Detail of Beyond Blue oil painting by Cheyenne MacMasters
Beyond Blue is the third painting in my Border Crossing by Numbers series. I haven’t shown the first two: Border Crossing a.k.a. Regret, and One to the 2nd Power, because I’ve submitted them for consideration to an international exhibition, The Venice Biennale 2015, and would like Okwui Enwezor, their Director of the Visual Arts Sector, to have the first showing.
oil painting by Cheyenne MacMasters
You may wonder about the numbers superimposed upon the painting, and I hope you do… Instead of the painting merely being an image of a border crossing, the numbers provide a grounding element as well as an interactive border for the viewer to cross, or to hover outside asking “what” and “why” which brings the viewer to an internal border.
We all cross borders many times in our lives as we strive to overcome our self-imposed limitations and societal restrictions. Sometimes the journey fills us with wonder, other times with regret, but we are forever changed by the experience. It has become my passion to illustrate that moment of border crossing.
36″ x 60″ oil painting
by Cheyenne MacMasters 2014
Light Upon the Waters
There is something very meditative about painting. The releasing of anxieties as one gives up all angst and simply trusts the Muses to lead the way. I showed my portfolio to a gallery owner recently and she asked to see this image on a larger canvas. Having spent the last several months fussing with lips and eye creases and just where are those collar bones going, I was so glad she wanted my misty light beams on water images. Now I can worry about anatomy on one easel while simply going with the flow of light on another easel.
The original painting of this image is what I showed to start off this blog of paintings. I realized recently that I’ve been working with this imagery since high school, the dark triangle on the left and cleft of light leading to the right. At the time, I explained to my painter dad that the dark crusty area was what we show to the public and the light was within. He didn’t get it at all and thought I should be keeping the dark inside and letting the light out to shine upon the world. Perhaps he had a point…
24″ x 36″ oil painting by Cheyenne MacMasters