Monocerotis is a red variable star in the constellation Monoceros about 20,000 light years (6 kpc) from the Sun. Artist Rafael Kempter




8 large greeting cards




5" X 7"

Artist Rafael Kempter presents his pastels painting of Monocerotis, a red variable star in the constellation Monoceros, about 20,000 light years from the sun. The red hollow of the star is cavernlike. It seems to birth the plethora of bright white stars, or to swallow them.  Generally speaking, we would avoid a lot of empty space on the canvas, especially for the subject of a greeting card.  In this case, the generous perimeter of black is critical to give us a sense of the star’s place in the vastness of outer space.

It is this sense of place that the Dan Goldstein track initially establishes with deep, hollow and resonant gamelon (or something along those lines) hits.  Then we are treated to the obligatory (but not unwelcome) sustained cosmos sounds so readily available in the synthesizer palletes, which always speak so well of outer space or underwater.  The last addition to the audio tapestry is a bell-like hit which seems to allude to the sparkling white stars playing off the main body of this complex stellar formation.

We have been fortunate to show Rafael’s space art for several years but only recently did we receive permission from the artist to develop products from his work.  We are super excited now to offer four Rafael Kempter space art paintings, including Monocerotis, on boutique greeting cards.  We can also make prints available on request.  We hope you will explore the Kempter Space Art Greeting Card Collection and patronize this stand out space artist with a very practical and fun purchase.  Just hit the shopping cart button to voyage over to the store and explore your options.



  1. great work, I like the image, something new to see as art form, and the music is tremendous fitting well in expression… thank you

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