Quotes that inspire the Muse Artist
August 2013

“A life half lived is a life not lived at all.” ~Spanish Proverb

“There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.”
- Frida Kahlo

“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.”
- Frida Kahlo

Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.”
- Frida Kahlo

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.”
- Frida Kahlo

“To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation—is that good for the world?”
― Christopher Hitchens

“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

“My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.”
― Abigail Adams

“I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.” Alfred Lord Tennyson,

“Their's not to make reply, Their's not to reason why, Their's but to do and die”, “I hold it true, whatever befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; 'tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.” By Dr. Joyce Brother

“Love me when I least deserve it, because that's when I really need it.” ~Swedish Proverb

"If a man does not work passionately - even furiously - at being the best in the world at what he does, he fails his talent, his destiny, and his God.”
― George Lois

-“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
Author: Alan Kay

Bonnat tells me, 'Your painting isn't bad, it is chic, but even so it isn't bad, but your drawing is absolutely atrocious.' So I must gather my courage and start once again... (Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec)

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”
― Vincent van Gogh

“If you hear a voice within you say „you cannot paint“, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
― Vincent van Gogh

“What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion. Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.”
― Vincent van Gogh

“One must give himself completely to his art and not hold back. Throw caution to the wind. Embrace the muse. Make love to your art.”
― Harley King

“Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care, for speech is but the dealer of thoughts, and every fool can plainly read in your words what is the hour of your thoughts.” Alfred Lord Tynneson

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller

“As Qhuinn looked at his best friend's handsome face, he

“I was blind and heart broken and didn't want to do anything and Gus burst into my room and shouted, "I have wonderful news!" And I was like, "I don't really want to hear wonderful news right now," and Gus said, "This is wonderful news you want to hear," and I asked him, "Fine, what is it?" and he said, "You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imagine yet!”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
― Thomas A. Edison

"Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”
― Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts

Education costs money. But then so does ignorance. –Sir Claus Moser

It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. –Ann Landers

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love.”
~Washington Irving quotes

The Art of Latin Dance: Raw Emotions Captured on Canvas, page 6
Summer 2013


Christa's art collection "The Dance" captures raw emotions in latin dance
March 18, 2013

Article written By Marcia Herrera in THE EXAMINER

Christa Michelle Chatham, Muse Artist, exposes the raw emotions of life, death, love and sex in her new art collection titled "The Dance." Latin dance was Christa's inspiration for this collection but "The Dance" is not necessarily just about latin dance. It is about the dance of life, how our hearts dance with other people's hearts. Images of women bleeding, masks, tears, nudity, animals, and of course dance, are metaphors of raw emotions. Dancing brings out these deep emotions which we normally hide, perhaps that is why dancing helps to bond with other people without talking. People dancing together are also dancing with each other's emotions, not just their bodies.

We feel vulnerable exposing our emotions, so we wear masks "The masks protect us while we dance so passionately and so vulnerably, especially because we are surrounded in the clubs by human coyotes and wolves." Christa explains that the wolves and coyotes in her paintings "'the trickster', 'the magician.' They are the users, the insincere predators who disguise themselves as heroes and caballeros as they sniff the air for vulnerability before making a move." But masks can inspire beauty, so Christa paints women wearing beautiful feather masks.

The image of a man grabbing a woman's bleeding breast is a strong image but it does elicit deep emotions that Christa aims to describe in "The Dance". The contrast of skin color of the two subjects (black and white) can be thought of as a metaphor of the concept of dualism. "At the most basic level, the blood refers to the passion that is such an integral part of Latin dance. Nudity symbolizes the extraordinary social vulnerability that comes from displaying so much uninhibited passion in a dance club full of equally passionate strangers. But it’s more than that" says Christa.

Love balances vulnerability and even death. Christa explains that "Latin dance is, first and foremost, a celebration of life and its triumph over death. It is also a celebration of love and its most fervid expression, sex. The dancers appear to be in love and they simulate sex. In doing so, their movements in relation to each other give a graceful and beautiful meaning to life." Muse Artist's "The Dance" collection gives beauty and expression to difficult life


The Code: A Man's Rules for living life, Having Fun, and Getting Dressed. By Jack Dale. Buy on Amazon!
January 8, 2013

This book is amazing! Every guy should read it to learn what it means to be a man and every woman should read it to understand what a man is and why guys aren't men and there is a distinct difference. It discusses 18 codes a man should live by and discusses the crucial distinction between adults and grownups. I would suggest it to guys wanting to be men, women looking for men, young boys becoming men, and young girls to know what to look for in a man. These are timeless codes and all though geared towards men I found them quite relative to my own life as a woman and how I must behave and strive to be in order to meet real man.

This is so true and breaks my heart:

"Love is so short, forgetting so long."~Pablo Neruda

Amen to this Van Gogh!

"To do good work one must eat well, be well housed, have one's fling from time to time, smoke one's pipe, and drink one's coffee in peace." -Van Gogh