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The Sound of One Hand: Reaching Beyond the limits of Traditional Ink Painting

Friday, December 3, 2010

Twitter Art Exhibit Photo

Twitter Art Exhibit Photo
Moss, Norway

Walls of postcard size art from all over the globe sent to Moss, Norway!

This art event opened December 2, 2010 and will be open until February 2, 2011. This wonderful art was donated by international artists to help raise money for childrens' books in the library. Opening night 45 cards sold and raised 9000 NOK ($1479.00) for new books the first day! I understand that the people present were all exited and many took down names of artists and did research on the computers at the library. 

Spirit Long 
by Casey Shannon Studio

This image was my contribution to the effort.
For more information on this event see: Post of November 26

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Art Video Page

Sumi-e Video Art Page

I have recently discovered how to create art videos of my elegant sumi-e artwork and have learned how to post these beauties live on the popular website YouTube. I have been happily working away at my creations for a few days now and I am really enjoying myself. I have found a new outlet for my ever changing creativity on the computer. I have created a Studio Video page on my personal art website and I would be pleased if you would visit it.

Thank you for your support!


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Studio Video

Studio Video

Contemporary Sumi-e Art studio video
This is a new studio video. It contains Contemporary Sumi-e Bamboo (only). Modern brush painting reaching beyond the limits of traditional ink painting creating spirit and the sound of one hand. Meditative artistic Zen. This video includes music called 'Waves of Bliss' by Marina Raye. So, turn your volume on. I hope you enjoy viewing it. Get ready for some visual eye candy!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Moss Library location of #twitterartexhibit

Moss Library, Norway

This is the location of the first International Twitter Art Exhibit held in Moss Norway. It is the brain child of @DavidSandumArt ~ David Sandum, painter. See my post of November 11, 2010 for more information about the art exhibit.

David writes on his blog, "As so many of you are involved in #twitterartexhibit, I figured I'd better take some pics after today's meeting with the library director. Moss is a small town with about 30.000 people, so the library is not exactly humongus. But it has three floors and is more than suffiecient for the populus. The library (bibliotek in Norwegian) is located in a part of town called Møllerbyen that used to be part of the towns industry (years ago). The wall will will be able to show 240 cards, and so far we've received art from 173 artists (4 more days to go until deadline ends Nov 27th). The library is located next to the city's movie theater (kino). You can read more about Moss, Norway here:,_Norway

The statue/sculpture out in front (of the boy reading), is made by American sculptor in Moss (from NY state), Bruce Naigles - who is well known here and a close friend of mine (we used to have studios next to each other for three years). I think it is the most wonderful sculpture. Bruce is not on Twitter but you can find him on Facebook and his website:"
David Sandum
For more library pictures and information go to David's blog.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

International Twitter Art Exhibit

Spirit Long Postcard
by @CaseyStudio

This is my contribution to the Twitter Art Exhibit in Moss, Norway

The first ever International Twitter Art Exhibit postcard size event will be held in Moss, Norway on December 1, 2010 and will be on display for 2 months. This exhibit is the 'brain child' of fellow Twitter artist and friend @DavidSandumArt. The postcard art exhibit will benefit the Moss Children's Library.  A wall of cards will be displayed for people to enjoy. Each card will be labeled with the artist's Name, City, Country,  @TwitterName, and Title of Work. The cards will be sold for $34 (200 NOK) and all the sales will go to the children's library to buy books. I am honored to be part of this wonderful art event. Can you imagine 140 hand painted cards from artists all over the world covering  a huge wall? How splendid for the eye to see!

