Photography: Peony Season, Part Two

CS Sherin, June 12th, 2019

More peony photos for Spring. Hooray! As always, if you would like to order a full resolution archival quality print or to buy a digital copy of any of these, please contact me.

By the way, I recently found out that white peony tea is not at all a peony (Paeonia). White peony tea, Bai Mudan in Chinese, is from the Camellia sinesis plant.

This is good to know, as the leaves of the peony plant are not edible. However, the root of the peony (Paeonia lactiflora) is used in Chinese herbal medicine and has many uses.


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Photography: Peony Season, Part One

CS Sherin, June 6 2019

I have been posting a lot of my photography and art on Instagram lately. Peony season seems a good time to post some flower photography here for a change.

Photography is something that I do as an artist, yes, but also as a way to meditate on and appreciate overlooked beauty and wonder around us each day. It begins with taking the photos with an open mind, persistence, and patience. Then, through the editing process, I begin to appreciate what is captured on a whole new level. Editing photos is a part of what makes this practice an art for me. Most of all, photography draws me close to nature in a way that goes beyond the moments of being there.

I am not going out with a tripod and big expensive lenses. I am not a studio type photographer. I have always done this in a minimalist way. That is true to who I am and how I approach life. An acquaintance of mine who gets into photography, after looking at my photography, asked what I use. I revealed my little camera, and they were shocked and said it was miraculous that I get the photos I do “with just that”. The difference between me and a studio photographer is that my core is studio artist, not photographer. I want to create art in moments and in contemplation of what is, and what arises afterwards. Most of all, when I go out to photograph, it is therapeutic for my spirit and heart, and I am able to let go and be.

Peonies are a favorite of mine to photograph. Did you know that peonies have been cultivated for over 2,000 years and can live for 100 years or more? Not only are they simply gorgeous in full bloom, they represent the ability to thrive and bloom where you are planted. Once planted, it is not recommended to move a peony plant. They do best in full sun, but some put them in semi-shade to help the gorgeous blooms last just a bit longer. From my observances, they seem to do well with a subtle structure (like a tomato cage type thing) to hold up the plant when the heavy blooms come about. Also, planted in full sun they do, indeed, seem taller and happier than those in part-shade. Without further delay, here are my peony photos from yesterday.

Isn’t just seeing a photo of peonies a real mood booster? Flowers truly are living symbols of beauty, love, and mysteries of life.

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Poetry: Even In 1984 With Treason

CS Sherin
October 17, 2018
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What gracious time is this

when I walk through air on

earth and swim through water

under the sky? What grace

filled time is this

where I am sheltered every night

surrounded by six other beings who

wish and show me only love, who

stand by me no matter the weather

or time?  What glorious synchronicities

are these that orchestrate order in spite of

chaos, beauty and kindness in spite of active

hatred, wild regenerative wellness in spite of

polluted toxic disease? What timeless peace within

is this that reverberates endlessly in the

midst of cacophonies of strife and unrest?

What beautiful mind-bending grace is this? –this

breath, this heart — the rhythm and song within

us? PurplePrairieFlowers_2018_CSSherin_wildclover.org copyWhat is this glorious triumph of love that

travels beyond atrocities, that has no rival–

unmeasured goodness surviving here,

beyond the vision and grasp of all the

twisted distortions that destroy, erase, consume,

and assimilate. It is the great mystery of

ultimate reality beyond this, yet it is evidenced

through and through. Just as we give up hope,

just as the darkness enfolds, just as the distortions

distort yet more, the day after, the breath after that,

PrairieFlowers2018_CSSherin_wildclover.org copythe morning after that, the week after that–woven

through everything, invisible yet ineffable,

indelible — Great presence endures — untraceable

even in the worst 1984 with treason.


CS Sherin, WildClover |WildClover.org 2018©


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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 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 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.