Name Your Influence

Pluto Rising by Cheyenne MacMasters

Pluto Rising
by Cheyenne MacMasters

I’ve been taking an e-course: “Starving” to Successful, written and taught by Jason Horejs of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.  “Upgrade your materials” “produce more” “have an identifiable style” all this is what I’m hungry to know. The course has given me the tools and confidence to reach out and receive grants from several sources.  You can’t imagine how grounded I feel to be given funding for upgrading my materials and the trust to work on a project that will bring me into international waters. I highly recommend Horejs’ book and e-course for providing a path through the maze that leads from your studio into the world.

So far, the emphasis has been on the fundamentals of our craft, but now, the assignment is to write our biographies and make a statement as to what our art is about. The artist must translate into words what the heck they’ve been doing, and why they are so captivated by what they are doing.  You can read my new painter’s biography on my About page.

What influences shape an artist? Mixing colors as a child? Encountering Monet’s brushstrokes in person? Sensing the Muses guiding one’s attention? I used to dream of Pluto, a shadow figure sitting in an underground pool in a dark cavern. An intensely powerful presence whom I felt before I saw.  As calm as a sheathed knife. I felt quite brave in his presence, or was it the need to be brave?

For no particular reason, I remembered the other day that  I have Pluto rising in my astrological chart. And then it occurred to me, that’s the perfect name for my current painting. Ah ha…. Yet why, so many years later, has Pluto risen out of the pool? Late risers, those nether planets. Yet, has the sleeping hero, hidden away for centuries in his cave, really been all about bringing ourselves to light?


12″x24″ oil painting, “Pluto Rising” by Cheyenne MacMasters

available from Csambri Studios


12 responses »

  1. Such a mysterious and intriguing piece! I have Jason’s book! Did you apply for his mentorship program last year?


    • Thanks for visiting, I’m glad you enjoyed the mystery. I just discovered Jason Horejs this year and am very grateful for his wealth of information. Did you take part in his mentorship program?


      • Yes, I applied and made it to the second round, but not the third. I watched the videos of the mentorship program.


        • Good for you to make it to the second round! There must be at least hundreds of applicants for the mentorship. I’m looking forward to participating this year. The videos sound quite intense. I hope you found the experience worthwhile.


  2. Interesting observation about Pluto Rising. I find a lot of useful insights rising from Astrology. A Dutch Astrologist has written about the “Cracking of Pluto” which is the point we all reach after age 45 when we can no longer ignore those issues that we have been masking or avoiding during our earlier phase of adulthood. We are confronting ourselves with situations that require us to start being who we are meant to be rather than who we have become as a result of social education and past influences. Once our Pluto ïssues have been faced and Pluto “cracked” (a bit like solving a detective mystery) then we can start being our selves. This is often referred to as a mid-life crisis but should in fact be re-named the gift of remembering. Your paintings express this feeling very well as the figure rises out of a sea of emotions and see’s them for what they are rather than sinking below the surface or wallowing in feelings of the past.


    • Astrology offers the bigger picture and provides a context for understanding situations and aligning with trends (go Jupiter!). What a relief to finally bring forth the Pluto intensity. I can see it in your work as well. Do you Astrodienst? That reminds me it’s Thursday and a free look at other astrological influences on their website.


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