Author Archives: Richard A. Peña

Genetic Genealogy: Children of the Sun

In the night sky, the stars form patterns of mythical shapes, and twisting outlines, like a jeweled crown of thorns, with points of Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Sirius, and Venus.  As the stars, and constellations move across the darkness of the night sky, the starry crown twists and turns, and forms a ladder leading us into […]

Posted in Genealogy DNA | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments closed

Elegy: Children of the Sun

In the night sky, the stars form patterns of mythical shapes, and twisting outlines, like a jeweled crown of thorns, with points of Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Sirius, and Venus, that shine beyond the horn of the imagination.  As the stars, and constellations move across the darkness of the night, the starry crown twists and turns, forming […]

Posted in Poems | Comments closed

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes: Looking through the darkly painted mirror; Disasters of War, Witches’ Sabbath, and the Colossus

Madrid, Spain 1793:                 The chill of the night air was thick with the sweet smell of burning wood, smoky leaves, and the familiar aroma of roasted vegetables, black pork, and paella, which hung in the air like a veiled fog in the Spanish autumn evening.  The stars cut through the night sky, reveal their beauty not of daylight […]

Posted in 2016 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments closed

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Gentle Genius of 20th Century British Classical Music

Northern France, World War I, 1917 Ralph Vaughan Williams finally woke up out of his early morning slumber after a restless night as it was the chill and the dampness of the place, along with the sounds of gunfire punctuating the French night that kept his body and soul at unease.  Vaughan Williams briskly stood […]

Posted in 2016 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments closed

Theater: Reality, Rituals, and the Human Imagination

Altamira, Spain – Before the Common Era Perched high on the ledge of the cave wall, small reddish brown bird watches with curiosity from its nest, and observes the outline of twelve silhouettes huddled around a smoky but tender fire.  The smoke from the fire rises, softens the angular light of the sun setting in […]

Posted in Theater | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments closed

Beethoven and the Revolution

It was time, not the time kept by a clock or pocket watch but time kept by eternity.  Underneath the landscape’s horizon line, the hills and valleys around Vienna appeared like a romanticized painting with soft rich greens, golden brownish reds, and luminous beige hues.  The view was speckled with bare trees anticipating the touch of the […]

Posted in Beethoven | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Abstractions – Sketches in Organic Unity

Book Review: Title: Abstractions – Sketches in Organic Unity Book Release Date: July 2015. Dimensions: Large Format Landscape Book and eBook, 28 Plates, 58 Pages. The concept of the book continues to extend the explorations and findings from the series Flora Nocturne.  Specifically focusing on the abstract, unreal and imagination of form itself.  While organic […]

Posted in Book Release | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Digital Panopticon

Arestor looked down at his newly born son with wonder, and with fatherly pride.  As for his new born son was beyond the size of any human baby imaginable.  Arestor wiped all the tears from his son’s crying eyes, all one hundred of them and decreed to all, from here forth, my son will be […]

Posted in Digital Panopticon | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Rite of Spring 1913

The Adoration of the Earth: Introduction Augurs of Spring Ritual of Abduction Spring Rounds Ritual of the Rival Tribes Procession of the Sage: The Sage Dance of the Earth The Sacrifice: Introduction Mystic Circles of the Young Girls Glorification of the Chosen One Evocation of the Ancestors Ritual Action of the Ancestors Sacrificial Dance It […]

Posted in Rite of Spring 1913 | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Connecting 2014 to 2015

Happy New Year 2015 to Family, Friends and Everyone Flora Nocturne is a self-published book and was released in June 2014. The category is Fine Art Photography and the book dimensions are Large Format Landscape with 92 pages.            Tags: Flora, Nocturne, Abstractions, Light. Book Review: Flora Nocturne is an analysis that compares and contrasts two visual […]

Posted in 2014 | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment