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Cheri Isgreen Fine Arts has moved. Please join me at https://www.cheriisgreen.com

Join my newsletter at https://www.cheriisgreen.com/email-newsletter to be the first to learn about new work, announcements of events, workshops, and exhibitions, and for a look behind-the-scenes in my studio.

New Equine Works

2020 has been a productive time for me. So much time alone gave me the creative space to develop ideas and reflect on my artwork. During this time I worked in a variety of genre including equine art, still life, landscapes, and children at the beach. I have learned new techniques in watercolor, expanded my equine sculpture repertoire, explored new mixed media techniques, and “took a deep dive” into learning how to paint beaches, waves, and the ocean.

2020 has been a productive time for me. So much time alone gave me the creative space to develop ideas and reflect on my artwork. During this time I worked in a variety of genre including equine art, still life, landscapes, and children at the beach. I have learned new techniques in watercolor, expanded my equine sculpture repertoire, explored new mixed media techniques, and “took a deep dive” into learning how to paint beaches, waves, and the ocean. With so much creative expression, I’ve found limited time to write about my artwork. In these next blog posts I will discuss several new works I have completed since the quarantine in March.

Returning from Mexico in early March, I was bursting with ideas for paintings while also devoting much time to bringing my horse back into condition after two months of winter downtime. During this time of living and breathing “horse,” I painted four new equine compositions.

HEADED HOME, watercolor, matted/frame size: 21″ x 28″ (image size: 15″ x 22″) $600

The narrative painting HEADED HOME began the equine series, telling the story of the partnership between a horse and his cowboy working together to get the herd home before a storm. It was accepted and exhibited at “A Splash of Colorado,” Colorado Watercolor Society’s annual juried summer exhibition.  Featured in an earlier blog post, I discuss my painting process with demo photos. READ ABOUT HEADED HOME  Available for purchase: PURCHASE

LITTLE DANCER was inspired by the talented Lipizzan foals bred each year by TEMPEL FARMS. This painting celebrates the long tradition of classical dressage. The explosion of color and rich texture visually portray the young Lipizzan’s joy of movement that develops into a repertoire of haute école movements celebrated by classical dressage schools worldwide. 

Building on this theme, FROM BABY STEPS TO PIAFFE, shows the elegant shift in balance a dressage horse makes through years of progressive training.  A young horse carries 60% of his weight on his forehand. With careful training to develop strength and carrying power, a grand prix dressage horse learns to engage his abdominal muscles, lower his hindquarters, and shift his weight, carrying 60% on his hind end. The resulting shift creates enormous power, suspension in his movement, and elevated gaits. His withers rise, his neck arches, and he carries his poll as the highest point.  FROM BABY STEPS TO PIAFFE expresses equine nobility, grace, and stature.  PURCHASE LINK

As Monarch’s conditioning improved, we worked toward strengthening and balancing the canter in preparation for performing the flying change of lead. I took my arena focus into the studio, painting OUT OF THE WEST. In this composition, a violet horse bursts from the picture plane directly into your living room. Watercolor, framed size 16″ x 20″ $350,  PURCHASE LINK

OUT OF THE WEST, watercolor, framed size 16″ x 20″ $350,  PURCHASE LINK

 

About Cheri Isgreen: Creating Art Feeds My Soul

With a focus on light, form, and color, my colorful contemporary paintings will enliven any space or home. Being outdoors and visually investigating horses, flowers, and the natural world feeds my soul.  I enjoy working in watercolor, mixed media, and sculpture.

With a focus on light, form, and color, my colorful contemporary paintings will enliven any space or home.  I’m drawn to horses, flowers, and the natural world.  Being outdoors and visually investigating these subjects feeds my soul.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

I am fascinated by the relationship between light and shadow on natural forms; compositions develop as I respond to the interplay of light and the variety of shapes and colors that result.  I enjoy working in watercolor, mixed media, and sculpture.

