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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.

Promise, Dream Horse

Promise, an elegant leggy filly. She is a prophesy of her breeding and bright future. Currently showing at the Montrose Arts Center.  Promise has been entered in the Montrose Visual Art Guild Annual Exhibition…

Promise, an elegant leggy filly.

She is a prophesy of her breeding and bright future.

Currently showing at the Montrose Arts Center.  Promise has been entered in the Montrose Visual Art Guild Annual Exhibition, October 9-13, 2019 at Camelot Gardens, Hwy 550, Montrose, CO.

Mixed media: ceramic body,  forsythia legs, metallic, acrylic, and enamel finishes, copper wire, wood base.  18″ x 14″ x 4″  $250  Purchase through Montrose Center for the Arts: (970) 252-0241, or visit the center at 219 E Main St, Montrose, CO 81401.Promise

Galaxy, Dream Horse

Galaxy is the eternal horse; he glows in subtle shades of the blue heaven above. Mixed media process includes ceramic sculpture, integrated legs from cured forsythia, multilayered surfaces including hand-rubbed metallic finish, copper wire hair treatments, and enameled wooded bases.

Galaxy is the eternal horse; he glows in subtle shades of the blue heaven above. Visit Galaxy and Liberté  at the 610 Arts Collective on Clinton Street, Ridgway Colorado. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Each sculptures is 18″ tall; $250.

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Mixed media process includes ceramic sculpture, integrated legs from cured forsythia, multilayered surfaces including hand-rubbed metallic finish, copper wire hair treatments, and enameled wooded bases.

If not in the area, purchase and shipping can be arranged by calling the Gallery and speaking to Trisha: 970-318-0150 or visiting this link: purchase a Dream Horse

Liberté, Dream Horse Sculpture

Introducing Liberté, completed on the 4th of July.  His hand rubbed metallic finish is evocative of the copper patina on the Statue of Liberty.  With an explosion of fireworks in his mane and tail, he symbolizes a celebration of freedom, both freedom of the wild horse, as well as freedom the United States guarantees its citizens.  This sculpture is dedicated “with liberty and justice for all,” especially for the least of us.

Mixed media sculpture includes ceramic body with textured patterns, cured forsythia legs, various proprietary compounds that blend forsythia to ceramic body, acrylic base coat,  metallic hand rubbed finish, acrylic clear coat, black enameled wooden base, and copper wire hair finish.  To learn more about this sculpture process, visit this link: Dream Horse process

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You can visit/view Liberté at the 610 Arts Collective in Ridgway CO.  To purchase this free spirited celebratory horse, contact Trisha at the 610 Gallery,  970-318-0150.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Lock, Stock, and Barrel” for MVAG special category, “Junque”

Last year Barb Haynie and I created a body of work for our traveling show, “High Point.”  Along with our paintings, we also created several found objects/”junk metal”/mixed media sculptures.  One of the pieces I created was a horse from a lock and key, which I called “Key to My Heart.”  Instead of selling that small horse, I developed a larger sculpture piece around it for this year’s Montrose Visual Artists Guild special category, “Junque.”

"Lock, Stock, & Barrel"  mixed media sculpture, copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2015, $200
“Lock, Stock, & Barrel” mixed media sculpture, copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2015, $200

After searching the antique stores for old locks, I was able to find five more, but only three had keys.  The other two took some work to open, using a drill, a hammer, and ingenuity.  (A big thank you to my patient husband, whose muscle power and tool shop helped me get them open.)  The next step was to develop each horse’s personality with wirework and beads.  I arranged the legless horses in groups around the base of an old wine barrel, using the Fibonacci sequence of 1-2-3.  After drilling the oak of the wine barrel, I was able to attach each horse to its legs, which resulted in the small herd coming to life.

"Lock, Stock, & Barrel"  (detail of grouping of 2 horses), mixed media sculpture, copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2015, $200
“Lock, Stock, & Barrel” (detail of grouping- 2 brass lock horses), mixed media sculpture, copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2015, $200

This work can be viewed at Camelot Gardens during the Montrose Visual Arts Guild 24th Annual Exhibition and Sale showing Oct. 8-11.  The show opens with a reception Thursday night from 6-8 PM.  It ends on Sunday at 3 PM.  Come out, view the show, and cast your ballot for People’s Choice.

"Lock, Stock, & Barrel" detail, mixed media sculpture, copyright Cheri Isgreen 2015, $200
“Lock, Stock, & Barrel” detail of wine barrel- (Meridian Vineyards) and original key & lock horse as inspiration for this mixed media sculpture,  copyright Cheri Isgreen 2015, $200