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.

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Poured Watercolor Demo

For the month of August, I am the featured artist at the Gunnison Arts Center.  I decided to do a painting demonstration for the First Friday Art Walk.  Working on three subjects: a chile market in Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico; a series of flamenco dancers; and a Norwegian Fiord horse, I need to decide which piece will be the subject of my demo.  I choose the Fiord horse, because Gunnison hashas a strong horse culture and tradition.  Additionally, I am well known for my equine paintings, so this gives my audience an insight into how I work.  Studying the ink value drawing, I decide the painting’s design lends itself to the poured watercolor method.  This will be a crowd pleasing technique!  When the paper is wet and the paint is flowing, exciting mixtures and effects occur.

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The Norwegian Fiord has a distinctive black and white mane and tail, along with a dorsal stripe running from the end of the mane to the beginning of the tail.  The goal of my study is to spotlight the Fiord’s unusual and distinctive markings.

 

 

 

 

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After mounting my watercolor paper on a sturdy board, I transfer my drawing to the paper and mask the areas that will remain white.   When the mask is thoroughly dry, I pour the first layer using light values of permanent rose, raw sienna, and manganese blue.  These pigments will be my primaries for this painting- (red, yellow, and blue).  Using my drawing study, (above), as my value map, I mask the areas I want to remain light.  I use both a mask pen for small areas and a mask brush for larger areas.

When the second mask is dry, the painting is ready for the medium value pour.  This I will do in Gunnison at the Arts Center during the First Friday Art Walk.  The colors are bright and dramatic, eliciting ooo’s and aaaah’s from the audience.

fiord5For the final dark layer, I choose to apply color loosely with a large mop brush.  I mix colors wet-into-wet directly on the paper in selected areas where the Fiord’s distinctive black stripes appear.

I’m not concerned with a realistic reproduction of the horse’s markings.  A camera can do that job.  My objective is to celebrate the unique and instantly identifiable beauty of the Norwegian Fiord.  For this purpose, I am using bright colors in darker values than previous layers.  At this point, I must wait for the paint to dry thoroughly before I can remove the mask.  Because it is getting late at the Arts Center, I plan to do the next steps at home.

Above Right, I begin removing all the mask layers.  This is my favorite part of the process.  I feel like I am unwrapping a gift as the image begins to emerge beneath the mask.  With the mask removed, the hard work of pulling all the elements together to refine and resolve the painting begins.  I spend as much time studying the painting as I do applying paint.

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“Good Hair Day”  framed 20″x16″  $350  To purchase visit: PURCHASE LINK

Gunnison Arts Center Featured Artist

I have been chosen as the featured artist for the month of August at the Gunnison Arts Center.  During the month of August all framed paintings of mine are offered at 10% off- both at the Arts Center and through the website.  use this link to receive 10% off during the month of August, (simply mention this blog post.)  This is a good time to purchase that special painting you have been admiring, or commission a special work.

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Roadside Gold, watercolor with acrylic accents, 10″x19″  $200 Copyright C Isgreen

I will be painting live at the Arts Center during Gunnison’s First Friday August Art Walk.
Break in the Clouds (1) I will be pleased to visit with you, answer questions, and share what I am working on.  As Gunnison locals know, I am a frequent instructor at the Center, along with exhibiting my watercolors and mixed media work through the Shop at the GAC and GAC exhibitions, including the recent Colorado Watercolor Society juried “A Splash of Colorado,” and the GAC January staff/instructor show, where I showed my travel sketches and paintings.  I spent the winter in the Central Highlands of Mexico, painting the beautiful Baroque cities of Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo, Querétaro, and San Luis Potosí, and the charming village of Ajijí, Jalisco.

The following is an interview with Erin Jacobs, manager of the GAC Featured Artist Series:

Where are you from?

I grew up in Lake County, Ill., (which is horse heaven- similar to Ireland.)  I have lived in Western Colorado for the past 45 years, (which is a different kind of heaven.)
What is your medium of choice?

watercolor often, but mixed media with ceramic, metal, fiber, & glass comes a close second


What inspires your work?

I am fascinated by the relationship between light and shadow on natural forms. Compositions for watercolor paintings develop as I respond to the interplay of light and dark shapes.   As I paint, I seek fresh, unexpected color mixtures through poured techniques and spontaneous wet-into-wet brushwork. I strive for a sense of mystery and narrative in each painting. My three passions are horses, flowers, and travel, which often inform the subject matter of my compositions.

When did you get involved in the art world?

I have always been an artist.  My earliest memory of making art was when I was perhaps 4 years old.  My twin sister and I scratched our self portraits into the headboards of our twin beds with the plug of the bedside lamp.

