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abstract art thoughts from Ernst Kris

inserisci | acrylic on canvas | 18in x 24in

Thoughts of Ernst Kris in Eric Kandel’s book, “Reductionism in Art and Brain Science”: For the artist, the creative process is also interpretative, and for the beholder the interpretative process is also creative. Because the extent of the viewer’s contribution depends on the degree of ambiguity in the image, a work of abstract art, with its lack of reference to identifiable forms, arguably puts greater demands on the beholder’s imagination than a figurative work does. Perhaps it is these demands that make abstract works seem difficult to some viewers, yet rewarding to those who find in them an expansive, transcendent experience. 

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 I could have learned a great deal from him.

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

 

wildly staring into fears

d49dsx4 | India Ink and Chalk on Archival Paper | 18in x 24in

wildly staring into

fears

that scream from mouths

of demons

red orange flames

claiming the air

raging

to devour

my only soul

yet i peer into their

greedy gaze

extinguishing

their very

existence

forever

or so i thought

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.

Wonders of Life

OH6BR2 | 24″ x 30″ | Oil on Canvas

I have been watching a fascinating series called the “Wonders of Life” presented by Professor Brian Cox, OBE, FRS. He is an English physicist, and Advanced Fellow of particle physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester.

Brian presents clearly that all life on earth is connected through our genetic code, stating, “Our DNA contains the finger print of almost 4 billion years of evolution.” And further sharing that “It tells us we are connected not only to every plant and animal alive today, but to every single thing that has ever lived.”

There is such beauty and insight in this theory/science.

The Easel Within

d8uy92 | Dry Leads on Rag Paper | 12in x 9in

I have so much respect for those that set up there easels and look out into the world and draw and paint what they see. There is such a richness to be noticed in this world, not matter where one gazes. What of the notion of setting up your easel within yourself? The richness of all that resides in our conscious minds and even more that resides in our unconscious, and perhaps collective, mind. Never ending universes to be discovered.