She is a prophesy of her breeding and bright future.
Currently showing at the Montrose Arts Center. Promise has been entered in the Montrose Visual Art Guild Annual Exhibition, October 9-13, 2019 at Camelot Gardens, Hwy 550, Montrose, CO.
Mixed media: ceramic body, forsythia legs, metallic, acrylic, and enamel finishes, copper wire, wood base. 18″ x 14″ x 4″ $250 Purchase through Montrose Center for the Arts: (970) 252-0241, or visit the center at 219 E Main St, Montrose, CO 81401.
Montrose Center for the Arts and Weehawken Creative Arts present a “POP-UP GALLERY” May 19 – May 31, 2018 at the Montrose Field House, corner of Rio Grande and Colorado Ave. Join me for the Opening Reception, May 19 from 2-4 pm. Light snacks and refreshments provided, and sales will be open! Commission proceeds benefit the Center.
I am showing three of my Dream Horses, “Carousel,” “Spanish Walk,” and “Walk Like An Egyptian.”
Unlike my equine portraits and pastoral compositions, Dream Horses arise from a deeper, mysterious place- the confluence of my experiences, emotions, and energy. Dream Horses are part nocturnal dreams and part dream goals; part whimsey, part wistfulness, and part triumph. The process of mastery and harmony with the horse is a long dedicated journey traveled by luminaries Xenophon, de la Guérinière, Podhajsky, and mere mortals, such as myself. Dreams Horses are elusive, unpredictable, free spirits. During the artistic process, I release control to the emergence of the horse, which evolves from old world cultures, shared traditions, modern design, and playful exploration, synthesized with my experiences, (the sensation of fluid power, connection, and engagement upon his back) and profound feelings of awe and gratitude for everything the horse gives. Dream Horses represent idealized beauty, power, grace, generosity, and wisdom.
“Spanish Walk” copyright Cheri Isgreen 2015
Dream Horse #2 “Walk Like an Egyptian” 14″x10″ $350
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.
This Saturday, September 29, 2017 from 10 AM – 4PM
a watercolor workshop will be held to benefit The Montrose Center for the Arts to raise funds for the Center to acquire a building for visual, performance, and educational events.
is a series of watercolor workshops with a focus on playful, colorful compositions for the beginner, as well as the advanced painter. Extra support assists beginners, and compositional challenges stimulate the advanced painter. Each workshop explores new techniques, skills, and design concepts.
This session we will concentrate on these design principles:
while we play with the following watercolor techniques:
wet into wet color mixing
mixing “black” from primary color pigments
Registration is still open: Call the Montrose Community Foundation to reserve your slot today: 970-596-5555
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.
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 color? This class will offer ideas and techniques to create lively watercolor compositions.
Beginners will be given extra support; experienced painters will be given compositional challenges. All adult learners are welcome. Supply list available, or purchase directly from instructor $20.
Classes are not concurrent; there are no prerequisites to register. Each session will focus on different painting techniques for exploration and playful improvisations to enliven your watercolor paintings.
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