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

VISUAL POETRY ONLINE WORKSHOP

VISUAL POETRY, Understanding Color and Composition through Exploration–  Online, downloadable, self-paced course with teacher/student collaboration and feedback. Any level; any medium. We have a strong need to engage with art and feed our souls. This course guides you to making satisfying art.

VISUAL POETRY, Understanding Color & Composition through Exploration–  Online, downloadable, self-paced course with teacher/student collaboration and feedback.

A longing for excitement can be satisfied without external means within oneself: For creating is the most intense excitement one can come to know.  Anni Albers

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In these times of voluntary isolation, with art centers shuttered, we still have a strong need to engage with art and feed our souls.  To that end, I have developed an online course to help you use color and composition to elevate your artwork.  In this course you will gain fluency and control over color for dynamic expression.  You will also empower your artwork with strategic arrangements of visual elements to better communicate with your audience.  This online course is designed for you to work at your own pace in the medium of your choice!  Choose a medium that you have familiarity in expressing yourself, be it paint, pastels, fiber/fabric, mixed media/collage, photography, etc. 

The course is presented in 7 downloadable modules, with several exploratory exercises in each module.  Each module begins with art theory to guide you in making decisions for placement, sparking emphasis, generating rhythms, creating harmony, understanding balance, etc.  You work at your own pace, exploring each segment as deeply as desired.  Unlimited instructor feedback and individual support will be available by video phone calls, email, and texting for a full year from time of your enrollment.  If you can open and send emails and share photos through text messages, you have the technology skills to participate in this class.   All skill levels welcome from novice to experienced artists.  By the end of this class, you will have greater mastery of color and composition for enhanced creative expression.  Make your color sing and your design dazzle!

Please complete the form below to give Cheri your preferred medium and experience level, then pay below.  You can pay using your Paypal account or use your credit card by hitting the card icon.

 

 

REGISTER NOW & DISCOVER THE FULL RANGE OF YOUR CREATIVE EXPRESSION

$100 Visual Poetry course

  • 7 downloadable modules to store on your computer or print into a workbook
  • unlimited instructor support for 1 full year
  • color principles
  • composition and art theory

 

 

More Small Painting Offerings

#artistsupportpledge Working small allows the artist to try many ideas in a short amount of time with low pressure resulting in a variety of free, expressive works.  These exercises are immensely satisfying in stretches the artist, expanding skills, and deepening knowledge.

As stated in my last post, working small allows the artist to try many ideas in a short amount of time with low pressure resulting in a variety of free, expressive works.  These exercises are immensely satisfying stretching the artist, expanding skills, and deepening knowledge.

In this post I share new  paintings in the 1/8 sheet format. They are framed 14″ x 11″ in the Swiss clip format, with mat, foam core backing, and glass.  All are available for $115, including shipping.  These paintings are offered as #artistsupportpledge artworks.

Artist Support Pledge

Artists make their living by showing and selling their art and by teaching art technique-based workshops or art courses. With the Covid19 pandemic, art centers have been shuttered, galleries closed, exhibitions and classes canceled.  Avenues for generating income closed for artists when the art centers and galleries closed their doors.  As art galleries and centers begin to reopen, attendance is sparse, so support for artists continues to be critical.

During the quarantine, 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 WordPress website.  To learn more, read How a hashtag caused a surge of optimism for artists on Instagram

All of the artwork featured on my website is promised for the #ArtistSupportPledge in 2020.

Offering #2

(To see Offering #1, please visit this link: Offering #1

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Pop Up

update- Pop Up is sold  OFFERING #2:  small watercolor paintings framed under glass using Swiss clips, with 14″ x 11″ white mat and  foam core backing, .  This classic,  contemporary method of framing small work puts the emphasis on the art, not the frame.  $115 includes shipping.  These inexpensive small paintings look well hung in groupings on a wall.  Your generosity helps me purchase another artist’s work.

Color studies exploring the figure/ground relationship.  Birds are cool with a warm background, while the fish are warm with a cool background.  Mixing wet-into-wet, colors blend seamlessly offering variety within the color scheme.

Nature gives me serenity.  It is a source of inspiration, as well as a refuge.

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Colorado Songlines

Like all the paintings above, this piece is about a sense of place.  Inspired by the aboriginal Dreamtime paintings, it is a painting of my home.  This painting was featured in the May 19, 2020 post.  Learn more about this special piece; click link for  Colorado Songlines

 

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.

 

 

 

I will be posting additional #artistsupportpledge offerings in the coming days.  Please visit CheriIsgreen.art again soon.  Comment, Like, and Follow on this page.  Support art and artists.  Thank you!

Small Artworks: Simple Pleasures, Sweet Treasures

#artistsupportpledge These little gems are selling quickly. Order yours today before they are gone!

UPDATE: These paintings are selling quickly.  Secure yours before they are all gone!

Working small allows an artist to try many ideas in a short amount of time.  These experiments give results quickly, generating prolific creative energy.  Each investigation leads to more questions…  What if I do this?  Can I push that?  How can I control this?  Good results are possible from working small because the artist is freer to express and explore.  Each inquiry stretches the artist, expanding skills and knowledge.

Using a variety of formats, I embarked on small artistic studies delving into color theory, compositional questions, and mark-marking with a variety of brushes.  Each group of studies investigates a set of variables.  All are offered as #artistsupportpledge artworks.

Artist Support Pledge

Artists make their living by showing and selling their art and by teaching art technique workshops or art courses. With the Covid19 pandemic, art centers have been shuttered, galleries closed, exhibitions and classes canceled.  Avenues for generating income closed for artists when the art centers and galleries closed their doors.

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

All my artwork sales in 2020 are offered as part of the #artistsupportpledge.

Offering #1

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From the Pepper Patch

OFFERING #1:  small watercolor paintings framed under glass using Swiss clips, with 8″ x 10″ white mat and  foam core backing, .  This classic,  contemporary method of framing small works puts the emphasis on the art, not the frames.  $80 includes shipping.  These small paintings look well hung in groupings on a wall, and at just $80 each you can afford to purchase two or three small paintings.  Your generosity helps me purchase another artist’s work.

 

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.

 

I will be posting additional offerings in the coming days.  Please visit CheriIsgreen.art again soon.  Comment, Like, and Follow on this page.  Support art and artists.  Thank you!