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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Be Like the Buddha Cat

Buddha Cat 

Most animals are full of gratitude for the present moment. Our feline friends just might be among the greatest Buddhist teachers on the planet. Cats embody Buddhist qualities and principles in a natural, effortless way. The following are six examples of Buddhist wisdom from cats:

1. Embrace and Savor the Moment

Embrace and savor the moment and  cats are no exception. Cats sleep when they are tired and eat when they are hungry; conversely, the unenlightened human mind tends to think a hundred thoughts before sleeping and while eating. Strive to embrace and savor each moment without distractions or mind chatter.

2. Make Use of Koans

Some Zen masters have been known to meditate for years on a single koan. The cat’s favorite koan is a simple one: Meow. The definition of koans lies beyond logic, and diligent repetition just might lead you to the gateless gate.

3. Move Mindfully

Cats are known for their ability to walk gracefully over cluttered and challenging terrain. Even if they stumble, they always seem to land on their feet. Remember to move softly and mindfully in your life with each step, and you will be on the road to Enlightenment.

4. Be Focused and Patient

A cat can watch a mouse hole for as long as it takes to pounce at the perfect moment. They embody the one-pointed mind, right concentration and “maintaining evenness.” While waiting, they are alert, still, and present in the moment. Strive to enjoy the fullness of waiting, anticipation, and the gaps between activity – and between thoughts – in your own life as well.

5. Be Unwavering In Your Faith

There are stories of lost cats traversing hundreds of miles to find their way home. The precious jewel of Enlightenment may seem elusive, but it is the destiny of us all. Whether in this lifetime or another, our awakening is assured and progress can be made each day. Be unwavering in your faith in your journey toward Enlightenment.

6. Chant For the Joy of It

In addition to meditation, chanting can be a valuable element of a Buddhist practice. It quiets the mind, centers the spirit, provides a focal point and exudes a positive intention. Cats tend to purr when they are happiest, and the sound is at once joyful and peaceful. Strive to bring joy and equanimity into your Buddhist chanting practice.
 

There are Zen masters among us, and many of them are cats. Whether you are a cat owner or just appreciate them, there is much to learn from these sleek, graceful animals. Strive to remember and embody these six gems of Buddhist wisdom from cats. 
* From Buddha Groove 

Here is a great book to guide you and your  Zen Cat within. Meditate along with the verses to gain a greater understanding of you, your life and your purpose. Find the meaning of truth in these verses and how to find it in the world around you. Let your inner Zen Cat guide you to enlightenment.

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
Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved


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Saturday, June 11, 2016

ICCPS Tokyo Exhibition 2016

Corner of Tokyo Exhibition 2016

Let me take you on a little trip through the ICCPS Tokyo Exhibition for 2016. These sumi calligraphy and painting scrolls are by the members of the Tokyo Branch of ICCPS - International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society. The society was founded in 2010 by Master Sumi Artist Ransui Yakata of Tokyo. This is a global society. Gregory Cortecero, French Branch Director, and myself as the North America Branch Director have our work included in the exhibit representing our branches.

Let me show you some of the work at the stunning exhibit.
Photos courtesy of Fujiko.

 Exhibit Goers

Beautiful Corner View 

More Lovely Work and Viewers

Close-Up of Two Scrolls 

My Work
'Dragon River' 

Dragon River - Detail
Sumi-e by Casey Shannon
14 x 15 - Sumi (Ink) - Xuan Paper

To view a short video of the exhibit go HERE

I hope you have enjoyed your tour!

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
Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved


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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Info: Thick Ma Paper

NW Seascape Rambling
Sumi-e by Casey Shannon
14 x 15 Sumi (Ink) on Ma Paper

I wanted to show you a painting created on a different kind of Ma. This sumi-e was created on the thickest of the Ma or Hemp papers. It has the elegant off white color with the paper fibers showing here and there. This makes for a lovely texture. This is a semi-sized paper and some ink painters call this paper "slow". You do not need to paint as quickly as you do when painting on Xuan paper. Your brush strokes can be made slower and still have quality results. I have found this paper is great for landscapes. It is too thick for mounting into a scroll. However it can be framed beautifully.

Click HERE for more information and my blog post of May 25, 2016 on Ma paper.

You can see more of my recent work using different papers on my website.


