"Oriental Lilies Ascending Chinese Ladder" represents a very personal and inspirational experience for the artist. While Sher was doing this painting of ivory colored hybrid lilies called Black Dragon strain, she threw the coins of I Ching, a book of poetic configurations written by Confuscius. She drew the first of the 64 oracles called the ?Creative?. The 3 coins have to come up the same �all heads�six times to form a hexagram of 6 straight lines, with each line symbolizing one of the six dragons. This is a rare occurrence and means that the creative energy is in balance and harmony. The oracle is represented by a Chinese symbol of six dragons winging through the heavens. To celebrate the event and coincidence of her getting dragons in the Creative, she put the six lines with the dragon lilies in the sky. The marriage of the lilies with the ?Chinese Ladder?, the hexagram, ascends over a southwest landscape. For those of you who might be familiar with the Ghost Ranch area between Santa Fe and Taos, the mountain featured is Flint Mountain or "Pedernal".
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