The Transformations of Mercurius in the Hermetic Vessel

The painting “Alchemical Studies V (Homunculus)” is an exploration into how we often suppress or deny unpleasant emotional content. The first stage of the alchemical process calls for us to be introspective and cook our inner conflicts and to bring them to light. The painting was inspired by the image of “The transformations of Mercurius…

Dying Man

The painting depicts a dying man having been pierced by the arrow of Mercurius and being used as soil by The Tree of Diana (Arbor Philosophorum), which is growing up from his genital area. The image that inspired the painting is from the manuscript “Miscelanea d’alchimia”.[1]  My first exposure to this image was from Carl…

The Serpent in the Brain

When children visit my studio, it fills with light and play. I am always drawn to the art of children, I think because I have taught art to children, but also because of the childlike innocence of children that Picasso envied as did Nietzsche. After a recent visit, I had the inspiration to arrange segments…

Blue Morpho: Transformation in Color

First published: “THE LANGUAGE OF COLOR & LIGHT: The Liminal-exhibition-artists reveal palette & setting secrets!“by Jennifer Gillia Cutshall One day, I took a picture of my wife and cat asleep on our sofa. I showed the photo to my wife, and she said, “If you’re ever looking for inspiration, there it is.” She was right.…

Turquoise Spider Eggs

The Painting Turquoise Spider Eggs utilizes vivid colors and expressionistic brush strokes to explore the autonomous creative impulse while also attempting to create a celebration of Nature and a heightened awareness of the need to preserve our habitat. The result feels dreamlike and somewhat ambiguous, as is our tendency to mystify global threats and blur…

Of Sky and Earth Exhibit

Of Earth and Sky is a two-person exhibit by Stephen Linsteadt and Cindy Rinne at the Claremont Community Foundation. The exhibit is an exploration of the Jungian notion that our outer world is a reflection of our inner state. The intention of Stephen Linsteadts’ paintings is to stimulate conversation and awareness to a deeper inner connection…

The Heart of the Hero

The Heart of the Hero, by Stephen Linsteadt, shows readers how to ask their heart for guidance during periods of emotional unrest and uncertainty. It is based on sacred geometry and the heart’s connection to number as the pervasive language of the heart. In addition to being a practical self-help tool, this book examines the…

“The Beauty of Curved Space” – a collection of poetry

Announcing the release of “The Beauty of Curved Space” by Glass Lyre Press: AVAILABLE: Amazon Glass Lyre Press Scalar Heart Connection “Stephen Linsteadt’s “The Beauty of Curved Space” navigates the physical and metaphysical world, moving adroitly between a profoundly intuitive and cerebral nature. His voice is that of future man, comfortable between the waves of…

Mythology and Resilience

A Conversation between Author & Painter Stephen Linsteadt and Mythologist & Transition Entrepreneur Willi Paul. First published by             Stephen Linsteadt [SL] and Willi Paul [WP] ROUND 1 [SL] Carl Jung held the opinion that civilization is influenced on a global level by certain archetypal energies arising from the Precession…

Stephen Linsteadt paintings "Of Sky and Earth"

Of Sky and Earth

The alchemist’s motto “as above, so below” is most beautifully represented by sky and earth, particularly when they are reflected in water and appear to switch places. It was the art critic John Ruskin who pointed out that it is our habit to ignore the infinite vastness of sky. Instead, we tend to think of…