Isgreen offers interactive `Painting On Site’ workshop in Redstone |

Isgreen offers interactive `Painting On Site’ workshop in Redstone

Staff Report

The Redstone Art Foundation presents Watercolor Painting On Site, an interactive art workshop featuring Kurt Isgreen, Sept. 18-20. Isgreen, primarily a landscape watercolorist, believes the best way for the artist to incorporate the natural environment into his soul is through direct experience.

“The painting must be felt as much as seen,” he said. “To be in contact with the source of our perceptions reminds us what it is to be human.”

The beauty of the Crystal River Valley around Redstone will offer a perfect environment for watercolorists of all levels to experience and express the awe and wonder of the Colorado Rockies in the fall.

“Here in Western Colorado, our space is so vast it becomes a subject in itself, the challenge is conveying that vastness,” Isgreen said.

Isgreen’s workshop will focus on how the artist translates his or her own experience to the paper. To use natural landscapes as subject matter requires a focus on color, value, size and space. Isgreen hopes by sharing his experiences and expertise, students will come away from the workshop expressing their own feelings through their paintings.

“I don’t focus on recording, I focus on relationships with the land,” he explained.

Isgreen’s love for the outdoors was nurtured through many trips with his father and his own excursions around Colorado’s backcountry. He hikes, fishes, skis, and has worked as a carpenter. This rich sensory soil feeds his art, in which he strives to convey the “spiritual aspect of the land.”

Isgreen holds a B.A. in art from Western State College in Gunnison and has studied with Steve Quiller, Irving Shapiro and Gerald Fritzler. He is regularly represented in galleries around the Western Slope.

In addition to this in depth workshop, Isgreen will appear Sept. 20 at the Redstone Art Center at a reception to open his newest show in that gallery.

Those interested in the watercolor workshop please contact Betty Bradley at 704-9963 for registration or information. Space is limited. The fee for Watercolor Painting On Site is $165.

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