PAINTINGS: The Finish Line

Finish Line

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

Sometimes the paintings just take off in unexpected directions. When they do, it’s best just to follow their lead.

We, as artists, act as conduits. Through us pours the source of all creativity, into vessels shaped by our own particular consciousness.

It takes faith to get out of the way of that flow.

“Spiritual art is not religion. Spirituality is humanity’s quest to understand itself and finds its symbology through the clarity and integrity of its artists.”

The Remodernism Manifesto

ART QUOTES: On Spirituality

“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



Howard Pyle “A Wolf Had Not Been Seen In Salem for Thirty Years”

“Be it known that the spiritual world in outward appearance is entirely similar to the natural world.”

-Howard Pyle



Billy Childish “Toni Kurz Descending”

“You have to have the guts to engage with your own spiritual journey, which is what life is for. It can be reflected in art, but art won’t take you there on its own. It’s not good enough. You actually have to use your inquiring mind and question yourself and the bullshit of things. You have to avoid getting tied up in intellectual and ironic gameplay, which will not liberate you. We want freedom, we want liberation, and you’re not going to get it in postmodernism. You’re going to get it through authentic engagement.”

-Billy Childish



Alfred Stieglitz “Georgia O’Keeffe, Hands, 1918”

“It is not art in the professionalized sense about which I care, but that which is created sacredly, as a result of a deep inner experience, with all of oneself, and that becomes ‘art’ in time.”

-Alfred Stieglitz 


Paul Klee “Fairy Tale of the Dwarf”

“My hand is entirely the implement of a distant sphere. It is not my head that functions but something else, something higher, something somewhere remote. I must have great friends there, dark as well as bright… They are all very kind to me.”

-Paul Klee

COMMENTARY: What Painting Can Do


Eugene Delacroix “Tiger and Snake”

I have told myself a hundred times that painting – that is, the material thing called a painting – is no more than a pretext, the bridge between the mind of the painter and the mind of the spectator.

-Eugene Delacroix

The creation of a painting acts as a model of the examined life. What do you see when you look inside? The painter has a chance to represent this inner vision for us all to experience.

The work of the most inspired artists I’ve known acts as an extension of their personalities. The intuitive artist makes art that is a demonstration of their character. It is an act of faith and love to be so open with others about our own natures.

To look at what many establishment contemporary artists offer, you would think their personal mental, emotional and spiritual life consisted of lifeless echoes of vapid mass media offerings, political panderings, vague recyclings of other artists’ ideas, and technical formulas.

I don’t believe such limited offerings really reach who they are, and bring it out for the world to see. They’re falling short of the ultimate destination: self knowledge shared as a communion with their fellow humanity.

It’s a scary place to head for, and the current mentality of the art establishment discourages it. Exploring the state of the soul is impolite; it doesn’t always look hip and savvy, and is just too raw and genuine for those who hide behind a pseudo-sophisticated façade-and façade is what the elites are all about.

But the world within is the only destination worth heading for.

Art is the record of that journey.

10. The making of true art is man’s desire to communicate with himself, his fellows and his God. Art that fails to address these issues is not art.

-Billy Childish and Charles Thomson, The Remodernism Manifesto