“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.
The Eclipse of 2017 lives on and on. I was sandwiched between Heaven & Earth as I laid on Earth and held hands with my friend and had a little cry.
©CherilynSunRidge, “Eclipse Poise,” 30″x20″
At first, I went into the studio work intending a statement of alignment with the cosmic order.
As I worked this piece, I found my information was becoming more internal than external.
Exploration revealed that one can align externally, then the solid ‘work’ is to bring the Nature Spirits into my energetic; then the Poise is cultivated with spiritual information called Power.
For me, that Power is calm expansion.
The quest is to align internally, whatever that means to me or to you, is a moment-to-moment livingness.
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.
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?
The past few months have brought up the color and feel of the southwest. It is wonderful! Here in the Portland metropolitan region, with flat skies and moisture all around and daylight differences from the neurological memory parallel with the southwest, these are all also sublime food. I painted “Subtle Descent” using that heart memory, with the hard pack earth, the wonder of water absent, the spiritual pipe to the skies. I liked that studio session. Now, a few days after a lovely snow here, and the rains having melted it away, we looked out and were struck by how much green filled our eyes! The kind of green that is wet and mossy and has a life of its own. Wherever you are, I wish you life!
©2014 Cherilyn SunRidge, “Subtle Descent,” detail, 16″x16″ acrylic on cotton