You are invited to an art reception featuring my watercolor paintings celebrating horses, gardens, and travel. The reception begins at 5:30 PM. I will give a gallery talk about my inspirations, techniques, and processes beginning at 6:00 PM. Along with my watercolor paintings, I am offering a wide selection of prints, notecards, and tiny paintings. Live music and refreshments are planned. This event is part of the Gunnison Colorado First Friday Artwork, with many venues in downtown Gunnison participating with art, spirits, music, and food. For more information, please call Anne at 970-641-6111.
“Passionate Pursuits” runs through the end of June. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-5:30 PM and Saturdays 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.
Conversano Mima White Horse Vale Ranch, Goldendale, WA Lipizzan Stallion
“For a Good Time, Call Ed” copyright C Isgreen 2015 $500
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
Based on the success of last year’s collages at the GAC Holiday Market, I have started a new series for spring 2016. I build my collages on wood substrate from an inspiration taken from my paintings and drawings. I add found objects, then give the collage a quote or a border. I love pattern- repeated shapes and coordinating colors. My patterns are decorative and organic, evolving by hand. Sometimes I add text when I feel the piece needs it. Text complements visual objects by combining two forms of communication. Maybe in the future, I may also add a sound track….
I do my collages in two formats. The first examples show a single image on an 8″ square board. The second format is a vertical triptych of three images mounted on 4″ square boards, linked with colored copper.
The pieces featured here can be found at the Art Shop at the Gunnison Arts Center. The GAC is open Tuesday – Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-2. GAC offers many evening venues, with the Art Shop is open during special events. The GAC is located at 102 S Main St, Gunnison, CO 81230. For more information, call (970) 641-4029 or visit the website: GUNNISON ARTS CENTER
I have been invited to show with the Gunnison Arts Center Shop Artists. The Arts Center Shop features the work from about one dozen artists. For the shop, I will feature my ceramic work: fish and 3D Dream Horse sculptures; mixed media collages; small paintings; and gifts: note cards, origami, and journals. I will be at the shop on a monthly basis, as well as weekly in the summertime.
ABOUT THE GUNNISON ARTS CENTER
The 12,000-square-foot Gunnison Arts Center is a community arts center dedicated to exhibiting and developing visual, literary and performing artists in the Gunnison Valley. With three gallery exhibit spaces, a gallery shop, a dance studio, a 72-seat community theatre/stage, a clay center for ceramics, meeting rooms and a visual arts classroom all under one roof, there is truly something for everyone at the Gunnison Arts Center. Please come visit us soon and GET INTO IT!
Painting wet-into-wet is so much quicker and uses far less paint. Why would I bother to mask and pour?
Because the amount of paint applied to the surface of the paper is so saturated, (even when making early light value layers), spontaneous color mixtures combine in unique ways that can’t be achieved any other way.
Layers can be built undisturbed by any brushwork, resulting in luminous, clean colors with neutral mixtures occurring without muddy passages.
Though it appears that masking would restrict the element of spontaneity, pouring allows the artist to exploit the unexpected by controlling how the pour will run. This is particularly effective in areas with large passages of color where there is potential for a great variety of subtle variation in color, value, and texture.
Pouring allows the artist to emphasize shapes and negative space, as well as to imply meaning through the use of lost and found edges.
Critical concerns to Ensure a Successful Painting
The artist needs to make studies before painting. For each mask layer to be successful, a careful drawing must be executed with accurate shapes and values . Additionally, the artist needs to consider all the elements, (line, color, texture, form, and space, as well as shape and value), to insure a balanced composition. Though pouring is primarily a studio technique and not suitable for pleine aire painting, poured watercolor develops technical skills, habits of mind, and the awareness of compositional elements that are critical in the field when an artist must work quickly to capture the light.
When developing compositional studies, develop your ideas into connected shapes with three or more values.
Edges matter- draw and mask shapes very carefully, so the painting will read when the mask is removed. Buy the best brushes you can afford for masking, (you will need a variety), and take good care of them, so the mask doesn’t destroy them. Mask brushes and water containers must be dedicated for masking only.
Exploit lost & found edges, negative space, and counter-change when developing compositional studies.
Avoid details until the end, when the mask is off.
When the mask is off, find areas where the edges must be softened.
To schedule a workshop for your organization or find out where the next workshop will be held, comment below.
Tomorrow: steps for completing the demo painting begun at the Brush and Palette Club demo
Mixed media collage on board was designed from a drawing in my sketchbook and printed on archival Reeves paper. I see my collages as iconic with references and realia enhancing the original artwork. For this piece, I included a tiny Queen of Hearts playing card and the key Alice is too tiny, and then too big to use. The March Hare’s pocket watch was made from copper wire and bead, antiqued chain, and a metal watch face. The border references Alice’s very psychedelic journey to Wonderland. 8” square panel $40
To purchase visit the Gunnison Arts Center or contact me through this website. Here’s the link to order: https://cheriisgreenfineart.wordpress.com/gallery/