  • With watercolor, I seek fresh, unexpected color mixtures through spontaneous wet-into-wet techniques.
  • In mixed media, I develop a lively visual surface, juxtaposing abstract shapes with living forms, while combining  color and texture.
  • In sculpture, I capture the spirit of the piece through lively gesture, hand-rubbed metallic finishes, and found-object embellishments.

Regardless of the medium, I preserve a sense of mystery and narrative, allowing the viewer to connect to my artwork through her experiences and emotions.

My art reflects all that my senses record: the luminous, ephemeral beauty of flowers; the wonder of visiting new places, and of course the noble presence of the horse.   My equine art is informed by a lifetime spent with horses in daily care and training.  Through my experiences, I’ve gained  intimate knowledge of the equine spirit and anatomy.  Touching sinuous curves, tendon lines, and muscular shapes; inhaling the equine scent; burying my cold face into a warm, soft, winter coat; sharing a horse’s breath; and gazing deeply into a horse’s soul.  Monarch, my wise and sensitive partner, a Lipizzan X Andalusian gelding, appears in many of my works.

Photo of Cheri on her horse Monarch behind flowers

From cultivated gardens to scenic wild lands, I’m drawn to express the beauty around me.  In nature I work alla prima to create bright, energetic compositions.  As an avid travel sketcher, I record a wide variety of experiences from cities, towns, and neighborhoods; wilderness and nature; festivals, musicians, and street life.  All these experiences enlighten my studio work.

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BIOGRAPHY

Cheri Isgreen is a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society.  As a retired art educator, she taught the gamut of media, styles, and subjects, giving her the strong range she draws upon today when creating her watercolor and mixed media compositions.

Upon retirement, Cheri changed focus to  develop her personal vision in watercolor.  Stir Gallery in Colorado Springs gave Cheri her first one woman show in 2012, pointing her on the path she follows today.   In 2013 she entered her first art competition, receiving two patron awards and People’s Choice.  In 2014 Cheri embarked on a year-long traveling exhibition, “High Point,” a benefit art show raising over $2K for nonprofits.  Cheri feels strongly about “paying it forward.”  To schedule a benefit art show with Cheri, click the link: LET’S TALK   Since 2014, Cheri has exhibited widely in regional, national, and international juried & invitational shows. Her artwork has been showcased in museums, galleries, and publications both in the United States and abroad.

Cheri keeps an active studio schedule, winning awards in juried exhibitions, showing in galleries, accepting commissions, and maintaining an online presence through her website and social media.  Along with an active studio schedule, Cheri is a popular workshop instructor at regional arts centers and through online instruction.  CLICK LINK TO JOIN CHERI IN A WORKSHOP

 

 

 

Cheri is represented by:

  • Backstreet, Montrose, CO
  • Montrose Center for the Arts
  • Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, Co
  • Redstone Art Gallery, Redstone, CO
  • 610 Arts Collective, Ridgway, CO

Where To See My Work

Thank you for your interest in my work!  My watercolor and 3-dimensional mixed media can be found at these fine art venues.

Thank you for your interest in my work!  My watercolor paintings and mixed media sculptures can be found at these fine art venues:

Gunnison Arts Center

Address: 102 Main St, Gunnison
Phone: 970.641.4029, GAC website
Summer Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10- 6 ; Saturday 10-3, (closed Sunday/Monday)

610 Arts Collective

Address: 610 Clinton Street, Ridgway, CO                                                                                        Phone970.318.0150, 610 website 
Covid Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10-3;  Sunday 10-2;  (Private Viewings by appointment)

Redstone Art Gallery

Address: 173 Redstone Blvd, Carbondale, CO                                                                                  Phone: 970.963.3790
Hours:Monday – Saturday 10-5; Sunday 11-4

Montrose Center for the Arts

Address: 219 E Main St Montrose, CO                                                                                                Phone: 970.252.0241
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11- 5; Saturday 10-4 (closed Sunday & Monday)

Backstreet Bagels & Art

Address: 127 N Townsend Ave, Montrose, Colorado                                                                     Phone: 970.240.3675
Hours:  6am – 2:30pm daily

Here is a sampling of what you can find at each venue; roll over image to see title.  Click image to enlarge.

