The Art of Norahs Nepas - An artistic journey of Sharon Gannon over a period of time.
She had a keen Interest in arts & visuals since childhood which led to the evolution of her art into artwork - a disciplined daily practice.Read More
Sharon Gannon is a 21st century Renaissance woman who excels in many artistic, spiritual and social mediums. Sharon is best known for creating, along with David Life, the Jivamukti Yoga Method—a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. Blessed by her teachers Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, Shri Swami Nirmalananda, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and Shyamdas, she is a pioneer in teaching yoga as spiritual activism and is changing the way that people view, spirituality, life, themselves, each other, animals and the environment.
The Jivamukti Yoga method emphasizes asana, Sanskrit, scriptural study, devotion, prayer, music, chanting and meditation as well as animal rights, veganism, environmentalism and political activism. Jivamukti’s passionate focus on the original meaning of the Sanskrit word "asana" as seat, connection—relationship to the Earth is as practical as it is radical at this time of global crisis and consciousness shift.
The Jivamukti Yoga method is taught worldwide at Jivamukti Yoga Schools, and affiliated centers, in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, Turkey, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Sharon travels extensively teaching and lecturing throughout the world.
YOGA JOURNAL Magazine has called her an innovator and VANITY FAIR gives her credit for making yoga cool and hip. JANE Magazine nominated her as Gutsiest Woman of the Year and THE FARM SANCTUARY awarded her the compassionate living award. She is a long-time vanguard member of PETA and has helped with many of their campaigns.
She has produced numerous yoga-related DVDs and music CDs including the 2010 release of Sharanam, her solo debut album, which Sting describes as, "inspired, daring and essential." She is a prolific writer and has authored several books: Jivamukti Yoga, (also translated into German, Russian & Italian) The Art of Yoga, The Jivamukti Chant Book, Yoga Assists, Simple Recipes for Joy (also translated in Italian) and Cats and Dogs are People too! (also translated into Italian) and Yoga and Vegetarianism (also translated into Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Turkish), which has been acclaimed as the seminal work on the subject of how a vegan diet relates to yoga.
Along with David Life she is the founder of the Jivamukti Yoga School, New York City and the Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary, a 125-acre wild forest sanctuary in upstate NY, USA.
A sense of adventure produces a good painting. Not being awake, not able to listen, cynicism and a callous uncaring relationship with the medium produces a bad painting.
Excitement, wonder and anticipation; an opportunity to step through a portal into another realm or dimension.
Curiosity. Venturing into unknown territory and not being in control. Meeting the new people and situations that appear and learning new things from them. Trying to stay afloat on rough waters. Finding a way to navigate in a dark room. Solving problems that arise in the process of painting, making decisions (regarding color choices. composition etc.) and sticking with those decisions to help something beautiful appear.
Texture. For example, as a ballet dancer, I craved the feeling of a tendu: turning out from the hip, sliding my foot along the floor until the last possible moment when the heel lifts, the arch contracts into a half moon and the toes coalesce into a point because they have no other choice. It is a similar sensual feeling to when the sharp tip of a pen touches the rough surface a piece of paper that has been soaked in water and something that was invisible before is compelled to rise to the surface and be seen.
In both genres you have to have lightning reflexes, boldness, listen intently, be able to work in tandem with an ensemble, solve problems on the spot, discover harmony, pull something out of nothing and keep going till the piece is finished.
They both are means to enter into another realm beyond the waking state. They both require a letting go of what you think you know and venturing into unknown territory without a safety net.
I don't need to do big things. All I need is a doorway, a window to step through.
Personal and intimate.
I don't have one favorite color. I am thrilled by how a color is with another color. For example red next to pink—oh my goodness—so amazing! Or orange next to deep forest green—wow! And of course, the presence of shiny gold and silver add a bit of festive magic to any occasion.
The painting lets me know.
Yes—but when I do it is not the fault of the painting it is because I was not fully present during the process of painting.
I am trying to learn from others; trying to listen to what they are telling me.
I always enter the studio happy and while painting I get happier.
The medium is most compelling to me. For example, when I discovered that 1/4/incIsor Newton made metallic gold gouache I stayed up all night painting, transported into a realm infused with golden light.
All are important to the painting much like the physical, astral and spiritual are all important to a person.
No, because not everyone does.
Exhilaration that comes from moving forward in space.
I do spacescapes.
Like a good friend, a painting wants to be with me and I want to be with them.