“SPRING PASSAGE” Selected for Saint Mary’s Hospital

In January, 2010, St Mary’s Hospital & Medical Center opened the Century Tower, a 12 Story, 434,000 square foot addition to the hospital at its 7th and Patterson location.  Atop the roof of the Century Tower is the Care Flight Heliport. Century Project planning ensured that expansion would be possible.  St Mary’s is taking the final step, finishing Floors 9 and 10 – Floor 9 for Neuro-Trauma Services and Floor 10 for Acute Medical Care. Each floor comprises approximately 29,000 square feet of space with 32 patient rooms on each floor. Construction of the project is underway and is scheduled for completion in July, 2016.

Artwork has always played an important part in St Mary’s healing environments. Calming, uplifting, and healing images, providing color, value, and light to physical space contribute to the healing process and to an environment in which comfort and care can best occur. St Mary’s collection of artwork is proudly displayed in the original hospital and its many additions.  In keeping with that healing art tradition, St Mary’s Century Tower, when complete, will display over 1,200 pieces of 2D and 3D art from more than 600 Colorado artists.

An open competition of Colorado artists was held through a partnership with the Western Colorado Center for the Arts and St Mary’s Hospital.  Paintings selected for inclusion in the St Mary’s healing environment were announced today.  My painting, “Spring Passage,” was one of the painting selected.  This painting was originally introduced on June 27, 2015 in the blog post, Update to Demo: MVAG and WCCC.

FullSizeRender 2To read more, visit the link below:   https://cheriisgreenfineart.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/demo-tomorrow-montrose-visual-arts-guild-hillcrest-church-12-pm-2/

 

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A Veritable Smorgasbord: Opening Friday, 2/5/16

Art Center Members Exhibition
Feb. 5-27, 2016
Sponsored by Chuck & Kendra McDaniel and Ron Beckman

member-show-photoFebruary First Friday
6:30 p.m.: First Friday intros
7 – 9 p.m.: Opening Reception
Cash wine bar. Beer generously provided by Odell Brewing.
Free hors d’oeuvres provided by The Art Center Guild.
Music by Rosewood & Ivory.
Free and open to the public.

press release from the WCCA:

February means the Art Center’s annual Members Exhibition. With over 300 works it has the claim to fame of being our largest exhibition, but it also reflects the geographic and technical diversity of our membership. Medium ranges from collage to clay, and exhibiting members come from all over the Western Slope and beyond.

Four years ago the Art Center incorporated People’s Choice Awards into the Members Exhibition. Votes are collected and cash prizes are awarded to first, second, and third place winners. This democratic process raises the stakes for both attendees and featured artists by prompting our viewers to evaluate their aesthetic preferences. Most of us know exactly what we like and dislike but do not know or think about why. Our predilections, especially when it comes to art—that most subjective of subjects—can teach us a great deal about our personality.

The People’s Choice Awards also encourage viewers take a closer look at artworks than they normally would. Anyone who has taken the time knows that the longer you look at a work of art, the more it will communicate. The conversation between a viewer and a work of art is never over, but usually we don’t allow enough time for it to even begin. For the artists (and WCCA members) themselves, seeing their work in an exhibition setting tends to give them a whole new take on their artistic approach. Observing how viewers interact with a piece is one way artists gauge how effectively their work conveys their intention and, subsequently, if that is something that even matters to them.

You’d be hard-pressed to find another exhibition that showcases beginners alongside experts, painters alongside photographers. Our members are distinct in their method of artistic expression but united under their support for the Western Colorado Center for the Arts.

Awards Announcement: Saturday, Feb. 20 at noon
Award Sponsors:
Best of Show $350 – Frame Depot
First Place $250 – Colorado Canyons Gallery, Framing & Gifts
Second Place $150 – George and Gayle Gerson
Third Place $100 gift certificate – Blue Pig Gallery

I will show two works of art.  “Wine Pearing,” a graphic-designed watercolor composition depicting the agricultural life on the western slope of Colorado, and “Autumn Glow.”   “Autumn Glow” is executed in the poured watercolor style that I recently demonstrated at the arts center for the Brush and Palette Club.  It celebrated the beauty of Colorado mountains.

