DAILY ART FIX: Raw power – Why Iggy Pop posed naked for Jeremy Deller’s Life Class

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Iggy by, from left, Taylor Schultek, Levan Songulashvili and Kallyiah Merilus on show at Brooklyn Museum.

Lust for Life Drawing! Iggy Pop Poses

In 2016, rock ‘n roll shaman Iggy Pop acted as a model for a special life drawing class and exhibit sponsored by the Brooklyn Museum.

Deller convinced the Brooklyn Museum, a group of local artists and Iggy himself to play along. The result, Iggy Pop Life Class, opens at the museum next month. The show involves 107 interpretations of the star’s nude physique by 22 artists, ranging in age from their teens to their 80s. The museum will pair their work with objects from its collection depicting the male figure over the last few centuries: sculptures from ancient Egypt, Africa and India; drawings by such artists as Egon Schiele and Max Beckmann; as well as photographs by Jim Steinhardt and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Deller, best known for creating vast imaginative works with a political theme, first approached Iggy 10 years ago, but the star demurred. “Ten years ago I was a little too young,” says Iggy, now 69, in the book that accompanies the show. “I thought I didn’t have the weight. Now I feel like a lot has happened with and to my body. For some reason, it felt important for me to just stand naked for a group of human beings and have an exchange.”

Iggy Pop poses for, from left, Jeremy Day, Patricia Hill, Jeannette Farrow and Danielle Rubin.

Read the full article here: THE GUARDIAN – Raw power – Why Iggy Pop posed naked for Jeremy Deller’s Life Class

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

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DAILY ART FIX : DIVINE INTERVENTION AND THE ART OF MAKING MISTAKES

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Reblogged from Michele Bledsoe’s blog The Secret Kingdom

My wife sees God’s plan in all things.

Recently finished painting photobombs my work in progress…

In painting..

what feels like a mistake

often turns out to be

divine intervention.

Trust the gift.

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DAILY ART FIX: PAINTER’S TAPE AND THE ART OF BEING FRUGAL

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Reblogged from Michele Bledsoe’s blog The Secret Kingdom

My wife, on being resourceful and efficient.

My favorite old scrubby brush

was getting too splintery to hold..

so I wrapped it in painter’s tape

and went back to work.

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DAILY ART FIX: Making Art Is Good For Your Health. Here’s How To Start A Habit

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How to start an art habit

The making and contemplation of art is part of what makes us human. Such a vital experience is too important to leave to the experts-especially now, when we have such corrupted and incompetent credentialed classes trying to run everything.

Do your part for humanity by exploring your creative side, no matter form it takes. It’s good for you, too:

The act of creation can reduce stress and anxiety and improve your mood, says Girija Kaimal, a professor at Drexel University and a leading researcher in art therapy. And flexing our creative side can give us a stronger sense of agency — the ability to solve problems by imagining possible solutions.

Making art can also feel pretty awesome, she says. Engaging in any act of visual expression activates the reward pathway in your brain, “which is perceived as a pleasurable experience.”

Read the full article and hear a recording here: NPR – Making Art Is Good For Your Health. Here’s How To Start A Habit

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

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DAILY ART FIX: Video – Tribal People React to Bob Ross The Joy of Painting

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Art as a universal language. It’s a joy to witness their enjoyment.

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

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Please send any inquiries to info@remodernamerica.com. Thank you!

DAILY ART FIX: New Painting “Bears”

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Richard Bledsoe “Bears” acrylic on canvas 20″ x 24″

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I usually work from visions I receive. But sometimes a painting arises unbidden on the canvas in front of me. I have no choice but to obey it.

Such was the case with this painting. I had decided to proceed on an entirely different subject, but as I was covering the canvas in a base coat of color, the bear on the right appeared, and brought the whole painting with him.

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

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DAILY ART FIX REVIEW: Paracosms – The Art of Larry and Sandra Ortega

Paired Works:

Larry and Sandra Ortega “Canyon Flowers”

It’s always satisfying to observe artists who continue to grow. Whether it’s pushing the boundaries within their habitual mediums, or branching out and applying their skills to new materials, aesthetic development reinforces how art emulates life in its will to thrive. When artists embrace the evolution of their creative processes, they provide a model for living more abundantly – a vital demonstration in a world currently dedicated to lockdowns and limitations.

I recently experienced an exhibition which displayed what happens when persistent focus and discipline is applied to recognized potentials. Paracosms: The Art of Larry and Sandra Ortega was the spring exhibit at the evolving space of Obliq Art, currently located in Sunnyslope, Arizona.

It wasn’t only the artwork that showed the strides these artists had made during the generalized 2020 paralysis. In Paracosms the concept of how an exhibit can be done was also scrutinized, suggesting a new approach for a possible post-commercial gallery art scene.

Larry and Sandra Ortega

Larry and Sandra Ortega

In earlier artworks, both Larry and Sandra worked extensively with the effects of light. They understand light as a spiritual quality. Larry’s cast resin sculptural pieces used translucency for atmospheric effects. Sandra’s pastel paintings often utilized shining gleams and reflections as focal points. In Paracosms, the use of light by the artists has reached intense new aspects. 

Larry’s pieces were formerly often geometric and iconic, classically ordered. However, Larry is also interested in movement, building off his experiences as a surfer in his earlier days: “Living in Hawaii added perspective to my ocean nature as an artist as it provided a vision from the tropical waters and creatures,” Larry explained. “Surfing became an endeavor of dancing with waves. As a consequence, I often think about riding the airwaves swirling in the canyon. I see hawks hovering above the jagged mountains and I want to join them.”

