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.