Flowers depicted as growing, flowing, floating; hinting about something beyond even this physical beauty. Motifs of floating images and dots or circles appear, as they do in many of my abstract pastels, sometimes indicating vibrant plant life energy radiating onto the picture plane. As in the abstract paintings, these dots and circles suggest subtle levels of energy and creation manifesting into physical form. Gouache, oil, sumi ink, pastels, and mixed media paintings. The title of the series comes from the following poem I wrote in the mid-1970s, inspired by meditation experiences in which images of flowers appeared in my inner vision. Who is creating the flowers? Who is seeing them?

                                                                    if I thought you might understand,

                                                                    would I tell you?

                                                                    waves of flowers

                                                                    waves of flowers

Blue-Green Boho Flora. Gouache on Arches Cover paper. Sherri Silverman. 2017. 20.5" x 16".

Blue-Green Boho Flora. Gouache on Arches Cover paper. Sherri Silverman. 2017. 20.5" x 16".

Botanica 1. Gouache and metallic watercolor on Canson paper. Sherri Silverman. 2017.  6" x 5".

Botanica 1. Gouache and metallic watercolor on Canson paper. Sherri Silverman. 2017.  6" x 5".

Botanica 2. Gouache and metallic watercolor on Ingres paper. Sherri Silverman. 2017. 5" x 5".

Botanica 2. Gouache and metallic watercolor on Ingres paper. Sherri Silverman. 2017. 5" x 5".

Botanica 3. Gouache and metallic watercolor on Ingres paper. Sherri Silverman. 2017. 5" x 5". 

Botanica 3. Gouache and metallic watercolor on Ingres paper. Sherri Silverman. 2017. 5" x 5". 

Blossoms. Gouache, pencil, oilstick, and sumi ink on Arches Cover paper. Sherri Silverman. 2017. 26.5" x 18".

Blossoms. Gouache, pencil, oilstick, and sumi ink on Arches Cover paper. Sherri Silverman. 2017. 26.5" x 18".

Looking Up. Gouache on Arches Cover paper. Sherri Silverman. 2017. 6" x 6".

Looking Up. Gouache on Arches Cover paper. Sherri Silverman. 2017. 6" x 6".

Waves of Flowers, In the Pink. Gouache and sumi ink on Arches Cover paper. 2017. 9" x 5.75". Sherri Silverman.

Waves of Flowers, In the Pink. Gouache and sumi ink on Arches Cover paper. 2017. 9" x 5.75". Sherri Silverman.

Flower Abstraction. Ephemeral art: beet pigment on ceramic. Sherri Silverman. 2017. 

Flower Abstraction. Ephemeral art: beet pigment on ceramic. Sherri Silverman. 2017. 

flowing flowers flowing. Oil on sanded paper triptych. Sherri Silverman.. 3.5" x 9" per panel. 2017. rough studio photo. 

flowing flowers flowing. Oil on sanded paper triptych. Sherri Silverman.. 3.5" x 9" per panel. 2017. rough studio photo. 

Detail, Black and White Flowers 1: Triangles. Sherri Silverman. Pastels on pastel velour paper. 2016.

Detail, Black and White Flowers 1: Triangles. Sherri Silverman. Pastels on pastel velour paper. 2016.

Detail, Black and White Flowers 2. Sherri Silverman. Pastels on pastel velour paper. 2016.

Detail, Black and White Flowers 2. Sherri Silverman. Pastels on pastel velour paper. 2016.

Detail, Black and White Flowers 3. Sherri Silverman. Pastels on pastel velour paper. 2016.

Detail, Black and White Flowers 3. Sherri Silverman. Pastels on pastel velour paper. 2016.

Black and White Flowers 4. Sherri Silverman. Pastels on pastel velour paper. 2016. 12.5" x 9.25".

Black and White Flowers 4. Sherri Silverman. Pastels on pastel velour paper. 2016. 12.5" x 9.25".

Detail, Black and White Flowers 4. Sherri Silverman. Pastels on pastel velour paper. 2016.

Detail, Black and White Flowers 4. Sherri Silverman. Pastels on pastel velour paper. 2016.

Detail, Salmon Flowers. Pastels on pastel velour paper. Sherri Silverman. 2016. 

Detail, Salmon Flowers. Pastels on pastel velour paper. Sherri Silverman. 2016. 

Fresh Flowers. Sherri Silverman. Pastels and pencil on Arches Cover paper. 2013.  29.5" x 36".

Fresh Flowers. Sherri Silverman. Pastels and pencil on Arches Cover paper. 2013.  29.5" x 36".

Dual Rust Flower. Sherri Silverman. Pastels on paper. 2013. 6.5" x 5".

Dual Rust Flower. Sherri Silverman. Pastels on paper. 2013. 6.5" x 5".

Lotus One. Sherri Silverman. Pastels and pencil on paper. 2011. 29.5" x 36.5".

Lotus One. Sherri Silverman. Pastels and pencil on paper. 2011. 29.5" x 36.5".

Lotus Flow. Sherri Silverman. Pastels and pencil on paper. 2011. 8.25" x 11.5". Private collection, Califon, NJ.

Lotus Flow. Sherri Silverman. Pastels and pencil on paper. 2011. 8.25" x 11.5". Private collection, Califon, NJ.

Undersea Lotus. Sherri Silverman. Pastels and pencil on paper. 2011.  7" x 9 3/8". 

Undersea Lotus. Sherri Silverman. Pastels and pencil on paper. 2011.  7" x 9 3/8". 

Indigo Source. Sherri Silverman. Pastels and pencil on paper. 2007. Private collection, CA.

Indigo Source. Sherri Silverman. Pastels and pencil on paper. 2007. Private collection, CA.