PAINTINGS: The Grove

The Grove

Richard Bledsoe “The Grove” acrylic on canvas 20″ x 16″

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“In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to myself, in a dark wood, where the direct way was lost.”

-Dante

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.”

The Remodernism Manifesto

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8 thoughts on “PAINTINGS: The Grove

  1. You’re a good guy with great vision and, here, a good image to serve the vision. Wish you weren’t “stuck” with labels like “Remodernism.” I read the manifesto, which has nice principles but presupposes a knowledge of Modernism that I don’t have, despite a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art. Modestly propose a new manifesto without any reference to modernity, which tends to slips life away . . .

  2. Reblogged this on The Harmony of Týr Mórríghan and commented:
    “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.”

    –The Remodernism Manifesto

  3. I noticed something. The grove has two canopies. One obviously much higher than the other, but also seemingly not part of the trees below. Is this something or am reading in something that isn’t there and never was there?

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