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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
On Softer Ground: Paintings, Poems and Calligraphy by Sherrie Lovler is a collection of over fifteen beautifully written poems accompanied by colorful artwork. Sherrie exclusively created some beautiful works of art in On Softer Ground: Paintings, Poems and Calligraphy. Sherrie went on a seven-year artistic and creative journey of self-discovery which resulted in over 600 pieces of work, along with the creation of different types of calligraphy and paintings. “When I paint, I hold the words of the poem I am working with in my mind,” says Sherrie. With such a large volume of work under her belt, I'm sure that we'll see more of Sherrie’s poems and artwork in the near future.
As I began to read On Softer Ground, the calligraphy and paintings that accompany poems like The Edge of Chaos, Yes, The Sacred Ground, Balance and Meditation remind me of a greeting card. As you read some of Sherrie’s work, you are put into the space of being in a gift or card shop. As you walk through the shop, you see a rack of greeting cards that will suit every need. As you look through the cards, you see poems and artwork that resembles the work that Sherrie displays in On Softer Ground. Just like choosing a greeting card, you will read poems that remind you of a few special friends and loved ones. You will read poems with expressions of love, hope, life and peace that you would want to purchase, put into an envelope and mail. If you want to see a marriage between words and art, you'll win with On Softer Ground: Paintings, Poems and Calligraphy by Sherrie Lovler.