Visual Poetry: Moments In Photos Become Art And Stepping Stones Along The Way

October 12, 2018
by CS  Sherin

Photo: Skeeze on Pixabay

I remember in college when I was going to art school that I kept a postcard up on my locker. It was a photograph of a golden eagle soaring in a clear blue sky. That photograph reminded me of a spiritual experience I had at the top of a mountain in the Rockies on my 13th birthday. It was a long, tiring climb, and it was my first ascent up an actual mountain. At the top was a revelation that engaged my whole being. At the top I could see across the range of mountains. At the top were trees, and ponds with tiny fishes or tadpoles, and very close above me was the silent grandeur of golden eagles soaring. Everything I saw and was a part of transformed me. It is an indelible experience and memory for me. The postcard was an image that kept that kind of energy present in my consciousness. It set the tone for every day that I earned my Studio Art degree. The meditation for today is photography, and specifically images that are meaningful to us.

When Autumn begins, the leaves fall, the air gets chilled, and I naturally begin to look forward to bedtime when I snuggle under the weight of blankets at night like a little squirrel in a nest. I delight in having reason to heat up some hot cacao to drink, and my inner bear feels the deep pull into, not hibernation, but into the inner cave of introspection, where I look back at what the summer was, in photos and dream journals mostly, and then look at what is changing outside, and what my goals are for the coming winter. As much as winter can be a challenge sometimes, there is nothing like transitioning from season to season, embracing each one as much as possible, flowing with the ancient rituals of our Earth’s rhythms and cycles.

I push aside the stresses that would demand my attention. I shut off the social media. I walk away from the phone. I resolutely choose, over and over, in each season, to walk in nature with my beautiful little dog, Samantha and with my husband and daughter. I choose to write and photograph what I see, what grabs me in the moment. And that is what they are, passing moments captured on digital photography. And it becomes not only a memory preserved, but also awakens a deeper appreciation in me of what potential, wonder, and beauty there is in every moment.

“People take pictures of each other

just to prove that they really existed…”

~ “People Take Pictures Of Each Other” by The Kinks

If that statement in the song by the great British Invasion era rock band, The Kinks, is true–there must be a fevered desired like never before to prove our existence to one another and ourselves. Yikes. Yet, I would like to think that even as we try to grasp beyond chronological time and the fleeting moments that slip on and on, just like the waves upon the shore of our ocean–that each art piece, photo, and movement for creativity is a stepping stone on a wonderful journey that is actually filled with mystery.

My inner bear of introspection is feeling very happy to share some of my favorite pics that journal moments in this past summer leading up to now. I have added some in-the-moment poetry with the images. May this be a joyful meditation and moment of recharging for you. Happy Friday!

Anniversaries bring out the pale pink rose vibrant with hope, love, and scent to heal the heart. It speaks of our love first-born, and then weathered and seasoned over decades, still new and emerging. Pink Rose Opening, 2018 Chandra S Sherin©
Out of hand (and foot) dangling like notes of music in the air, shoes that weren’t needed as one flies up like a bird? or left behind as one runs barefoot away from tight-fitting shoes with flimsy souls. Heavily populated wires mark territory for the imagination. Shoes On Wires, 2018, Chandra S Sherin©
We walk together through gardens, marshes, forests, city-scapes, and beaches. We meet the bees, birds, squirrels, butterflies, and other critters with wonder and love. We stand by the sunflowers praising the bees. We walk side by side through time and dreams. Bee On Sunflower, 2018, Chandra S Sherin©
The trees send out a proliferation of seeds in both the Fall and Spring. The amount of persistence required to carry out survival and ancestry. And in the cold climate the leaves burst in orchestrations of color as they die and fall. So much movement and beauty that flows from a stationary being, who is deeply rooted. Red Leaf With Yellow Leaves, 2018, Chandra S Sherin©

Retrospective: Past Works, Part 10

Past Works, Part 10: Paintings, Illustrations of 2015
Chandra S Sherin
April 5th, 2018

This is the conclusion to this 10 part retrospective series featuring various examples of works of art I have created from 1998 and onward.

Posts will return to a more current portfolio of works starting next week. You will find my artist statement here. Go to the bottom of this post for links to the previous posts in this Retrospective series.

This series closes with some vivid colors and fantasy themed illustrations in the form of acrylic paintings with ink that I created in 2015. If there is a piece from this series that you are interested in, please contact me and I will let you know if it is available, and in what format. Here they are:

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Close up of the “Bee Goddess,” acrylic on canvas with ink, 2015. Chandra S Sherin

 

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“How I Feel Riding Bike,” watercolor and ink on paper, 2015. Chandra S Sherin

 

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“Fire Faery,” acrylic and ink on canvas, 2015. Chandra S Sherin

 

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“Forest Faery-Angel With Robin,” acrylic and ink on canvas, 2015. Chandra S Sherin

 

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“Purple Lotus,” acrylic and ink on canvas, 2015. Chandra S Sherin

 

CS Sherin, WildClover.org 2018©

Chandra S Sherin Art, Retrospective Series Links:
One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine | 10 (current page)

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©