The “staying” part of my month was to hang a show of 13 of my pieces in the narthex of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopalian Church in Wilsonville, Oregon. The show welcomes parishioners through 29 September 2019. The Art Ministry at St. Francis displays art of several media, showing artists and photographers from the Pacific Northwest.
The northwest photographer Rod Chandler
has an astute ‘eye’ and assisted me with his kindness, expertise, and exuberant energy. Click through his image to arrive on his website for gorgeous nature images.
And the ‘going‘ part of my month was to fly across this beautiful land to Wisconsin for a nephew’s wedding. I reunion’ed with nieces, nephews, grand-relatives, and my sisters. It had been 7 years. It was as if we have always lived next door to one another, even though Gwy Ann camps in Missouri, and Renee between Wisconsin and Florida
Here we are at the Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin: Older sister Gwy Ann (systems integration expert; gentlewoman rancher with horses, dogs, kitties, ponds, gardens); Younger sister Renee (1st mate sailing yacht Great Lakes; avid sports enthusiast championing every child and grandchild through each of their ongoing winning endeavors); and me (apple pie baker, dog walker, land saunterer, visual artist).
Currently on my easel is this 20×20. It began as a cottonwood, with thick, deep, gnarled and irregular bark. I sat with it, saw a face, took another direction, and now am working on another self-portrait!
Thus far she has told me:
“Those who know, contemplate.” I like studio time!
Seek & Enjoy Unfolding!
“Evening Dance At Owl Pond”
10″x20″ Acrylic on Cotton
Balance is perpetually in a state of search and discovery and finding itself. It occurs for a nano-second, then lives into its awareness of being in balance. This is always a hold-back to the moment before.
“Evening Dance At Owl Pond” is a composition of asymmetry in its immediacy, yet the figures/beings balance one another with their territory.
Thus, you and I can balance one another in our daily living.
And, we emphatically must balance ourselves with our territory, precious Earth.
It’s a Sky Report! Similar to Griffith Observatory’s weekly, yet mine spans a few years. These are a few details from my paintings. As I once told someone afraid to paint sky, “You can’t get it wrong! They are always changing!”
These are small snippets of larger paintings. It is fun to see the Spirits in the Sky!
Our regional forecast for the ECLIPSE was sunny/cloudy. I drove to my Eclipse gathering and saw many, many, many little clans squatted out in the dog park, on the community college campus grounds, in their private yards, and I sang out with thrill!
Some traditions prescribe staying inside, feel the internal work in the dark, do your personal and communal alignment. As I felt into my reality of going “out” to a gathering, and saw people coming out of their offices and dwellings, I honored them.
We are a visual society. We want to see. And people, in their EXPECTANCY and CELEBRATION of the natural order of this unique phenomenon sought participation.
I think that EXPECTANCY IN JOY AND CELEBRATION MOVES WORLDS! We moved the skies into clarity and non-overcast. We unconsciously did “something” together because of AWE and CURIOSITY and EXPECTING-THE-BEST. We resonated with the Nature Spirits by living, simply living.
“Rain Rocks” 10×20 Available for your Home or Office
There comes a time, a moment when one simply cannot avoid recognition of integration. All of bounteous Nature, the Nature Spirits, the energetics, buzz, blitz, swim through us at all times, eternally. The imperative is to “Rise Out Of Rest” and participate!
©CherilynSunRidge, earlier work & “Rise Out Of Rest”
Nothing Is As It Was~Every Day is Remarkable and Remakable
©CherilynSunRidge, Balboa Press, Order Your Copy Here
This book is a rich, valuable, & refreshing combination of imagery and poetry, straight from the author’s lifelong engagement with wilderness. Encouragement & gentle support to Be Your Precious Self (from the front piece of Nothing Is As It Was).
Here is rich permission to receive a delightful healing through awareness of the world around and within yourself. Here are affirming prompts to pay attention to your mind and heart, to “open your skull and chest to review,” to engage yourself with nature, with the spirits of nature, to walk with a new sense of ease.
It is vital to affirm your own unique sense of ability and integrity, to cultivate your inner anchor if you sense complexity around you. It is vital for our precious planet and the earth for you to know that you are nature, you are natural, you can communicate and dialogue with the healing nature spirits. In a way, this is bringing it all back home, so that you can expand even further! Enjoy!
