Past Works, Part 8: Illustration, 2007
Chandra S Sherin
March 22, 2018
I am particularly fond of this little cartoon I drew in 2007. It is about a beloved cat, no longer with us, who we called Boris. Boris was an extraordinary cat, and I remember him with great love. This cartoon was inspired by his passion, spirit, and dreams in his early years with us (after he had healed from earlier traumas before we adopted him). Narration and drawings are by me, CS Sherin. The cartoon’s title is:
In fond memory of the brave and valiant Boris William, the cat.
THE END 🙂
Celebrate the Irrational and Transcendental Pi that is Pi Day, with Pi facts and the inspiration of dreams, tea, and Adventure Time through poetry
by CS Sherin, 3.14.2018, updated 3.14.2019
We traveled to Australia.
We look younger.
We see the strange and unfamiliar
as well as things that look
just like home.
We are traveling with other tourists.
I am on a tall ladder-like platform, and
large Afghan-type dogs appear.
Four of them.
One comes to me specifically.
I am to put my hand on his back
and he will lead me where we need to go.
The dogs were blue at first,
then turned black, and last, white.
They can puff up their hair
when they want, and smooth
it out again at will.
We end up at a long corridor of
open dorm beds that are like
a partial camper-sleeper/barracks.
Some female family and acquaintances
are there too, it turns out.
I choose to sleep halfway
in the corridor of beds.
A woman across from me exclaims
that she knows she is sad because
when she is happy she feels horny.
I roll my eyes and think, I have to put up with this?
Another woman playfully-not playfully
taunts me about not knowing
what a former friend is doing now. I don’t need to know, I think, irritated
by these arrangements. And then,
the alarm awakens me.
Today, in waking life,
I saw the pi symbol formed
by tea leaves at the bottom of
my tea cup.
And has never happened before
on Adventure Time
Finn drank from a cup
with the pi symbol on it.
My amazement was complete.
So I dove into all the
alluring pi facts…
the Old Testament,
the Greeks all
knew it to some degree.
Archimedes to really find it.
Madhava of Sangamagrama found
more of it.
Within the atom and through
computers we find more of it
Wherever there is a circle,
there is pi (I smile
thinking of all the mandalas I create)
Pi is not a root–not algebraic.
It’s patterns never repeat.
Pi measures emanating ripples well,
and probability determination,
the unchanging ratio of any circular
circumference and diameter.
This is the day that 3.14159 (and so on)
tapped my shoulder
with it’s waking life answer —
a mysterious, romantic, infinite
irrational answer —
to my night of dreaming, and day of waking…
just those first forty digits could hold the answer
to our universe.
Past Works, Part 3: Oil Paintings of the Late 1990s
Chandra S Sherin
March 1, 2018
Continuing from last week, here is the third installation of the look back at my early works from the end of the 1990s. This is another group of oil paintings.
While I feel great nostalgia for oil painting because it was a medium I had great affinity and passion for, I did give it up. I gave up oil painting for my health and for the health of the environment, as well as to find a practice that is more simple and eco-friendly. In place of oil painting, I first tried moving on to acrylic, but I did not find it as enjoyable.
What are the toxic aspects for a person and environment with oil painting and other methods? Highly toxic solvents mainly, and the plastic via containers and the paints themselves, like acrylic. While there are less toxic alternatives for solvents, none are totally safe. And while some supplies come in glass bottles, many others do not. Most artistic mediums have their issues. And there are ways to make them more sustainable and healthy, in most cases–with a little research and out of the box thinking.
Nowadays, watercolor, ink drawings, and digital photography are satisfying replacements for me. I also have some fun renewing old objects I find, turning them into some form of art.
I still appreciate the works I did create with oil paints. And I had so much fun using lots and lots of linseed oil to get the sheen you see in this first piece.