The wildflowers are blooming, the mountains shine, and rainbows appear in the evening light. Summertime in Telluride! It’s time for a weekend mountain getaway. Relax in beautiful Telluride while exploring some new watercolor techniques. I will teach “Poured Watercolor” through the Ah Haa School of the Arts, Friday – Sunday, July 28 – 30, 2017.
Forgo the brush and experiment with the process of pouring watercolor to produce paintings with unique results. Learn the pigment rules, color theory, and pouring techniques to give your watercolor paintings glowing results. By pouring paint in a series of glazes, underlying layers are preserved while developing a depth of color and enhancing luminosity. Experience how this technique fosters a wide range of spontaneous colors while maintaining the harmony of a limited palette. Poured watercolor lends itself to a variety of subject matter. All levels of painters are welcome, including first-time watercolorists.
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.
This is your last opportunity to see “HIGH POINT, the Art of Showing Horses” in Teluride at the historic Mélange Gallery. HIGH POINT closes Thursday, August 28th.
HIGH POINT opens Saturday, August 30th in Redstone, at the newly remodeled Redstone Art Gallery. Hours for the opening are 10am-5pm. Cheri will show 2 new works, “Stormy Monday” and “Two Step.” Both paintings developed from ideas generated from previous works.
“Two Step” evolved from the painting “Dancer.”
“Stormy Monday” is a poured water color based on her Storm series. “Storm’s A-Comin” and “Who’s got the Blues” are other paintings in this series.
HIGH POINT will sponsor 3 “creation stations” where visitors can try their hands at Chinese brush painting, zen painting, and origami. Cheri is donating a painting for the silent auction to benefit homeless artists. All visitors to the art show can register to win a HIGH POINT tee shirt.
Mélange Telluride, a contemporary artist studio and gallery, run by working artists is hosting “HIGH POINT, the Art of Showing Horses” for the month of August.
History and myth are staples of Telluride, the historic mining town in SW Colorado, nestled in the beautiful San Juan Mountains at an altitude of over 9,ooo feet. With abundant snowfall, Telluride boasts a world class ski area, as well as world renown festivals. The gallery occupies the historic Telluride Bank, where Butch Cassidy blew into town on June 24, 1889 and robbed his first bank. He fled with $21,000 to a remote area of Utah, known as Robbers Roost.
In August, the Vault Gallery showcases athletic horses displaying their beauty and artistry through the skills of their English riders in the disciplines of dressage, show jumping, and eventing. The Vault is an intimate, unique space to exhibit art. Enjoy the installation of Cheri’s and Barb’s visions and expressions of the equestrian arts in watercolor and acrylics.
Drop in to see the show while enjoying fabulous jazz, breathtaking scenery, a summer of amazing wildflowers accessible on abundant hiking and mountain biking trails, haute cuisine, and that “je ne sais quois” atmosphere Telluride is known for.
RECEPTION AUGUST 7, 5PM-8PM during the Telluride First Thursdays Art Walk
“HIGH POINT” arrives in Telluride, Colorado just in time for the 38th annual Telluride Jazz Festival. http://telluridejazz.org
“Dancer,” and “Who’s Got the Blues” were both inspired for this Telluride venue. The paintings will be debuted at Mélange Gallery, 109 W. Colorado.
EXCERPT FROM THE TELLURIDE WATCH PRESS RELEASE:
“High Point,” features the equine artwork of Cheri Isgreen and Barbara Haynie. This year-long traveling art show visits Mélange in Telluride during the month of August. The show opens Friday, August 1st just in time for Jazz Fest. An opening reception is slated for Thursday, August 7th during the Telluride Art Walk. Isgreen and Haynie will show their equine inspired watercolors, acrylics, and found objects sculpture. In keeping with the Chinese Year of the Horse, the community is invited to create their own works with an installation of Chinese brush painting and origami horses during the reception. Hours are 5-8 PM.
Both Isgreen and Haynie are life-long equestrians, passionate about their horses. Though Isgreen works in watercolor and Haynie in acrylic, both artists love bold color, using unusual color mixtures to convey power, energy, and nobility of the horse. Defined as contemporary western art, both artists work loosely to suggest ideas and imagery, while maintaining fidelity to equine anatomy. “I see my paintings as somewhat narrative, yet I strive for a sense of mystery. Mystery engages my viewers, giving them a way to connect. I never tell the whole story. Instead I give my viewers a suggestion, allowing them to fill in the gaps from their own experiences,” states Isgreen. With the show opening during the Jazz Festival weekend, Isgreen, a jazz aficionado, has created two new jazz-inspired works. “Dancer” expresses the high energy joy that jazz stimulates. “Who’s Got da Blues” is reminiscent of the blues clubs atmosphere she experienced during her young adult years in Chicago. “High Point” captivates art and horse lovers of all disciplines, delighting them with a variety of imagery.
Mélange Telluride, 109 W Colorado is an art & design boutique and artist studio run by working artists. It is a space for creation and to generate revenue for local and Colorado artists. Cheri resides in Montrose. Her work has been exhibited internationally and throughout Colorado. Barb, a Fort Collins artist has exhibited both regionally and in Colorado. “We are very excited to share our art with Telluride in August. Mélange is a dynamic space to show art!” expressed Isgreen.