Gunnison Arts Center

  • TOP ROW: Refuge and Be at Peace; Seek Harmony, watercolor, 14″ x 11″ $115;  Patty’s Garden, Croton Late Afternoon Light, watercolor, 8″ x 10″ $80
  • MIDDLE ROW: Patty’s Garden, Croton Morning Light, watercolor, 8″ x 10″ $80; Aspens, West Fork Dallas Creek, watercolor, 8″ x 10″ $80
  • BOTTOM ROW: Cinderella Reef, watercolor, 14″ x 11″ $115

Orders & shipping accepted by phone: 970.641.4029

610 Arts Collective

 

  • TOP ROW: Summer Garden, watercolor, 12″ x 6″ $115
  • MIDDLE ROW: Stargazer, watercolor, 12″ x 6″ $115; Columbine Splash, watercolor, 12″ x 6″ $115; Starburst, watercolor, 12″ x 6″ $115
  • BOTTOM ROW: Dusk; watercolor, 13″ x 7″  $125; Forest Gems, watercolor, 13″ x 7″  $125

 Orders & shipping accepted by phone: 970.318.0150

Redstone Art Gallery

  • TOP ROW: Baby Steps to Piaffe, watercolor, 16″ x 20″  $350; Out of the West, watercolor, 16″ x 20″  $350
  • MIDDLE ROW: Cowboy Up, watercolor, 16″ x 20″  $350; A Good Hair Day, watercolor, 16″ x 20″  $350
  • BOTTOM ROW: Promise, mixed media sculpture, $375; Galaxy, mixed media sculpture, $375; Caprice, mixed media sculpture, $375

Orders & shipping accepted by phone: 970.963.3790

Montrose Center for the Arts

Pictured above: mixed media Dream Horse, Bucephalas, ceramic, wire, forsythia, hand rubbed metallic finish, 18″x 9″x 4″  (special offering $200)   All Star Heroes, celebrating the heroes of the Covid19 pandemic, mixed media sculpture- quilted handwoven fabric, embellished with found objects, $95

Not pictured: a selection of matted original paintings, ready for your frames, and a variety of card sets, including equine, floral, birds, travel, and landscape themes. Drop into the Art Center to see.  Orders & shipping accepted by phone: 970.252.0241

Backstreet Bagels & Art

Backstreet offers a full complement of card sets and framed equine, floral, and travel themed watercolor paintings. Pictured above: Lavade and Pasture Patterns, 15″x 12″ $125. Bleeding Hearts, 19″x 10″ $200. Los Onzes Patíos, (The 11 Patios), Patzcuro, 16″x 20″ $350. Visit the gallery to see more at 127 N Townsend Ave, Montrose, Colorado , 6am – 2:30pm daily. To arrange for purchase & shipping of these works, CLICK HERE TO INQUIRE ABOUT ARTWORK

Second Place Award at “Ridgway Open”

My painting, “Una Calle Vieja, San Miguel de Allende,” (An Old Street), received 2nd Place at the Weehawken Arts “Ridgway Open.”

My painting, “Una Calle Vieja, San Miguel de Allende,” (An Old Street), received 2nd Place at the Weehawken Arts “Ridgway Open” last Sunday night, April 14th.  The show runs through the end of May at Weehawken’s exhibition space, the 610 Arts Collective, 610 Clinton, St, Ridgway, CO 81432.  610 Arts Collective

Una Calle Vieja, SMA

I’m getting stronger 3 months post-op, and beginning to participate in art events and finally able to make art again.  The painting, “Una Calle Vieja, San Miguel de Allende,” was actually repainted just a week before I entered it in the “Ridgway Open” show. Last year when I originally painted it, I was never happy with the composition. To me it felt unresolved, and I wasn’t sure how to correct that. On that inspired day,  I revisted the painting.  I decided to go back into the painting with pure Windsor red- an opaque pigment- in the shadowed background areas. It was just what I needed, pulling all the red areas together. Then I used manganese blue- another opaque color in the foreground shadows where the road tiles create a linear movement into the heart of the painting. Wow! Cool- using opaque pigments to lead the eye into the focal point and around the painting.  Overpainting with opaque pigments also made a good vehicle for bringing unity to the red/blue accents found throughout the painting. I love it when experimentation leads to new understanding.