More details and a complete list of artists can be found HERE

11-13-2010 update for #twitterartexhibit: 
Great news! Punkt Ø -Momentum (Norwegian goverment art agency), has now agreed to be a partner in project and custom-construct the large white wall for the cards, which will be located at the library entrance. This will take two workers a full days work!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Casey Shannon Studio ~ 2011 Calendar

Casey Shannon Studio~ 2011 Calendar calendar
Casey Shannon Studio~ 2011 Calendar by CaseyStudio

Beautiful Sumi-e 2011 Calendar by Carmel Artist Casey Shannon. Each page displays a unique sumi-e for you to enjoy during each month. Elegance creating 'The Sound of One Hand'.
Casey Shannon Studio

Friday, November 5, 2010

Hakuin-N.Y. gets 'one hand clapping' Zen debut!

'Two Blind Men on Bridge'

N.Y. gets 'one hand clapping' Zen debut!

The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The publication of J.D. Salinger's "Nine Stories" introduced a new generation of Americans to a Zen Buddhist koan roughly translated as, "What is the sound of one hand clapping?"
News photo
"Making Dango"

This koan, which is an aid to meditation that cannot be solved by logical thinking, can be traced back to the 18th century Zen master Hakuin Ekaku.
Hakuin, who was also a brilliant and prolific painter, is virtually unknown to American audiences. Now, in the hopes of remedying that situation, the Japan Society in New York is staging the first retrospective of Hakuin's work in the United States.
Read full article in The Japan Times

Casey Shannon Studio

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

International Sumi-e Society

Sumi-e Certification

International Chinese Calligraphic Art
Ink Painting Artist Instutite

I was honored to be asked and recorded (10-16-2010) as an Invited Artist and a Counselor in this International Society of Chinese Art and Ink Painting Institute, which is located in Tokyo Japan and headed by Master Sumi-e painter Ransui Yakata

Click Here for information about the institute.
It is mostly written in Japanese but you'll get the idea!

View Society Video

Casey Shannon Studio

Friday, October 29, 2010


Hakuin ~ Zen Master
Contemplating 'The Sound of One Hand'

What is the sound of one hand clapping?

So asked Hakuin, the author of this well known Zen
koan. Hakuin was one of the most important Japanese Zen masters of the Rinzai school. Hakuin often asked his students to contemplate and meditate on this koan. Hakuin Ekaku (白隠 慧鶴, 1686–1769 or 1685–1768) was one of the most influential figures in Japanese Zen Buddhism.

Much of Hakuin's practice focused, as his teachings did, on zazen and koan practice. His motto was "meditation in the midst of activity is a thousand times superior to meditation in stillness". Hakuin's experiences of enlightenment seemed to come at unexpected moments, often when he was just walking or reading. One experience that he wrote about took place while he was walking through a torrential rain. As the water reached his knees, he suddenly realized the meaning of a particular verse that he had read earlier, and was seized by enlightenment. He had many such experiences, both large and small. Laughter was a large part of Hakuin's reaction to his enlightenments, and he was known to burst into spontaneous laughter upon realizing the essence of a particular koan, causing those around him to believe him to be a madman.

My heartfelt mission is to tell everyone on the planet that there is hope and life after stroke or any traumatic life-altering experience. I want to inspire others not only with my words but also with my art. Hakuin asked this question: 'What is the sound of one hand clapping?'. Could it be painting in wild abandon with your non-dominate hand? Creating 'The Sound of One Hand'?

Click Here to read my story and view 'The Sound of One Hand'.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

On a Personal Note!

Summer Contemporary Sumi-e
by Casey Shannon

On a Personal Note:
Today is my birthday and I have many things to be grateful for in my life. I am a year older and hopefully a year wiser. I am to be a grandma for the first time any day now. I have recently had my artwork displayed in a major central coast gallery. My art is featured in Dick Blick's 100 year celebration Studio Catalog. I am recovering successfully from a recent surgery. I live in one of the most beautiful areas on earth. I have family and friends who love and support me. And, I have the best service dog ever, Gabe. Life is good!

The above contemporary sumi-e is one of the first sumi-e created with my non- dominate left hand and one of my personal favorites. It was inspired by the many little flowers dancing on my deck during the summertime. The original painting was displayed in the Lauryn Taylor Art Gallery in Carmel-by-the-Sea. It sold to a gentleman living in Beijing China.

