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

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.

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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

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