Monthly Archives: April 2014

Do You Title or Remain Un?

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Tango Happens by Cheyenne MacMasters

Tango Happens
by Cheyenne MacMasters

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy the adventure of discovering a title for my work. Harder to do with a basically abstract painting, but then that makes it all the more sweet when you have the “ah ha!” moment. I could have called this “Two light beams” since that was my original inspiration. Or, I could have called it “Dare to Enter” since I’m attracted to the doorway concept. But, while I was putting the finishing strokes on the canvas, tango music began playing with that seductive intensity that takes you into a foreign realm and I saw the duet of courtship in front of me. Tango happens. Now it’s not just an image, but a feeling as well.

 

16″x20″ oil painting by Cheyenne MacMasters

available from Csambri Studios

Have You Seen Your Muse?

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Of the Nefertiti by Cheyenne MacMasters

Of the Nefertiti
by Cheyenne MacMasters

 

Have you seen your Muse? Perhaps in a glance from a stranger, or when you look at the clock and see a favorite number. Your Muse is there offering enticements, baiting the hook, letting you know you have a friend, if only you would recognize what you see.

I once saw the Muses dancing in my dreams. Robust and vigorous, these are Greeks filled with passion, not simpering wall flowers. Now when I invoke the Muses of inspiration and painting before picking up the brush each day, asking to be graced with their enthusiasm and exhilaration, I inhale ardent intent when I draw in my breath after saying “Amen” and then exhale into the task at hand. This must be the state of grace we all enter into when giving ourselves up to the fervor of creation.

 

20″x16″ oil painting by Cheyenne MacMasters

available from Csambri Studios

Border Crossing

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Border Crossing copyright (c)2014CheyenneMacMasters

Border Crossing
by Cheyenne MacMasters

Sometimes, when starting a new painting and seeing how it is not at all as one envisioned, one has to give up and proceed with innocent eyes. On my last post, Evolution of a Face, you can see exactly how clumsy my initial drawing looked on the canvas. So many borders to cross along the way to creating a painting.  Lack of skill and wishful thinking among the barriers we erect against progress. I never thought I could achieve the illusion of a figure on canvas. “Wow, it looks like a toe!” I exclaimed to my drawing teacher in amazement at my efforts. So, for years I stayed on the comfort side of the border, the side more imaginary in its assumptions than the illusions of painting. We all have borders to keep us secure in our known worlds, safely not advancing. What borders are you thinking of crossing?

 

20″x16″ oil painting by Cheyenne MacMasters

available from Csambri Studios