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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Wabi Sabi

The concept of  'Wabi Sabi'.


"Defining wabi sabi in physical terms is like explaining the taste of a piece of chocolate by its shape and color." ~ by Drs. Wong and Hirano 
"Learning to see The Invisible"
Source: Touching Stone Gallery

What is wabi sabi? Ask a Japanese this question and there will likely be a long silence. Pose the same question to an American, however, the answer will often be quick and sure: "It’s beauty of things imperfect!" Why do the Japanese struggle for an answer to the meaning of wabi sabi that seems to come easily to Westerners? Could they be searching for a different answer altogether? - Touchstone Gallery
The term wabi sabi is derived from two characters shared by Japanese and Chinese. Originally, wabi 侘 means ‘despondence’, and sabi 寂 means ‘loneliness' or 'solitude'. These are words for feelings, not for physical appearance of objects. it is a profound aesthetic consciousness that transcends appearance. It can be felt but rarely verbalized, much less defined. 
 Many of my readers and collectors of my sumi-e art work, know that I experienced a massive stroke. I learned many things from this experience. One of the most important things I learned is this: I have found that it is important to love ourselves again, to be accepting and tolerant, and be open to what our lives are now. To help me with this concept, I learned about wabi-sabi, the art of imperfection. Wabi-sabi is the Japanese tradition of celebrating the beauty in what's flawed or worn. It offers an inspiring way to look at your whole life. To discover wabi-sabi is to see the singular beauty in something that may first look decrepit and ugly. Bringing wabi-sabi into your life requires a mind quiet enough to appreciate muted beauty, find courage not to fear, and a willingness to accept things the way they are. Wabi-sabi depends on the ability to slow down, to shift the balance from doing to being, to appreciating rather than perfecting. Wabi-sabi can be adopted as a way of seeing and being in the world. 

Commemorative 'Wabi Sabi' Seal 
This is my personal 'Wabi Sabi' seal/chop carved especially for me by Henry Li of Blue Heron Arts. Henry carved this mood seal at my request. It will be used on the special life occasion of the 30th Anniversary of my stroke, which will be on October 20, 2013. I will be painting a commemorative sumi-e on that day to honor my stroke and will seal the painting with this very special chop.

This Tianhuang soapstone is from Changhua, Zhejiang, China. * It is cut into a beautiful rectangular shape with natural skin and edge on one side. *Tian means "paddy field" and Huang means yellow.  In restrictive sense, "Tianhuang" refers to a kind of yellow-colored soapstone unearthed from rice paddy in Shoushan, which is regarded as the most valuable of all seal stones in China. However, this Tianhuang soapstone of mine is NOT from Shoushan, but from Changhua, Zhejiang province, which is known as "Changhua Tianhuang" or "Changhua Yellow".  


The stone that I chose for this special carving is very wabi sabi in its own right. It is its own beauty in imperfection just like me. And, very auspicious, indeed! 
 Below is a video of Henry carving my 'Wabi Sabi' seal. Enjoy!
 




Director of North America 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

Casey is also a member of the Anshan Rare Stone Seal Society in Liaoning province, China.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

AnShan City, China 2013 Exhibition

Ransui Yakata, founder of ICCPS, outside China Exhibition

The 3rd ICCPS International Exhibition
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

30 September – 6 October 2013
Opening ceremony: 30 September 9:30 am

Place: 鞍山市铁东区青少年宫 (43 Shengli nan lu, Tiedong qu, Anshan, Liaoning)

Public Center AnShan City, China

Over 95 calligraphy and sumi-e art works were on display at this prestigious event. Artists from Japan, China, United States, Canada, Holland, Argentina, Croatia, France, Germany, and Russia presented their works at this beautiful exhibit.

North America Branch Members Participating:
Casey Shannon - USA
Marc Bauer-Maison - Canada
Tai Oi Yee - Canada
Kalpa MacLachlan - Holland
Martha Goedings - Holland
William Preston - USA
Meredith McPherson - USA
Rona Conti - USA
Alfred Freddy Krupa - Croatia
Patricia Larkin Green - USA
Patricia Ines Gomez - Argentina
Alejandro Angio - USA

I was honored to have two of my sumi-e scrolls on exhibit.

My landscape sumi-e scrolls.
Left: 'Sumi Soul'   Right: 'Peace'

Left: Landscapes by Casey Shannon of United States

View of Exhibit

 Art Discussion at Exhibit

Other North America Branch Members

Black and White Swans by Kalpa MacLachlan of Holland

Left: Nudes by Marc Bauer-Maison of Canada
Middle: Birds by Martha Goedings of Holland
Right: Pandas by Tai Oi Yee of Canada

View of Exhibit

Calligraphy
Rona Conti and Meredith McPherson
United States

 Middle: Panda and Enso by Patricia Ines Gomez of Argentina
Right: Canyon Landscape by William Preston of United States

 Right: Alfred Freddy Krupa of Croatia

Left: Cranes by Patricia Larkin Green of United States
Middle: Fish by Alejandro Angio of United States

Exhibit Officials

The End


Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International 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

Logo of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
Design by Tai Oi Yee

Copyright ©  Casey Shannon Studio Art. All rights reserved


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Carmel Art Gallery and Wine Guide


Carmel Gallery and Wine Guide
Fall / Winter 2013 - 2014


The Carmel Art Gallery and Wine Guide for this Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 has just been published and I am pleased to share with you that my sumi-e art work is featured in the art gallery section. Turn the guide over and it becomes a wine guide for the Carmel and Carmel Valley areas of California.

This is a very popular guide to the art galleries and wineries in this area by tourists and locals alike. Names, addresses, and phone numbers are listed with maps to the establishments. Local artists are listed by name and also by the art galleries that represent them.

Below is an example of my sumi-e work that is displayed in this beautiful guide.


Carmel Valley Hill
by Casey Shannon

The gallery that represents my work:

CVAA - Valley Girls Art Gallery
#2 Chambers Lane
Carmel Valley Village, Carmel Valley, CA.
93924

Open Daily - 11AM to 5PM


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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