Richard Bledsoe “A Thistle From The Heart” acrylic on canvas 9″ x 12″
One of my latest paintings will be exhibited halfway around the world in July.
The show is “One Love,” otherwise known as “Un Amor,” at the Festival Arte Sano X, being held in San Pedro de Alcántara, in Spain’s Andalusia region.
The names of these places are like poetry to me. Not only do they sound beautiful, they evoke images of a rich and mysterious past. Epic stories of the maneuverings of Romans, Vandals and Moors, Republicans and Nationalists. Song lyrics from the Doors and the Clash. Columbus set sail from this region. Pablo Picasso, an explorer of a different kind, was born and raised in Malaga.
In honor of Malaga’s most famous ex-resident, I created the painting for the show in a spontaneous manner. I was thinking of the amazing film The Mystery of Picasso, which was so influential on me as a young artist. Even as I improvised, imagery and order appeared.
It was very exciting to package up my painting, knowing where it was going.
Getting ready for the post office
In the best DIY tradition, this show was organized by Artista Eli, founder of Spain’s Malaga Stuckists art group. She generously invited an international crew of Stuckist and Remodernist artists to take part in a festival celebrating health and art.
It’s a good fit, for the cutting edge philosophies of these 21st century art movements are a great cure for sickness and lethargy of the establishment art industry.
I am so grateful to live in the age of the internet, which allows me to connect with inspiring people no matter where they are, and share our art around the world.The grassroots have gone global.