What are you currently working on?                                                                                 Flamenco dancers- this series explores light on the human form.  I was so inspired by the performance I attended while in Mexico this winter.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?
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“Out of the Shadows” poured watercolor, copyright C Isgreen; Award of Merit Around the Corner Gallery; People’s Choice Montrose Visual Arts Guild Annual Show; private collection

Professionally: I am most passionate about striving for excellence and originality in every piece I create.  With so much digital media available, I want each of my pieces to be an original work of art directly from my own hand from the highest standards of excellence.

Personally: I am most passionate about kindness and integrity in dealing with others, relating to our environment, training my horse, and making decisions.

What’s your greatest accomplishment?

Raising a caring and thoughtful daughter and maintaining a close relationship with her.


Where could one find you on a Saturday afternoon?

On the back of my horse; I ride dressage which is a lifelong journey toward excellence and lightness.


What circumstances do you find yourself producing new work?

I am forever getting creative brainstorms, so creating new work is an on-going process.


Do you offer custom commissions?

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Yes, I enjoy getting to know my client and working with the client to create a special piece of artwork.  In the case of horses, I often visit the farm to meet the horse.  Then I take several photos, develop detailed drawings, and discuss how my vision will become a painting.  The painting at left was commissioned by White Horse Vale Lipizzans, Goldendale, WA.


What is your website address?

https://cheriisgreenfineart.wordpress.com  I can also be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CheriIsgreenFineArt and on Instagram at Cheri Isgreen Fine Art.  I invite you to follow me!

 

Happy New Year: 2018

Thank you to all who follow my blog.  Wishing you peace & enlightenment in the coming year.

On January 13th, my husband and I leave for two months of painting in Mexico.  We are returning to the beautiful Baroque city of Guanajuato in the central highlands of Mexico. We have been planning this trip since we visited Guanajuato last January and found 5 days to be much too short to get to know and paint the city.  This year we plan to bring a full collection of art supplies, not just our sketch kits.multi

It looks to be a busy week before we leave.  I am showing several pieces at the Gunnison Arts Center for the month of January, featuring the GAC instructors & staff.  Come down for the First Friday artwork; I will be there.

First Friday ArtWalk & Music
January 5. 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Stroll down beautiful historic Gunnison on the First Friday’s of the month to celebrate art, artists and live music. The GAC Galleries will feature Angus Reid’s Oil Paintings in the Main Gallery. These painting will be on silent auction throughout the month starting at the ArtWalk. Head to the Upper Gallery for the annual GAC Staff and Instructor Exhibit! Live singing by Liberty Solari in the Main Gallery.

On the 11th, I will be teaching a fun, fast-paced “& Series” class for the new Meet the Masters classes.  In this class we will have fun with neon colors, altered images, and serial grid-work featuring Pop Art Master, Andy Warhol.  Enjoy a variety of Pinot wines, tastey appetizers, and create your original Pop Art inspired by Andy Warhol!

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Feeling Dandy with Andy: Pop Art & Pinot
Thursday, January 11th. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

The time has come to learn all about another master of the arts! For this Meet the Masters AND Series, Cheri will be teaching us about Andy Warhol and the influence Pop Art has had on art over the years. So come join us to enjoy some pinot and have some artistic fun! Instructor: Cheri Isgreen.
$40/person includes 2 drinks, light aps and instruction. Pre-registration is required.  
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Holiday Gift offer from the Gunnison Arts Center

Artwork is a gift that transcends “stuff.”  Artwork comes from the heART and spirit of an artist.

My work reflects my fascination and understanding of value and color.  I am fascinated by the relationship between light and shadow on natural forms, particularly horses andFullSizeRender flowers. I believe if you get the values and shapes correct, any beautiful color will look compelling, even a purple horse. I seek fresh, unexpected color mixtures through the spontaneity of wet paint mixing on wet paper. I strive for a sense of mystery and narration in each painting, allowing viewers to discover personal meanings in my work. As a retired art educator, I have taught the gamut of media, styles, and subjects, giving me the strong range I draw upon today when creating my watercolor and mixed media compositions.

This holiday season I am offering a special gift for collectors of my work.  Followers of smaCheri Isgreen Fine Art know that I travel extensively with my sketch materials, capturing my visits in pen, ink, and watercolor.  Based on the favorable response I have received from my travel sketches, I offer 8.5” x 6.5” oak-framed prints from my travels.  I’d like to offer you the opportunity to own one of my travel prints. 

Purchase a framed painting this holiday season from the Gunnison Arts Center or from the gallery pages of this site and receive a complimentary framed travel print.  Prints range from travel in Mexico, Utah Canyonlands, Texas Hill Country, and colorful Colorado.  Visit the Gunnison Arts Center at 102 South Main Street, Gunnison, Colorado 81230, or click on the following link  ONLINE GALLERY.