Fine Art Reproductions of Summer can be viewed or purchased at:
Casey Shannon Fine Art

Casey Shannon Studio

Sunday, September 19, 2010

'News from the Studio'

Cabrillo Gallery
Showing an art viewer my work

'News from the Studio'

Click Above

In the September Sumi-e Newsletter
Cabrillo Gallery
Featured Art
Haiku of the Month ~ Buson
Gabe's Wisdom

Archived Newsletters: HERE

Casey Shannon Studio

Bamboo Dance is Featured

Bamboo Dance

is being featured in the new Dick Blick Studio catalog for 2010-2011

They are celebrating 100 years!

Bamboo Dance is on pare 366.
Get your free catalog HERE

The original painting is not for sale.
You can purchase a lovely Fine Art Print HERE

Casey Shannon Studio

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

CAL IF OR NIA ~ Art Exhibit

Dance of the Pollen
Leaves of Life

My work has been accepted into this exibibition:
All Media Juried Exhibition open to California artists working in any medium. One artist will be selected for a solo exhibition in the gallery during the 2012-2013 academic year and two cash awards will be presented.

Selected works will be exhibited August 30 – September 24, 2010.
Artist reception will be Sunday, September 12, 2010 from 3:00 - 5:00pm

GUEST CURATORS: Ruth Braunstein, Owner & Shannon Trimble, Director of the Braunstein/Quay Gallery

Cabrillo Gallery 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003

Casey Shannon Studio

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Ensō Aven

Ensō Aven

What is an Ensō?
The Ensō is one of the most prevalent images of Zen Art, and it has become a symbol of the clean and strong Japanese aesthetic. The ensō is an expression of the mind of the artist who brushes it. As a symbol, the circle expresses the totality of our being. The circle points to the most vital aspect of our essence -- it's ultimate wholeness. The ensō symbolizes enlightenment, power, and the universe itself. It is a direct expression of thusness or this-moment-as-it-is.

This image was inspired by my new granddaughter due to arrive soon. Her name will be Aven. Aven is a 15th century Celtic name meaning 'pure radiance'. Aven is also a flower. Mountain Aven's are delicate yet strong sturdy little flowers that grow in very high altitudes. These little beauties are related to the rose. Puts a different meaning to the phrase 'my wild Irish rose!'

Fine Art Reproductions may be purchased Here.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

This is Where I Live ~ Inside

This is Where I Live

My Mini Sketchbook Monthly is finally finished. The inside of 'Where I Live' is complete. I enjoyed working on and creating this book very much and I can honestly say I am sad this project ended!
Please take a tour! Sketchbook.

The Art House Gallery.

My Sketchbook will be on permanent display at
Brooklyn, NY.
For more information on this project, see my previous blog post
- July 11, 2010.

Casey Shannon Studio

Sunday, July 11, 2010

This is Where I Live ~ Outside

Sketchbook Monthly Theme:
This is Where I Live

Sometimes I like to take a break from painting. At this time, I thoroughly enjoy creating sketchbooks with a theme. Making them feeds my very soul. Each individual drawing is a snapshot in time and it contains a loving part of me. To start my book, I took many many pictures of the outside and inside of my home. I enjoyed shooting all the 'nooks and crannies' of every corner and space. And, all the while thinking in my head, 'how shall I draw this scene?'

This sketchbook is still a work in progress. The book has the theme of 'This is Where I Live'. The completed sketchbook will be on display in The Art House Gallery at 303 Grand. The gallery is located in Brooklyn, NY. The Art House is a co-op for artists around the world and we build projects together. This is the second sketchbook I have created for The Art House. My book will remain on permanent display in their library.

So far, I have the outside completed, which consists of the first 19 pages. The finished sketchbook will contain 38 pages both inside and outside of where I live. Please stop by my website to view the sketchbook at this point ~ Outside. Stay tuned. The Inside will be finished soon!

