Contemplative Art in Disquieting Times
Anything, visible or invisible, may be contemplated. However, some things tend to draw the contemplative eye more closely than others. My artwork, and this website, are created with this in mind, out of a meditative intention for all viewers. You will find here both visual work and poetry. It is not a commercial site, but a portfolio site, as well as a forum for community discussion.
Below is the cover of my latest book, called Square Mandalas, which can be viewed in detail at the publisher: https://www.blurb.com/b/10891113-square-mandalas
"Poetry, music and art have something in common with the contemplative experience. But contemplation is beyond aesthetic intuition, beyond art, beyond poetry." - Thomas Merton
Square Mandala series: https://www.dougwestendorp.com/square-mandalas.htm
These new drawings on graph paper are further explorations in symmetry.
"Keep your eyes clean and your ears quiet and your mind serene. Breathe God's air. Work, if you can, under his sky."
Thomas Merton New Seeds of Contemplation
"Symmetry principles are characterized by a quietude, a stillness that is somehow beyond the bustling world; yet, in one way or another, they are almost always involved with transformation, disturbance, or movement." - David Wade Symmetry, the Ordering Principle
- Art Statements
- New Art, 2020 - 22
- The Remnant Series
Gallery of Past Work
- Self Published Books