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Cheri Isgreen Fine Arts has moved. Please join me at https://www.cheriisgreen.com

Join my newsletter at https://www.cheriisgreen.com/email-newsletter to be the first to learn about new work, announcements of events, workshops, and exhibitions, and for a look behind-the-scenes in my studio.

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

 

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.

Complementary Coloring Book

With social distancing and self-quarantine keeping us at home, many are looking for things to do.  In appreciation for joining my newsletter group and following my blog, I will send you a complementary equine coloring book set to keep you occupied and to nourish your soul with art.

C mimaWith social distancing and self-quarantine keeping us at home, many are looking for things to do.  In appreciation for joining my newsletter group and following my blog, I will send you a complementary equine coloring book set to keep you occupied and to nourish your soul with art.  (Sample at left)  Your information is never shared and newsletters are sent infrequently.  Your inbox will not be inundated with spam.

Here’s how to receive your complementary coloring kit with my gratitude for your interest and support of my artwork:

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Then, fill out the request form below.  That’s it!  Easy Peas-y.  Stay safe, stay healthy, and thank you!

Dream Horse Equine Sculptures

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Meet Sazerac, the first horse in my new mixed media equine sculpture series.  Sazerac is a jazzy horse, inspired by New Orleans.  He’s mellow as a fine whiskey with a touch of fire.

Requiring many steps to complete, my mixed media sculptures are a journey of art, fine craft, decision making, and most importantly playful creation.  The horses begin with a foraging trip to find legs from the many trees and shrubs on my property.  I like to use fruit wood and flowering shrubs, which are easy to shape while green and become quite hard during the drying process.  The legs for this series are exclusively forsythia.  As I forage, I am looking for limbs which suggest the anatomy of the horse, bumps and protrusions that echo fetlocks, chestnuts, hocks, knees, etc.  From my basket of gatherings, I sort legs into fronts and backs; then I find pairs that go together.  These groupings are sized, then bundled together for drying.  Some of the legs are shaped while green to push the suggestion of animation.

After the sets of legs are determined, I begin to sculpt the horses with a white clay body.  Each horse evolves organically, with its own gestures and personality.  Using a variety of found objects, I press a pattern into the soft clay.  Then I position the legs as they will appear after firing, checking for balance, anatomy, and temperament.  I note which legs will go with each horse before I remove them for drying and firing.  Drying the wood, as well as the clay takes patience- at least a month.

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After the clay is fired, each set of legs is permanently attached to the selected horse using a special adhesive, allowing 24 hours to cure before sculpting the final musculature where legs join the horse’s trunk.   Over time, with much experimentation, I have developed a proprietary  compound that stays soft long enough to build the muscles and flesh, blending legs into the horse’s body, then dries hard and  bonds to the fired clay.  As everything cures, the horses get their own paddock to keep them safe.  As you can see from the photo, the drying process involves shrinkage, so sometimes another coat of the blended compound is applied to the upper legs before the finish work begins.IMG_9927After everything is dry, each horse gets a base coat of black acrylic paint.  When dry, each horse is hand rubbed with colored metallic pigments, and sealed with clear acrylic glaze.

I enjoy watching the interaction of the horses in their paddock after each application.  The copper green horse seems “buddied” to the red horse.  When all receive their finishes, they again come back together as a herd.  When the sealer is dry, I use a fine gauge wire to create hairstyles and attitude for each horse.  In the preview, you can see a close up view of Sazerac, detailing his pressed clay texture, metallic finish, articulation of limbs merging wooden legs with ceramic body, and copper wire mane.

Sazerac was shown at the 610 Arts Collective in Ridgway and sold in August.  Please contact Trisha: 970-318-0150 to learn of available Dream Horse Sculptures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live Demo GAC Friday 9/7/18

I’ve been exploring a new way to sketch, synthesizing many different approaches and methods using a variety of media in a large 12″x18″ format.  I will be demonstrating this new direction at Art Walk Fest, at the Gunnison Arts Center, this Friday, September 7th from 5:00-8:00 PM.1d1bce26-9f90-4afb-9b2e-cf818b25c9cb

In my never-ending quest to become more and more loose, I am sketching directly with watercolor or pastel, then developing form and structure from the loose shapes I set on paper.  In studying the sketches of the Masters, one can see places where the artist is searching for “the line;” the place where the contour line makes the shape correct.  Then by adding value, the form can emerge.

For me, these exercises are like a scientist performing experiments, getting results, and acting on the data sets. I will use this experience to begin painting in oils.  I want my oils to be loose and direct, not layered and classical, with a build up of glazes.

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Join me in Gunnison Friday night.  My sketches from this past week will be available for $50 each.

I began the week using white gouache with watercolor, sketching with my brush directly on the watercolor pad.  Later, I progressed to sketching with pastel, and adding watercolor or watercolor & gouache washes over the pastel contour lines.  In my most recent composition, I have made an underpainting of pastel.  I plan to add the watercolor washes on Friday.  Come out to see the results of this experiment.  For now, I’ve been painting horses.  On Friday, I plan to also sketch a few flowers, as time allows.

Beginning Friday during Art Walk and continuing through the month of September, I will offer all my matted bin work at 50% off.  These works are

backed with foam core and ready for your frame.  This is a great opportunity to become a collector of my artwork.  I look forward to seeing you this Friday evening.  Besides Art in Action, a full range of Art Walk activities are offered, including a free concert featuring Niceness.