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.
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!
Meet the Masters
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. Register Here :registration
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 and 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 Cheri 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
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:
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:
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
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; 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.
Along with presenting strategies for making drawings in elevation view, I will show you how to use watercolor to express textures and architectural details.
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.”
Once you have worked with drawing elevation views with one side in perspective, we will add the second perspective point during week three.
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.)
This strategy is useful when the viewpoint is high, such as this sketch from a rooftop bar in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
“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
“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.
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.
Do 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.
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
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
Have you registered for “Getting Loose” watercolor workshops? Workshops are offered in Montrose and Gunnison.
Oct. 22 10 AM – 3 PM (with working brown bag lunch) Gunnison Arts Center Workshop #1- Harvest themes; benefit for Gunnison Arts Center
Nov. 5 2-6 PM Montrose: Cedar Creek Clubhouse #1- Harvest themes; benefit for Montrose Center for the Arts
Nov. 13 10 AM – 3 PM (with working brown bag lunch) Gunnison Arts Center Workshop #1- Holiday themes; benefit for Gunnison Arts Center
Dec. 10 2-6 PM Montrose: Cedar Creek Clubhouse #1- Holiday themes; benefit for Montrose Center for the Arts
Students in the Harvest Workshop will learn a variety of techniques to successfully create colorful, expressive watercolor compositions including:
masking for dramatic lighting
wet-into-wet with pure pigment to model glowing natural forms with spontaneous color mixtures
complementary and analogous splatter
Students will learn when to employ these techniques for maximum effect and how to avoid common pitfalls .
Students will complete 2 paintings working in different formats. Students will learn compositional considerations for working both horizontally and vertically, as well as designing a long, skinny format and a standard “photo” rectangle.
“Painted Daisies” framed watercolor 12″ x 15″ $200 copyright C Isgreen
“Sky Lights” 10″ x 19″ $200
“Pot of Gold” 10″ x 19″ $200
Looking for a way to loosen up your art? Are you interested in learning some new watercolor techniques? Have you wondered if you could be successful painting in watercolor? Do you love gardens, flowers & color? Cheri Isgreen will offer ideas, suggestions, techniques, and support to create lively watercolor compositions during each 4 hour class. Pick and choose the classes that fit your interests and calendar: $70/class
One more from my sketch journal- Oct 14, 2015, St. Elmo in Collegiate Mountains, Chaffee County, CO; watercolor on Arches hot press, 140#
Besides horses and flowers, my third passion is travel, specifically taking art trips with my artist husband. Last fall we went to the Collegiate Mountains, just over Monarch Pass, and then explored the Castle Rock country, outside of Johnson Village.
I have scanned and printed two dozen of my favorite entries from various trips over the past three years, including Mexico, Texas, Colorado, and Utah. Framed in 5″ x 7″ oak frames, signed prints will be offered for $25.
For more information about this show, visit the following link: