Demo #2

Besides the landscape demo, I created a surreal composition of Lipizzan horses frolicking in the moonlight.  This painting employs a number of unusual characteristics, resulting in a modern painting, though rendered in traditional representational imagery of the 3 foot phases of the canter: (hind leg strike off, diagonal pair on the ground, and foreleg lead pushing into the suspension phase.  The suspension phase was not included, as it would have made this composition crowded.)

First, the moon was pushed forward to become the fourth character in the painting.  Second, I changed the color scheme to warm, though night paintings are usually portrayed  in cool colors.  Finally, I changed the format from the traditional horizontal format depicting a group of running horses to a vertical.  The hard edges resulting from the poured technique, combined with the vertical format gives this painting the flavor of an Oriental woodblock print.

"Frolic in the Moonlight" copyright C Isgreen 2015
“Frolic in the Moonlight” copyright C Isgreen 2015

Below one can see the results of the final pour with the mask being removed to reveal the painting underneath, as alluded to in the previous post:  Poured Watercolor Workshop at Western Colorado Center for the Arts,  https://cheriisgreenfineart.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/poured-watercolor-workshop-at-western-colorado-center-for-the-arts/

final pour dry; removing mask
final pour dry; removing mask

Poured Watercolor Workshop at Western Colorado Center for the Arts

For a successful pour, it is essential for the artist to have a strong design with connected interesting shapes and at least 4 delineated values.  In the photo below, Trudy transfers her value map, (large thumbnail) to her stretched watercolor paper.

transfer value map to watercolor paper
transfer value map to watercolor paper

Each value is masked in succession, with a separate pour for each mask.  The pouring process allows for spontaneous color mixtures.  Tilting the board after the pour allows the artist to “control” the direction of the color blending.

part 1- pouring the masked painting with a variety of paint pigments mixed to a predetermined value based on the artist's value map.
part 1- pouring the masked painting with a variety of paint pigments mixed to a predetermined value based on the artist’s value map.
Marilyn tilts her board to encourage the paint to move in a specific direction.

When the final pour is dry, the mask is removed, and the painting receives final touches to resolve the composition.  Sometimes an over-pour is required in different areas than the initial pours.  In that case, all mask is removed, and new mask is applied to areas where the initial pours are to be preserved.  Removing the final mask is like unwrapping a Christmas present.  By the final pour, the painting is quite obscured, and it’s always a surprise to see what lies underneath.

Helen removes her mask, revealing her poured, blended canyon landscape.
Helen removes her mask, revealing her poured, blended canyon landscape.

Because there is quite a lot of dry time between the masking and pouring process, each artist worked on at least two separate paintings simultaneously.  The photo shows workshop participants pleased with their results learning the poured process:

Each participant finished two paintings and had a third painting in progress to explore and finish at home.
Each participant finished two paintings and had a third painting in progress to explore and finish at home.  Helen plans to add more pours to her goats.  In the photo, the painting is still masked.  Because she has a strong design, the intent of the painting comes through, as does some of the color mixtures.

Watercolor Workshop offered at Western Colorado Center for the Arts

Cheri Isgreen will offer a watercolor workshop featuring poured techniques.

June 20-21, 2015  9-4pm

Western Colorado Center for the Arts

1803 North 7th Street

Grand Junction, CO 81501

“Dallas Aspens in Autumn” copyright C Isgreen 2015

Cheri will teach the techniques she has developed to achieve her signature watercolor style, including flowing, loose color highlighted by strong compositional value.  Pouring paint in a series of glazes allows a depth of color to develop without disturbing the underlying layers, which preserves and enhances luminosity.  Pouring also fosters a wide range of spontaneous colors to emerge while preserving the harmony of a limited palette.  This class will give students a working understanding of how color theory enhances pouring techniques.  Students will also practice strategies to create drawings and design that will result in successful paintings.

For more information and to register, contact: Avery Glassman Curator of Programs and Exhibitions Western Colorado Center for the Arts   970-243-7337 www.gjartcenter.org

Watercolors and Wine Update

I’ve been busy working out the  composition for my upcoming workshop at the Gunnison Arts Center next Thursday night.   As part of the  watercolors and wine series, I have come up with a plan to incorporate a playful approach to watercolor, using techniques that will spice up your paintings with special effects.  Playing on the wine theme, the painting we will pursue is entitled, “Wine Pearing.”  This step-by-step class will give you confidence and techniques to create more playful paintings.  Additionally, I will give you design principles to best express your ideas.  This painting will focus on using space effectively.

“Wine Pearing” pencil and watercolor study copyright Cheri Isgreen 2015

Watercolors and Wine Workshop- registration open

"Lettuce Turnip da Beet"  copyright C Isgreen
“Lettuce Turnip the Beet” copyright C Isgreen

MAY 21 – WATERCOLORS & WINE Wine and Watercolors is not your typical art class….it’s a small art party in a fun, relaxing environment. Join this classic, very popular “AND” series for an evening of wine tasting and watercolor painting. The “Watercolors and Wine” series lead you step by step through an exciting project using a variety of unique watercolor techniques.  Bring home a beautiful painting that you created!

"April Showers Bring May Flowers"  copyright C Isgreen
“April Showers Bring May Flowers” copyright C Isgreen

In the May session, you will create a spring painting while learning a variety of techniques to  give your watercolors texture and sparkle.  Improve your artwork by understanding how space works in a composition. No experience required. Bring your creativity & enthusiasm.  Let us turn up the beat in your artwork with  “Watercolors and Wine,”  Thursday May 21 at the Gunnison Art Center.  $35 includes supplies, appetizers, wine, and fun!  Grab some friends and plan a party: Register 4 participants for price of 3 -$105