Author: The Secret Kingdom

MICHELE BLEDSOE is a self-taught artist and has been exhibiting her paintings and drawings in galleries for over 20 years. She is the co-author and illustrator of The Secret Kingdom – a children’s book of paintings and poetry, and the illustrator of Lemon Bee and Other Peculiar Tales by author, Patricia Lynn Dompieri. Michele’s newest book Painting, Passion and the Art of Life is now available at Amazon. Michele and her husband, artist Richard Bledsoe, live and paint happily together in Phoenix, Arizona.

Painting and the Art of Losing Control

Psalm 151 by Michele Bledsoe


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.

Arizona Summer and the Art of Tiny Libraries

Splendor exhibit at the Goodyear Library


My husband Richard and I have been fortunate to have our paintings exhibited

in many wonderful galleries, museums and art-spaces

throughout the years..

but there is something really special about a library.

I was honored to have my paintings displayed

in such a beautiful environment,

surrounded by books

quiet, cool and welcoming..

like an oasis in the desert.