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Thursday, August 17, 2017

O-Bon Festival

Chanting 'The Lotus Chant"

O-Bon Spirit Festival

I attended the O-Bon Festival at the Portland Japanese Garden last night. What a special occasion that was! So lovely! I found such peace and respect at a time when our world seems to need it the most.

O-Bon is a Buddhist memorial festival, which dates back more than 1300 years in Japan. Buddhist services are held at temples and homes throughout Japan to pray for one’s ancestors and particularly for those who have died within the past year. This serves as a reminder of the importance of family ties, as a gesture of respect for those who have gone before, and as an acknowledgment of the brevity and preciousness of life as a family.

We danced, we chanted, and we lit candles to float on the pond to help guide the spirits of our loved ones and Ancestors.

Music

Dancers and Musicians
Musicians
Everyone Dancing
Path to the Pond
Lighting the Candles and Floating them on the Pond
“O-Bon is a time to reflect on our immortality and remind ourselves that we are not alone, but that we are members of a vast and ancient society made up of both our forebears and of future generations.” – Garden Member
Casey Shannon

Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部:Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家
  Casey Shannon Studio Art. 
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Ensō Noble

Ensō Noble 
Original sumi-e by Casey Shannon

This lovely Asian scroll just sold and is being shipped to New Jersey as we speak. It was purchased as a gift to a Tae Kwan Do master teacher. I am very honored my art was chosen to be given as the gift.

In Zen Buddhist painting, Ensō symbolizes a moment when the mind is free to simply let the body and spirit create in full moment-to-moment concert. In Buddhism, enlightenment has been symbolized by a “bright full moon”. This painting was inspired by the Ensō  and the strength and power of the mountain, tree, and rock. A gathering of three (trees and rocks)  in the center denotes beauty and simplicity.  It is sacred. It is oneness. It also signifies wholeness. This directly relates to the significance of the Ensō which among other things also signifies wholeness. Mountains are very strong and noble.

Hence, the title.’ Ensō Noble'.
To learn more about the Ensō click here

Casey Shannon

Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部:Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家
  Casey Shannon Studio Art. 
Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved


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Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Importance of Words


Look what I just received! I just received this photo of my artwork from my favorite professor in graduate school at California State University, Long Beach, Dr. Casey. (John Jack Casey).  I created it way back in May of 1990. He was leaving to go to teach at another university and I was very sad so I made him this drawing with the Richard Bach saying on it. He has kept it all these years and has displayed it in his office wherever he went. We have just recently reconnected on FaceBook! At the time, I did not fully realize the importance of the words.

Here is our FaceBook exchange about the work!


Comments
John Jack Casey
John Jack Casey One of the reasons I kept it on my office wall continuously from 1990 until 2017 was for what it meant to me. You are my hero, Casey Shannon, for your perseverance in life, to find beauty and strength when times are seemingly insurmountable. You don't know how strong you can be until strong is your only choice...and no one has shown that more than Shannon Casey and Casey Shannon, And I believe meeting again is certain in ways beyond our own mortal comprehension. ❤️ Thank you.
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Casey Shannon Art Studio 凱西香儂齋 Dr. Casey your comments mean a great deal to me. I am actually in tears reading them right now. Thank you so much for your words and your wisdom. I have always thought you were an amazing person and your family and friends are lucky to have you. I am lucky too.

Words are important!
Life is amazing!

Casey Shannon

Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部:Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家
  Casey Shannon Studio Art. 
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Fun Quick Draws

Shadow Mountain
by Casey Shannon


I am on a sweet little vacation right now from teaching. I am having a bit of fun with some quick draws and I thought I'd share some of them with you! These works are 7 x 10 inches on Masa Paper. They are quick renditions of the spirit of nature. The trick is to clear your mind of all pre-ideas, grab your paper and paints, and 'just go for it'. 
I hope you enjoy them. 

Garden House by Casey Shannon

Pagoda Tree by Casey Shannon
Little Bird by Casey Shannon
Modern Bamboo by Casey Shannon
Landscape by Casey Shannon
Sticks of Bamboo by Casey Shannon
and finally!!!
Gentle Grass by Casey Shannon
I hope you have enjoyed viewing these. All are available for sale on my art website.
Casey Shannon Studio
Casey Shannon

Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS

International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部:Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家
  Casey Shannon Studio Art. 
Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved


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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Enso Noble

Enso Noble
by Casey Shannon

How great is this? I just sold this original sumi-e called "Enso Noble" to a traditional taekwondo school in Madison, NJ. They are having a special event for their Sensei and giving my painting to him as a special gift. I am so pleased and honored. I am having the painting made into a hanging scroll for them. The event is in September 2017. Wow! 
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Inside the enso is a mountain, three trees, and three dots. There is not really a profound particular significance to the three trees and the three dots. Other than the number three is a beautiful esthetic number which I use in my paintings a lot. A gathering of three (birds, trees, dots, etc.) denotes beauty and simplicity to me.  It is sacred. It is oneness. It also signifies wholeness to me. This directly relates to the significance of the enso which among other things also signifies wholeness. The enso is a profound symbol in Zen. Mountains are very strong and noble. Hence, the title. 'Enso Noble'.

Casey Shannon

Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS

International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部:Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家
  Casey Shannon Studio Art. 
Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved

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Friday, July 28, 2017

China Exhibition 2017

ICCPS China Exhibition 2017

I am thrilled to share with you that my sumi-e work will be displayed in the ICCPS - International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society 2017 Exhibition. The show will be in AnShan City, China at the Cultural Center. It will be held in October. There will be sumi artists represented from around the globe and I am so pleased and honored to be one of these special artists.

Ransui Yakata of Tokyo and iCCPS China Branch will head the exhibit.

Casey Shannon

Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS

International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部:Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家
  Casey Shannon Studio Art. 
Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Tokyo Exhibition 2017

International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

ICCPS - Tokyo Exhibition for 2017
Tokyo Osaki O Art Museum

June 9 - 14

 
I am pleased to announce my work is shown at this exhibit. I was asked my Master Painter Ransui Yakata to display my sumi-e work. I am honored to do so and represent the North America Branch of ICCPS. Here are a few photos of this prestigious art event. The photographs are courtesy of Fujiko.














This is my scroll called 'The Way'.



Casey Shannon

Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS

International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部:Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家
  Casey Shannon Studio Art. 
Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved

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