Lots of Chrome to debut at “HIGH POINT, The Art of Showing Horses”

With the holidays behind us, my thoughts turn to the upcoming opening of “High Point” at 45 Degrees Gallery, 2528 B W Colorado Ave, in Colorado Springs on Friday, Jan 31st.  

Bids have opened on “Peace & Plenty,” https://equitherapy.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/peace-and-plenty/   my watercolor painting to benefit the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank.  Juliana Lehman is scheduled to speak during the opening to discuss the recent challenges and successes of the Foodbank.  

We will celebrate the Year of the Horse with Chinese food, treats for your horses, and lots of equine art.  On Saturday, Feb 1st, I will give a 1/2 day workshop, “Finding Your Muse”  at the Gallery.  Please call 45 Degrees for details, (719) 434-1214.  Looking forward to seeing you  at 45 Degrees Gallery, art at any angle!  http://www.45degreegallery.com/

Barb & I are creating new works for this opening.  “Lots of Chrome” is her newest piece.

"Lots of Chrome" copyright Barb Haynie, 2013

“Lots of Chrome” copyright Barb Haynie, 2013

 “HIGH POINT, The Art of Showing Horses”

High point- the horse with the highest average placing in one year of competition 

High point- a high altitude place with a beautiful view, such as found in Colorado

High point- the best part of an experience.  As horsewomen, the high point of the day is when the connection between the horse and rider is both elegant and sublime.  

High point- an art show for art lovers, horse lovers, equestrians, and artists


Horse Treat Recipe: WHOA Cakes

We’ve been brainstorming horse-happy food to serve at the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank benefit and Grand Opening of “High Point,” the art show by Barb Haynie and I to celebrate the Year of the Horse, 2014.  We are planning baby carrots, apple slices, peppermints, and sugar cubes.  I love this hearty & healthy baked treat.  The opening is Jan. 31, 2014 at 45 Degrees Gallery, “art from every angle.”  45 Degrees Gallery is located in Colorado Springs on Colorado Ave in Old Colorado City.  Please tell all your friends.

Horse Treat Recipe: WHOA Cakes.

And miles to go before I sleep


Here it is once again, the Winter Solstice, “…..darkest evening of the year.” The snow has been falling for the past two days, and we have been preparing for the past two weeks to celebrate the rebirth of light and life. The juniper, holly, & ivy has been cut & wired. The garland is hung and lighted. Food prepared, house & yard cleaned & decorated, invitations sent, readings and songs ready. Wishing you a beautiful holiday season….and miles to go before we sleep….




I heard today is the 50th anniversary of the poet, Robert Frost’s death.  It reminded me of my favorite poem, which I like to read every year on the winter solstice.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost

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Dear Santa

Good tips, whether you are Santa, a grandparent, or small business owner. Have fun reading and maybe you’ll get some good ideas for your business. Happy holidays.

Marissa Isgreen Creations

Dear Santa,

Black and White photo with the words "Dear Santa" written on lined paperGiven the holiday season, this must be a busy time for you. Letters asking for ponies, G.I. Joes and two front teeth are probably pouring in. I hope you’ll find my letter refreshing because I’m not writing to ask for anything for Christmas. Instead, I thought I’d break up the gift-requesting monotony with a little tip to improve operations at Santa’s Workshop: social media.

I’m sure social media’s prevalence has made it to the North Pole by now. I’d imagine most of your elves are probably on Facebook and Twitter. Perhaps you’ve even had to implement new rules about not taking pictures of finished toys and posting them on Instagram. Social media pervades our world. It has become a tool that is incredibly useful and should be embraced by all people- not just the 18-year-old college freshman. In an interview with Market Watch reporter Andrea Coombes, researcher Aaron…

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Painting the Essence

This post arrived in my inbox today by the inspirational Canadian artist, Robert Genn.  It inspired this blog entry.  Even if you are not a painter, I think you will enjoy reading, as he weaves life’s lessons into each post.

painters keys

copyright Robert Genn

copyright Robert Genn

I paint horses, but mostly I paint their essence.  This painting is about fluidity & grace.  Have you ever moved your hand quickly back & forth in front of your face?  When you do, you don’t see your hand; instead you see the background- what is behind your hand.  The color passages, (from the powerful violets directly behind the horse’s body to the attention grabbing roses where the next footfall will land to the lyrical yellows trailing behind this horse) manifest all the beauty & joy a horse expresses through movement.  The heavy and lighter blue lines indicate a powerful mass moving through space; yet this 1000 pound animal appears weightless.  The ground line is dynamic, changing from thin blue to heavy red at the last point of thrust.  I never tire of observing and painting horses; they range from gentle giants, wise teachers, dancers beyond the tether of gravity, to powerful primeval forces, depending on their needs on emotions.  All this can be conveyed through distilling their elements into an interplay of shadow & shape, line & color, rhythm & texture….whatever the painting calls for…..

When Horses Fly" copyright Cheri Isgreen

When Horses Fly” copyright Cheri Isgreen

  In the series of paintings I call the “Christmas Horses, “there is very little paint strategically placed to tell the story of Christmas magic.  Instead of adding all the details you’d find in a Christmas card, I prefer to let the viewers create  their own narratives.

"Holly"  copyright Cheri Isgreen

“Holly” copyright Cheri Isgreen

“Peace and Plenty”

“Peace and Plenty” is a 10″ X 14″ framed watercolor painting to be auctioned at 45 Degrees Gallery during the opening reception of “HIGH POINT, the Art of Showing Horses” to benefit the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank.  45 Degrees Gallery is located at 2528 B W Colorado Ave in Colorado Springs.

"Peace & Plenty" copyright Cheri Isgreen 11/2013

“Peace & Plenty” copyright Cheri Isgreen 11/2013

With the Black Forest and numerous other Colorado wildfires, the subsequent flooding in Manitou Springs, and the 100-year flood affecting residents in Boulder, Longmont, Lyons, Estes Park and Larimer Counties, it has been a challenging year for horses and their humans.  The Colorado Horsecare Foodbank is a 501(c)3 foundation that has helped countless horses and their families during recent emergencies.  With so many disasters occurring within the space of two years, the resources of the Foundation are strained.  By bringing this show to Colorado Springs, we can raise awareness and funds in a community where the CHF has helped so many.  During the opening, Juliana Lehman will speak about her foundation, and several paintings will be offered for silent auction to benefit the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank. This image will also be available as a 5″ X 7″ monoprint  card to benefit the CHF.

The show opens on Jan 31st, 2014, the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Horse!   Along with the silent auction, Cheri and Barb will show a collection of original equine paintings.  There will  be Chinese New Year themed food, horse treats, and libations.  Come out to help celebrate 2014, The Year of the Horse .  The show runs through Feb. 28th

An artists workshop, “Finding Your Muse” will be held at the gallery on Saturday, Feb 1st.  The workshop will facilitate finding inspiration and creating sculpture from found objects.  For workshop registration or to make a pre-bid on “Peace & Plenty,” contact the gallery at (719) 434-1214.