Deciding what to enter, I chose to showcase my travel work.  The second piece I entered was “A Break in the Clouds,” which was accepted for exhibition last May 2018 for the Colorado Watercolor Society National Exhibition of water media.  It also received 3rd place at the Montrose Visual Arts Guild annual show, October 2018.  These paintings complement each other with the San Miguel piece executed in warm glowing colors and deep shadows, while the Nicaragua painting features cool colors, sunlight, and strong contrasts.

Break in the Clouds

Both paintings are 16″ x 20″ watercolor on paper, framed under glass, $350 each.  Paintings can be purchased by contacting the 610 Arts Collective, 970-318-0150.  If you are local to the Western Slope of Colorado, take a drive to Ridgway and check out the entire show.  Spring is in full glory, and the drive is spectacular.

Poured Watercolor Demo

For the month of August, I am the featured artist at the Gunnison Arts Center.  I decided to do a painting demonstration for the First Friday Art Walk.  Working on three subjects: a chile market in Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico; a series of flamenco dancers; and a Norwegian Fiord horse, I need to decide which piece will be the subject of my demo.  I chose the Fiord horse, because Gunnison has a strong horse culture and tradition.  Additionally, I am well known for my equine paintings, so this gives my audience an insight into how I work.  Studying the ink value drawing, I decide the painting’s design lends itself to the poured watercolor method.  This will be a crowd pleasing technique!  When the paper is wet and the paint is flowing, exciting mixtures and effects occur.

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The Norwegian Fiord has a distinctive black and white mane and tail, along with a dorsal stripe running from the end of the mane to the beginning of the tail.  The goal of my study is to spotlight the Fiord’s unusual and distinctive markings.

 

 

 

 

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After mounting my watercolor paper on a sturdy board, I transfer my drawing to the paper and mask the areas that will remain white.   When the mask is thoroughly dry, I pour the first layer using light values of permanent rose, raw sienna, and manganese blue.  These pigments will be my primaries for this painting- (red, yellow, and blue).  Using my drawing study, (above), as my value map, I mask the areas I want to remain light.  I use both a mask pen for small areas and a mask brush for larger areas.

When the second mask is dry, the painting is ready for the medium value pour.  This I will do in Gunnison at the Arts Center during the First Friday Art Walk.  The colors are bright and dramatic, eliciting ooo’s and aaaah’s from the audience.

fiord5For the final dark layer, I will apply color loosely with a large mop brush.  I mix colors wet-into-wet directly on the paper in selected areas where the Fiord’s distinctive black stripes appear.

I’m not concerned with a realistic reproduction of the horse’s markings.  A camera can do that job.  My objective is to celebrate the unique and instantly identifiable beauty of the Norwegian Fiord.  For this purpose, I am using bright colors in darker values than previous layers.  At this point, I must wait for the paint to dry thoroughly before I can remove the mask.  Because it is getting late at the Arts Center, I plan to do the next steps at home.

Above Right, I begin removing all the mask layers.  This is my favorite part of the process.  I feel like I am unwrapping a gift as the image begins to emerge beneath the mask.  With the mask removed, the hard work of pulling all the elements together to refine and resolve the painting begins.  I spend as much time studying the painting as I do applying paint.

Good Hair Day
“A Good Hair Day!”  copyright Cheri Isgreen  16″x20″ framed  $350 click here to purchase