PAINTINGS: The Evolution of “Hollowsaurus”


Richard Bledsoe “Hollowsaurus” acrylic on canvas 24″ x 36″ 

On September 1, 2018, I finished Hollowsaurus, an epic painting 6 months in the making. It was an ambitious expansion of an image I first played with on a small canvas:


Richard Bledsoe “Table for Two” acrylic on canvas 12″ x 16″ 


I was so intrigued by this vision I was presented with that it inspired a whole series of images in my mind.  These pieces are the beginning of a new body of work for me. I have already started the next one. I feel the powerful symbolism flowing through these pictures. They speak to me without being reduced to mere words.

While I was making Hollowsaurus, I took pictures of its development. I think these photos give insight on how I build a painting, and how the works evolve.

Barely Begun 



Defining the elements 



Building Details 

“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.”

-The Remodernism Manifesto 

6 thoughts on “PAINTINGS: The Evolution of “Hollowsaurus”

  1. Kinda cool. Why did you have him go from looking directly at you to a profile? It does look like a greenhouse in the city, how come?

  2. Mr. Bledsoe, that event actually happened… 1853, Crystal palace in London… those dinosaurs were the first attempt of showing what had been discovered in the very new science of paleontology. At first they didn’t really understand how the dinosaurs would look alive and they were guessing. A living Iguanodon looked nothing like that, and the horn is the wrong place, it was actually on paw! That was their first guess. here is a line drawing (engraving?) that they usually use in histories of the era. I am finding your website engrossing. I am not an artist but a craftswoman. I attempt to create beauty and make my home more livable by doing so. I hope you are right. The greats of the past would weep to see what has happened to their beloved mistress, Lady Art!

  3. Kathleen, thanks so much! I grew up loving dinosaurs, seeing reproductions of that very engraving you describe. It’s been peculating in my mind ever since, until I had a vision for my own version. Thank you for visiting my blog, and sharing your thoughts!

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