“HIGH POINT, The Art of Showing Horses” to open Jan 31st!

Drawing, painting, framing, printing cards, creating inventories, prepping for the workshop, shopping, going to the bank, getting gas, packing………  “High Point” is hitting the road on Wednesday to open in its new venue this Friday night.  Be sure to come out to see the new work by Cheri and Barb in watercolor, acrylic, and found-objects/mixed media sculpture.  Learn more about the good work the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank is doing.  Bid in the silent auction for the CHF, (see image below).  Celebrate “2014, the Year of the Horse” and Chinese New Year by sampling Chinese food and making a zhezhi, a folded paper horse.

Year of the Horse

Year of the Horse

Enjoy a variety of food to please your palette, as well as your horse’s.  You can even bring some treats home for the barn.  Sign up to win door prizes- free drawings throughout the night.  Register for Saturday’s workshop, “Finding Your Muse.”   Get in touch with your creative muse through found objects sculpture. This fun, fast paced workshop will give you ideas to jump start your imagination and techniques to work with a variety of materials. At the end of the workshop you will have a completed sculpture and strategies to create unique works of art.  12:30-3:00, Feb 1st at 45 Degree Gallery.  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/696648443718515/

Bidding is currently open on “Peace & Plenty,”  a 16″ x 20″ watercolor painting, valued at $300.    Call the gallery 719-434-1214 to make a bid.  All proceeds will benefit the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank.

"Peace & Plenty" copyright Cheri Isgreen 11/2013

“Peace & Plenty” copyright Cheri Isgreen 11/2013

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Zhe Zhi study

In preparation for a new series of paintings for the opening on Chinese New Year, Jan 31, 2014, the Year of the Horse, I did several studies of folded horse designs.

zhe zhi study  copyright C Isgreen 2014

zhe zhi study
copyright C Isgreen 2014

zhe zhi study  copyright C Isgreen 2014

zhe zhi study
copyright C Isgreen 2014

zhe zhi study  copyright C Isgreen 2014

zhe zhi study
copyright C Isgreen 2014

zhe zhi study  copyright C Isgreen 2014

zhe zhi study
copyright C Isgreen 2014

zhe zhi study  copyright C Isgreen 2014

zhe zhi study
copyright C Isgreen 2014

zhe zhi study  copyright C Isgreen 2014

zhe zhi study
copyright C Isgreen 2014

Last week’s painting, “Qien Li Ma,” was focused on creating a dynamic abstract background that would work with the abstract nature of these folded designs.  In this second painting, I wanted to focus on zhe zhi themselves.  I worked with the layout to get a pleasing arrangement of background space to showcase the collection of painted horses.  The background is a warm wash of orange over a graded wash of green-yellow-gold.  Each horse “steps” out of its boundary which expresses the free nature of horses and leads the eye around the painting to the next horse.  (Click on the image below to enlarge the painting.)

Zhe Zhi

Zhe Zhi

Excitement is building for the show.  6,000 likes on 45 Degree Gallery Facebook post announcing the benefit and show.  I will offer a set of 3 cards designed from this painting which will be offered as a door prize.  Maybe you will be the lucky winner.

For more information on the show, simply Google:

 high point art show+45 degree

Contact me through Equitherapy to order a set of zhe zhi cards- $15/set of 3 plus $2.00 shipping.

2014 Year of the Horse

2014 is the Year of the Horse in the Chinese zodiac, beginning Jan 31, 2014 and lasting until Feb 18, 2015.  The spirit of the horse embodies good character and fundamental values. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able.  A quick Google search will reveal celebrations all over the world.  In Colorado Barb Haynie and I will kick off our year-long art show at 45 Degree Gallery in Colorado Springs.

In anticipation of the show’s opening on the Chinese New Year, the year of the Horse, I am developing a series of paintings based on Zhezhi, the traditional Chinese folk art of paper folding.  Originated more than 1900 years ago in ancient China, the craft was exported to Japan, where it became popularized as origami

QIAN LI MA, copyright C.Isgreen 2014

QIAN LI MA, copyright C.Isgreen 2014

 

Qian Li Ma is China’s celebrated winged steed who can travel 1000 kilometers in a single day.