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The Right to Participate

experience3763mm20 | mixed media on handmade recycled paper | 9in x 12in

“Some of us gave a little blood for the right to participate in the democratic process.” John Lewis, civil rights leader and congressman

I wish I had known Congressman Lewis. I believe he could have taught me a great deal.

The Discovery of New Worlds

experience 9663wc20 | watercolor | 11in x 14in

I remember as a little kid sitting on dirt and picking up a small rock and just looking. Looking at the rock. Looking at the shape the rock had formed into the earth. Hearing a bird or two chirp. The wind rustling through the Pennsylvania trees and dancing over my face. And feeling this extraordinary pulse through me as if I had discovered another world. And I had. It was such a rich, full feeling. And here I am, decades later. It is the same. A shadow on a surface. Day becoming night. Always the discovery of new worlds. The experiences of life are amazing…

Light and Shadow

observation 15945 | photographing

for us to see light gracing itself upon a surface and shadows waving hello seems to me such a wonderful and special gift. such powerful evidence of existence with all of its beauty and mystery…

confluence amidst conflict

confluence amidst conflict | pastel, charcoal, paper | 11in x 14in

“It is because of the conflict in our own personal lives–and our willingness to face them and convert them into constructive dialogue–that we grow towards consciousness.” Robert Johnson, Inner Work

I welcome your thoughts and comments. Please email me: stephen@stephensantore.com

 

such a Quest it is!

d23kj52 | India Ink and Pastels on Paper | 12″ x 18″

There is a special feeling that comes from pushing and pulling media, and looking and changing. The balance and imbalance of certainty and uncertainty that can be so very taxing yet so marvelously freeing. Such a quest it is! Reaching through time and space into a continuum of never diminishing energy…

This Day of Remembrance

d55tsd | graphite on recycled acid-free paper | 9in x 12 in

My heart and mind go out to all women and men that have suffered, and continue to suffer, the wars between all of us. One day, will we learn there is a better way? As the very imperfect man that I am, I certainly hope so.

Quiet Magnificence

Agave off of Sitio Lima | Archival Print | 32in x 48in

there are those moments, after the sun begins its travels to distant lands, that stillness settles into the fabric of time. it is no longer day, and it is not yet night. what mystery there is in these moments. sheets of subdued light find themselves softly kissing what exists. It is a slow sweet dance of quiet magnificence.

A View of Humanity

LK9YK5 | 36″ x 48″ | Oil on Canvas

When the Dalai Lama was asked what most surprised him about humanity, he answered: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.

-From page 154 of “Huston Smith: Wisdomkeeper”, by Dana Sawyer. It is an extremely well written biography.

Drawings

d72lkp | Dry Leads on Rag Paper | 12 in x 9 in

Touching the surface of a piece paper to feel the tooth and the texture and to know that somehow, someway I can add material to its surface, and then take away that material, continually exercising the process, adding and subtracting, until it feels as if enough has been done, is quite a special experience. There is an energy and an awareness that arises from within that can be extraordinary. Please share any thoughts you may have with me.

Digital Imagings

di237 | Digital Imaging | Archival Print | 28 in x 48 in

There is something so uncommon and extraordinary about the images that can be found in the pixels that comprise digital images. Whether the images come from a camera or from something created in a digital program like Adobe Photoshop®, or everything in between and any other way, the images can be stirring, if just in the very nature of the process of investigating what they are and what they can be. Cropping, adding, blurring, re-coloring, de-coloring, ripping apart and piecing back together, just for starters. No limitations. No expectations. And somewhere during the process something happens. I don’t really have the words for what the image is. Perhaps it is nothing. Perhaps it is something. Whatever it is, it touches a part of me that smiles with the discovery. I don’t know how to categorize these images, so I rest now upon “digital imagings”. Please let me know what you think of them. Thank you in advance for doing so.