Casey Shannon Studio

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

'News from Casey Shannon Studio'

Dancing Cranes
Artist in the Spotlight
Ransui Yakata

'News from Casey Shannon Studio'

Sumi-e Art Newsletter
from Casey Shannon Studio just published for
July contains:

Dance of the Pollen
Artist in the Spotlight ~ Ransui Yakata
Haiku of the Month ~ Issa

Gabe's Gossip!

Archived Newsletters here

Casey Shannon Studio
Casey Shannon Studio

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Dance of the Pollen

Dance of the Pollen

I have been a tad-bit neglectful of my blog recently and for that I apologize. I'll dust of the pollen and try to keep up better and in a more timely manner this summer month of July. Ah, speaking of July. Now this brings me to the subject of my post today. July and summer pollen.

Pollen was actually the inspiration for this sumi-e called Dance of the Pollen. Every summer afternoon here in Carmel Valley a breeze kicks up. It shoots down the valley hills and covers the land. This breeze can be warm or a bit cold depending on the temperature of the day. The daily breeze generally carries all sorts of pollen that dance in the air. The pollen come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. They dance, they twirl, and they fly. Very fun to watch as long as you don't get it in your nose! The above sumi-e was created on just such a day.

Dance of the Pollen may be purchased from my SumiSpirit Gallery at ImageKind as a beautiful fine art reproduction. You may finish your art print with a frame and mat of your choice right on the website if you wish.

The original sumi-e can be seen in Gallery Journey Into Art

Casey Shannon Studio

Thursday, June 10, 2010

'News from Casey Shannon Studio'

'News from Casey Shannon Studio'

May/June Art Newsletter just published.
~ Casey Shannon Fine Art
~ Artist in the Spotlight ~ Melody Lea Lamb
~ Haiku of the Month ~ Basho
~ Gabe's Gossip ~ Observations from a Service Dog

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Branches of Oak

Branches Of Oak Framed Print

Branches of Oak

This wonderful contemporary sumi-e by Casey Shannon was inspired by the lovely Oak Trees that surround my home. I love waking up in the morning to look out my window and see these majestic branches. You never know what little critter may have slept in them the previous night. It's always a surprise to see who may be curled up in the tree's strong branches and just waking to start the day. It's a very spiritual experience for me to witness this magic of nature.

Gorgeous Giclee prints are available at my Fine Art Gallery

Giclée (pronounced "zhee-clay" from French) is a process of making fine art prints from a digital source usung ink-jet printing. The name was originally applied to fine art prints created on Iris printers in a process invented in the early 1990s but has since come to mean any high quality ink-jet print and is often used in galleries and print shops to denote such prints. Beside its association with Iris prints, in the past few years, the word “giclée,” as a fine art term, has come to be associated with prints using fade-resistant "archival" inks. I have 15 images to choose from in my Fine Art Gallery not found elsewhere.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Basho's Pond


Basho's Pond
Contemporary Sumi-e by Casey Shannon

Ever wonder who is the greatest Haiku artist of all time? In my humble opinion, that person would be Matsuo Basho. Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉, 1644 – November 28, 1694) was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. During his lifetime, Bashō was recognized for his works in the collaborative haikai no renga form; today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as a master of brief and clear haiku. His poetry is internationally renowned, and within Japan many of his poems are reproduced on monuments and traditional sites.

'The great age of Haiku spans only a little over a hundred years, and yet it's poetry is a river that continues to flow. Basho is neither the beginning nor the end'. ~ Sam Hamill

At the ancient pond,
a frog plunges into,
the sound of water
~ Basho

The above Haiku is my favorite of Basho's many works and it was the inspiration for my sumi-e called 'Basho's Pond'. You may purchase a fine art reproduction of this sumi-e Here.

