It Begins: A Collaborative Painting from Richard and Michele Bledsoe
It’s surprising it’s taken us so long to do this.
My wife Michele Bledsoe and I are both painters, but very different kinds of painters.
We do share a studio in our home. We’ve spent countless hours together making art. We work back to back, with the stereo in the middle to play inspirational music.
She sits at her easel. I pace around in front of mine.
Michele uses tiny soft brushes. I use big house painting brushes for much of my work.
She discovers her imagery through stream of consciousness dreaming. I am replicating the vision I was assigned.
She likes to focus on one work at a time, and linger over it. I have multiple pieces going at once, at different stages of completion, and I compulsively push them towards resolution.
Michele doesn’t know what she is going to paint when she begins, but she applies her masterful technique to it. I know the image I need to present, but I don’t know how I’m going to paint it out.
We are both wholly committed to our art, and we show it in our own different ways. Remodernism encourages dedication to individual expression, and the pursuit of excellence.
But what would happen if we decided to share our visions together on one canvas, just like we share our studio, and our lives?
We’re going to find out.
Michele and I recently began a collaborative painting. We divided it right across the middle, but we will each contribute to a unified composition, in our own unique styles. We will follow our very different methods and seek to make them harmonize.
I started off like I always do: covering the canvas with a flat layer of color. I don’t like painting on a white surface.
Michele started like she always does: establishing the drawing, as seen in the picture above.
I then put in my crude initial layout, and gave it back to her.
Establishing the basics
We will trade the canvas back and forth until it is done, and post updates on this blog. It’s a fascinating artistic process to interact with each other in something as complex as a painting. Stay tuned for further developments!