“Love Is A Temple~Love Is A Shrine” 22″x22″ (detail)
“From The Rim,” ©CherilynSunRidge, 36″x48″
I painted “From The Rim” as a tribute to Mickey Hart’s Mysterium Tremendum. Listening to the integrated sounds of celestial deep space provided by NASA, with the Mickey Hart Band, one could not help but be moved into a place of reverence for our tiny potent particle selves. We are each carrying sublime Light&Love energy, able to heal and restore and assist anywhere our hearts are drawn.
As lyricist Robert Hunter states in one of the album’s tunes: “If you can’t fix a broken heart, don’t try to save the earth.” This is a call to each to offer our best good cheer, our smoothest loving, our innate and alive capacity for holding one another’s hearts.
This is our time, to go deep and deep and deep to bring out our heart treasures, to share the vibration of movement toward expanded courtesy. Tomorrow marks our station of Winter Solstice 2016…praises to all nature and beyond for continuing to live well.
Sometimes a girl just needs a little bit of Mick gazing over her head, and then return to her studio and bring out “Seven Steps To Heaven” (©CherilynSunRidge, 16″x16,” Acrylic) for all essential grounding and consciousness converging!
Portland Art Museum offers 250 Warhol prints for viewers’ consumption and delight, until the end of the year. I was blown away–color, form, personal statement, poetry, generous–ah, Andy. Wonderful.
Archival Ink Prints ©CherilynSunRidge
Selecting your image of strength helps you stay in your seat of awareness. As a reminder of your unique internal place, using external symbology creates your sacred living space. Visual images carry a language into the subconscious, they are reference material for our minds, reminding us of our delights and innocent joys. My mission is to offer what may serve you with land and figurative interpretations, as tethers, to dialogue with your own deepest truth.
I am now working with a high-end custom printer. At long last (!) I can offer you quality prints to suit your budget. Giclée printing is the highest quality fine art reproduction available today.
My online Print Portfolio offers a selection of my images. Contact me for other custom sizes and I will send you a quote. Also contact me for a custom print of your favorite piece not yet appearing in the Print Portfolio.
Sent with Light, Cherilyn
“Enough For Everyone,” 30×40, Acrylic on Cotton, ©CherilynSunRidge
In love, She comes. In love, She offers you your life.
She is everywhere and everyone.
She is at all times.
Our Lady is in everyone’s face and being.
We each hold a name for Her–all meaning:
beauty-filled, bountiful, compassionate.
All beings can participate, all beings may contribute.
This means also you and I, making resonance into the order of things.
She is your daily. She gazes everywhere, and Her gaze is love, and Her love is a blessing, and the blessing is a healing, and the healing makes you whole, and your awareness gives you wholeness.
Find your internal geography and walk it, love it, applaud it. Carry on to your edges and find your external geography and walk it, love it, applaud it. “Seven Steps To Heaven” and
“Wind River Portal” offer scenes of contemplation for daily centering, grounding, and visioning. You are invited and exquisitely able to grab one single ‘handle’ to navigate your day, helping you to conduct your thoughts and affairs with a bright, joyful, and expectant attitude. Whatever your source of inspiration, whatever stirs your soul to life, use it and be grateful for its potency!
©Cherilyn SunRidge, “Forest Listening,” 24″x24,” Acrylic on Cotton Canvas
We listen, wherever we are, to chatter or rhythms or fantastic air -mobiles, and all sounds feed us. Neither here nor there, neither wrong or right, sound injects into us and informs us. Our voice, internal or external, influences the environment. This is all a two-way, round-about, give and take, cause and effect. I invite your treasured voice to sing out, your daily stutterings and your daily rejoicings to find their avenues of expression. Why not?
There are a few remaining totes from my earlier fairs. The details are:
Organic Cotton, 15″h x 13″w x 4.5″ d
It is imprinted with my “Serpent Gates” whose original canvas is 16″x16″ and scripted with the ever appropriate “Love The Giver.”
Free USA shipping, $27 into my PayPal account: firstname.lastname@example.org and it is yours!
Oregon City, OR, New Clinic Open House and Reception, with Dr. Seth Hill and his staff. Thursday, 19 May 2016, 5:30-8 pm. Lifestyle Nutrition and Massage, in the Red Soils Professional Building is located at 418 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City. Come and meet Dr. Hill and his dynamic team of massage therapists. Three Rivers Artist Guild artists Ingrid Aubry, Darlene McIntosh, Judith Haas, Holly Kroening, Eric O’Toole, Susan Schenk and Cherilyn SunRidge are being showcased in the beautiful clinic. Join us for light appetizers, music, and award-winning wine poured by Oregon City winery Christopher Bridge Cellars.