Michele Bledsoe and Richard Bledsoe
“Lifeline from a Friend” Acrylic on Canvas 12″ x 6″
Michele Bledsoe and I have completed the fourth piece in our ongoing collaborative series.
I started this one, and it was a mess. This time we decided to divide the surface diagonally, from top to bottom. Usually I begin a painting with an image in mind. On this canvas, I tried to improvise, and it didn’t work out. I handed it over to Michele to start her section, with my half consisting of basically nothing but orange and brown smears. I told her I needed her to give me some kind of clue on what this painting was about.
Michele was not deterred. She began her natural method of stream of consciousness composition.
Soon her half was sketched in, and I was given a powerful departure point to work with.
Michele created the front end of a caterpillar in her drawing. Since I love animals and don’t want them harmed even in art, I knew I had to show the rest of the body. My own half of the image took off from that element.
Michele threw me a lifeline-in this case, the hind end of a caterpillar. It worked!
Richard Got Inspired
Michele and I both created our own painting in our own unique style, but allowed a dialogue to form by the interaction of our individual efforts.
Michele compared it to having an intimate conversation.
The process of working on a piece together was so enjoyable that we will continue to collaborate. We hope to someday have a show of just our shared pieces. Watch this space for future updates.