Please bring the following certificate to the Gunnison Arts Center to purchase a painting and choose a travel print……or shop online by filling out the form from the gallery link:  ONLINE GALLERY

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Use the following link to print your certificate:  PRINT CERTIFICATE

Watercolor Workshops in Gunnison & Montrose Offered for November 2017

Registration for watercolor workshops in Montrose and Gunnison are open. All levels are welcome.  Beginners will be given extra support; experienced painters will be given design challenges to deepen their understanding while practicing a variety of painting techniques.  Workshop participation benefits your community arts centers.

Gunnison: “Make a Splash: Watercolor”  offered through the Gunnison Arts Center, two  hour weekly class, Wednesdays, November 1 – December 13. 6:00 – 8:00 pm. (No class Thanksgiving week.)  Each week we explore new techniques and ideas.  You will have a week to practice each lesson’s content, with new lessons building on previous class material.  Bring your weekly practice projects for extra guidance and critique.  Instruction and materials for each class: $110/student, $93.50/members.  Use the link below to register in Gunnison:

GUNNISON REGISTRATION

Montrose: “Getting Loose” offered through the Montrose Center for the Arts, six hour Saturday workshop, November 11 –  10am – 4pm  Workshop $60; materials list available for those who have their own watercolor supplies, or purchase supplies from instructor: $20.   Follow up support is offered free of charge to registered participants after the workshop.  Use the link below to register in Montrose:

MONTROSE REGISTRATION

Born to Run

Do you love the magic of watercolor?  Are you looking for ways to harness the spontaneity of watercolor paints?  Do you want to create fresh, colorful compositions?  Would looser techniques improve your paintings?  These watercolor classes will teach you to paint with confidence by mastering:

  • a variety of watercolor techniques
  • color theory
  • design principles

Put all that together for lively, punchy, and/or compelling works of art!

Fall classes will cover seasonal subject matter.  You will learn to create lovely subjects for holiday cards.  All levels welcome.  Beginners will be given extra support; experienced painters will be given design challenges to deepen their understanding and ability to convey meaning.  All registered learners can receive online follow-up support free of charge.

 

“A Sense of Place” workshop at Gunnison Arts Center

“A Sense of Place; perspective through urban sketch journals” begins at the GAC Monday, October 30.  Registration is still open  REGISTER HERE

Understanding and using perspective has never been simpler.  During each session, I will present a basic perspective concept, breaking it into simple steps.  Over the course of 4 weeks, we will build our understanding of perspective by adding new steps from previous lessons.  You will have a week between lessons to absorb and practice each concept.  (No class during Thanksgiving Week.)

Travel sketching, sometimes called “urban sketching” has become a very popular worldwide movement.  Along with capturing cities, the skills of urban sketching allow you to record the charm of mountain towns, the unique character of remote villages, and the defining themes of historic neighborhoods.  Rather than focusing on the landscape, the travel sketcher records human-built environments.  This course will give you a range of drawing strategies, taking the pain out of perspective, so you can confidently record your experiences.  No art experience necessary.

We begin our course with elevation view sketches, focusing on proportion and detail.  This is the view architects take when drawing a building.elevation chap

Along with presenting strategies for making drawings in elevation view, I will show you how to use watercolor to express textures and architectural details.elevationview

 

Building on elevation view, we will begin to work with two-point perspective, the most common type of approach to drawing buildings.  Part One of two-point perspective is what I call “elevation view plus one.”elevation+1

 

Once you have worked with drawing elevation views with one side in perspective, we will add the second perspective point during week three.

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With a week off for Thanksgiving, we return the final week of November to pursue classical one point perspective: (think of Leonardo De Vinci’s The Last Supper.)1 pt

This strategy is useful when the viewpoint is high, such as this sketch from a rooftop bar in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit.1 point LDM

Once you have practiced these concepts and strategies, plan to hit the road and record your travels in a sketchbook.  I guarantee these places will become more memorable that all the snapshots you may also take.  And then try your hand at multi-point perspective drawings!multi.jpeg

First Friday Gunnison Arts Center

The Colorado Watercolor Society first show on the Western Slope opens at the Gunnison Center for the Arts Friday, Aug 4, 2017.  I will show three works; two florals, “Orchids,” “Cosmos,” and an equine themed work, “No Hoof, No Horse.”  The two florals celebrate the glory of light on natural forms.  “Orchids” is backlit, providing for a dramatic composition, while “Cosmos” shows reflected light of flowers in full sun.  “No Hoof, No Horse” explores lost and found edges and the fading of form through the phenomenon of smoke.

both paintings image 7.5″ x 22″  (frame size 13.5″ x 28″)  copyright C Isgreen          $350 each

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award winning painting:  “No Hoof, No Horse” copyright C Isgreen                                                     22″ x 15″  (frame size 28″ x 21″) $500

In the upstairs gallery, the Arts Center is showing its annual fundraising exhibition, “Tiny Treasures.”  I have submitted two watercolor paintings of birds inspired by Japanese scrolls.  These “tiny treasures” were painted in a diamond format to give them a dynamic composition.  Both watercolor on paper and oil/acrylic on canvas will be offered.