Casey Shannon
Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Sociey

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
Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved


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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Incense Ceremony

Incense

There is nothing like good incense!  Nothing makes me feel so instantly blissful, content, and at peace than the smell of incense. When I'm having a bad day or difficult time,  I light some incense and whatever troubles me fades away with each breath I take. The Japanese culture has taken the burning of incense to a whole other level - The Incense Ceremony. ( Koh-do )


Like the tea ceremony (called chanoyu (茶の湯) and flower arrangement ( called Ikebana) , Koh-do, or "incense ceremony," is an important tradition in Japan. Koh-do is always presented by licensed practitioners who have graduated from koh schools — either the Shino or Oie schools — that have have been preserving and conveying this tradition for over five centuries. Incense ceremony is traditionally carried out in the Koh room (as pictured), with a Master of Ceremonies and a small group of participants. Most incense ceremonies involve a game in which the participants attempt to guess the scent is being burned. There are hundreds of variations of these incense games.

While the formal Koh-do ceremony is steeped in protocol and tradition, the main idea is to have fun with fragrance and learn to "listen" to incense. Of course, one does not have to have an experienced, "trained nose" to enjoy and appreciate incense. Informal gatherings of people can meet to share different kinds of incense and create their own games.

A good source of additional information about the vivid history and culture of Japanese incense, including Koh-do incense ceremony, is The Book of Incense by Kiyoko Morita.

The Book of Incense
I have created some  Zen Digital Art as prints to sooth and relax. Have you ever watched smoke from incense curl up into the sky? Your senses are filled with relaxation as you smell and see the smoke spirit. Created by accomplished Carmel artist Casey Shannon.
Smoke Spirit 
by Casey Shannon
Casey Shannon
Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Sociey

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
Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved


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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Japan Exhibition 2016

Japan Exhibition 2016
Tokyo Japan
June 6 to 12 2016

I am pleased and honored to share with you that I will be representing the North America Branch of ICCPS at the Tokyo Japan art Exhibition 2016. The exhibit is organized by master Ryunosuke Yakata founder of ICCPS - International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society. Exhibit runs June 6 - 12, 2016

This show is the work of Ransui Yakata's sumi-e and calligraphy art academy. It includes the work of the directors of the branches of ICCPS - China, France, Russia, and North America. 

My work: Dragon River





Dragon River
Sumi-e by Casey Shannon
15 x 18 Sumi (Ink) on Xuan Paper

This work was mounted and made into a hanging scroll for the show. I will post pictures of the exhibit as soon as I receive them.



Casey Shannon
Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Sociey

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
Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ma (Hemp) Paper

Touching Beach
Sumi-e by Casey Shannon
Sumi (ink) on 12 x 13.5 on Ma Paper 
 
Ma Paper 
I had never painted on Ma (Hemp) paper before I painted this sumi-e. I liked this paper for painting my landscape. This paper is made of wild hemp fibers. It is thin with an elegant natural off white finish. It has fibers showing through the paper which create interest yet the paper is smooth. It is very strong which allows for wet on wet style painting. It is very durable for washes. 
 
Ma Paper is considered a semi-sized paper.. This paper, with it's longer fibers, gives artists the ability to paint wet-on-wet with confidence. A common use for this paper is painting landscapes with washes, clouds, mists and waterfalls. Ma is a favorite of landscape painters because of its ability to handle repetitive washes and shading without pilling or tearing. You can also
use thick, intense color on this paper to achieve lively and vivid results.
 
I got my Ma Paper from Henry at Blue Heron Arts. Henry carries two kinds of Ma Paper. Single and double. Single is very thin yet super strong. Double is thick which can be used for painting or for printing. I have not painted on the double thickness yet but will try it soon. 

You can see more of my recent work using different papers on my website.


Casey Shannon
Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Sociey

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
Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved


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Monday, May 23, 2016

Carmel Valley Ranch Magazine

Carmel Valley Ranch Magazine
Carmel Valley, CA

I am very pleased to announce that my sumi-e artwork is being featured in Carmel Valley Ranch Magazine along with a few other very talented local artists from CVAA - Carmel Valley Art Association. We have a two page spread. This is the magazine of Carmel Valley Ranch 2016 and is in all the lodges and inns in Carmel Valley. I am very honored to have my sumi-e work represented here.



Can you see my work?

My sumi-e is in the upper left-hand corner of the magazine. It is titled: "Wabi Sabi - Rising Up" and represents the landscape of my life. This painting is actually a commemorative painting in celebration marking 30 years of my stroke. 

You can see more of my sumi-e art on my website.

Casey Shannon
Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Sociey

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
Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved


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