Larry found a way to add that dynamic by turning to the desert landscape. His structures have been enhanced with casts from organic elements such as aloe and agave. This addition of natural forms stirs the pieces which incorporate them. They deepen the mystery. The works could be bioluminescent deep sea crustaceans, or glowing alien species. The spikes and barbs displayed add a subtle menace to the smooth surfaces and appealing colors. The addition of exotic rare earth minerals create magical lingering glows, especially when exposed to UV light. This is artwork which looks amazing even in the dark, as they emit their own inner light when charged.

Larry Ortega “Prometheus 1” Mixed media

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While Larry advanced in a medium he’s been working in for years, Sandra’s pieces were in a medium she only started working in relatively recently. Sandra described, “In 2018 I began another artistic direction, in the medium of cold wax & oil. The process of cold wax and oil is an exercise in very loose boundaries, color mixing, and mark making. The decisions of composition, color combinations and textures are in the planning process. The laying down of wax and oil layers has all the exciting possibilities.”

Sandra has applied this technique to her own evocation of desert landscape. Now her light becomes space and distance. There are enough tangible marks to ground her works as the earth and sky. The rich colors become the volatile atmosphere and the enduring terrain, a sense of vastness contained within a small space. The “Haboob” pieces refer to Arizona’s epic dust storms; Sandra shows their turbulence and grandeur.

Sandra Ortega “Earth, Wind, and Dust” cold wax and oil 18″ x 18″

Sandra Ortega “Above the Wind” cold wax and oil 18″ x 18″

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In addition to showing recent individual works, this husband and wife pairing also made pairings out of their extremely different yet complementary offerings. It’s surprising how the colors and shapes, formed from such different processes and concerns, synchronize together.  

Larry and Sandra Ortega “Engulfed”

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Paracosms was a public exhibit, but was installed in Larry and Sandra’s home. It’s an intriguing set up, as if the show was an extension of the ambiance of their living space. Experiencing the art where the artists live and work adds an intimacy not found in the white box of a mainstream gallery. What better way forward? As Larry describes,

“The pandemic accelerated the re-development of Obliq Art. Most importantly, version 3.0 utilizes our desert domain in more ways than in the past.

“Live events were canceled overnight and as a consequence art galleries, like all live event venues, closed the doors and canceled events. And then, temporarily closed became permanent.

“As a consequence, artists who use the art gallery platform as a means of selling work found themselves without a source of income. The trend in Phoenix and throughout the US the shrinking of traditional art venues especially the local art gallery showing local art. Closures came partly from gentrification in downtown Phoenix.

“The pandemic and the speed of technology accelerated the development of the digital platform. It widened a bridge to art, the artist, and the gallery. As a result, digital art galleries became like a retail version of Ghost Kitchens: The artist’s style and work could be viewed from a digital perspective and could be purchased with a few clicks of the mouse. Instagram replaced the in gallery viewing.

“What’s missing? What was missing is the art gallery personal visit. The opening night of a show is a social event.”

Larry and Sandra Ortega are now using their house as a combination live/work/display space, open to forming connections with the interested and interesting. What a great way for artists to find their audience.

Virtually Visit here: Obliq Art

Larry Ortega: The Alchemist in his Laboratory

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

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DAILY ART FIX : A Beginners’ Guide to Painting with Acrylics: Tips to Get Started

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Through the years, I’ve sometimes maintained studio spaces away from my house. After 2013, the last time I moved my painting studio from a separate location back into my home, I completed a transition I had begun long ago. I switched over from the oil paints, which I had used since 1991, and started creating all my works out of acrylic paints.

Oils required solvents and mediums to work best. No more breathing those fumes for me. Acrylics are water based, easy to cleanup, easy to mix. It’s taken some time, trial, and error to adjust to the different way the paint behaves, but I’ve come to really appreciate it.

Someday I might return to oils if the conditions were right. But for now, I’m thrilled by working in acrylics, this most versatile medium.

See the full article about starting with acrylics here: ARTISFUN – Acrylic Painting Supplies

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

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DAILY ART FIX: 8 Famous Artist Homes and Studios You Can Visit

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Andrew Wyeth’s Studio, Chadds Ford, PA

I love the ambiance of an artist’s studio. It’s an opportunity to see how their minds worked, revealed by how they arranged their tools and materials. A dedicated workspace where the magic happens, studios may often have a humble or industrial appearance.

Now you may have the chance to see some historic studios in person:

If a roadtrip is in your future, a new publication from Princeton Architectural Press may be just what you need to add some art history to your vacation. Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, by Valerie A. Balint, will lead you to some of America’s art historical gems.

The forty-four museums in this network are found in all regions of the country, and include some of America’s most famous artistic voices, like Georgia O’Keeffe and Jackson Pollock. Visiting the homes and studios of these visionaries presents a unique opportunity to step into their shoes and experience their everyday lives. Many of the homes were designed by the artists themselves, making them their own work of art. Here we highlight eight stunning studios and homes that convey artists’ lives and legacies.

See the full article here: ART & OBJECT – 8 Famous Artist Homes and Studios You Can Visit

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Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

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DAILY ART FIX: EMBRACING BLISS AND THE ART OF PAINTING SLOW

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Reblogged from Michele Bledsoe’s blog The Secret Kingdom

My wife revels in the process of painting.

Michele Bledsoe “Psalm 151”

I spend a lot of time on my paintings.

The days and hours

slip seamlessly into

weeks, months

and years.

Time ceases to exist

as I linger over every inch of the canvas

retracing lines

adding layer after layer

of color…

lovingly,

in my state of bliss.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

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Please send any inquiries to info@remodernamerica.com. Thank you!