Casey Shannon Studio

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Robin Contemplating a Song

Robin Contemplating A Song Framed Print

Robin Contemplating a Song

Someone had to sing,
It was the little bird,
In the Spring tree.
~ Casey

This contemporary Sumi-e was inspired by all the beautiful Robins singing and dancing in the Oak Trees that surround my home. I am captivated by watching the wild birds and enjoy them very much as they play among the tree branches chasing each other. They flit from limb to limb in wild abandon. Birds are incredibly beautiful creatures and lovely to paint. There are many kinds of birds living here in Carmel Valley. This Spring the Robins seem to be everywhere with their song.

I have a wonderful new website where you can purchase my original Sumi-e as framed fine art reproductions at very resonable prices. You can finish your art print right on the website with a frame and mat of your choice and choose your glazing. It's very easy and so much fun to play with and choose your favorite. The materials and workmanship for each piece are of the finest quality available at an unbeatable price. Cards are also available.
Please go to: Casey Shannon Fine Art

Casey Shannon Studio

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Red Moon over Bamboo

Red Moon over Bamboo

Into the field of
yellow flowers,
The red setting sun!
~ Natsume Soseki

This is a contemporary Sumi-e I created one evening while I was sitting in my studio 'day dreaming'. The image appeared to me very clearly as if by a mysterious magic. I love bamboo and the significance of this majestic plant of the grass family. I often use bamboo as the subject for my paintings.

Ever since the beginning of Chinese and Japanese writing and painting, bamboo has been written about and also been painted in the same manner, in other words, a work depicting bamboo is both a painting and a piece of calligraphy. There are so-called “bamboo painters” who all their lives paint only bamboo. "The bamboo is strong, upright, and dependable. He may bend with the wind, the storm and the rain, but he never breaks. He is a true gentleman of courage and endurance". (Ju 1989).

Bamboo also exhibits a certain visual appeal. Its straight stalk was the symbol of the sage, in that adversity could always bend it but it could never break it. I want to be like the mighty bamboo!

Red Moon over Bamboo may be purchased as a Fine Art Reproduction and the original can be seen in Gallery Spirit.

Casey Shannon Studio

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Art for Cancer Group! News!

AFC celebrates One Year

The Art for Cancer Group is excited to celebrate it's First Anniversary of existence. We are a global group of artists that have banded together to help fight cancer. A portion (100% - 25%) of the proceeds of the sale of our designated art pieces is donated to various cancer research organizations. We have some amazing artists and stunning artwork represented in our group. We currently have over 240 members world wide with over 2000 pieces of art donated that include painting, photography, digital art, and mixed media.

To help us celebrate this momentous occasion we have just launched our own AFC website. We have listed AFC members and their websites, described the Cancer Organizations we support with their links, published selected Art, showcased Artist Interviews, display a Creative Poetry Corner, and celebrate stories of Hope and Strength. Read my story of Healing with Art.

Be sure to also visit AFC at:
FaceBook ~ Fan Page
Squidoo ~ Lens
YouTube ~ Channel
Follow Us ~ Twitter

Casey Shannon Studio

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

'News from Casey Shannon Studio'

Enso Spring By Casey Shannon

'News from Casey Shannon Studio'

In the studio April Newsletter:
Enso ~ Zenga Art,
Artist in the Spotlight ~ Jean Levert Hood,
Self - Portrait Project,
and the best of Gabe's Gossip ~ Observations from a Service Dog. Enjoy!

Casey Shannon Studio

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Ensō - Zenga Art

Potter Enso ~ Nakazato Muan (1895-1985)
~ Photo: Robyn Buntin of Honolulu

Potter Enso Shikishiban
brushed by Nakazato Maun
about 1976

This is a treasure from my personal Ensō collection. What is an Enso? 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. The Ensō symbolizes enlightenment, power, and the universe itself. It is a direct expression of thusness or this-moment-as-it-is. Ensō is considered to be one of the most profound subjects in zenga (Zen inspired painting).

