Richard Bledsoe “A Tale of the Forked River” acrylic on canvas 36″ x 36″
On March 15 I posted a picture of a blank canvas I had just built. I finished the painting on Sunday June 28.
As we share our studio space, my wife Michele Bledsoe and I also share observations. We’ve been able to identify how we can tell our paintings are completed.
This is important for intuitive artists, working out imagery that comes from the imagination. Technically a painting is never really done. You just have to be able to recognize an effective stopping point, where the piece has reached a place of integrity: the sense of being whole, where even the contradictions are part of an overall unity.
A work in progress is full of problems. As we paint we zero in on the problem areas. Each adjustment creates a new set of issues. During this process all we can see on the paintings are the problems needing to be fixed.
As a painting nears completion, we start to see the entire image again.
So what does my painting “A Tale of the Forked River” mean?
Hopefully what I show you speaks for itself.
Flashback: The Beginning of the Painting