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

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!


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