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