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

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Shodo ~ Calligraphy

What is Shodo you ask?
Sho = writing
Do = a path of life
Shodo (pronounced sho-doe) is one of the traditional Japanese "Do" forms, such as Chado (tea ceremony), Kado (flower arrangement), Budo (martial ways), etc. Shodo is the specialized art of artistically writing kanji (Japanese and Chinese characters). It originated in China more than 3000 years ago.
~ Keiko

Interested in joining ICCPS?
Go to: Society

 by Muso Soseki 1275-1351
Calligraphy translation: "No Spiritual Meaning"

Casey Shannon Studio
Director North American Branch of ICCPS
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

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sketchbook ~ StoryBook

Enso and the Haiku
by Casey

The Sketchbook Project sponsored by The Art House Gallery library will house sketchbooks by artists from around the world. Visitors to the exhibit will receive library cards and be able to view the books at exhibitions around the country. The goal of the project is to create a giant collective of sketchbooks from around the globe and make it accessible to everyone. The Project was featured on CNN and the library will be touring across the country. My sketchbook this year will not be touring the country. Nor will it be on permanent display in New York.

Let me explain. I love creating these books. Every time I show my daughter my book, she says "Oh mom, don't send it on tour and then to stay in NY!" Well, this year she got her way. My sketchbook theme was storybook and I wrote a story about my canary Enso and dedicated it to my new granddaughter, Aven. When my daughter saw this book, she loved it and wanted to keep the book to give to Aven when she grows up. What could I say? 

My entire illustrated storybook is available for viewing at Enso and the Haiku.

Friday, January 21, 2011

North American Branch of ICCPS

 International Chinese Calligraphy Art and Ink Painting Society

Head Office: Tokyo, Japan
Founder Ransui Yakata

North American Branch

The North American branch of ICCPS is a very eclectic and talented group of sumi artists. Currently we are seven strong in this branch. ICCPS is a new international sumi society with a "far reaching' vision. We vary in style of sumi work and culture. We have branches in Tokyo, France and The Netherlands/Belgium.

Below is a video of the sumi artists from the North American branch.
Marc Bauer-Maison's Enso Rabbit is the cover you see here and his rabbit is leading this branch into the 'Year of the Rabbit'  2011! Be sure to turn on your sound for beautiful music.

If you are interested in joining this branch, please click here.

Casey Shannon Studio
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
Director of North American Branch

Monday, January 3, 2011

StoryBook ~ Coming Soon!


Coming Soon to a Computer near you!

As we begin a new year and open our hearts to new possibilities and joys, I begin a new sketchbook for The Art House Co-Op Gallery. My sketchbook will travel around the country on tour with other sketchbooks from artists all over the world. It will then be permanently on display at the 303 Grand Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. 

My theme for the 2011 sketchbook is 'StoryBook'. My story is called 'Enso and the Haiku'. Can you guess what it is going to be about? I'm not telling. However, the first page of my sketchbook is above. There might be a clue in there for you. The 40 page sketchbook is currently being created. I have 14 pages complete to date.

The sketchbook illustrations are all created with pen and ink, ink brush, and colored pencil. The outline is stamped with red cinnabar paste as is the artist chop at the bottom center of each page. The square artist chop translates into my name which is 'Casey'.

The entire sketchbook will be available for viewing soon on my art website


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