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“Wine Pearing” watercolor, 11″x15″ $350; copyright Cheri Isgreen

 

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“Autumn Glow” 15″ x11″ watercolor; copyright C Isgreen 2015

 

Watercolor Demo at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts

An interested audience of close to 40 artists attended a watercolor demo by Cheri Isgreen at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts Thursday afternoon. The demo focused on the technique of poured watercolor, which exploits watercolor’s natural tendency to produce unexpected, yet rich luminous color mixtures. Cheri explained that this technique emphasizes lost and found edges, negative space, counterchange, and a strong value design. With its many layers of mask and washes, poured watercolor is primarily a studio technique. A good underdrawing, balanced composition, and carefully applied media ensure successful paintings. Though not suitable for pleine aire painting, poured watercolor develops technical skills and the awareness of compositional elements that are critical in the field when an artist must work quickly to capture the light. The demo, sponsored by the Brush and Palette Club drew one of the largest audiences the club has experienced for a demo. Elise Lind, president of the club remarked the club gained 5 new members after this demo. The club is working with Cheri to provide a Poured Watercolor Workshop in the coming year. If you are interested in attending, comment below.

To learn more about the technique and see how this demo painting is developing, follow the blog- https://cheriisgreenfineart.wordpress.com         The series will begin tomorrow, taking the demo painting from initial studies to finished painting.

A large audience of artists await the beginning of the demo by Cheri Isgreen:cheri5

Gallery Update: the Blue Pig

The Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade looks very festive with an array of fine artwork.  Kay has designed a Christmas corner where you can find handcrafted ornaments, Christmas cards, and other holiday-themed work.  Check out my origami horses, folded with metallic washi paper from Japan and hung with beaded wire hooks.  If you are a horse lover, you will find a collection of holiday horse Christmas cards from my original watercolor paintings.

origami horse from imported Japanese papers,, copper wire, metallic thread, glass beads, and metallic crane charm.  Made from a variety of papers, wires, and beads.  No two alike- state color preference.  $10
origami horse from imported Japanese papers  $10

The center of the gallery features the member artist show, “This Little Piggy,” a collection or miniature artworks suitable for gift giving.  My offering for this show is a collection of mixed media collages designed around prints from my original watercolor paintings.  Executed in a variety of themes from western landscape, horses, flowers, wild life, and Japanese themes, there is something for every decor and taste.  These small works measure 7.5″ square.  They are handcrafted on sturdy laminated paper substrate, embellished with ink, paint, and found objects.  As a prototype to the iconic collages showing at the Gunnison Arts Center, these smaller collages are offered at $20 through December.   More collages are on display in my “gallery pod.”

"Spring Glade"
“Spring Glade”
"Tree Frog"
“Tree Frog”
"Conversano Mima"
“Conversano Mima”

I am also showing original framed watercolors, including equine subjects and landscapes.  Use this certificate to receive 20% any framed work.jpg.20% certificate

Isgreen Fine Art to be Featured in Tenbro Designs for Grand Junction Parade of Homes

Brooke Wegener, ASID Tenbro designer has selected five of my works for the Grand Junction Parade of Homes.  The 34th annual Grand Junction Parade of Homes 
will be held October 2-4 and 9-11.

“Produced each year by the Housing & Building Association of Northwestern Colorado, the Parade of Homes showcases the builder members and the fine craftsmanship put into every home constructed!
The Parade shows the best of the best, and provides our community with an up close look at the latest in home designand décor!”
 …..Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

“Parade of Homes offers a variety of spectacular homes for self-guided tours across Grand Junction, Redlands and Fruita.  The homes represent several styles and price ranges – from modest and practical to only-in-your-dreams lavish and expensive.”  …..Post Independent

Brooke has selected the following artworks of mine to complement her interior designs for the Parade.

