Cheyenne Full Image
x 44" / Oil on Canvas
by John WorldPeace
A partial interpretation from the artist's transient
The center of the painting has a yin-yang symbol which,
as always in my paintings, represents change which is
one of the fundamental constants of the universe and
everything in it. All things change. All things manifest
out of the Infinite Potential and all things eventually
disintegrate back into the Infinite Potential.
The yin-yang symbol represents the engine that drives
virtually everything both physical and spiritual in
this reality. The universe is in a constant state of
The hands represent mankind. The primary colors of red,
yellow and blue represent all the races of humanity.
The center set of hands are green and the fill in color
around the red, yellow and blue hands is turquoise (blue)
which represents the land and the water of earth.
The hands represent humanity's attempt to control the
The circle connecting the four red hands at the center
of the painting represent the interconnectedness of
humanity. All races, nations and religions are bound
together as one humanity.
The hands move out from the center of the mandala toward
the edge of our planet, solar system, galaxy, universe
and into the great void. Outside each level of reality
that we define is the constant change of an unfolding
Infinite Potential that newer ceases to create and manifest
while at the same time destroying its own manifestations
and creations for ever.
The lightning surrounding the mandala represents the
Infintite Potential (the infinite God if you will as
opposed to the personal gods). As the lightning strikes
it throws off worlds, universes, dimensions and realities
which are represented by the splashes of primary colors
around the lightning.
As we in this dimension/reality and on this earth reach
out, we create and contribute to the chaos within the
universe and within the Infinite Potential.
Everything is connected. The Infinite Potential is One.
And within that oneness is the duality of all things
in a constant state of flux and chaos; each forever
struggling to dominate.
We are at one with the Infinite Potential. We
will never die because we were never born. This is the
great mystery. It is represented by the dark back ground
of the painting which represents not evil and negativity
but the infinity of things that we do not consciously
Why is this painting titled "Cheyenne"? Because
that is what came to me when I was painting it. When
I look at it, my first impression has always been that
of a shield used by Native American warriors.
August 16, 2002