"Imagining" by Cynthia Feustel won an Award of Excellence in the 2020 American Women Artists / Booth Western Art Museum exhibition

“Imagining” by Cynthia Feustel (www.FeustelFineArt.com)

“Imagining” was first conceived actually quite by accident. During a photo shoot, my young muse, dressed in authentic pioneer garb, moved about the historic house as though she had traveled back through time to the early 1900’s. But when she moved to the window something magical happened. It was as though time stood still. The sun illuminated her silhouette and pooled at her feet in a sea of gold. The window was awash with a white glow.

As an artist I saw the blank canvas that was before her. The words of Henry David Thoreau, “The world is but a canvas to our imagination,” resonated with me and “Imagining” was born. I was compelled to paint this moment in time on my own blank canvas. This was the birth of “Imagining” but it has since taken on a life of its own given the world pandemic. It is a poignant view of the inside looking out; a keen sense of what we all experienced globally with social distancing and stay at home orders.

Imagining–we all do it. We dream of what the future may hold, we conjure stories and fantasies, let our thoughts take us to far away places. Our real life adventures and accomplishments often begin as daydreams. With childlike wonder we look out our windows and imagine a brighter future.

The economy will return, art sales will return, life will return to normal.

This social distancing has not separated us; it has brought us closer as we realize our need for one another.


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