'Kokoro tadashikereba sunawachi fude tadashi'.
If your mind is correct, the brush will be correct.

To learn more about the symbolism and beauty of 'The Ensō', please visit Gallery Enso.

You can also view Contemporary Western Ensō by Carmel artist Casey Shannon. There you can purchase original Ensō paintings or Fine Art Prints, which can be finished with a frame right on the website you will be directed to view. Enjoy!

Friday, March 5, 2010

'News from the Studio'

Regal Gabe

'News from Casey Shannon Studio'

In the March Newsletter

My March newsletter has just been published! Check it out.
Sumi Preparation,
Artist in the Spotlight ~ Annie Gazeley,
Sketchbook Project,
and a new feature ~ Gabe's Gossip!


Casey Shannon Studio

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bell Blue Light

Bell Blue Light Greeting Card

This is a lovely delicate sumi-e of some wild flowers that appear as if by magic every Spring in my garden walkway. They are so airy and light. The blossoms are 'see through' and paper thin. And, they sway gently back and forth in the Spring breezes that roll though the valley. I am not sure what they are called. They are some form of wild orchid, I think.

This image is available for purchase as greeting cards and note cards. Each card is completely customizable to suit your needs. Bell Light is also available as an art print. You may professionally finish your art print right on the website with a beautiful frame and mat of your choice, if you wish.

The original Sumi-e of Bell Blue Light can be viewed and purchased in Gallery Spirit

Casey Shannon Studio

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Be Well Forest

Forest of Shadows
Contemporary Sumi-e

This sumi-e is from my Gallery Be Well.

The phrase 'Be Well' is a greeting between friends that is used frequently in Africa. When I visited that lovely continent, I picked up this phrase and I use it often in my everyday communication with others. It has become a personal greeting known to all my friends. After experiencing a devastating stroke several years ago, this phrase grew to have a heartfelt meaning for me. The large round red chop is interpreted to mean 'Be Well'. I have used this chop on each of the Sumi-e paintings exhibited in this gallery.

Be Well my friends!

This sumi-e 'Be Well Forrest' was inspired by the oak tree forest that surrounds my home. My house is nestled in and under these beauties. The Oak Trees are majestic spirits and provide a pleasant home, not only for me, but also for the delightful creatures of Carmel Valley. My favorite creatures are the plentiful and various birds that flit around in the branches of these incredible trees every day, while singing and playing to their hearts content. It's a marvel to watch them.

The original sumi-e painting is available for purchase at the Gallery Be Well ~ Art Prints called Forest of Shadows are available at my Zazzle Gallery and Fine Art Reproductions are available in my SumiSpirit Gallery at ImageKind.

Casey Shannon Studio

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sketchbook Project ~ Grand Opening!

Brooklyn Art Library Grand Opening!

Grand Opening canceled! They are rescheduling the show for Saturday, March 6th from 7:00-10:00pm.

How to get to the Brooklyn Art Library
The building is located on the corner of Coffey St and Richards St in Red Hook. Please enter from Coffey street. We will have a nice lighted sign to help guide you to our entrance.

Take the F or G train to Smith/9th St. station. Take bus B-77 to Rocky Sullivan's Bar. Walk up to Coffey and make a left. You will see the sign!

Here's a link to google maps for more pinpointed directions.

Brooklyn Art Library is located in Red Hook in Brooklyn at:
201 Richards St #16
Brooklyn, NY 11231

In case for some reason you can't make it March 6th
They will be open on Monday and Tuesday from 11:00-4:00pm next week. For updates on when they are open, check out the website starting on March 1st to see the hours for the current week.

The sketchbooks will also be in Boston at Laconia Gallery next weekend on March 5th from 5:00-8:00pm. If you're around the area, be sure to come out!

Casey Shannon's art will be represented. Here is a link to view my Sketchbook, and please visit my studio..

Casey Shannon Studio


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