"Summer Light" demo for WCCA June 2015, copyright C Isgreen
“Spring Passage” watercolor, copyright C Isgreen 2015, 16″ X 20″  $350
"Dallas Aspens in Autumn" copyright C Isgreen 2015
“Dallas Aspens in Autumn” copyright C Isgreen 2015, 16″ X 20″  $350

 

 

"Peach Valley" copyright C Isgreen
“Peach Valley” watercolor, copyright C Isgreen 2013, 12″ X 15″  $125

 

"Aurora Butte" watercolor, copyright Cheri Isgreen 2014, 15" X 15"  $85
“Aurora Butte” watercolor, copyright Cheri Isgreen 2014, 15″ X 15″ $85
"Golden Gate Park"  pastel, copyright C Isgreen, 12" X 15" $125
“Golden Gate Park” pastel, copyright C Isgreen, 12″ X 15″ $125

“Falling into Color” at the Artist Haven

The seasonal shift into Autumn inspires artists to create some of their most beautiful works of art.  The Artist Haven in Grand Junction will sponsor an exhibit showcasing fall inspirations.  The show is open to all media with each entry accompanied by an artist statement of what inspired that work of art.

Exhibition Date: October 5th-30th, 2015

The Artist’s Haven
240 North Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Phone: 970-424-5125

My entries include:

"Glow Along the Buckhorn Shore"  watercolor, framed size 16" X 20"  $350; copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2015
“Glow Along the Buckhorn Shore” watercolor, framed size 16″ X 20″ $350; copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2015
View from Dallas, #1; pastel, framed size 12" X 15" $125; copyright Cheri Isgreen 2015
View from Dallas, #1; pastel, framed size 12″ X 15″ $125; copyright Cheri Isgreen 2015
"View from Dallas, #2"  pastel, framed size 12" X 15" $125; copyright C. Isgreen 2015
“View from Dallas, #2″ pastel, framed size 12″ X 15” $125; copyright C. Isgreen 2015

 

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

I am currently showing a collection of ceramic fish at the Blue Pig Gallery, downtown Palisade, Colorado.

to order by email, contact cisgreenwatercolors@icloud.com
to order by email, contact cisgreenwatercolors@icloud.com

These works developed out of clay studies I did with my students when I was still teaching art in the local schools.  Each fish measures roughly 10″ x 8″.  Created from stoneware, the fish are formed into life-like poses with charming details, creating a bas relief sculpture for your walls. Found objects lend interesting textures and individuality to each fish.  After firing, the fish are finished with metallic clay finishes and acrylic sealer.

"One Fish" copyright C Isgreen $50
“One Fish” copyright C Isgreen $50
"Two Fish" copyright C Isgreen $65
“Two Fish” copyright C Isgreen $65
"Red Fish"  copyright C Isgreen $65
“Red Fish” copyright C Isgreen $65
"Blue Fish"  copyright C Isgreen $60
“Blue Fish” copyright C Isgreen $60
" Lion Fish"  copyright C Isgreen  $75
” Lion Fish” copyright C Isgreen $75
"Silver Sage Fish"  copyright C Isgreen $70
“Silver Sage Fish” copyright C Isgreen $70
"Green & Copper Fish"  copyright C Isgreen $70
“Green & Copper Fish” copyright C Isgreen $70

To purchase, visit:

The Blue Pig Gallery

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5:30 pm

Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm

101 W. 3rd Street, Palisade, CO 81526

(970) 464-4819

Or email me for out-of-town sales;  I can be reached at cisgreenwatercolors@icloud.com

 

 

Demo #2

Besides the landscape demo, I created a surreal composition of Lipizzan horses frolicking in the moonlight.  This painting employs a number of unusual characteristics, resulting in a modern painting, though rendered in traditional representational imagery of the 3 foot phases of the canter: (hind leg strike off, diagonal pair on the ground, and foreleg lead pushing into the suspension phase.  The suspension phase was not included, as it would have made this composition crowded.)

