Artists as the Way Showers Sages and Soothsayers by Cheryl Whitestone
This 16×20â€ oil painting is one of the illustrations from a story that came to me, a kind of healing Native American myth. I have titled the book â€œDennies Totally Bizarre Magical Mystical Rite of Passage.â€ I would tell you it is a true story but you wouldnâ€™t believe me, so you can think of it as fantasy. Thatâ€™s ok some metaphysicians believe what we think creates reality. Anyway somehow I have always had a sense of the fantastic and extraordinary. In fact I am drawn to the unusual and fantastic. I always believed people/our society today needed new dreams, myths, legends, up-lifting stories and traditions that they themselves create. In a sense we are doing this with blogs, web sites, music, videos, art, movies (Avatar). We see you James Cameron! You can see my meanderings in my blog www.cherylwhitestonesworld.blogspot.com. Look at the oldest posts.
I believe artists will step out on that ledge of the extraordinary and explore, then lead others to their personal muse whatever it may be. Art is such a healing activity for anyone, no matter what skill level. When I was painting abstracts I could actually see what was going on in my life in the painting, a window to my soul, I could actually read the painting.
When I came across Joseph Campbell, I jumped for joy. I devoured the books and videos. Someone who though what I thought! PBS ran a series called â€œJoseph Campbell the Power of Myth, with Bill Moyers.â€ I taped them all. It was a beautiful series. And the book is set up as an interview:
Moyers:Â â€œWho interprets the divinity inherent in nature for us today? Who are our shamans? Who interprets unseen things for us?â€
Campbell: â€œIt is the function of the artist to do this. The artist is the one who communicates myth for us today. But he has to be an artist who understands mythology and humanity and isnâ€™t simply a sociologist with a program for you.â€
Go inside yourself and explore, write, blog, paint, create a new mythology, create happy endings. Long Live the Arts.