Richard Bledsoe “The Grove” acrylic on canvas 20″ x 16″
“In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to myself, in a dark wood, where the direct way was lost.”
My painting “The Grove” shares Dante’s sentiment, if not his exact imagery. I can relate as a man and and artist at least half way through my own life’s journey.
Here the figure is still on the path; far from being dark, the woods are illuminated.
The beckoning glow is the essence of mystery, the temptation of curiosity, and implied menace, all at once.
“Spirituality is the journey of the soul on earth. Its first principle is a declaration of intent to face the truth. Truth is what it is, regardless of what we want it to be. Being a spiritual artist means addressing unflinchingly our projections, good and bad, the attractive and the grotesque, our strengths as well as our delusions, in order to know ourselves and thereby our true relationship with others and our connection to the divine.”