Retrospective: Past Works, Part Nine

Past Works, Part 9: 2004 and 2011-14 Paintings
Chandra S Sherin Art
March 30, 2018

This will be the second to last installment of the retrospective on my past art. Then we will move on to an ongoing portfolio of my nature photography and more current drawings.

Today starts with a painting I did from 2004 that is a part of my personal collection, and then on into the 2011-2014 period.

“My Baby Bumps Her Daddy’s Lips,” completed in 2004, acrylic on canvas. Chandra S Sherin (private collection)

 

“Creation Holds Great Mystery,” mixed media on canvas, 2011. Chandra S Sherin

 

“Spirit Nude,” portrait, acrylic on canvas, 2013. Chandra S Sherin

 

“Pattern Soul Flower,” acrylic and ink on canvas, 2014. Chandra S Sherin

 

CS Sherin, WildClover.org 2018©

Retrospective: Past Works, Part Eight

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:
“Boris’s Dream.”

Boris’s Dream by CS Sherin, 2007: Boris is dreaming….
Boris is dreaming of stalking a cute little bird with an alluring tail. It is an easy catch…
Boris is dreaming of eating the bird. He eats the bird whole and it goes down easily right into his stomach….
Boris is dreaming that the bird is alive in his stomach and has gifted him with a golden egg. Boris is proud….
Boris dreams that the egg hatches and something wonderful flies up from the egg in one effortless swoop….Boris is so pleased…..
Boris is dreaming: A kitten with wonderful wings has hatched from the egg! Boris couldn’t be happier! He has always wanted to fly like the birds. He always thought that maybe if he ate one, he would be able to fly too.
Boris wakes up suddenly from his dream of the bird, the egg, and the cat with wings. He is surprised! He sits with the joy of the dream and begins to purr.

In fond memory of the brave and valiant Boris William, the cat.
THE END 🙂

CS Sherin, WildClover.org 2018©

Retrospective: Past Works, Part Seven

Past Works, Part 7: Mid-2000s Ink 
Chandra S Sherin
March 16, 2018

This part of the Retrospective journey of my past works begins with a sampling of drawings from the early to mid-2000s.

Womb, green ink on paper, early 2000’s, CS Sherin

 

Big Fish, ink on paper, 2007, CS Sherin

 

Fancy Goldfish, ink on paper, 2007, CS Sherin

 

Boris and Abigail, ink on paper, mid-2000s, CS Sherin

 

CS Sherin, WildClover.org 2018©

Retrospective: Past Works, Part Six

Past Works, Part 6: End of 1990s Ink
Chandra S Sherin
March 15, 2018

This will be the last post of my works from the 1998 era. After this, we will move on to the early 2000’s drawings.

Ink on paper, 1999, CS Sherin

 

Ink on paper 2, 1999, CS Sherin

 

Portrait, Jeff, 1999 by CS Sherin

 

Galaxy and Us, ink on paper, 1999, CS Sherin

 

 

CS Sherin, WildClover.org 2018©

An Irrational, Transcendental Poem For Pi Day

Happy Pi day! Here is a poem I wrote in appreciation of pi. 

A Poem For Pi Day: “3.14159”
by CS Sherin
03-14-2018

3.14159
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,
Oh geez, 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 wakes me.

Today, in waking life,
I saw the pi symbol formed
by tea leaves at the bottom of
my tea cup.
Quite
a surprise.
And has never happened before
or since.
Then tonight,
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…

Ancient Babylonia,
ancient Egypt,
the Old Testament,
the Greeks all
knew it to some degree.
Pythagoras helped
Archimedes to really find it.
Madhava of Sangamagrama found
more of it.
Within the atom and through
computers we find more of it
each day.
Irrational,
transcendental,
infinite pi.
Wherever there is a circle,
there is pi;
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.

3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197….They say
just those first forty digits could hold the answer
to our universe.

CS Sherin, WildClover.org 2018©

Retrospective: Past Works, Part Five

Past Works, Part 5: Oil Painting and Mixed Media Monotype Prints
Chandra S Sherin
March 8, 2018

This week the retrospective journey through my past works continues…with some mixed media monotype prints and an oil painting. See my artist statement here. See what I had to say about oil paintings of the past, here.

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“Lunar” by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Monotype ghost, ink, and watercolor. Original and prints available.
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“Generation” by Chandra S Sherin, 1998. Oil on composite board.
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Untitled by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Monotype and mixed media. Prints available.

Retrospective: Past Works, Part Four

Past Works, Part 4: Pastels, Charcoal, & Ink
Chandra S Sherin
March 2, 2018

Continuing from yesterday, here is the latest installment in the look back at some of my earlier works, a couple pastels this time and an ink drawing.

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“Beloved” by Chandra S Sherin, pastels and charcoal on paper, 1999.
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“Realized” by Chandra S Sherin, pastels and charcoal on paper, 2000. See next image for an earlier version.
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“Realized” by Chandra S Sherin, was featured in “Touchstone” in 1999, Viterbo University’s publication.
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“Albert” by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Ink on paper.

Retrospective: Past Works, Part Three

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.

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“Soul Flower (Houston),” oil on composite board by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Original and prints available.

 

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“Defiant Cry Against The Source Of Suffering” by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Oil on canvas.

 

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“Blue Kachina Comforts Him” by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Oil on canvas.

 

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Portrait by Chandra S Sherin, oil on board, 1998.

Retrospective: Past Works, Part Two

Past Works, Part 2: Oil Paintings
Chandra S Sherin
Feb. 23, 2018

Continuing from the last post, here is part two of the Retrospective series of art by Chandra S Sherin. These five oil paintings are from the 1999-2000 time-frame, when my initials were CSC, not CSS (Chandra S Sherin).

The last three paintings are all on the same canvas, shown chronologically.

“The Present Moment,” by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Oil on canvas. Original work owned by Viterbo University’s Art Department.
“The World Between Us,” by Chandra Sherin, 1999. Oil on canvas.
“Layers” by Chandra S Sherin, featured in the 1998 publication of Viterbo University’s “Touchstone.” Oil on canvas.
“Layers 2,” by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Oil on canvas.
“Layers 3,” by Chandra S Sherin, 2000. Oil on canvas.

 

Retrospective: Past Works, Part One

Past Works, Part 1: Monotype Prints
Chandra S Sherin
Feb. 22, 2018
updated March 30, 2018

Welcome to the Wild Clover blog! All posts on this site will have to do with the art, photography, and other creative works and features by Chandra S Sherin.

We begin with a retrospective series of past works by Chandra S Sherin.

Below: six monotype prints I created in 1998/99. These were all before I was married, and my initials back then were CSC, instead of the current CSS (Chandra S Sherin).

For an artist statement go here.

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“Time Between Us,” monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1998.

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“Survivor,” monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1998. Original and prints available.

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Untitled, monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1998.

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“Plasticity,” monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1998. Original and prints available.
“Plasticity 2” monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1998. Original and prints available.

 

Untitled monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Featured on Viterbo University’s “Touchstone” (La Crosse, WI)  cover that year. Original owned by Viterbo’s Art Department.