DAILY ART FIX: PAINTING AND THE ART OF LISTENING

Art world links which caught my eye…

Reblogged from Michele Bledsoe’s blog The Secret Kingdom

My wife and the still small voice.

Michele Bledsoe “Carousel”

God speaks to me all the time..

But when I’m painting,

I listen.

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DAILY ART FIX: John Marin – An Artist, His Shack and the Sea

Art world links which caught my eye…

John Marin, “Big Wood Island,” 1914.

John Marin, “Big Wood Island” 1914

An essay on how the lyrical Modernist artist John Marin found his artistic identity in a rustic cabin on the coast of Maine.

And it was Maine — Carrying Place Head, Small Point and later Stonington and Addison — where Marin found his artistic voice. He overcame his initial skepticism of the remoteness and ruggedness of place, and fell into the rhythm of his environment. Over the next four decades, his paintings reflected this new-found and long-held love of place.

More than 60 years after his death, Marin remains one of Maine’s best-known painters. He’s mentioned with Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley and Andrew Wyeth as the painters who have defined this place — their place — to the larger world.

Marin ingrained himself in his new environment. Instead of resisting the elements that challenged him, he embraced them. Instead of running for cover, he exposed his vulnerabilities. When the shipyard in Bath hired all the local men to build ships for the war, Marin repaired his own boat. It was work he preferred hiring out. Instead of waiting for an available laborer, he did the sanding and painting himself.

Marin fell in love with Maine. He allowed Maine to become the focus of his life and his work. When he wasn’t in Maine, he wished he was. When he was in Maine, he was happy and inspired.

“It’s great to sit on a gigantic rock and look at the waters,” he wrote to Stieglitz.

Read the full article here: BOB KEYES – John Marin – An Artist, His Shack and the Sea

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DAILY ART FIX: Learn the Basics of Charcoal Drawing to Capture the Intensity of Life with Art

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Charcoal Drawing

Charcoal as a versatile drawing medium

I remember the first drawing I did in high school which wasn’t just a copy of what I was looking at, but had a real atmosphere and mystery about it. It was a self portrait done in charcoals, and I managed to make myself look moody and intense. Charcoal can be used for expressionist techniques, or be used very precisely. Learn the basics:

Charcoal is a smooth yet brittle material that has similar properties to chalk pastel. The dark substance comes in different forms—some are hard while others are soft—but overall it offers a quick sketching experience. Lighter, less dense charcoal is particularly adept at flying over the page and is great for casual sketches. But, don’t underestimate the incredible depth it can achieve. If you are working on a drawing that has deep shadows, charcoal will have the rich black tones you want to convey that sort of intensity.

Read the full article here: MY MODERN MET – Learn the Basics of Charcoal Drawing to Capture the Intensity of Life with Art

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DAILY ART FIX: DECONSTRUCTED FORESTS AND THE ART OF OBSESSION

Art world links which caught my eye…

Reblogged from Michele Bledsoe’s blog The Secret Kingdom

From March 2020, my wife describes one of her motifs.

   Paintings by Michele Bledsoe

I am obsessed with trees..

and pieces of trees.

Planks and chunks

of carved wood,

branches and leaves

I paint them all the time..

cultivating my weird

deconstructed forest

on canvas.

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DAILY ART FIX: New Painting “The Ocean”

Richard Bledsoe “The Ocean” acrylic on canvas 24″ x 20″

As an intuitive artist, I paint from my mind instead of from observation. I get the ideas from visions I have.

When the elements I want to include are too complex to invent, I will look at a picture of it, or some other form of model, and try to understand it, what is important about it. I then return to the canvas and paint out the elements as filtered through my consciousness.

It is challenging to invent the world of a painting. Each work has its own particular needs. The piece above I worked on, on and off, for years. It went through some awkward phases. It’s not even a large work. Part of the problem was I had advanced the painting of the background/ocean aspects of it far beyond the central elements of the fish. Usually I try to work the whole painting at once, keeping them at a similar level of resolution. This one was out of balance.

Work in progress

After a couple of trips in and out of the Room of Shame, I took this painting up again. I was going to crash, or crash through. If I had remained unable to finish it, I was going to just paint over it; cancel it out with an opaque layer of acrylic, and make a whole new painting on the canvas.

I am grateful I found a way in, and finally made it the painting I wanted it to be.

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DAILY ART FIX: PAINTING AND THE ART OF LOSING CONTROL

Art world links which caught my eye…

Reblogged from Michele Bledsoe’s blog The Secret Kingdom

My wife, on the source of inspiration.

Michele Bledsoe “Psalm 151”

Sitting at my easel painting,

everything is moving along as expected..

then suddenly I’m using the wrong color

the wrong brush.

I am adding strange objects..

lines twisting across my canvas

in bold, strong strokes..

I have lost control.

I never fight these impulses..

this is what happens

when God steps in.

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DAILY ART FIX: Video – The Future of Art According to Billy Childish

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Billy Childish and Charles Thomson codified the ideas of Remodernism, the art movement which will replace corrupt Postmodernism. Here Billy Childish talks about where art is going.

“The art world is the same as the rest of the world,” says British artist, writer, and punk-rocker Billy Childish. “What it requires is new, more, and now.” Childish has worked defiantly and prolifically outside of the mainstream since his expulsion from art school in the early 1980s. To the polymath—whose paintings, poems, novels, and music draw heavily from his autobiography—art is a deeply personal experience that should not rely on external validation, whether from critics or audiences.

From his painting studio located on a historic dockyard in Kent, United Kingdom, Childish speaks passionately about the freedom that comes with self-validation. When asked about his perspective on the future of art, he demurs. “People think we’re continually ascending a mountain to success or to enlightenment,” he says. “It’s here and now and this is it.”

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DAILY ART FIX: What Do Artists Need to Make Their Work?

Art world links which caught my eye…

Steve DiBenedetto, “Conceptual Drawing” (2020), colored pencil on paper, 14 7/8 x 11 1/8 inches

From 2020, a rumination on making art during lockdown. It includes some Marxist-tinged griping, which nonetheless touches on the current corrupt art world model.

There you have it: a painter and a sculptor and their teenage son (he just celebrated his 16th birthday in lockdown) living and working in an apartment they seldom leave. They have no studio assistants or fabricators. They are, and always have been, DIY, a possibility the corporate art world seems to have lost in its celebration of the big and the fabricated.

It is ironic to hear critics complaining about this very corporatization, and then read articles by those same writers promoting artists known for manufacturing their brand in various colors and sizes, from public monuments to fancy handbags. Under this model, the artist runs a “studio” whose sole purpose is to market and sell things. If the assistants and fabricators can’t produce them, the artist has nothing to sell, except last year’s leftover stock. The goal is to be financially successful and ubiquitous…

DiBenedetto seems to need pencils, crayons, paper, and a smooth surface to work on. Everything is portable, in case he has to move his studio and set up elsewhere. It is the opposite of the Warhol Factory model, which the media and other institutions have been glorifying since the mid-1960s.

That model is about the illusion of stability and continued economic growth, envisioning a permanent upward trajectory that would ensure the uninterrupted production of art. It is the unreflective celebration of the neoliberal model of capitalism.

Read the full article here: HYPERALLERGIC – What Do Artists Need to Make Their Work?

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

Art world links which caught my eye…

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

Art world links which caught my eye…

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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