Self-Portraits and the Face You Find There

exquisite corpse

“Exquisite Corpse” by Michele Bledsoe


Regardless of who or what ends up on my canvas

everything is a self-portrait.


Sometimes, it is not so obvious..

other times, it is.

Art goes much deeper than the surface of our skin..

and sometimes the face you find there

is not a face at all.



  1. I see what you mean, especially with such as Frida Kahlo,Norman Rockwell and Pablo Picasso. The best self-portraitists, with such exemplars as Georgia O’Keeffe and yourself, are more self-effacing, yet not, as the painted expressions become part of your meta-self.

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  2. Thank you for visiting my blog. I read this poem and then I could find the “Follow” button quickly enough for your site. I am far from being an artist (no training, or technique), but I grew up immersed in art. I played the piano and violin and my parents would take the family to the Smithsonian Museums — and nearby museums– on a regular basis so I have an appreciation for the discipline, sacrifice and challenge of artistic endeavors.

    This single poem grabbed me and said, “Yes! This is it!” I like your openess and vulnerability. I look forward to read more about you and your husband. Thank you for sharing.



    1. Thank you for the kind words, Marcus. I was glad to find your blog, too… the way you talk about your art is inspiring. I like your openness as well. And, you ARE an artist. I am also self-taught…. truly, you don’t have to go to school to be an artist – all you have to do is make art. It is a personal journey… and I’m looking forward to reading more about yours.

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