Thursday, April 24, 2014

~ Tahitian Rose ~ My Inspiration

When I think of roses, I think of Love, as many also do. But roses have a special meaning for me. My Maternal grandmother smuggled five porcelain roses and one porcelain candle-holder, hidden under her clothing, traveling through Germany, towards America, escaping Hitler and the atrocities inflicted on her people, My people.  Now I have these celebratory roses for my festive table settings; as part of my inheritance. A fragile, beautiful, strong remembrance for me of courage, and faith through adversity.
As my Grandma and Grandpa were links to the Jewish culture,  I treasure these porcelain roses as keepsakes of infinitesimal value and feel the power and endurance of love each time I set my table.
The pastel drawing above ~ Tahitian Rose ~ was created as the figurehead of my new Magical Cookbook and inspired by these porcelain roses together with my garden rose, a Tahitian Rose of majestic loveliness, the scent of which intoxicates and inspires.
" Your heart is like a magical kitchen. If you open your heart, you already have all the love you need" Don Miguel Ruiz: The Mastery Of Love.
Within the synchronicity of reading Don Miguel Ruiz's enlightening book and discovering the chapter "The Magical Kitchen" I am truly blessed with the inspirational messages and wise counsel therein.
Food nourishes the body and soul. Faith nourishes the spirit. I am an artist combining two of her great loves in my Magical Cookbook. One of painting, one of cooking. Faith and delicious food.
 I am so very happy to have this opportunity to share not only my favorite recipes for future publication with you, my kind reader, but to accompany my words with my oil paintings and pastels.
At the present moment, my new pastel ~Azulene~ with Swarovski crystals, is still being created and will highlight a recipe incorporating Chamomile and  the benefits of a Magical Formulae of Azure Blue: an essential oil formed by the German method of distilling the charmingly beautiful Chamomile flower.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

This is Blog Action Day, a day where I have always tried to write some of what I believe in, what I as an artist, a woman, and a blogger am all about.

From day one, the most important thing to me is sustainable planet actions.  I try to follow my blueprint for health wealth and happiness, living within the guidelines of respect for all forms of life.

It is important to be aware of current information, scientific intelligence and all that is alive, communicating together.  This video says a little bit of what I believe in: communication amongst us all. 
Including the "mute"animals which this video shows are not so mute....

Please, all  of us, lets pay attention to the newest findings about healthier living! Not everything is about easier and quicker! Some is about RESPECT FOR ALL LIVING THINGS! I love this video! 
I wish everyone a long and healthy life, intelligently giving thanks for all good things!

God Bless!
Planet Earth is an amazing place to live.  Let's sustain and live here a very long time.

Love and thanks to Strawberry!

Cherie Bender

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Love Affair With Greece.. Continued

I am very happy and excited to report: Museum in Athens, Greece, is alive & well, and kicking ass!
I am also happy and extremely in love with the fact that I have been invited by Mr Theo to participate in the Grand Opening & that my painting is hanging in such a beautiful space  ~Crown of Thorns~ I will see you again, the pain has almost disappeared.....
Many Blessings to the Goddesses I will visit again, & to all living Goddesses love Cherie &
Happy Valentines xo

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Dream Come True: My Affair With Greece!

Last year, after selling the painting ~ Crown Of Thorns ~  to the  Museum, in Athens, Greece, I ecstatically made plans to deliver, rather than ship my precious cargo, to Athens.  
I had mixed feelings about selling this painting ~  my most true, most profoundly moving to myself, work, so far ~ But, I had always a fantasy of Athens, Greece, the islands, and the Goddesses. 

When I arrived in Athens, the initial thrill of opening my hotel room window onto the panorama of the city laid out before me like a jeweled necklace, with the crown jewel on top of the hill before me, the Acropolis, was incomparable. Opening the window, leaning  out to take a picture, I heard whistles from the street.  Gotta love those Greeks, so handsome, charming and the best flirts on the planet, in my opinion.  

I loved Athens, the old city, the Acropolis, and particularly I adored the islands, Mykonos & Santorini were breathtaking, but Patmos has my heart forever. 
Ohhhhhh, PATMOS! Island where St. John wrote the Book Of Revelation. I was there, in the sacred grotto, I put my hand in the rock where St. John put his hand. I felt  tremendously moved, I cried. I shall return to beautiful Patmos, I promise!
Blissfully, after leaving the grotto, I drank ouzo with the Greeks beneath the cliff, blowing kisses and happy  happy  happy !  The best thing is at times ~ anticipation ~  I plan on spending a month or so in the summer, in Beautiful Greece! Especially beloved Patmos, where Goddess Aphrodite bathed nearby. Enchantment is there, gorgeousness is there! ~

After two full weeks of travel, finishing up with a few days stay in my favorite hotel in Rome, I arrived home in the States, where I immediately had miracles happen ~ The first was the next morning, when I awoke to the sound of a beautiful goddess-like voice singing my name,  calling for me to return to Beautiful Athens, Greece and the Islands. I am positively breathless with excitement for my next adventure there! Many Blessings. Featured: Pencil & Gauche Drawing  36" x 48" ~ Luscious Garden ~ by Cherie Bender

Friday, April 30, 2010


I thought up doing a shimmering surfer girl overcoming the plunging waves and ending up in the Signet Galaxy as a sort of visual catharsis for all artists who are alive and kicking right now and still riding! It's been tough but whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger.....
The buildings of New York in the background  are also shimmering, but I think they look friendly and besides....she rises above.

I added the i-phone as a commentary of our times. How we are connected through it all and how technology has advanced by leaps and bounds...
What would I do without my i-phone? Music is part of the deal, and history, so I had my web designer install the Beach Boys singing "Surfer Girl" which can be switched on/off by the tiny speaker icon rhs. If there is anyone out there who doesn't like the Beach-Boys .

So this is to the memory of my Mum, a tough but sweet cookie.... just wanted to say thanks to her by creating this little ani movie on my web-site. And good timing! Mother's Day is Sunday May 9th.
Little Surfer Girl is my gift to her and to all who are brave enough. Keep On Surfing!

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Now is the appointed time. Time ..... what a concept.

I have been following A Year In Pictures for quite some time as you can see on my list of favorite blogs, and very pleasantly discovered today that one of my favorite photos of Twinka was chosen for the Happiness Project!

"And from Cherie Bender who coincidentally had photographed Twinka at about the same time as Cynthia MacAdams (who I just wrote about) "

I met Twinka while in California and photographed her in Yosemite. It was such a happy and free time and I also met Imogene Cunningham; the slide above captures the sunlight and fragility of the moment... I had taken some great shots in black and white film during  the work shop which were stolen along with all of my photo equipment from my bungalow while I visited with the Ansel Adams family. They very kindly let me stay in their house after that in Yosemite because I was so young and scared! 

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The First Night Of The First Day of 2010-Photos by Cherie Bender

.....a heart, two doves, a cat, a fawn, an elf, a fairy, a womb, a vulva, a baby 

these are the forms I see taking shape in  the blue moon as it rose through the branches of my bamboo trees on Friday, January 1, 2010.... as if the moon was being born into the new year.....

"The subject of the artist is emotions and ideas - both"   Louise Bourgeois