Richard Bledsoe “A Plague Upon the Prairies” acrylic on canvas 24″ x 20″
The vision came, and I performed a transcription of what I was shown. This is the results. It was painted fairly rapidly, a momentum matched in the treatment of the field that appeared.
What is this herd, or pack, wandering in the waving grass? The title that was presented to me suggest they are nothing good.
A painting is a contained unit of interlocking contrasts that create a balanced world apart. Contrasts of light and dark, naturalism and stylization, fade and edge, and perhaps most importantly for my Symbolist art: the beautiful and the grotesque.
“Spiritual art is not about fairyland. It is about taking hold of the rough texture of life. It is about addressing the shadow and making friends with wild dogs. Spirituality is the awareness that everything in life is for a higher purpose.”