être for painting in watercolor. “Noble” evolved from the contour line studies and sketch classes I have been giving this summer. Using saturated color and pure water with a large mop brush- value, color, and form developed from the contour lines based on the pencil study for this work.
“Noble” will be one of the featured works for my upcoming show at the Blue Pig Gallery running Sept 1-30, 2016. For more information about this show, visit the following link:
One more from my sketch journal- Oct 14, 2015, St. Elmo in Collegiate Mountains, Chaffee County, CO; watercolor on Arches hot press, 140#
Besides horses and flowers, my third passion is travel, specifically taking art trips with my artist husband. Last fall we went to the Collegiate Mountains, just over Monarch Pass, and then explored the Castle Rock country, outside of Johnson Village.
I have scanned and printed two dozen of my favorite entries from various trips over the past three years, including Mexico, Texas, Colorado, and Utah. Framed in 5″ x 7″ oak frames, signed prints will be offered for $25.
For more information about this show, visit the following link:
“Three Passions: Horses, Flowers, Travel” is the theme of my upcoming exhibition at the Blue Pig Gallery, opening Sept 1st. My passions include horses, flowers, and travel. I am struck by the beauty I find while pursuing those passions.
This summer I have immersed myself with learning and training the principles and movements for 2nd level dressage. Monarch, my Lipizzan partner; Deb Hindi, my trainer; and I have worked very hard all summer, culminating in two United States Equestrian Federation recognized shows and one qualifying score toward my United States Dressage Federation Bronze Rider Medal.
“Along the Tuscan Trail” is one of my new equine artworks. It depicts a “dream vacation,” exploring Italy by horseback. It is a sun-drenched composition, much like western Colorado, where the strong sunlight intensifies colors up close and washes out all the color in the distance.
My husband and I threw a big celebratory garden party for our daughter’s college graduation. The spring was filled with gardening, landscaping, and planning. Amidst all the planting, weeding, fertilizing, and watering, I became fascinated with the unique shapes and sometimes delicate/sometimes striking color schemes of all the flowers blooming in my gardens. I began working in a new loose style to capture the endless variety of shapes, forms, color schemes, movements, textures, etc.
“Bouquet” copyright C Isgreen
“Bouquet” framed watercolor, 19″ x 10″ $200 & “Daisy Meadow” framed watercolor, 15″ x 12″ all artwork copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016
Travel has been my third artistic inspiration. Since buying a pop-up camper about a year ago, my husband and I have taken many art trips, including three trips to Utah, several trips in the Colorado mountains, and three weeks in the Texas hill country and mission trail. In my show, I will feature sketches and paintings from these trips.
“Along the Crystal River,” copyright Cheri Isgreen
“Red Canyon” copyright C Isgreen
Goliad, TX town square; Mission San Jose outside San Antonio, TX; along the Crystal River, Redstone, CO; Peach Valley, Montrose County, CO A selection of these images will be offered as 5″ x 7″ framed prints: $25. All images copyright, Cheri Isgreen
The Blue Pig Gallery
Located in downtown Palisade, Colorado, the Blue Pig Gallery displays an exciting and eclectic range of art including paintings, sculpture, photography, glass, fiber, gifts, and more. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5:30 pm and Sunday – 10 am – 5:00 pm