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Upper Gallery: Tiny Treasures “Fortune Cookie Quotes”
Celebrate the little things in life! For the third year in a row, the GAC’s fundraiser, Tiny Treasures, really is proof that good things DO come in small packages. Featuring a plethora of tiny treasures on canvas, all created by local artists. Treasures will be on sale at affordable prices all month where 100% of the profit goes to the GAC. A theme has been added this year; artists will pick a fortune cookie quote to use for inspiration. Enjoy tiny appetizers, a live tiny gallery concert with tiny instruments and more at the First Friday ArtWalk & Music!

New works at GAC:

In keeping with this month of tiny treasures, I am offering framed prints from my travels ($25) and small framed floral watercolors, all affordably price below $200.  I also completed an aspen series, where I fractured the light.  (see featured image preview above) These charming small works will complement the small niches in your home.

Painting Experimentation

Researchers say that teaching deepens the teacher’s understanding, so she is learning along with her students.  As I have been preparing for numerous classes and workshops this summer, I paint examples that I can use in my workshops.  As I paint, I reflect on what I’m doing, the decisions I am making, and the results of those decisions.  These reflections go into my lesson plans.  Often these reflections lead to experimental paintings.

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“Cowboy Up,” explores lost and found edges despite using masks (hard edges) to preserve the layers in the pour.  This was achieved from two approaches.

  • in the initial masking by softening the edges through “scratchy dry brush” edge treatment
  • after the mask was removed, I softened the edges while adding neutralized wash to the wet areas

“Cowboy Up” was painted for my poured watercolor class to be held at the Ah Haa School of the Arts in Telluride, Colorado July 28 & 29, the last weekend in July.  Register through Ah Haa at this following link:  Poured Watercolor Registration

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“A Splash of Poppies”

“Upsy Daisy” (feature image) and “A Splash of Poppies” show a myriad of techniques to employ to create loose watercolor paintings, including outlining, dripping, splashing, and wet-into-wet alla prima painting.  The next “Getting Loose” class is set for September 30th as a benefit for the Montrose Center for the Arts.  Register for this very playful, relaxing workshop with this link: Poured Watercolor Registration

This summer, I am teaching every Wednesday at the Gunnison Arts Center through the program, Wednesdays at Western State University.  You can register for the Gunnison classes at the following link:  Wednesday at Western Registration Cheri Isgreen  or by calling the university at (970)943-2885.

Sketch Journals– Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9.place1

Back by popular demand! Explore ways to combine text with image using creative expression, visual design principles, and art techniques. All levels welcome; beginners
will be given extra support, and advanced students will receive design challenges. 5 sessions, classes need not be taken sequentially. Instructor: Cheri Isgreen. $35.

Bringing The Art Masters Alive – Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2.

cezanneDo you love art? Bring it alive through creative discovery. Take a multimedia approach to exploring periods, movements, geography, and master artists through making art. No prerequisite; each session is a stand-alone class with new content each week Emphasis is on creative expression and discovery. We will not be copying masterworks.  All levels welcome; beginners will be given extra support; experienced artists are given design challenges to deepen their understanding. 5 sessions, classes need not be taken sequentially. Instructor: Cheri Isgreen. $35.

Three Upcoming Workshops

To register for Montrose workshops, please use this link  MONTROSE REGISTRATION

To register for Gunnison workshops, please use this link  GUNNISON REGISTRATION

  • NOV. 12, 2-4 PM, Montrose: Backstreet Journals     SKETCH JOURNALING: supportive class with techniques, inspiration, and motivational exercises to successfully integrate text & image artfully.  Bring sketch book that accepts watermedia, watercolor kit, pencils, fineline marker, eraser.  This month we will focus on the decorative side of interior environments.  $25

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  • NOV. 13, 10-3 PM, Gunnison: Gunnison Arts Center     GETTING LOOSE: watercolor workshop, techniques & tips to create expressive watercolor compositions.  Instruction include a wide variety of watercolor techniques & effects, as well as design principles to ensure successful compositions.  All materials provided; bring a brown bag lunch.  $70
  • DEC. 3, 2-6 PM, Montrose: Cimarron Creek Clubhouse       GETTING LOOSE: watercolor workshop;   a benefit for the Montrose Center for the Arts;  with  techniques & tips to create expressive watercolor compositions.  Instruction include a wide variety of watercolor techniques & effects, as well as design principles to ensure successful compositions.  Bring  watercolor kit, one full sheet (30″x22″ ) 140# cold press paper cut 1/2, (recommend Arches), 2-3 water containers, mask liquid and/or mask pen, liquid detergent, and extra small round cheap brush $50