First, the moon was pushed forward to become the fourth character in the painting.  Second, I changed the color scheme to warm, though night paintings are usually portrayed  in cool colors.  Finally, I changed the format from the traditional horizontal format depicting a group of running horses to a vertical.  The hard edges resulting from the poured technique, combined with the vertical format gives this painting the flavor of an Oriental woodblock print.

"Frolic in the Moonlight" copyright C Isgreen 2015
“Frolic in the Moonlight” copyright C Isgreen 2015

Below one can see the results of the final pour with the mask being removed to reveal the painting underneath, as alluded to in the previous post:  Poured Watercolor Workshop at Western Colorado Center for the Arts,  https://cheriisgreenfineart.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/poured-watercolor-workshop-at-western-colorado-center-for-the-arts/

final pour dry; removing mask
final pour dry; removing mask

Poured Watercolor Workshop at Western Colorado Center for the Arts

For a successful pour, it is essential for the artist to have a strong design with connected interesting shapes and at least 4 delineated values.  In the photo below, Trudy transfers her value map, (large thumbnail) to her stretched watercolor paper.

transfer value map to watercolor paper
transfer value map to watercolor paper

Each value is masked in succession, with a separate pour for each mask.  The pouring process allows for spontaneous color mixtures.  Tilting the board after the pour allows the artist to “control” the direction of the color blending.

part 1- pouring the masked painting with a variety of paint pigments mixed to a predetermined value based on the artist's value map.
part 1- pouring the masked painting with a variety of paint pigments mixed to a predetermined value based on the artist’s value map.
Marilyn tilts her board to encourage the paint to move in a specific direction.

When the final pour is dry, the mask is removed, and the painting receives final touches to resolve the composition.  Sometimes an over-pour is required in different areas than the initial pours.  In that case, all mask is removed, and new mask is applied to areas where the initial pours are to be preserved.  Removing the final mask is like unwrapping a Christmas present.  By the final pour, the painting is quite obscured, and it’s always a surprise to see what lies underneath.

Helen removes her mask, revealing her poured, blended canyon landscape.
Helen removes her mask, revealing her poured, blended canyon landscape.

Because there is quite a lot of dry time between the masking and pouring process, each artist worked on at least two separate paintings simultaneously.  The photo shows workshop participants pleased with their results learning the poured process:

Each participant finished two paintings and had a third painting in progress to explore and finish at home.
Each participant finished two paintings and had a third painting in progress to explore and finish at home.  Helen plans to add more pours to her goats.  In the photo, the painting is still masked.  Because she has a strong design, the intent of the painting comes through, as does some of the color mixtures.

Watercolor Workshop offered at Western Colorado Center for the Arts

Cheri Isgreen will offer a watercolor workshop featuring poured techniques.

June 20-21, 2015  9-4pm

Western Colorado Center for the Arts

1803 North 7th Street

Grand Junction, CO 81501

“Dallas Aspens in Autumn” copyright C Isgreen 2015

Cheri will teach the techniques she has developed to achieve her signature watercolor style, including flowing, loose color highlighted by strong compositional value.  Pouring paint in a series of glazes allows a depth of color to develop without disturbing the underlying layers, which preserves and enhances luminosity.  Pouring also fosters a wide range of spontaneous colors to emerge while preserving the harmony of a limited palette.  This class will give students a working understanding of how color theory enhances pouring techniques.  Students will also practice strategies to create drawings and design that will result in successful paintings.

For more information and to register, contact: Avery Glassman Curator of Programs and Exhibitions Western Colorado Center for the Arts   970-243-7337 www.gjartcenter.org