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Author Archives: Richard A. Peña

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Theater: Reality, Rituals, and the Human Imagination

Altamira, Spain – Before the Common Era Perched high on the edge 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 the […]

Beethoven and the Revolution

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

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 book entitled, Abstractions – Sketches in Organic Unity is a continuation and extension of the explorations and findings from the series Flora Nocturne.  Specifically, focusing on the abstract, unreal, […]

Digital Panopticon

Arestor looked down at his newly born son with wonder, and with fatherly pride.  As for his newborn 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 called […]

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 […]

Elements of Innovation

In the thirteenth year of the twentieth century, technological innovations were like flowering buds ready to blossom.  The Ford Motor Company introduced the first large-scale moving assembly line, the first successful recipe to make stainless steel came about in 1913, but there was another discovery that was so small, it could not be observed by the human […]

Flora Nocturne – Still Lifes

Flora Nocturne is an analysis that compares and contrasts two visual constructs; Objective Poetic Transformation and Abstraction.  Objective poetic transformation is not a new idea and derives from photographic statements and criticism from the twentieth century.  Practitioners from Alfred Stieglitz to Edward Weston to Minor White were pursuant to purity, objective observations and gateways.  The […]